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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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Prince of Whales - Telegraph Cove Half Day Whale Watching Zodiac

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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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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