Even while visiting beautiful Vancouver, an escape from the city should always be a requirement for travelers. Vancouverites find this escape at the beautiful Deep Cove, as it was our perfect day trip. We planned a day and set out to visit this tranquil Cove.
In just about 20 minutes from the city, we had made it to our destination. We arrived early on a Sunday morning since we knew parking is limited, especially on the weekends. We can’t describe how serene it was that morning, where only a handful of people were making their way through.
We started our day with a nice breakfast at Café Orso, a European-inspired café with locally sourced products. The menu was clipped on the wall and the decor was altogether clean and simple. We ordered the Charcuterie Board and the Ploughman’s Lunch. Both choices were great.
There are two main activities to do in Deep Cove: kayaking or hiking.
For starters, we had reserved in advance a kayak rental for two hours at the Deep Cove Kayak Center. We opted for this excursion since we both hadn’t done any type of water activity in a very long time. In fact, we couldn't recall the last time we had been on a small boat. We paddled away and found our way through the Indian arm from Deep Cove. Our two-hour experience was peaceful, scenic with towering mountains surrounding us, but a bit tiring. This is what happens when there is a lack of exercise on our part. This experience definitely made us admire the outdoors.
Another popular option was to hike the Quarry rock, which was a part of our original plan that didn’t fall through since time did not permit us. Folks love this short trek to the summit. This activity is free and not a difficult hike. Follow the Baden-Powell Trail leading up to the lookout point. Both activities offer a beautiful yet different view of Deep Cove. If time permits, we would suggest both.
Once you have completed your activities and walked along the boardwalk to admire the view of the boats and the rest of the Cove, Gallant Avenue is where you need to head next.
This very popular main street is where you will find many unique shops and the legendary Honey’s Doughnuts. The constant lineup for their famous donuts will explain it all. Not many choices are offered and there is nothing fancy about them, but trust us the taste will make it all worth the wait.
There are a few cute shops worth mentioning to visit such as Sunnyside. It's a great spot to find ceramics, candles and natural beauty supplies. Also, Room6 is another friendly store to find jewelry, gifts, clothes and more. Our last stop was at Ahoy, a great shop for men and women. Here you can find a great supply of Herschel Supply Co and various athletic wear. You can make a stop here and buy a few supplies before heading out to Quarry Rock.