The Urban Grind is back at Harbour Centre for 2020

Feb 13 2020, 8:19 pm

Vancouver’s annual Urban Grind is returning to the city for 2020.

The 633-step climb takes place at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre and takes climbers to the tower’s iconic Lookout observation deck.

The observation deck is perched at the top of the building, 28-storeys high, and sits 553 ft (169 m) above street level.


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The indoor climb is opened annually to the public in March. Participants can make the climb every Tuesday on March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

There’s a $5 entry fee to participate as many times as you wish during the day and upon reaching the top, participants receive a free beer and a $5 voucher for the Harbour Centre’s food court.

On March 31, a timing chip will be available for people who want to race to the top. The climb will also have a by-donation coat check. All proceeds from the coat check will benefit The Kettle Society, a local mental health charity.


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The Urban Grind is considered to be the indoor, city version of the Grouse Grind; an indoor alternative that provides a finishing view that’s almost as beautiful. Upon completing numerous flights of stairs, participants are rewarded with a 360-degree, panoramic view of Metro Vancouver.

That said, the climb is only a fifth of the actual Grind — consider scaling it several times if you’re looking to get the full effect.

Urban Grind 2020 at Harbour Centre

When:  Every Tuesday in March — March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Times: Anytime between 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Harbour Centre (access through the lobby at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)
Cost: $5

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