Transit Tourist – Deep Cove
I’ve lived car-free for almost five years. One of the things I miss the most is Sunday adventures. Jumping in the car and heading off to discover a part of Vancouver I haven’t visited for a while. This summer I’ll be using public transit for my Sunday Transit Tourist adventures.
My first trip is to Deep Cove, the most easterly suburb of North Vancouver. It’s on Indian Arm, 13 km from downtown Vancouver and a 45 minute bus ride on weekends and holidays.
I use Google Maps to plan transit trips in advance, that way I’m prepared in the event something happens. The #211 Seymour bus from Pender at Granville leave every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays and arrives in Deep Cove about 45 minutes later. It’s a busy route, so before we were out of the downtown area it was standing room only. The last stop dropped us off a block and a half from the main shopping and eating area and about 3 blocks from the waterfront.
Catch the #211 bus at the same stop for the return trip to ensure a seat. There’s another stop near the waterfront that’s quite busy. TIP: Download the Translink mobile app for bus times. The #212 bus also leaves from the same stop, but you’ll have to transfer to get to downtown Vancouver
What to Do
- Hiking Trails
Deep Cove is the start of the Baden Powell Trail, a 41km hike that ends in Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. It’s an intermediate trail and often broken up into several shorter day trips. It’s important you be prepared and hike in a group. The first section, the Quarry Rock hike is 3.8km long that takes about an hour and a half and is rated easy.
Deep Cove is the home of Deep Cove Kayaking. They offer individual and guided paddles. I’ve paddled from Deep Cove up Indian Arm and recommend it highly. They also rent stand up paddleboards and surfski.
There are two waterfront parks in Deep Cove, right off the main street. Panorama Park is 2 ½ hectares with a beach, areas to sit, a play area for kids and picnic facilities. This is the easterly access point to the Baden Powell Trail.
Deep Cove Park is 5 hectares on the waterfront with walks, a picnic area a play area for kids and washroom facilities.
Where to Eat
The main street has several restaurants and they were all busy the day I was there. Mostly fast food, pizza and fish and chip shops are popular. I had lunch at Osaka Sushi. Although the restaurant was packed, the staff was courteous and service was fast. I had the $12 lunch special, Salmon Oshi. I’d give Osaka Sushi 5 stars.
Packing a picnic lunch is a healthier option and there are picnic areas in both waterfront parks. (next time)
Deep Cove is the perfect spot to get outside and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s a busy transit route, so leave a bit early and walk the extra couple of blogs to the first stop on the return trip to ensure a seat.
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