Deep Cove is only minutes from Vancouver, yet after paddling a short distance you will feel isolated from civilization. From Deep Cove you can paddle all the way to the end of Indiam arm, a 3-4 hour paddle (the route up Indiam arm is shown above along with a mountain-bike ride that some people take all the way to Squamish).
Most people just explore the immediate area around Deep Cove, including some nearby Islands. The area is sheltered and usually calm and it's a perfect beginners paddle.
You can extend the paddle all the way up Indian arm, camp, visit falls, and explore. The longer versions are generally covered elswhere on trailpeak (use search - for Deep Cove as nearest).
There's great mountain scenery, waterfalls and islands.(and unfortunately signs of logging and the Buntzen Lake power plant). Launch from Deep Cove, on the North shore, (take the Second Narrows Bridge from Vancouver then follow the signs) or from Belcarra, 28 km east of Van. Take Hastings Street and the Barneet Highway to Port Moody, the follow the signs to Ioco and Belcarra. Hazards: lots of small boat traffic. Be conspicuous, and stick to the shoreline.
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Posted By: Travtera
- Wed Aug 17 18:06:28 UTC 2016
UpsideThe pay off at Granite Falls is worth it, the falls are spectacular and make the trip worth it on its own. There was a nice pool below the falls you can swim in, cold but refreshing. Good paddling, perfect distance for an overnight trip. Lots of tent pads at Granite Falls. The scenery is beautiful, I liked the BC Hydro buildings. Lots of seals spotted along the way, only saw one up close though. Thousands if not millions of jellyfish floating beneath you, pretty awesome. DownsideModerate power boat/yacht traffic all the way up the arm. Felt like we never got a break from them. Not as isolated or secluded as I was hoping for. Lots of people at the campround, not a lot of privacy and there are vacation homes/cabins all the way up the arm, so never really felt like I got away from it all. Mind you, our last canoe trip was the Bowron Lakes so maybe I'm being unfair? Bathrooms were not stocked with TP, make sure to bring your own. We left from Belcarra Park, where there's no overnight parking allowed so we had to park on the street nearby. CommentGranite Falls, the seals and the jellyfish make this well worth the trip. Really nice paddling the majority of the way. We made the mistake of leaving to late in the afternoon, around 2pm on a Monday. Far too much boat traffic for my liking, so I reccomend leaving earlier as the tide schedule permits. Took us around 3 hours each way from the beach at the Belcarra Picnic Area to Granite falls. We swung around the outside of the twin islands but it was very busy. The way back we left around 8:30am and the water was very calm and there was pretty light powerboat traffic. We'll do it again, I think next time we'll leave from Deep Cove as I've read there's available overnight parking on that side of the arm.
Posted By: EastIndian
- Wed Jul 15 13:50:12 UTC 2015
I am a 34 years old man from New West, BC. I dont know how to swim or canoe. Should I learn how to swim first before I take the 14 hours paddling trip that starts from Deep Cove ? As far as Canoeing is concerned I have watched many videos on YT and I guess I will be able to do it. Do you think I should get practical lessons on Canoeing before I get into the waters ? If yes, from where ?Is it expensive ?
Thanks in advance !!
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Posted By: Barefoot
- Tue Jun 17 05:14:01 UTC 2014
UpsideIt is closer than you think! Clean campsites and stocked outhouses at Granite Falls. DownsideAfternoon wind on a rainy day made for a bit more challenge, allow for a bit more extra time on your return Comment7 of us paddled in kayaks and canoes first to Twin Islands for a quick stop, then to the old powerstation, then Bishop Creek campground for lunch and finally Granite Falls. Total time from departure from Deep Cove was 6 hours.
The highlight of the trip was drinking beers and paddling up the estuary at high tide, at the end of the indian arm. Beautiful clear water and sandy/rocky mid-river islands warrant perhaps another trip up to spend the night in the estuary.
Would also love to return to investigate an opening in the rock wall on the west side of the arm, seemed only 3-4 feet high and 2-3 feet wide but I wish we stopped to look in! I think I have seen some pictures of it on the internet and it appears that you can go in a good ways.
Posted By: dgarson
- Mon Jul 20 04:25:48 UTC 2009
QuestionI'm considering an overnight trip up indian arm. where are the best places to park your car overnight in deep cove?ANSWERS are in this forum: kayaking indian arm
Posted By: Mike&Wendy
- Wed Sep 28 20:15:10 UTC 2005
UpsideThis is a great trip to get away from it all in a hurry. I paddled to Granite falls for an overnight trip and had the place to myself! This is such a nice place to go since the paddle can be completed by just about anyone. Even when it's windy the water rarely gets really rough. Do yourself a favour and visit Silver Falls along the way, during the spring you can see litterally millions of Moon Jellyfish in the tiny cover at the falls, it is very dramatic. DownsidePowerboats.......... CommentI like going up the Arm on a flood tide and returning on an ebb tide, if possible, to take advantage of the areas of current.
Posted By: Summer
- Mon Aug 23 21:06:46 UTC 2004
UpsideEasy paddle, calm water (especially in the morning), great water fall at the end of the 18,1 km trip to Granite Falls campsite. DownsideTons of jellyfishes make a swim break gooey. CommentNot the friendliest staff at the kayak rental place, but great trip and really nice swim in the freshwater pool at the waterfall.