Food to Fuel your Adventure on Vancouver’s North Shore’s Quarry Rock Hike

By Ashley Lockyer

Wander through old growth forest, over streams and brooks, and you’ll find the perfect picnic place on Vancouver’s North Shore. The moderate Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove leads to a rocky bluff with clear views of the water, mountains, and cityscapes, and is accessible year-round.

The pre-hike view from Deep Cove is almost as good as the hike itself.

All hikes require energy but don’t worry. This dockside town has plenty of portable portions to fuel your adventure. Stock your snack pack at these charming, locally owned businesses:

Honey’s Donuts & Goodies

Even the name of this place makes hikers hungry. This North Shore Vancouver breakfast cafe is famous for their doughnuts, baking, and all day, everyday brunch.

Grab and go: Bite into a crunchy, chewy, I’ve-lost-my-words Honey’s doughnut. Sample their hoops of goodness in classic honey glazed, chocolate, and maple bacon varieties. Bonus: Doughnuts can double as motivation for the Quarry Rock hike.
Fuel: Every day, Honey’s crafts homemade food from scratch. Savour their baking, breakfasts, or enjoy a freshly made sandwich inside this homey cafe.

Covert Cafe

Apparently, the neighbours are complaining about the addictive scents wafting out of this spot’s door. They bake and make grandma-approved food in a modern and airy atmosphere.

Grab and go: If you need some wholesome, like-grandma-made-it energy, try the “cin-ful” cinnamon buns, scones, or brownies at Covert Cafe. These recipes were handed down to the owner who inherited his grandma’s love of baking.
Fuel: Want a meal-sized cinnamon bun dripping with cream cheese icing? Or, a prefer a handful of the swirling snackables above? Either way, you’ll have stacks of snacks to meet your hunger needs.

Bluhouse Cafe

Local, organic, gluten free, and vegan. Experience the goodness in good taste at this hybrid market/cafe. Also, you’ll find a mini farmer’s market and local craft shop out back to get some groceries and gifts for the road.

Grab and go: Power up your health and enthusiasm with a tasty energy bar. Or, suit your sugar fix with some freshly baked treats.
Fuel: Crepe things happen at Bluhouse. Try their “Naughty Nutella” crepes for some tasteful humour or their “Aloha” ones with housemade coconut mango butter. Yum. Plus, they’re made with buckwheat flour, so you’ll feel full of more than just adventure.

Cafe Orso

Stop by for an urban European cafe experience that sources and serves local food, including beer on tap and fancy coffee. Oh, and get a picture with their bear outside (seeing one on the trail is rare).

Grab and go: Want tons of energy without refined sugar? Is that even possible? Yes. These energy balls come pre-packed with chocolatey deliciousness that can be quickly tossed into your backpack.
Fuel: Choose a pastry that packs some protein. Devour Orso’s flakey, crispy ham and cheese croissants.

Take a short hike out of the downtown and explore the North Shore’s food scene. After completing the Quarry Rock rainforest trail, you may have a hard time deciding which you savoured more: the food or the view.

Either way, make sure you bring some snacks home for your friends or they might send you our on another hike.