Burdwood Group Islands Broughton Archipelago Photo: Kim Walker

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove is a former fishing and cannery village that has become a base for eco-tourism where thousands of visitors travel to each year. Nestled in a sheltered inlet on Johnstone Strait near the famous Broughton Archipelago on the eastern shore of North Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove is all about stunning scenery no matter where you look. Whale watching tours operate throughout the summer and grizzly bear trips head out from here to Knight Inlet and the Great Bear Rainforest. Kayaking, fishing, hiking and scuba diving are some of the popular outdoor activities. Visit the Whale Interpretive Centre where you can view an invertebrate Aquarium, enjoy a “kids corner” of activities, and view articulated skeletons and other displays.

Telegraph Cove

Location

Telegraph Cove is located on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island, 26 km (16 mi) south of Port McNeill, 200 km (125 mi) North of Campbell River via Highway 19.

A Step Back in Time

In 1912, Telegraph Cove was a one room telegraph station and the northern terminus of a telegraph line that began in Campbell River and stretched from tree to tree along Vancouver Island’s east coast. The father of community pioneer Fred Wastell purchased most of the land around the cove. Together with Japanese investors, he established a salmon saltery and a sawmill. Many of the buildings of the day were built over the water on stilts and connected by a boardwalk.

Telegraph Cove Photo Kim Walker

Telegraph Cove Photo Kim Walker

Today, Telegraph Cove’s economy is based primarily on tourism. Telegraph Cove serves as the send-off point for kayakers and whale-watchers who are interested in sightings of the large number of Orca Whales that spend the summer months in the nearby Johnstone Strait, which separates the northern part of Vancouver Island from the rest of British Columbia. The old fishing village of Telegraph Cove has been turned into the Telegraph Cove Resort, where numerous small businesses head up operations that take tourists into the Johnstone Strait.

Contact Information

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Telegraph Cove & Nearby Accommodations

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Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Telegraph Cove

Location, Location! Nestled on the shores of Johnstone Strait with water access to the Broughton Archipelago protected marine park. Our 48 site RV Park features stunning ocean and cove views. All sites have 30 amp power, potable water and sewer hook ups. Our adjacent 70 slip marina features wide, st ... Read more
Telegraph Cove Resort Forest  Campground

Telegraph Cove Resort Forest Campground

Telegraph Cove

Home to one of the last boardwalk settlements on Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove Resort & Campground rests on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. Located in the picturesque village of Telegraph Cove, guests are spoiled with historic colourful buildings, breathtaking ocean views and a sp ... Read more
Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

Port McNeill

Relax and enjoy the fabulous North Island scenery. Experience spectacular sunsets, watch eagles soar and whales swim by your doorstep. Salmon fishing and bottom fishing are minutes away – the ideal location for the ideal holiday. Stroll the boardwalk in nearby Telegraph Cove or visit historic Aler ... Read more
Port Hardy RV Resort

Port Hardy RV Resort

Port Hardy

Visiting beautiful Port Hardy? Have Port Hardy RV Resort as your base for exploring the surrounding areas. We offer clean and comfortable accommodations, including log cabins and RV and camping sites. Catch sight of eagles soaring in the sky and other wildlife roaming in the wilderness. Our selectio ... Read more
Quatse River Regional Park & Campground

Quatse River Regional Park & Campground

Port Hardy

Quatse River Regional Park & Campground is on the banks of the Quatse River near downtown Port Hardy. It is part of a richly forested Regional Park containing old growth trees and the associated wild flora and fauna. Revenue generated in the campground goes directly into salmon enhancement activitie ... Read more
Fair Harbour Marina & Campground

Fair Harbour Marina & Campground

Zeballos

Fair Harbour is the gateway to Kyuquot Sound. The area is renowned for kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing and camping. Fair Harbour is the perfect place to stage your remote west coast adventure from. ... Read more
Mt H'Kusam View Lodge

Mt H'Kusam View Lodge

Sayward

Mt H’Kusam View Lodge is an affordable retreat combining the flavour of a hostel with the warmth of a wilderness lodge. Situated in the forest outside Sayward, our lodge is the ideal destination for guests wanting to escape city life. After a day of adventuring our beautiful location, relax by the ... Read more
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