Things to Do in Deep Cove

One trip to Deep Cove, which lies east of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, 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.

Deep Cove is a largely residential neighbourhood. Its commercial core is in the two-block stretch of Gallant Avenue where galleries and a local theatre vie for attention alongside local shops and gift boutiques.

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.

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.

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.