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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Tide Rip Grizzly Tours

Watch majestic grizzlies and black bears forage for spawning salmon in shallow channels on a thrilling all-day bear-watching tour. Venture through the Knight Inlet, the longest inlet on the west coast of North America, where coastal wildlife await. 

Tour highlights

  • Watch for black bears and grizzly bears roaming around the estuary hunting for crabs, mussels and small eels in tidal flats during low tide.

  • In early spring, see how large male bears emerge from hibernation to participate in courtship rituals.

  • Depart from Telegraph Cove in a Coast Guard-certified vessel with a knowledgeable guide.

  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch on the boat and look out for porpoises, sea otters and other coastal wildlife along the way.

Available to experience between May and September

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Prince of Whales - Telegraph Cove Half Day Whale Watching Covered Vessel

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

  • Sept 13,2022 - Oct 10, 2022 - 12:15 pm and 3:30 pm departure for 3 hours.


  • Daily, from May 18, 2023 - September 30, 2024
  • May 18 - May 31 - 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm departure for 3  hours.
  • June 1 - August 31 - 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 5:00 pm departure for 3 hours.
  • September 1 - September 29 - 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm departure for 3 hours.
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