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Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove is considered one of Canada’s most picturesque villages by tourists and travel journalists alike. It is a major destination during June, July and August as the small harbour becomes busy with boaters, campers and kayakers. Much of the village is comprised of buildings held aloft by wooden pilings, standing the test of time since their original construction.

Telegraph Cove sits at the entrance to Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve. Up to 200 Killer Whales (Orcas) follow the annual salmon runs that enter the area beginning in late June. Upon their arrival each summer the whales rub their bodies against the barnacle-encrusted rocks at the mouth of the Tsitika River, an unexplained phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for many years.

Telegraph Cove is a long journey north from Campbell River but well worth the trip to one of the foremost waterfront environments on Vancouver Island with unprecedented access to rugged isolated wilderness.  

Fast Facts

Telegraph Cove is the starting point to some spectacular wild life watching boat trips throughout its cluster of neighbouring inlets. Orca (Killer) whales and Grizzly Bears sightings are standard fare.

Local Attractions

p plane iconTelegraph Cove is built on a series of pilings and the tiny village has a signature boardwalk running through the center.

p plane iconExplore the North Island’s Kwakwaka’wakw culture nearly 8,000 years old.

p plane iconRadio listeners within 15 kilometers of the killer whale sanctuary can tune into the all-whale radio station. If you listen closely you might hear Dory from Finding Nemo

p plane iconThe Whale Interpretive Centre was created to make the public aware of marine life in the area and the threats that continually face them. The Bones Project exhibit displays complete skeletons of two different whales, a sea lion, seal, dolphin and otter.

p plane iconNorth Island Discovery Centre gives historical understanding for large forested area of British Columbia.

Stubbs Island, located off Telegraph Cove, has gained traction in recent years for being an important diving site. From terraced ledges, to cascading underwater cliffs and even the chance to swim with orcas and dolphins should not be missed. The main attraction for the cove continues to be Stubbs Island Charters. For nearly 30 years it has been the leading tourism draw for Telegraph Cove as it continues to show some of the world’s greatest whale watching opportunities.

The nearby Great Bear Rainforest is world renowned for its near untouched wilderness and home to the legendary “Spirit Bear” or Kormode Bear, a rare white furred sub species of the more common black bear. Kayaking tours are available to explore the shores that shelter this spectacular wilderness treasure.


Outdoor Activities

Bear and Whale viewing tours are the staple of Telegraph Cove and a must during your stay. You will usually see many types of wildlife during summer months including dolphins, sea and river otters and of course seals and sea lions.


Cultural Tours

First Nation guides do cultural tours teaching legacy of the Kwakwaka’wakw people at Alert Bay and Yukusam (Hanson) Island.