Take A Walk Along The Water
Deep Cove is such a charming place — it is in a big city, but it really does not seem like it with the small-town vibe. When we first arrived at Deep Cove, we took a walk along the stunning water. It was so peaceful early in the morning with only a few people in sight; those wandering to the starting point of the Quarry Rock hike.
Important to note: Parking is limited in Deep Cove, so arrive early!
Visit Honey Doughnuts
No visit to Deep Cove would be complete without stopping by Honey Doughnuts & Goodies. Their doughnuts are seriously so delicious; they are to die for. The maple is my favourite, but the chocolate and honey doughnuts are beyond delicious as well.
The cafe, known mostly for its high-quality doughnuts, really hit fame back in 2017 when Kate Winslet gushed about them during an interview at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
The cafe does get super busy, so expect a line. Also, you can expect to possibly have to wait for a new batch of doughnuts — they go fast!
Hike Quarry Rock
The main reason for our venture out to explore Deep Cove was to take in what is called one of the most scenic hikes in the Vancouver area. Quarry Rock is an easy 3.8Km hike, that with kids (freshly 2,4, and 6 years old), takes a couple of hours round trip. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking. You will want to bring a picnic to enjoy. There are some massive drop-offs, so always make sure your kids are safe. We helped the girls wander out a bit to see the view with us, but Jacob (2 years old) we knew would be too much, so we kept him seated back safely with his lunch at all times we were on the rock. It is wonderful to sit there and take in the breathtaking views of Indian Arm and the mountains around Belcarra.
Bring a lot of water, even on a cloudy day. In the summer the trail gets crazy busy. Make sure you wear athletic clothes — this is not a hike to do comfortably in jeans and flip flops!
Take Time To Relax
The kids and Comet were nice and tired out after the hike. Comet just wanted to roll around in the grass like a crazy puppy and the kids, of course, found extra energy to take in the neat playground with great views of the water. It was a great place to find some shade to sit and relax and let the kids run wild while we took in the pretty sights as we watched them play.