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Telegraph Cove Kayaking,
Whale Watching In Canada, Vancouver Island

Experience the thrill of kayaking in the picturesque waters of Telegraph Cove and Johnstone Strait on Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Embark on our guided tours that take you through Telegraph Cove to the remote Sophie Island, where the possibility of encountering orcas directly from your kayak is a frequent delight. Our all-inclusive packages include meals and lodging in spacious, waterproof tents with comfortable bedding. Please note, flights to Port McNeil are not included in the package. Join us for a seamless adventure in the wild!


Test Your Karma &
Paddle Among The Orcas

Experience a unique family adventure with our most popular 4-day all-inclusive kayaking package around Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island. This journey offers a superior opportunity to observe orcas and other wildlife as you spend days navigating the pristine waters of Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight. Unlike traditional whale watching, our tours provide extended time in the orcas' natural habitat, greatly enhancing your chances of sightings. Guided by experts with deep local knowledge, we adapt our routes based on the latest whale reports and weather conditions, ensuring a rich and engaging experience for the whole family.


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 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 kayaking and research community member. 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 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, 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 make for a full tour of Blackfish Sound and Johnstone Strait. The tour can be organized to fit guests' expectations. Possible options include bear watching and museum visits. This trip is also an excellent option for those staying at Telegraph Cove Resort or a lodge.


CDN $450 pp



4 day trip

It perfectly blends wildlife, potential bear viewing, kayaking, and relaxation. 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 $1495 pp

How Your Journey Begins & What To Expect

Your adventure starts at Port McNeil during the low tides of July and August. Here, you'll board a 32 ft landing craft and set off on a captivating two-hour detour through Blackfish Sound for an initial whale-watching round before arriving at Sophie Island, your comfortable base camp.

Arrival and Exploration

Upon reaching Sophie Island, you'll quickly settle into your new surroundings. After enjoying a quick lunch, you'll immediately return to your kayaks to continue exploring the vibrant marine life around the island. This rhythm of exploration and relaxation typifies your stay, providing a balanced experience of adventure and comfort.

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Base Camp Amenities and Activities

Our base camp isn’t just a place to rest but a fully equipped facility designed to enhance your wilderness experience with comforts like a gazebo, showers, and bathrooms. From here, embark on guided hikes such as the challenging trek to the research station overlooking Robson Bight or the scenic paths to Vancouver Creighcroft Island, providing enriching experiences both in and out of the water.

Our Equipement & Crew

At Discovery Expeditions, we are equipped with top-tier kayaking gear and a highly qualified team to ensure a safe and enriching experience. Our equipment includes stable and reliable Necky kayaks and Sierra Design tents, available in both tandem and single configurations. For safety, we provide life jackets in multiple sizes to accommodate all guests.

Quality and Safety

Our operations are backed by a full insurance package covering third-party liability and marine insurance. Our boat is fully insured and holds a SOVP certification for operational safety.

Expert Guidance

Our crew consists of expert guides with certifications in advanced wilderness first aid and various levels of sea kayak guiding from the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance. This ensures that every expedition is led with the highest standards of safety and environmental knowledge.

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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Base Camp Accommodation

Camping accommodation on Island

Our camp located on Sophia Island in the Core Area of Johnstone Strait adjacent to Robson Bight.

Kayak Guides

Certified sea kayaking guides

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

Book Your Adventure with the Professional Staff of Discovery

Book your adventure with our team of professional kayak guides and give your family an experience they'll never forget. Our experienced kayak guides are not only skilled in navigating the stunning Pacific waters and coastlines but are also expertly trained in safety and local wildlife. They will guide you through exhilarating paddling routes and hidden coves, ensuring a safe and engaging experience. The journey is especially enriching for children with camping experience, offering numerous activities around our island base camp and designated safe areas for play and exploration, all under the watchful eyes of our guides and support staff.

Start Your Journey

FAQ & Info About Telegraph Cove

Nestled in a protected inlet at the northern tip of Johnstone Strait, opposite the Broughton Archipelago, Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill are renowned launching point for wilderness expeditions on the North Island. For those seeking wildlife encounters, whale watching or exploring first nations culture, both places offer access to local wilderness. The Great Bear Rainforest and the Broughton Archipelago are nestled in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain range mountains of 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 Sea Kayaking 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 Area and Johnstone  Strait is a remote and secluded area on Vancouver Island. Cell phone receptions is available in most spots. 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, you can expect 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, humpback whales, and minke 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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