Rising 1,250 meters (4,100 feet) above sea level and just fifteen minutes north of downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a very popular tourist attraction in North Vancouver. In winter, Grouse Mountain is a well-known destination for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and other winter activities. During the summer, visitors may enjoy hiking, sightseeing, a scenic chairlift ride, disc golf, mountain biking, zip lining, helicopter tours, paragliding, and lumberjack shows. Whatever time of year you go, Grouse Mountain offers plenty of exciting activities for an entire day. Parking is available for drivers, but the mountain is accessible by public transit as well. During the summer and winter months, Grouse Mountain provides complimentary shuttle transportation service for paying customers from Canada Place right at the heart of Vancouver’s Waterfront. The Skyride – North America's largest aerial tramway system – is the beginning of any Grouse Mountain experience, taking visitors up to the Alpine Station right next to the Peak Chalet, in just eight minutes. During this exciting trip, you can see some of the best views in all of British Columbia – from Vancouver’s downtown towers to the green expanse of Stanley Park and the entirety of Fraser Valley. Summer access is also provided by the 2.9-kilometer Grouse Grind hiking trail, which is open for hiking from May to October.