Monday, 19 May 2014

Sea kayaking with Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak near Vancouver, B.C.

by Keith and Heather Nicol
Paddling toward Jug Island
     On Sunday, May 18 we headed to Deep Cove near Vancouver to try kayaking in Indian Arm and do a short hike to Quarry Rock. We were joined by our daughter Kristie and her boyfriend Eric. We had booked a 2 hour rental which allowed us to paddle around several islands and along the rugged shoreline of Indian Arm. Some of the shoreline that we paddled along had homes clinging to the steep rocky cliff. As we paddled north along our 8.5 km route the landscape was more wild and we saw a seal near Jug Island.  Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak also rents stand up paddle boards and leads guided kayak tours and provides lessons in both activities. After our paddle we had lunch in the park that overlooks the harbour and then did the Quarry Rock hike which is part of the Baden Powell Trail. This 1.9 km hike is well marked (but is steep in sections) and on this day was incredibly popular. All ages and stages were doing this hike which ends at a rocky bluff overlooking Deep Cove. This was a great way to spend a day in Deep Cove. We recommend booking at Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak in advance since they tend to book up in good weather and on weekends. See: for more information.
Kristie points to Racoon Island in Indian Arm

The Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre is a popular place - book ahead
Quarry Hill hike gives a good view of Deep Cove

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