Traveler, travelers, stay a while and listen here. I’ll tell you of a place you’ll want to hear. Outside Vancouver’s downtown limits, up north and east a short way is a place secluded from the daily toll, where the morning fog lingers at the tree line and the calm water soothes the soul. The quiet neighborhood along the waterfront basks in the morning lights. And the views – oh the views will take up all your camera’s megabytes.
Walkers, joggers, and runners, too, all beat to the rhythm of the bobbing water blue. Look! There’s a couple intertwined, walking down the pier with their hearts aligned. And in the distance a kayaker sets out to explore Deep Cove; perhaps he’ll return with loot from a treasure trove.
So this was the scene which we found ourselves in early January, 30 minutes from the busy streets and bustling shops of Downtown Vancouver. The drive was smooth once we got out of the city. It seemed we were the only ones driving up here, at least at this time of the year. I’m sure in the summer Deep Cove would attract locals and tourists alike.
The air was at that perfect cold temperature that refreshes you and doesn’t hurt you. We made it out to the pier as sunlight invaded the cove and stood there admiring the idyllic scenery until our faces told us to get warmth. Standing at the end of the waterfront, a kayak rental shop stayed closed. This would be an epic spot to come back in the summer, I thought.
You can rent the kayaks and go deep into the cove (I guess that’s why it’s called Deep Cove). From the pier you’d be able to paddle all the way up to Croker Island and Iron Bay. I wonder what kind of natural beauty lay beyond the pier and the horizon in front of us, but I intend to find out this summer. Perhaps I could commandeer one of the boats docked along the pier but that would require me knowing how to commandeer things and how to drive a boat.
We left the pier and headed to Arms Reach Bistro. The staff was very nice and gave us seating outside accompanied by warm blankets. I’ve been to Vancouver many times and have eaten in many excellent restaurants, but the spicy pasta from Arms Reach Bistro has to rank up there in the top 3 dishes I’ve eaten in the Greater Vancouver area. It’s just the right amount of spicy and the flavoring was delicious. I’m definitely coming back here.
After lunch we said our good-byes to this sleepy and picturesque little town. I felt unsatisfied. That water looked too nice to be left un-swam in, un-kayaked, and unexplored. The adventurer in me will not rest until Deep Cove has been thoroughly traversed.
Leaving Deep Cove, we stopped by Cates Park along the way. There are several small beaches here and a boat ramp that overlook an industrial Vancouver on the other side. We walked out on the pier and discovered that many locals had congregated here to try their luck catching crabs. They didn’t need luck at all actually. With homemade crab traps, crabbers young and old were tossing them in and reeling them back with crabs crawling all over. Most of them were thrown back because they didn’t meet size specifications, but I was amazed at how easy it was to catch one. Cates Park was a short visit but was memorable. I truly liked how people here lived. I could picture myself living in this small town atmosphere so close to the metropolis that is Vancouver.
If you’re ever in Vancouver, put Deep Cove on your itinerary – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For another side trip outside of downtown Vancouver, read Easy hike, amazing rewards – off the beaten path in Vancouver, BC.
Travel on my friends!