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An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail

An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail

  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail
  • An afternoon in Deep Cove: Quarry Rock & Baden Powell Trail

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Can I just say, I love long weekends. Especially when the sun comes out. Over the Easter long weekend, I was so excited to get in a few hikes including this one in Deep Cove.


I started off with Quarry Rock and to avoid the crowds (relatively speaking) continued along the Baden Powell Trail to Mount Seymour Provincial Park.


Getting There


Believe it or not, the majority of hikes I do are transit accessible. Stay tuned: I have a post coming soon on how to hike without a car. From downtown Vancouver, the 211 bus goes directly to Deep Cove.


Exploring Deep Cove


Before embarking on your hike, there are a few cute shops, cafes, and restaurants along the main street in Deep Cove. A standard Vancouver favourite is picking up a doughnut at Honey’s Doughnuts after you hike Quarry Rock. Cafe Orso is another great choice for avocado toast, waffles, and coffee. I love taking a few pictures from Panorama Park of the harbour, surrounding ocean and mountains, before starting my hike.



Hiking up Quarry Rock 


Quarry Rock is by far one of the most popular hikes in Vancouver. It’s relatively short, not too challenging or technical, and has lovely views once you reach the top. You are likely to encounter a few, or many people on the trail depending on the time of day and day of the week you go. While it can be a test in patience, it is also a good hike to do alone since there are so many people around.



Since there are so many people around, you likely won’t need any trail directions but you can find them here. When I hiked up Quarry Rock on Saturday, the rain had just stopped. The sun was shining, the trees were still dripping with water, and the fog was slowly burning off. It was gorgeous and such a welcome reminder that we do in fact live in a rainforest here (and that nature is awesome).



Continuing along the Baden Powell Trail


After reaching the top of Quarry Rock, I like to continue along the Baden Powell (BP) Trail into Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Follow the BP orange trail markers to find your way. There are also several trail maps every 20-25 minutes or so.

On the weekend, I took the BP trail past Indian River Road and Mount Seymour Road. I then took the Old Buck Trail all the way down to the parking lot and trailhead. From there, it is a 5-10 minute walk to Parkgate Village and the bus stop. The entire hike took around 2-2.5 hours with lots of stops for pictures.

If you are feeling incredibly adventurous or looking for a longer trail run, you can go all the way from Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon and Grouse Mountain (25 km). I did this last year and it was a great long run with some challenging terrain, rolling hills, and elevation gain.



Getting Home


After a quick stop at Parkgate Village for coffee and snacks (and a quick charge of my dying iPhone), I headed to the bus stop a few 100m away and hopped on the 211 bus back home. Another great afternoon out on the trails!


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