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Seals laying on a rock near Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island

Telegraph Cove, BC


Nestled in a sheltered inlet on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island is Telegraph Cove. This former cannery and fishing village is now a popular destination in the summer for those seeking eco-tourism and postcard perfect views. 

Here you will find whale-watching and grizzly bear tours, as well as ample opportunities for kayaking fishing, hiking, and scuba diving.

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Telegraph Cove Half Day Whale Watching Zodiac Vessel

Set off on a three-hour zodiac whale-watching adventure from Telegraph Cove, led by a certified marine naturalist. Keep an eye out for orcas, humpback whales, porpoises and more from your open-air zodiac-style boat.

Tour highlights

  • Keep your eyes peeled for orcas hunting for migrating salmon, or humpback whales diving to feed.
  • Discover Telegraph Cove's breathtaking coastal views and look out for sea lions, dolphins and eagles along the way. 
  • Cruise on an open air Zodiac vessel and stay dry with their provided all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles.
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Telegraph Cove Half Day Whale Watching

Search for orcas and humpback whales on this three-hour journey from Telegraph Cove, led by a certified marine naturalist. Coast through the Johnstone Strait on a comfortable, semi-covered cruiser and watch for porpoises, sea lions and more.

Tour highlights 

  • Revel in the ocean views as you watch for orcas, humpback whales  and other marine wildlife.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, sea lions and porpoises along the way, and learn all about these remarkable marine mammals from your certified marine naturalist. 
  • Discover the raw beauty of Telegraph Cove from your semi-covered cruiser.

When Available

  • Daily, from May 1 - October 10
  • May 1 - May 31 - 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm departure for 3  hours.
  • June 1 - June 30 - 9:00 am and 12:15 pm departure for 3 hours.
  • July 1 - Sept 12 - 9:00 am, 12:15 pm and 3:30 pm departure for 3 hours.
  • Sept 13 - Oct 10 - 12:15 pm and 3:30 pm departure for 3 hours.
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