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.
Top things to do
Venture up the Knight Inlet through the sheltered waters of the Broughton Archipelago in search of grizzly and black bears foraging along the shorelines.
Built in 1912 as a one-room telegraph relay station, Telegraph Cove has expanded and transformed over the years, and remnants from it's history as a fishing cannery and sawmill village are still visible.
Travel to the north of Vancouver Island to the active community of Port Hardy—providing lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all year long, or somewhere to simply relax before boarding the ferry to travel to northern British Columbia.
Located on the east coast, Campbell River has been known for the past century as the Salmon Capital of the World. But there’s more to Campbell River than fishing—with lots of provincial parks, beaches, restaurants and wildlife, there’s something for everyone.
Drive 90 minutes from Nanaimo to the heart of beautiful farming landscapes on Vancouver Island to visit Courtenay—the urban centre of the Comox Valley. Downtown Courtenay boasts charming streets filled with art galleries, theatres, shops, artists’ studios, boutiques and gardens, and out of town there are sandy beaches, forests, mountains, parks and lakes. Plus, drive just 15 minutes to the local ski hill.
Drive 30 minutes north from Nanaimo to visit Parksville, offering long sandy beaches, lots of water sports, and plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes. Known as Canada's Riviera, Parksville is the perfect destination for romantic getaways and family fun.
Take the ferry from Vancouver to visit Nanaimo—the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, with plenty of outdoor activities and adventures for everyone, situated along one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada.