Located at the foot of Mount Seymour, Deep Cove is the easternmost neighbourhood in the District of North Vancouver.
This neighbourhood is on the traditional clamming and fishing grounds of the Squamish Salish native nation. By the 1910s, Deep Cove had become a popular summer resort for Vancouver residents. The population grew in the 1960s and 1970s after the completion of the Second Narrows Bridge.
Deep Cove has retained its small town feel despite its growth. It is popular among outdoor enthusiasts due to its proximity to the forests, mountains, and the ocean. And if you'd rather relax on your holiday, the boutique shops and cafés should keep you occupied.
Here's what we recommend:
This is by far North Vancouver's most popular hike. It's 3.8 kilometres, 100 metres in elevation, and takes about two hours two hours to complete (less if you have a dog who can pull you up the hill). The hike is part of the Baden Powell Trail, a 48 kilometre hiking trail named after Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement.
The hike takes you over bridges, past waterfalls, and ultimately to a rocky outcrop called Quarry Rock. The view of Indian Arm and Burnaby Mountain will make you forget about all the stairs on the way back down.
To find the trail's entrance, head north on Panorama Drive toward the signs pointing to the Baden Powell Trail.
This shop is the personification of the West Coast. It has just enough nautical overtones to give it a Deep Cove flavour, but not too many to make it cheesy. The store stocks gift items but also women's, men's, and children's clothing and footwear. Oh, and it's owned by Lyndon and Jamie Cormack, the minds behind Herschel Supply Co. so there are plenty of those, too.
4391 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
This European inspired café serves breakfast and lunch dishes, and everything in between. The Liege waffles are a great reward after your north shore adventures, and the Ploughman's Lunch will give you fuel if you're having a tough time getting started. The café serves Forty-Ninth Parallel coffee, Blasted Church wine, Deep Cove craft beer, and bread from Nelson the Seagull. Regardless of whether you'll burn off the calories, Café Orso is always worth a visit.
4316 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Honey Doughnuts and Goodies
While Honeys serves brunch and lunch, it's probably best known for its doughnuts. They are baked fresh throughout the day, so chances are you will get to enjoy it warm. These aren't your average doughnuts though - they are so packed with flavour there's no room for the hole! There's a big patio out front (on top of an AstroTurf soccer field) so everyone else can admire your doughnut eating.
4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
According to its website, this shop was inspired by the idea of finding an abandoned cottage in the woods on the sunny side of Indian Arm and bringing it back to life. This is probably the most perfect description of this little store. It's filled with succulents, skincare items, tea, ceramics, and textiles. It's the perfect place to find any gift - either for yourself or someone else.
105C - 4390 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver