Deep Cove Outdoors is North Vancouver’s foremost Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfski, Nordic Ski and Snowshoe specialty store. We are located in North Vancouver at 352 Lynn Avenue, behind Canadian Tire, about 20 minutes drive from Downtown Vancouver.
We have over 100 kayaks in stock to satisfy all levels of paddlers, ranging from novice paddlers to experienced open sea racers. We offer a complete line of accessories including PFDs, paddles, spray skirts, rescue equipment, clothing, footwear, roof racks.
Our winter inventory consists of a variety of Nordic equipment satisfying skiers from novice to racing levels. Our main focus is to provide our customers with top service in conjunction with top Nordic skiing and Snowshoes brands.
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic retail staff are dedicated paddlers and skiers who know their stuff so can give you great advice if you need some direction, arrange demos or help you out with any parts you might need.
Bob’s passion for paddling can be seen in his enthusiasm for the sport of surfskiing, which he spends a majority of his time either doing, watching or promoting. In 2014 he started the Canadian Surfski Championships which has grown to be one of the most in demand races on the world circuit.
In 1998, Bob started the Tuesday Night Races (TNR), encouraging paddlers of all levels to come out and participate in a series of fun and exciting races each week. Bob has worked hard to promote a strong and involved paddling community. This is particularly evident in the number of racers who partake in the post-race pub night where they watch the race they just rocked (or didn't…), revel over their prizes, and talk paddling in a casual, inviting atmosphere.
When Bob isn't on his surfski or spending quality time with his incredibly active family, he enjoys cycling and cross-country skiing. His experience and passion for outdoor sports allows Bob to understand the specific sporting needs of those around him, and he's always willing to help people develop their sporting skills and adventurous ambitions.
Viviane’s love for kayaking stemmed from the Outdoor Recreation Program at Capilano University where she studied after moving to Vancouver from Sao Paulo, Brazil. After the course, she worked for two seasons in the Queen Charlotte Islands, leading groups around the incredible scenery up there.
She started working at Deep Cove Outdoors as a retail associate in 2007, and became manager in 2011. When not at the store Viv’s favourite activity is mountain biking, and if not that cross country skiing, and if not that paddling...you get the picture - she likes being outside!
Bram is in contention for longest lasting employee at Deep Cove - he’s been working for us for going on 10 years now, first starting as Beach Crew when he was 19, then progressing to run the rental operation for four years before moving to Deep Cove Outdoors in 2012.
He studied social sciences at SFU, and is an asset to the store in terms of his attentiveness to customers’ needs and finding solutions to any problem he is presented with. Outside of work, which he sees as a way to facilitate a recreation based lifestyle, he likes boats (surfskiing), boards (SUP surfing), bikes (mountain biking) and beers. The order of priority of those varies on a daily basis!
Corey is our rookie (if we can still call her that after a year), and boy are we lucky to have her. With a background of pioneering snowsports and bike sports in BC, her knowledge and enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits is enviable. She took part in some of the first snowboarding world cup comps, mountain biked for the BC Games and then went on to coach high school programs for those and field hockey.
A mum of four, she was also a flight attendant with Air Canada for ten years, so biking, hiking, skiing and paddling gave her well-needed breaks from both kids and job! She went on to be a youth councillor, and focused on getting the kids in her programs outside and active, a legacy she continues to work on now. She was a natural fit for Deep Cove Outdoors, and her deep interest in talking to people and finding out what it is they need means she is sought out by customers on a regular basis.
Peter Buchmuller mans our repair service, and his expertise is well known throughout the lower mainland. His story goes back to the early 70’s when he started working with his Dad – Walter Buchmuller – building and repairing kayaks. This lasted through to 1999 so he picked up nearly 30 years of build and repair experience along the way.
Today, Peter works with fiberglass, composites, carbon, kevlar, and even some plastics. Using these materials he can repair kayaks, surfskis, stand up paddleboards, surfboards, and paddles. His maxim is: If it floats (or is supposed to) and it fits in the workshop, we can probably fix it. And if it has a leak, he’ll find it and plug it. We expanded last year to give Peter a full building workshop space and he manages to fill it with kayaks, paddleboards and surfskis even in the depths of winter. Oh, and he just LOVES to wax skis too ;)
When not in the workshop, in the winter you can find him skiing harder than any of us younger skiers on the downhill slopes at Cypress or Tod Mountain (which he steadfastly refuses to call Sun Peaks), and in the summer he’s out on his bike.
Amy is another staff member who has stayed with the company in a number of roles - starting out as Supervisor at the beachfront for two seasons before moving to DCO full time in 2013. She now heads up the Communications for the both sides of the business, and if you have anything needing to be put out to the world, she’s your girl.
Always chipper, Amy is passionate about the opportunities afforded to her here in BC - she lived in London for 7 years before coming out here in 2010 and is still trying to get the smog out of her lungs by hiking, skiing, snowboarding, paddling, camping, exploring and anything else that takes her outside.