Telegraph Cove, Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The old fishing village of Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, one of the last boardwalk communities on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The economy of the quaint village is based primarily on tourism due to its prime location on Johnstone Strait and its role as the gateway to Robson Bight.

Up to two hundred Orcas arrive at Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve each summer to rub on the barnacle-encrusted rocks at the mouth of the Tsitika River. As the top predator on the inland-water food chain, they are also attracted by the annual salmon runs that funnel through Johnstone Strait beginning in late June.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Stubbs Island Whale Watching was the first whale watching company established in British Columbia, helping to put Telegraph Cove on the whale watching world’s radar nearly thirty years ago. The calm and protected waters of Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and Broughton Archipelago are home to the incredible Orcas (Killer Whales), humpback whales, Steller sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles, marine birds, and so much more.

Tiny Telegraph Cove is popular during the summer months, when the snug little bay bustles with boaters, anglers, campers, kayakers and whale watchers. With its colourful buildings and peaceful inlet setting, Telegraph Cove is worth a visit even if you’re not planning to do any offshore exploring.

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