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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.