Deep Cove is the easternmost part of the North Shore, and includes the neighbourhoods of Cove Cliff, Dollarton, Parkgate, Indian Arm and Woodlands. It is a fjord located at the entrance to Indian Arm and surrounded by lush rain forest on the slopes of Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Deep Cove is an attractive beachfront village with a charming retail centre. Once known as Deepwater, this was a popular summer resort for Vancouver residents in the 1910s, with cabins, logging and granite quarrying featuring in the local history. Today, the cove itself is home to a park and a marina, and is popular for its east exposure and great morning sun..
It's a solid drive from Vancouver, giving residents a relaxed "vacation" feel which seems to bring with it high prices and mostly upper-middle-income inhabitants. Because its on the lee slope of a mountain, it gets a lot of rain and little sunshine.
The population slowly grew in the 1960s and 1970s, when access to the area improved following the completion of the Second Narrows Bridge to Vancouver in 1960.
Indian River is a fairly newly developed area on the eastern flank of Mount Seymour, along Indian River Road. Home here have views of Indian Arm. Northlands has large, luxurious family homes built around the new Northlands Golf Course, to the west. Mount Seymour Parkway.
Dollarton is the southeast-most extreme of the North Shore, touching on Indian Arm on one side and Burrard Inlet on the other, with Cates Park as the community showpiece. Dollarton is named for Robert Dollar, who bought 100 acres in 1916 to build a mill here, and the townsite here was built around his mill.
Home owners get seaside-community ambiance along with a nice waterfront park. Housing is usually in the form of older cottages, character homes and bungalows, some dating back 30 or 40 years. Newer construction tends to be for large senior-executive view properties and waterfront estates. There are four main neighbourhoods here: Deep Cove along the water, Cove Cliff overlooking Indian Arm, Dollarton nestled against Cates Park, and Indian Arm higher up on the hill closer to Mount Seymour. A select few homes on the waterfront, offer their own private moorage.
Dollarton has many homes with views of the Burrard Inlet and the north shore of Burnaby, or across to Belcarra and Ioco. Dollarton is a quiet neighbourhood with mostly single family homes with one townhome complex beside the golf course. There are several homes that have 100 foot waterfront lots.
Homes in Deep Cove run $800,000-1.4 million averaging 920,000; with condos running 328-390,000 and waterfront properties in the $1 to 2 million range.
The Indian River is mostly single family homes, and some standard and high-end townhouses. The development still has a thousand undeveloped acres. The Northlands Golf Course development combines of high-end townhouses and single-family houses, that will eventually surround the golf course. Price Range: $350,000 to $600,000
Deep Cove is served by Cove Cliff Elementary School, Sherwood Park Elementary and Seycove Secondary School, and students participating in the French immersion program attend nearby Argyle Secondary School or Dorothy Lynas Elementary School.
Gallant Avenue and Panorama Drive are the heart of shopping & dining in Deep Cove. There's even a community theatre well known for its stage productions There are a number of quaint stores in Deep Cove, though the Dollar Shopping Centre is about a mile away on the Dollarton Highway. Up the Mount Seymour Parkway from Dollarton Highway, locals can grocery shop at the Parkgate Village Shopping Centre
The "Cove" as it is known has Kayaking and canoeing school and rental, and has marina for small boats. The Deep Cove Bike Shop brought the first mountain bikes to Vancouver in the early 1980s, for outdoor enthusiast's to enjoy the area's forests, mountains and trails. The Baden Powell Trail starts here, leading up to the Quarry Rock lookout. Picnicking is popular in Panorama Park, with folks grabbing food from the local deli, pizza joint or donut shop. Of course there is skiing (in winter) and mountain biking (in summer) on Mount Seymour. The Community Centre with an art gallery, stage, and archive is also well-visited. There is golfing at the public Seymour Golf Course, and more recreation activities are centered around Cates Park to the south. Nearby are two golf courses, the Seymour Golf and Country Club and the brand-new Northlands Golf Course,