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Named for a coastal telegraph station built a century ago, this renowned whale watching outpost retains its original character as one of the West Coast’s last remaining boardwalk communities. Guided kayak, wildlife and grizzy bear tours depart regularly during the May to October season. No guarantees, but Johnstone Strait is known as one of the most surefire places in the world to see orcas in the wild. Stay in cabins, condos, the lodge, campgrounds and RV parks. Hire a pro for sports fishing expeditions. Or moor pleasure craft in full-service marinas. Cafés, a restaurant, pub and the must-see Whale Interpretive Centre are part of the experience.

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Things to do in Telegraph Cove

  1. Voted one of Canada’s most picturesque villages by travel writers, historic Telegraph Cove is known world-wide as a departure point for whale-watching expeditions in Johnstone Strait. Half-day and longer tours with onboard biologists providing the colour commentary depart regularly during the May to October season.
  2. Grizzly bear excursions from Telegraph Cove to Knight Inlet on the BC mainland take groups within binocular distance of these towering giants in their natural habitat.
  3. The Whale Interpretive Centre is a must-visit before or after a sightseeing trip out to sea. View skeletons of the region’s major aquatic species, watch videos, learn about conservation efforts and let the youngsters playfully educate themselves in the “kid’s corner.”
  4. Linger in Telegraph Cove, one of the West Coast’s last remaining boardwalk communities. Book a kayak or a fishing charter. Fuel up at a restaurant, pub or café. And stay overnight at a nice variety of accommodations ranging from historic cabins to campgrounds and RV parks.