Monday, August 16, 2010

The Cove in Deep Cove

"Once just a community of summer cottages, the beautiful little village of Deep Cove is a hidden treasure at the entrance to Indian Arm, off Burrard Inlet on the North shore of Vancouver.

"Beautiful, quiet and full of surprises, Deep Cove features some of the most relaxing scenery you'll find anywhere.

"The charming and growing waterfront community, surrounded by mountains, forests and ocean, . . . is just a 20-minute drive from Vancouver,"

(Twenty minutes unless, that is, you have to travel from east of Vancouver into the city on Highway 1--with long delays due to construction, then over the Second Narrows Bridge, and then east to Deep Cove.)

But even with the delays, the description from was enticing enough to convince us to visit the town.

Deep Cove became a popular summer resort for Vancouver residents in the 1910s. For many years, the yacht club was one of the focal points of the community.

The bay in front of the community is one of the few in Indian Arm which has both a sheltering shape and the shallow bottom required for overnight anchorage of pleasure vessels.

We took several photos of activity near the yacht club. A marina (photos above) was complemented by rocky areas along the shore that were more suited to walking and exploring,

while others were sandy and more suited to beach activity.

We took a short walk along the main street of town. From berries

to flowers

to sculptures and a fountain in a small park

to the tree-lined streets, the beauty of this town shone through.