Deep Cove is a beautiful seaside village at the far eastern edge of North Vancouver. It’s a wonderful place for walks, hikes, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Deep Cove in North Vancouver
Home to some of North Vancouver’s and the entire Lower Mainland’s most expensive real estate, Deep Cove is as picturesque as a West Coast village can get. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to kayak or paddle board, or simply to enjoy the views.
There are a couple of nice parks along the waterfront which on Friday evenings in the summer play host to free live music concerts. The sheltered bay is perfect for photos and boating, and kayak, paddle board and canoe rentals are available during the warmer season. Boating of any kind in Deep Cove is highly recommended.
The Village of Deep Cove
The village’s “downtown” consists primarily of a single street lined with restaurants, an ice cream parlour or two and coffee shops.
The Arm’s Reach Bistro in particular offers great food with nice views, and the local neighbourhood pub is the Raven which is famous for its pizza, boasts the largest selection of craft beer on the North Shore, and is located at 1052 Deep Cove Road, so not actually in the heart of the village itself. Trust us – their pizza is really good!
Deep Cove’s sandy beach is small, but nice for swimming. Running all along the water in town is a paved pathway, with Deep Cove’s pier and the marina in the middle.
Slightly to the north of the shops and restaurants is Panorama Park, with a picnic shelter, large grassy lawns on a hill and a popular children’s play area. It’s here at Panorama Park that events often take place, including summer concerts and Deep Cove Daze, among others.
To the south is the kayak and paddle board rental shop and then more parkland.
What to do in the Area?
Interested in going for a hike? Then head up the hill on the Baden Powell Trail, starting just up from the street by Panorama Park. It’s about a 45-minute hike one way (depending on how fast you go), meanders through beautiful forest trails, and ends up at the Quarry Rock clifftop overlooking the surrounding area.
Deep Cove is one of several little villages we recommend as some of Vancouver’s Best Places.
If you like Deep Cove, other similar places you might enjoy include Horseshoe Bay (terminal for BC Ferries), Fort Langley (a national historic site), White Rock (an oceanside resort community) and Steveston Village (a historic fishing village). Bowen Island is also a beautiful, rural seaside destination.
Tips and Advice
TIP #1: With its peaceful waters, Deep Cove is one of the best places anywhere for kayaking and paddle boarding. Treat yourself and rent a boat on a sunny day – you won’t be disappointed.
TIP #2: If you’re heading to Deep Cove in the summer on one of their free evening concert nights, get there early as parking even on regular good-weather non-event days can be challenging.
If there are no parking spaces available right at Panorama Park (on the left as you drive down through the village), then continue down the main street toward the water and then turn right as you come to the end. There is a small parking lot soon after, another one up the hill, and then miscellaneous places along the sides of the roads.
As you go further away from the village’s “downtown” just be sure not to park anywhere with a “residents only” sign or you’ll likely get towed or ticketed.
Events at Deep Cove
Deep Cove is host to a number of interesting events each year, including the following:
- Penguin Plunge – a New Year’s swim outdoors in the frigid waters takes place every January 1st in the early afternoon. About 300 participants take part each year, with many of them in costumes.
- Summer Concerts at Panorama Park – Free live outdoor concerts take place in the village on Friday evenings in the summer. (Similar concerts are offered elsewhere in North Vancouver on the same day as well, including in Lynn Valley and Edgemont Village.)
- Deep Cove Daze – A small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park on the last Sunday in August.