Deep Cove Day Out

Experience the beauty of the North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet.


All Experience Levels

Meeting Place:

Cates Park Boat Launch


10am start
3 or 6 hours


May - Oct LGBTQ2S specific *June 13, 20 *July 31-Aug 5 Pride Week, all 1pm bookings


3 hour $95
6 hour $155
*Lunch included
in 6 hour

Deep Cove Day Out

Paddling this beautiful fjord is a natural gem for anyone wanting to get into nature without having to travel far. Glaciers carved this fjord, leaving behind the steep coastal mountains that tower over us today. This trip starts at Cates Park in North Vancouver, and heads to Belcarra Park and Jug Island just across from the community of Deep Cove. Kayak legend and author George Dyson, who helped to inspire recreational sea kayaking, made his home along this very stretch of the Burrard Inlet in the 1970s. The tree fort that Dyson called home can still be seen from the water today. A gourmet lunch including seasonal and local ingredients with hot and cold drinks will be provided for the full day out.

We are excited to celebrate the LGBTQ2S community during Pride Month in June and Vancouver Pride Week in late July and early August! We will be running day trips to bring the community together in an outdoor setting. Please join us for one of our dates to connect in nature with great people. See also our Broken Group Island Journey if you are interested in a a multi day. We are offering two LGBTQ2S specific dates there. Bringing people together with commonalities and like stories is a big part of the Wild Root Journey. We believe in creating memorable trips that have depth, and offer more than just an escape into nature, but rather a return to nature, return to yourself and return to community.


Highlighted in orange below is the possible paddling range.

Where We Paddle

The Deep Cove Day Out Journey will include a 30-45 minute kayak orientation followed by 2 hours on the water. We will find a beach to lunch on and relax for about an hour. The return paddle will also be about 2 hours. The route and times may vary depending on weather and group dynamics; generally we will aim to paddle towards Belcarra Park, Jug Island and back. d back again.

When & Where We Meet

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time as a trip form and/or waiver will need to be filled out. If you are under 18, an adult will need to sign on your behalf.We will meet at Cates Park boat ramp in North Vancouver.  Public washrooms are a 2 minute walk away.  The meeting point is a 30 min drive from downtown Vancouver or a 45 min bus ride.  Map

What is Included

  • OCC Certified Instructor
  • OCC Field Leader Manual
  • 16 hours of interactive online learning
  • Outdoor Event Planning Checklists
  • Ongoing mentoring

What to Bring


  • Shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
  • Shorts or pants that dry quickly when wet.
  • 2 shirts so you can adjust your layers depending on the weather.
  • 1 light sweater
  • A wool hat for cold days.
  • Gloves for those who easily get cold fingers.

No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetic clothing such as fleece or polyester is a better option. These will warm with your body if wet.

Other items include:

  • A hat or sunglasses for sun protection
  • 1 litre of water and snack
  • Personal medications
  • Waterproof camera if possible, otherwise we have dry bags which will keep the camera dry

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Photo Gallery

Photos to enjoy from Deep Cove Day Out kayak journeys past!

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