Canada #18 Grouse Mountain
We made the most of our day on Grouse Mountain by taking part in every activity. As well as Breakfast with the Bears, we went to an Owl Interpretative Session, a Birds in Motion demonstration and a guided eco-walk.
Each time we discovered something new and, at the end of the day, we left with more than we came with. This is what we learned:
In the still of the night, a barn owl can hear the heartbeat of a frightened mouse as it tries to avoid detection.
A bald eagle reaches speeds of up to 160 km per hour when diving to snatch up its prey.
A turkey vulture uses its keen sense of smell to detect carrion more than a kilometre away.
Tiger swallowtails love to feast on the pretty purple flowers of the mustard plant.
Native azaleas and rhododendrons are much smaller and more delicate than their hybrid cousins.
Salamanders can live for up to 55 years in the still waters of Blue Grouse Lake.
Phil, our eco-walk guide, explained how the coastal First Nations peoples lived as one with nature. They brewed the bark and needles of the amabilis fir trees to make medicinal drinks.
Made from cedar, the traditional híwus Feasthouse on the shores of Blue Grouse Lake was a meeting place for family celebrations, gatherings and story telling through dance and music.
All of these new facts are fascinating, but what was the most important thing I learned?
I came away from Grouse Mountain knowing I never want to come face to face with a bear!