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Telegraph Cove Kayaking,
Whale Watching In Canada, Vancouver Island

Experience the thrill of kayaking in Canada's picturesque waters of Telegraph Cove and Johnstone Strait. Join us for unforgettable guided tours that will take you on a journey of discovery through the breathtaking beauty of Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.


Test Your Karma &
Paddle Among The Orcas

Test your karma, and see if mother nature will reward you with the presence of the orcas on an exhilarating adventure around Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Once outside the cove, the world of nature envelope your senses. The natural beauty of Johnstone Strait awaits the presence of your sea kayak. Glide through pristine whale filled waters and witness the awe-inspiring presence of these majestic creatures. With seasoned guides by your side, you'll have a unique opportunity to connect with nature on the island, explore the Johnstone Strait/Robson Bight, and create lifelong memories. Prepare to be enchanted by the harmony of kayaking along the coast of Northern Vancouver Island on a journey that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.


Professional Kayaking Guides

Beautiful Ocean Scenery

Lifelong Memories

Larry Roy - Canadian Kayak Pioneer

Larry Roy, the owner of Discovery Expeditions, brings over 25 years of invaluable guiding experience to our tours. Since 1986, he has been dedicated to maintaining a small sea kayaking company that operated out of Telegraph Cove. Discovery Adventures prioritizes quality wilderness experiences for its guests. While other company owners have moved on, Larry is a true lifer in the industry. Furthermore, he is a valued member of the greater kayaking and research community. His extensive experience has honed his skills in guiding and fostering safe wildlife encounters, ensuring uninterrupted and immersive experiences for visitors.

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Discovery Expeditions' Kayaking Tours Near Telegraph Cove

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Discovery Expeditions' Kayaking Tours beyond the quaint destination of Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, Canada. We offer a range of captivating experiences, including day trips, 3-day, 4-day, and 6-day trips, in the cove that is designed to cater to all levels of explorers. Whether you're seeking a thrilling multi-hour trip or an overnight expedition, our seasoned guides will take you on a journey through the natural waters of Telegraph Cove and the captivating landscapes of Northern Vancouver Island. Kayaking in Canada (west coast) offers an incomparable experience, where you are surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty. Take advantage of the opportunity to encounter and view wildlife in a genuinely unparalleled way. Get ready for an unforgettable wilderness experience with Discovery Expeditions' Kayaking Tours in the cove.



Custom Day Trip

Wildlife watching in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon makes for a full tour of Blackfish Sound and Johnstone Strait. The tour can be organized to fit the expectations of guests. Possible bear watch and museum visit options. This trip is also an excellent option for those staying at telegraph Cove Resort, or a lodge.


CDN $450 pp



4 day trip

The perfect blend of wildlife viewing, potential bear viewing, kayaking and relaxing. Whale watch from the boat, kayak and your tent platform. Suitable for couples, families, and small groups of friends. (rentals included)


CDN $1450 pp

Family Rates Available



6 day trip

A Nomadic kayak trip  that is a spiritual journey through the entire Marine Park. Takes in long paddling days highlighting the areas where wildlife co-habitats, where island rainforests grows to the waters edge and the natural sounds of nature can be absorbed.  Takes in whales along the way.



CDN $1695 pp

Kayaking in Canada, Kayak in BC's Johnstone Strait

Kayaking in Canada's Johnstone Strait offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the natural wonders of British Columbia's coastal region. With Discovery Expeditions, your adventure begins in Port McNeil, where you'll embark on a  journey to our base camp on Hanson Island. Nestled amidst the stunning scenery, this is your launchpad for thrilling kayak expeditions. As you travel through the famously known Telegraph Cove Area, keep your eyes peeled for the resident killer whales that frequent these waters and many other captivating marine life. The Johnstone Strait is renowned for its rich biodiversity, offering migrating humpback whales, orca whales, seals, Dall’s porpoise and sea lions sightings. With the expert guidance of Discovery Expeditions' knowledgeable team, you'll gain insights into the local ecology, conservation efforts, and responsible wildlife viewing practices. Prepare to be immersed in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Johnstone Strait as you navigate its pristine waters and create unforgettable memories of this remarkable kayaking experience..

Enjoy Up to 6 Days of Kayaking in the Broughton Archipelago.

Indulge in the versatility of our kayaking offerings as we present a selection of captivating packages that depart from Port McNeil and extend beyond Telegraph Cove into the stunning Broughton Archipelago, home to the Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park. Nestled amidst this untouched wilderness, our base camp is situated on the pristine shores of West Cracroft Island, a sanctuary of serenity and natural splendor. From this idyllic location, you'll embark on unforgettable kayak adventures, immersing yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the Broughton Aarchipelago's turquoise waters, lush forests, and secluded coves. Whether you choose a four day exploration or an extended six day expedition, our knowledgeable guides will ensure that each moment is brimming with discovery, fostering a deep connection with the awe-inspiring surroundings. Prepare to witness diverse marine life, from playful seals to majestic bald eagles, as you navigate the enchanting waterways of the Broughton Archipelago.

