I’d like to introduce another beautiful yet easy hike; The Quarry Rock Hike in Deep Cove on Vancouver’s North Shore. While my sister Emmy was in Vancouver, we had a super-snowy day in the city. Marc and I wanted to show her some pretty sights, so we took the bus over to Deep Cove. I actually thought it would be too snowy for a hike, so we were just planning to show her the pretty village of Deep Cove. However once we took a peek at the start of the Quarry Rock Hike, we sort of had to walk the whole way.
Quarry Rock Hike Map
Quarry Rock Hike – the basics:
Distance: 3.8 km
Time: 1.5 hours if you’re slow, an hour for speedier folks
Facilities: There are toilets in the park before the start of the trail
Elevation gain: Around 100m
Can you do it? YES! Although there are steps, this is an easy hike
The Quarry Rock Hike is the start of the Baden Powell trail, so if you’d like to go for a longer walk, this would be a good option. I’d really like to go back and walk further along this beautiful track!
The views from the pier at Deep Cove are pretty amazing when the world is frosty.
Emmy was not impressed by the icy roads and was slipping about pretty impressively. She was too cold to come out onto the pier, but Marc and I went right to the end to take a good jumping photo. The mountains at the other side of the water are the hills we hikes on the Diez Vistas walk near Buntzen lake.
We spent a little time looking around Deep Cove. There are quite a few cute small shops. Em and I both ended up buying new woolly hats (they’re called toques in Canada!) Mine is ridiculously bright orange, so Marc will always be able to spot me on our walks!
After that we headed over just to see the start of the hike.
The start of the Quarry Rock Hike
The first steps up to the Quarry Rock walk were super icy, but as the walk starts with steps, we could hold onto the rails. Then, as the steps moved further into the woods, the snow became crunchy, rather than icy, so it was easy to follow the path. Marc, Emmy and I went together and we started the walk at a very slow pace. Look how beautiful the snowy woods are.
My photos make it look quiet, but this was actually an incredibly busy walk. We were overtaken by quite a few different people and happy doggos. The walk doesn’t have a huge amount of elevation gain so it is pretty easy. It should take about 30 minutes to reach the Quarry Rock if there is no snow.
The light was beautiful. It wasn’t snowing while we walked, but there were so many flakes of snow floating down from the trees, that the air was still full of floating snowflakes. I love this kind of scenery!
Emmy had been walking quite a lot during the week. She wasn’t sure if she could do the whole walk. So, she headed back to deep cove while Marc and I zoomed to the end of the Quarry Rock Hike. As we made it to the end of the hike, there were ares of the woods that were a little more shady, so the snow piled up even further.
Once Marc and I started to walk quickly, it only took about 10 minutes for us to reach the end of the Quarry Rock Hike. The walk finished on a cliff face, looking down to Deep Cove and the Indian Arm. I have never seen sooo many people at the end of a hike! I guess because this is an easy walk and it was such a beautiful winters day, everyone seemed to have had the same hiking plans!
Jumping on Quarry Rock
I thought I should leave without my traditional jumping photo as there were just so many people. Marc thought I should jump anyway, and just keep all the people in the photo to show you all what it is really like on Vancouver’s popular walks. I heard from friends that this wasn’t actually that busy(!) In summer, you have to do the whole hike quite slowly as there are so many people that you just have to walk in line at the pace of the slowest person.
Stepping back slightly from the main Quarry Rock, you can see how large the rock is. The skyscrapers in the background are the city of Burnaby.
So Marc and I raced back along the path to catch up with Emmy. We didn’t want to keep her waiting and we were keen to see how long it would take us to do the Quarry Rock hike at our normal speed. I stilled kept stopping though. Wouldn’t you stop for photos when the world looks like this!?
Once we made it back around to Deep Cove, we stopped off for some famous Honey Doughnuts. To be honest, once I saw the queue, I wasn’t that keen to try a honey doughnut. I mean, can a doughnut really be worth waiting in line for 20 minutes? I was overruled, so we waited and we grabbed a whole doughnut each. So, I was wrong. Honey Doughnuts are worth waiting for. Each doughnut was hot and so tasty! I might not be a fan if they were served cold, but fresh out of the oven, these were goooood!
This was our view while we munched on honey doughnuts.
So, that was our lovely, easy hike from Deep Cove. The Quarry Rock Hike was beautiful in winter, but I have a feeling it’d be stunning at any time of the year. The trees will make you feel tiny, and it is a relaxing place to hike, even with so many other walkers nearby.
I mentioned above that this hike gets busy, but in 2019 it was getting so busy that now the number of hikers will be limited. If you can, do this hike on a weekday as it’ll be crazily busy during weekends and holidays. You can read more about the hiker limits here.