Leave the beach in Deep Cove and paddle north across the Cove in the direction of Deep Cove Marina. Watch for motor boats. As you pass the marina and enter Indian Arm you will pass the steep shoreline and beautiful homes. After 2 kilometers you will come to Lone Rock Point, aka Danger Bay Island. There is a beautiful log home on the island and this is where you turn east to cross the channel to Raccoon Island, about 1 km.
From Raccoon Island veer slighty north still heading for the east shore. You should be able to see Twin Island, 1km. They tend to blend in with the far shore. Once you reach Twin Islands check out the lagoon between the two islands and be sure to have a wander around on the north island which is substantially bigger than the south. If you are brave there is a large cliff on the east side of Big Twin from which you can jump into the water. Check tide height. Bring a mask, snorkel and fins as the swimming and snorkeling is great.
On the return trip if you decide to walk around on Raccoon look out for the killer Canada Geese. Especially in the spring when they are very territorial. This is a popular nesting place and you should be able to see lots of egg shells.
From Raccoon head south to Jug Island. Use the power line tower as a marker for Jug which is also very close to shore. There is a nice beach here and a trail head on which you can take a very pleasant and scenic side hike to Belcarra Park. 5 km round trip. Swimming here is nice.
From Jug Island head west to Deep Cove and return.
Click for Directions from Google Maps to Deep Cove and the launch beach and rental shop. Deep Cove is just east of North Vancouver follow the signs along Dollarton or the Mt. Seymour Parkway ending on Deep Cove Rd and descending to the water front and Panorama park.
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