Deep Cove

Not many tourists make it out to this Vancouver Gem. For those who do it's well worth the effort

A beautiful day in North Vancouver's Deep Cove
A beautiful day in North Vancouver's Deep Cove cc licensed photo by Ruth Hartnup

Scenic and enticing, Deep Cove is located in the eastern edge of North Vancouver near the base of Mount Seymour. It was originally named Deepwater which pertained to both the village, and the little bay beside it.

Deep Cove, or the Cove as the locals say, is a waterfront area offering spectacular views. It's situated about 30 minutes or 13 kilometres northeast of downtown Vancouver. There are many recreational actives to enjoy in the village and its surrounding beach and park. These include swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, cycling, shopping, cafes, restaurants, picnicking, or test tasting ale from their local brewers. Visitors can rent canoes or kayaks from the Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak centre.

One popular short hike with an outstanding view is Quarry Rock, sometimes referred to as Grey Rock lookout. The 1.6 kilometre trail starts just beyond the park on Panorama Drive. At the beginning of the trail you ascend quickly up wooden stairs, next going up and over an entanglement of tree roots. Keep following the trail which levels off and leads you over a small wooden bridge. Eventually, after about a half hour of walking, you descend down to a larger wooden bridge. Once you've crossed it, continue up the wooden stairs. Continue following the trail while taking in the freshly scented forest grounds and several little creeks that lead you to a fork in the path. Take the right fork that leads to a clearing and up onto solid rock. You are now at the Quarry Rock lookout. Sit, rest and drink in the gorgeous panoramic views that are offered here from the high crag that overlooks Indian Arm.

One of many popular attractions in Deep Cove is Maplewood Farm. This attraction is operated by the Northern Vancouver District. It offers rides, self guided tours and introduces and educates you in farming and caring for farm animals.

Panorama Park in Deep Cove has great sheltered barbecuing and picnicking spots, however, if you would prefer to eat out, there are many nearby restaurants offering a wide variety in foods, both dine in or take-out, such as fish n chips, pizza, ice cream, Japanese foods, doughnuts, homemade cooking and more.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Deep Cove Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: 2200 Panorama Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2, Canada

Phone: (604) 990-2311

Official Website: Deep Cove

Deep Cove Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating All-time favorite place doesn't matter the weather, just in front of the inlet. You can do a lot of activities around here. Hiking, picnic, kayaking, or even just relaxing. Famous query rock 🪨 close by for a short, well marked trail for further amazing view from the top. There are benches almost every corner for resting your feet and enjoying the stunning view of the deep cove. Few local shops, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. in the neighborhood. They've done nice landscaping and gardening around the docks. There is also a boat rental place. You can rent a kayak or boat from there and enjoy the view from the different angels or even go to the other side of the inlet to belcarra picnic area or even further towards Indian Arms if your heart desires. Parking is a bit of a pickle. The main parking is always full. It's just behind the park, free for 3 hours. There is an overflow parking on the south side of the park further down the road on the right side, and some free street parking is also available along that stretch. On the pick time, it is still very difficult to find a spot. It's a must visit place if you live in or visit Vancouver. Never disappoints and highly recommended!
Mohammad M Islam - 8 months ago

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4 Star Rating Being a local in Vancouver, I totally love deep cove , be it sunny or cloudy . It feels like you are in the nature . The kayak area is also accessible and beautiful. You can walk , seat , chill , swim etc .
karnika saha - 10 months ago

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5 Star Rating Very adorable place in Vancouver. Calm and comfortable. It is the nice and good place to do picnic. Available to use washroom and you can refill the water. Most people do swimming and kayaking in summer season. There are several trails and a donut store near the park.
Zeka - a year ago

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Skytrain, SeaBus and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo or Canada LineWaterfront Station10 Minutes

How to get to Deep Cove by Skytrain, SeaBus and Bus

From Waterfront Station take the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay. After exiting the SeaBus walk to Bay #7 at the bus loop and catch the #239 Capilano University bus to to Phibbs Exchange bus loop. At Phibbs Exchange Bay #8, transfer to Bus #212 which will take you all the way to Deep Cove.

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