Telegraph Cove – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching. Photo: Boomer JerrittThis iconic destination for thousands of visitors every year is famed for its ecotourism and a postcard waterfront setting featuring multicoloured clusters of buildings and homes that cling to the rocky shoreline. A century ago all that was here was a one-room telegraph shack from which loggers, fishermen and pioneers would stay in touch with the outside world. Telegraph Cove grew a little bigger when a fish saltery, sawmill, school and general store were built over the years. Many of these historic buildings were built above the water on stilts and joined by a boardwalk. Suites, cabin rentals, two marinas, a pair of RV parks and a luxury oceanfront strata subdivision have brought Telegraph Cove resolutely into the 21st century.

Area Highlights

  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Self-guided Historical Boardwalk Tour
  • Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours
  • Whale Interpretive Center
  • Fishing Charters

Situated in a sheltered inlet at the northern end of Johnstone Strait, across from the Broughton Archipelago, Telegraph Cove is a famed starting point for wilderness tours. Whale watching season runs from May to October, and a comfortable, modern fleet of watercraft set out daily in pursuit of resident and migratory orcas, humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions. Grizzly bear safaris depart by boat destined for Knight Inlet and the Great Bear Rainforest in the foothills of the mainland Coastal Mountain range. Other top activities include fishing, kayaking, diving, hiking and tours of the Whale Interpretive Centre. One bonus for visitors these days is a newly widened and realigned paved road dotted with scenic viewpoints on the way in from Highway 19.


Hidden Cove Lodge

Semi-remote ocean front lodge and cottages powered with wind, solar and generator. Surrounded by lush forest and wildlife, situated on Johnstone Strai ... Read More

Telegraph Cove Resort

Voted one of the ten best “towns in Canada to visit” by travel writers (Harrowsmith Magazine), Telegraph Cove is an iconic destination for thousan ... Read More

Drift Inn

Exclusive vacation home located at the historic Telegraph Cove. Large 3-bedroom home with spectacular views of beautiful Johnstone Strait from every ... Read More

Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park is your premier gateway to Vancouver Island adventure. Telegraph Cove was home to a lumber mill and salmon cannery in ... Read More



Seahorse Café & Gallery

Welcome to the Seahorse Café & Gallery Telegraph Cove, BC! Our patio seats 60 people. Bus tours, call (250)527-1001 or email fo ... Read More

Whale Interpretive Centre

The Whale Interpretive Centre is located in a renovated historical site (the "Old Freight Shed") in Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island. Teleg ... Read More

Ripple Coast Society

Ripple Coast Society provides fun, experiential and fascinating nature tours with the ecosystems and wildlife of coastal British Columbia to help unde ... Read More

Telegraph Cove Resort

Voted one of the ten best “towns in Canada to visit” by travel writers (Harrowsmith Magazine), Telegraph Cove is an iconic destination for thousan ... Read More

Killer Whale Café

Telegraph Cove's famous restaurant, the Killer Whale Cafe, is open from Mother's Day to mid October every year. The Cafe is located at the far end ... Read More

Old Saltery Pub

The Old Saltery Pub is also located in the newly renovated Saltery, situated over the water along the boardwalk. Enjoy the picture gallery that is fea ... Read More

Telegraph Cove Marina

Telegraph Cove Marina is your premier gateway to Vancouver Island adventure. We are nestled at the northern end of Johnstone Strait on the northeast c ... Read More


North Island Kayak

We are North Island Kayak. For the best in wilderness kayaking - from 2 hours to 8 days - Specializing in North Vancouver Island Killer whales or Orca ... Read More


Wilderness Destination. Photo: Boomer Jerritt
Broughton Archipelago Charters

The fishing areas around Telegraph Cove are not only surrounded by spectacular scenery, but also contain some of the most consistent salt water sports ... Read More

Tide Rip Grizzly Tours

Day long grizzly bear watching tours by covered boat with comfortable onboard washroom. For 15 years we have explored the hidden habitat of the Knight ... Read More

Prince of Whales Whale Watching

Located in one of the final boardwalk settlements on Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove is a haven for wildlife viewing and marine activities. Operating ... Read More


Getting Here

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