I was recently able to spend a morning out in a kayak in Deep Cove and was reminded how special the North Shore truly is. From sea to sky there are natural wonders, tasty treats, and great communities to explore.
I was with a group and the first stop of the day was at Deep Cove Outdoors where we were treated to some legendary Rolly Polly doughnuts and coffee from Honey’s (just down the street).
General Manager Bob Putnam told us a bit about the services, products and special deals this summer from Deep Cove Outdoors:
Women on Water
Every Thursday evening at 6:00pm women are invited to come out for a paddle and to socialize with Women on Water.
Cheap Date Night
Every Friday evening is Cheap Date Night at the Cove where you can rent a single kayak (2 hour rental) for $20 and a double kayak for $30.
Explorer series: Full Moon
“We venture out on the night of the full moon with hopes of seeing it rise over the eastern mountains and flood Indian Arm with its silvery light.” Guides will take you over towards Belcarra where you will be able to float and watch this spectacle while learning about the moon and its effects on the tides.
You can rent a kayak for an afternoon, sign up for a guided tour, or take on one of the Deep Cove Outdoors multi-day adventures.
Even if you’re an experienced kayaker, if it’s your first time out in Deep Cove I would recommend having a guide as I learned a lot about local history, the dynamics of Deep Cove’s protected land and waters, and the Spanish explorers. While out on the water we were also told a story about how Belcarra came to be and that it’s a Celtic word meaning, “the fair land on which the sun shines”.
Getting out to Deep Cove you can take a transit bus, or choose between the scenic Dollarton Highway and Mount Seymour Parkway. Once you’re in the Cove, there are resturants, shops, an active community centre, beaches, Cates Park, Panorama Park and Deep Cove Park. You can also take walking tours to explore landmarks and the Cove’s history.
Before yesterday I hadn’t been out in a kayak in about 12 years and I realized I really missed the activity combined with being out on the ocean like that. I’m fortunate to have two more opportunities to kayak this summer and if I play my cards right, I just might get a special man in my life to treat me to an upcoming Cheap Date Night in Deep Cove.