One trip to Deep Cove and you’ll always want to go back. A simple drive down Gallant Avenue gives way to the sheltered, calm harbour vista that is the area’s signature view. You can paddle out of the cove and into Indian Arm, or simply sit on the beach and gaze.
Deep Cove is largely residential, but its commercial core is the two block stretch of Gallant Avenue, where galleries and a local theatre vie for attention alongside unique boutiques and quaint bistros. A little west of the cove itself, evidence of waterfront industry can be seen from Cates Park, which has both a beach and heavily wooded trail.
Things to Do in Deep Cove
The Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre offers a range of options from straight-up kayak rentals, to lessons and guided day and weekend paddles. Ocean kayaks, canoes and surf skis can be rented are hourly, daily and multi-day. Paddling Indian Arm offers a unique opportunity to view the mountains and native wildlife from sea level. Knowledgeable guides can interpret the local history and reveal the natural beauty of Canada’s southernmost fjord.
No visit to Deep Cove is complete without a stop at Honey Doughnuts & Goodies, a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. You must try one of the delicious honey doughnuts.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, there are plenty of food options in Deep Cove. Deep Cove Pizza, Japanese restaurants, fish & chips, Greek food, ice cream and Bluhouse Market & Cafe. The new Cafe Orso is a great place for breakfast or to stop for some nourishment before or after you outdoor activities. The Arms Reach Bistro is an award-winning Pacific North-West restaurant – a perfect spot for brunch, lunch or dinner.
The Quarry Rock hike is very popular, as it is relatively easy and offers spectacular views of Indian Arm at the top.
Don’t forget to visit the Deep Cove Heritage Society‘s gift shop and archives located in the Deep Cove Cultural Centre. A little west of the cove itself, evidence of waterfront industry can be seen from Cates Park, which has both a beach and heavily wooded trails.
During the summer months you may find issues with finding parking spots in Deep Cove. There is parking at Panorama Park and also at Myrtle Park, which is just before you enter the Cove.
Further west still at Parkgate Shopping Centre is local bakery and hang-out at Bean Around the World. Pick up a big, fat cookie or muffin and head up to Seymour Mountain for a hike or, in winter or spring, a ski. Be aware that the precipitation that falls as rain on the streets of North Vancouver becomes snow at higher elevations; dress appropriately.
Deep Cove is also the eastern start to the Baden Powell trail that spans the North Shore in the foothills of the mountains. Another popular hike in the Deep Cover area is Quarry Rock, which provides spectacular views of the area at the summit of the hike.