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A day at Deep Cove?

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A day at Deep Cove?

Hello~

On our upcoming trip we are planning to visit Deep Cove for a kayaking experience. We will be doing this on either a Tues, Thrs, or Fri (hoping to keep an eye on weather before selecting exact day). Here are some questions I have, and thanks in advance!

- Getting there: We are staying in Yaletown (930 Homer). What is the easiest route and approximately how long will it take to get there? (We are relying on public transportation).

- Book a guided tour, or not?: We could rent a kayak for the 2-3 hours ($50-60 total), or consider booking the guided 3 hour tour that runs from 1-4pm. I'm not worried about our abilities without the guide, but wonder if the local information would be worth it? ($80 per person).

- After kayaking: is there enough to do in that area to stay around for the evening? Or should we return to home base and enjoy more Yaletown/Gastown strolling and dinner?

Thx!

Edited: 21 June 2011, 20:39
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1. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

On any of your weekdays, walk 3 blocks down Homer to Pender. The bus stop is on Homer St. on the north side of Pender heading downhill. Catch the #211 Seymour bus to Deep Cove. The schedule from that bus stop during the day is :37 and every half hour. The journey will take about 53 minutes and will cost $3.75. The bus will drop you about 2 blocks from the kayak place on the beach.

Guided tour? If the tour guide is good it would be worth it. There's lots of local history in Indian Arm.

Deep Cove is about 2 blocks long. Some shops and eateries. An art gallery and a theatre. A park, A yacht club. Other than that you would be better off back in the city.

For the return trip at say, 5 pm. you will want to catch the #212 Phibbs Exchange bus to Phibbs Exchange, transfer to the #210 Vancouver bus, which will return you to Pender and Homer or perhaps Richards. The afternoon/evening schedule for the #212 is 4:58, 5:28, 5:58, 6:28, 6:58 and then hourly.

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2. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

Use the trip planner on translink.ca for bus route. There are some service changes so best to get the updated info.

I've only paddled to the island in the middle of the cove. That takes about 1-1.5 hours each way. You can phone them and ask what the guide provides.

More dining options in Yaletown.

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3. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

The longer but more interesting transit route is to take Canada Line to Seabus then Deep Cove bus via Phibb's exchange. It would take a little longer but adds the Seabus ride and its scenery if that is of interest. I wouldn't pay for a kayak tour. A look at a chart will allow you a plan. The head of Indian Arm is 12 nautical miles. On the way you'll pass a few waterfalls and a 100 year old powerhouse. Youtube will show you some sights. There are limited evening options in this mainly residential area. I agree, better to return downtown. Near your accommodation is http://www.brixvancouver.com/ and the New Oxford Pub is next door to Brix.

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4. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

A good guide can add a lot in the way of historical and natural history information, so you are not only paddling about, but also learning about the environment you are paddling in. Is this worth $80 person? Only you can decide. You also can't be certain that the guide understands that they are a value added experience. If you are unlucky, you will get a young twerp who fails to understand their role, doesn't actually know any local history and thinks they are only out there to escort you and keep you safe.

I'd check with the kayak company about the expectations from the guides and make your decision from there. Certainly, from a safety and navigation perspective, its all pretty straight forward on Indian Arm and its a beautiful area, no need for a guide.

Edited: 21 June 2011, 22:02
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5. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

Going to disagree with others here and say If it's a nice evening I'd actually stay in Deep Cove and have dinner at the Arms Reach.. we've had some excellent meals here and the ambience is great..after dinner head back to your hotel and then do a nightcap/stroll in Yaletown.

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6. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

Also, there are some excellent restaurants at the Lonsdale Quay where you catch the Seabus or just up from the Quay. It is not necessary to go back into the city to eat. Taking the seabus, would give you a different view of the Vancouver harbour and landscape and is more pleasant viewing than the 210 bus from Phibbs exchange.

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7. Re: A day at Deep Cove?

Thanks to all! You've all given me good information and even a few new ideas to round out our day! I'll write about the outcome in the TR...:)

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