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Deep Cove

Deep Cove refers to both the community in the easternmost part of the District of North Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, and also the geographic name of the small bay beside the town. It is affectionately referred to as "The Cove" by local residents. Located at the foot of Mount Seymour, Deep Cove faces due east, fronting on to Indian Arm, a branch of the Burrard Inlet. Deep Cove is 13 kilometers (8 miles) from downtown Vancouver. While Deep Cove itself is not a new area, a lot of the homes lining its streets are. Other, expanded and restored homes, dating back 30 or 40 years, add character and charm. A select few homes on the waterfront, offer their own private moorage.

Deep Cove became a popular summer resort for Vancouver residents in the 1910s, with cabins, logging and granite quarrying featuring in the local history. For many years, the focal point of the community included a yacht club, dance hall and general store.

The population slowly grew in the 1960s and 1970s, when access to the area improved following the completion of the Second Narrows Bridge to Vancouver in 1960. However, Deep Cove held on to its rural feel, and a large, open horse paddock sat adjacent to Gallant Avenue in this period. Today, the Cove remains a popular attraction in the district, drawing visitors from neighbouring Cove Cliff, Dollarton, Parkgate, Indian Arm and Woodlands areas.

With its proximity to forests, mountains, skiing, parks and the water, Deep Cove is well known among outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The Deep Cove Bike Shop, a local institution, brought the first mountain bikes to Vancouver in the early 1980s.

Deep Cove is a popular small boat centre, with a Rowing Club, Canoe and kayak rentals and lessons, and a marina. 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.

For simple shopping pleasure, Deep Cove's Gallant Avenue is ideal. On Deep Cove Road is the Raven Pub, enjoyed by the locals particularly for its pizzas. For more traditional shopping, the area is served by two shopping centres. Dollar Shopping Centre provides a Food Store and a liquor store along with many small shops and a bank. Located by the side of Dollarton Highway, it is a short drive from Deep Cove. Heading west up the Mount Seymour Parkway from Dollarton Highway, you quickly come to the Parkgate Village Shopping Centre which offers a large food store (Safeway), and a number of small stores and services including the Lazy Bay Cafe, well known to be a local gathering place.

The Baden-Powell Trail leading up to the lookout point, Quarry Rock, is a popular spot for visitors, especially in the summer. The Community Centre boasts an art gallery, stage, and archive.

Deep Cove is served by two community schools, Cove Cliff Elementary and Seycove Secondary, as well as two other schools in the surrounding area. Students participating in the French immersion program attend Argyle Secondary School, Windsor Secondary School, Sherwood Park Elementary School, or Dorothy Lynas Elementary School.