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An Opportunity to Watch the Whales of Telegraph Cove and the Johnstone Strait

Discover the allure of the ocean with our renowned Orca Sea Kayaking Company, Discovery Expeditions, where we offer an array of captivating sea kayaking adventure packages. Whether you seek a single-day excursion or an immersive multi-day vacation, our kayaking experiences in Canada are designed to exhilarate. While we may not be a dedicated whale watching company, the intimate connection you forge with the sea while kayaking opens doors to exceptional whale watching opportunities. While travelling through the Telegraph Cove and Johnstone Strait areas, our kayaking expeditions provide prime opportunities for watching orcas and humpback whales. When you choose to kayak with Discovery Expeditions, you'll find that your chances of encountering these majestic whales are just as remarkable as those offered by dedicated whale watching companies in Telegraph Cove. Prepare for an extraordinary journey where nature's wonders unveil themselves as you navigate these west coast waters while Kayaking in Canada.

About Our Telegraph Cove Kayaking & Whale Watching Adventures

We understand you want to be fully informed before embarking on your Vancouver Island adventure. We have provided articles below that delve into the specifics of our offerings. Discover the top-notch equipment we provide, ensuring your comfort and safety throughout your journey. Learn about our cozy and well-appointed accommodations, designed to provide a peaceful retreat after a day of paddling. And get to know our experienced and knowledgeable kayaking guides, who are dedicated to making your experience in the cove unforgettable. Click on the articles below to explore in-depth details about our equipment, accommodations, and guides. Prepare to embark on an incredible kayaking adventure in Canada's Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island.

Gear & Equipment

Gear to bring 

Being comfortable in the wilderness is important to us. Want to see a whale or a bear? Then good binos are necessary.

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Pre or post trip accommodations

Accommodations are available both in Port McNeill, Vancouver Island and Telegraph Cove

Kayak Guides

Certified sea kayaking guides

Our seasoned, professional guides ensure a safe and memorable sea kayak experience

Book Your Adventure With a Professional Canadian Kayaker

Book your adventure with a professional Canadian kayaker and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Our team of skilled and experienced kayakers is dedicated to providing you with an unforgettable adventure in the stunning Pacific Ocean of Canada. With their extensive knowledge of the local waters, wildlife, and safety protocols, our professional kayakers will guide you through exhilarating paddling routes, hidden coves, and breathtaking coastlines. 

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FAQ & Info About Telegraph Cove

Nestled in a protected inlet at the northern tip of Johnstone Strait, opposite the Broughton Archipelago, Telegraph Cove is a renowned launching point for wilderness expeditions on Vancouver Island. For those seeking wildlife encounters, grizzly bears safaris depart by boat to Knight Inlet and the remarkable Great Bear Rainforest, nestled in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain range on the mainland. Visitors can also indulge in various activities, such as fishing, kayaking, diving, hiking, and informative tours at the Whale Interpretive Centre. Furthermore, a recent enhancement to the journey is the newly widened and realigned paved road, adorned with scenic viewpoints, guiding travellers from Highway 19.

Is Visiting Northern Vancouver Island Worth It?

Visiting Northern Vancouver Island is worth it for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a unique coastal experience. Port McNeill offers breathtaking natural beauty, opportunities for whale watching, and a chance to observe diverse wildlife (everything from a whale to a bear). The picturesque surroundings and rich history make it an attractive destination for photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those seeking a tranquil escape in the scenic wilderness of British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Remember that the island is part of the Pacific rim, offering plenty of natural history.

Is There Reliable Cellphone Reception In The Area?

Telegraph Cove is a remote and secluded area on Vancouver Island, so the availability and reliability of cellphone reception can be limited. While some cellular networks may have coverage in the vicinity, it's important to note that the signal strength may vary. Vancouver Island has rugged terrain and dense forests that can affect signal strength, resulting in weak or no reception areas. It is advisable to check with your specific cellular service provider for coverage details on the island and consider alternative means of communication, such as landline phones or Wi-Fi, if available in your accommodations or resort.

Is It Common To See Whales In Johnstone Strait?

Yes, it is expected to see whales in the Johnstone Strait. The area is known for its rich marine ecosystem, making it a prime location for whale sightings. Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill offer excellent opportunities for whale watching, with regular sightings of orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, and gray whales. Many tour operators in the area specialize in whale-watching excursions, increasing the chances of encountering these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Additionally, the cove and the island are prominent bird watching destinations.

What Is The History Behind The Name Telegraph Cove?

Telegraph Cove derives its name from its historical significance as a telegraph station on Vancouver Island. In the late 19th century, a telegraph line was established along the British Columbia coast, connecting communities and enabling communication over long distances. Telegraph Cove was a station along this telegraph line where messages were relayed and transmitted via telegraph wires. The cove was named after this critical communication infrastructure, marking its role in facilitating the exchange of information and connecting coastal settlements on the island.

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