By MAGGIE M, Editor, Publisher, Wedgee-inChief, theWedge.LIVE
My tour guide was anxious as we closed in on our destination on the eastern most edge of North Vancouver; yet, she found parking space easily. This was astonishing to her as Deep Cove is usually overwhelmed with visitors. It was November after all.
The air was crisp and balmy. People were sitting on cafe porches.
This magical place opened up as we descended by foot on Gallant Street toward the village’s famous donut cafe, Honey Doughnuts & Cookies; but, I was distracted. My taste buds ceded to another desire.
“This is where I want to live,” I found myself saying, repeatedly.
I reconsidered as I viewed sale prices in a realtor’s window. Seems my taste is in the $2 – $3 million dollar bracket.
This short main road dotted with colourful shops, a gallery, a fountain, a theatre, bistros and cafes descended toward a marina, a park and a beach. A few sailboats gleamed in the sun on the harbour’s still waters hugged by mountains all around. It was quite a sight.
Deep Cove is ostensibly a residential village, embedded at the base of Mount Seymour. The Cove (how locals refer to it) is like an elbow on Indian Arm, a tributary of Burrard Inlet on the Pacific Ocean.
It’s also a favorite day trip for Vancouverites, a mere half-hour by car.
Finally, we concluded our foot expedition with our original intention, sinking our teeth into doughnuts made famous by its taste and texture–and its acclaim by Oscar winning actress, Kate Winslet.
I requested a “dry cappuccino,” without elaborating on its meaning as the barrista’s nod intimated familiarity. It was swiftly brought to our table, perfectly balanced, froth and bean. It joined that famous round delicacy.
The journey left me wanting more. I lingered in beautiful Cates Park, delaying our departure and averting my guide’s gaze to move on.
On my return I will climb Quarry Rock on the Baden Powell trail and look over The Cove. It’s the thing to do.
And I will climb into a kayak and explore its edges.