“Thanks to all the groups who used our rental and transport programs this summer. Just possibly the best summer in the last fifty years for this area of the North Island. Clear mornings with little fog, no rain for six weeks, prolonged summer right into September. Wildlife did not disappoint, increased number of humpbacks, increased sightings of transient KW, mixture of resident whales with I-15 hanging around Johnstone Strait and Black Fish Sound the most. Great shows put on by white dolphins, stellar sea lions and dalls propoises made the summer days exciting. Cannot wait until next summer, be sure to come and visit this wonderful area of Vancouver Island.”

Weather Update

Weather Check….

Courtesy of the Artists Point Bed and Breakfast, located 9 kms south of Port McNeill over looking Haddington Island in the background. For more information check out Environment Canada marine weather.  http://www.theartistspoint.com/webcam.htm      marine weather

 Morning launch on the beach

Morning launch on the beach

For more than twenty years we have enjoyed providing rentals for sea kayak enthusiasts, with sea kayak rentals  from our operations from  Telegraph Cove Ventures. Telegraph Cove Ventures in quaint establishment that looks across the cove to the historical old boardwalk of Telegraph Cove. The heritage building of the village offer a gleam back into history.

Telegraph Cove is our preferred launch point for sea kayak adventures. From here you can access the waters of Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, Entrance of Knight Inlet and the Greater Broughton Archipelago. However, we have added the option of leaving from main docks of Port McNeill for the 2014 season due to refueling issues. We specialize in offering a transport service to camp destinations in the Broughtons, Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. We also work directly with our parent company Discovery Expeditions, to provide quality multi-day guided sea kayaking trips for one day to six days for individuals, couples, groups and families.

To ensure your comfort and security, we carry an assortment of Sea kayaks and supporting equipment for rental.

Larry Roy Owner Discover Expeditions

Your ultimate sea kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait or within the Broughton Archipelago can begin with us at Telegraph Cove Sea Kayaking. If you are a solo paddler we do not rent to solo’s but encourage you to look closely at our guided trips at www.orcaseakayaking,com

Larry will assist you in planning the foundation and the specifics for a successful trip for a finder fee. Contact him by email for this service. We encourage you to help the greater kayak community to maintain environmentally-friendly campsites.

As a longest established kayak outfitter in this area with many years of experience, we are confident that we can provide the service you require for a successful experience in the wilderness settings within  Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago.

Why choose us for Sea Kayak Rentals and Boat Transport?

Our experience and reputation for good service stands on its own. We continue to provide reliable equipment and safe passage to destinations in the Broughtons, Johnstone Strait and ther entrance to Knight Inlet.

We put people and safety first… Larry believes that you will be our best ambassador – if we do a good job with you, we hope you will pass the word on to other paddlers and nature lovers about our service.

What about personal safety?

Safety always starts with planning.  For your safety we require rental folks us to truthfully document their experience from previous years.  Secondly, we require that you  to file a sail plan of your trip with us before you venture out to your starting destination.  This is considered your pre-trip planning agenda .  And thirdly, we suggest that you have a safety checklist for your trip.

Everyone should know their limits as for eating, sleeping and paddling in calm and adverse conditions.

You should look at the area with Google Earth and carry an up to date nautical chart of the area of Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and the  Broughton Archipelago.  We encourage you to consider a minimum number of three kayaks in a paddling group for safety reasons.  And  for  any number above three  it is a good idea to take a double amongst your fleet. We base other suggestions on years of guiding trips from Haida Gwaii to Broken Island on the WestCoast.

We advise you and members of your group to carry a number of communication devices between group or family members. Cell Phones, Handheld VHF radios, a SPOT and Stat Phones. We require you to leave multiple contact #’s with us in the event we have to get in touch with you for a variety of reasons.


Viewing Resident and Transient Orca Whales in the Wild

Orcas in Johnstone Strait near Telegraph Cove, BC

Both our businesses tckayaks and Discovery Expeditions comply with the whale watching code to ensure that we do not disturb or alter the behavior or paths of whales in the area from Blacklish Sound to Johnstone Strait. We request that any individuals, families or groups follow the guidelines for whale watching outlined in this code The region near Telegraph Cove is without a doubt the hottest place on the Coast of British Columbia to encounter a vast amount of wildlife in a short period of time. It has remained the best-kept secret for years. A highlight of any sea kayak trip in this area is to view resident and transient Orca Whales in the wild, it remains one of the greatest thrills in the world.

Located minutes from from Telegraph Cove are the waters of Johnstone Strait. Here, we often see whale as we transport folks to their paddling destinations. We accommodate the passage of resident and transient Orca Whales by stopping and shutting down our outboards.

While this area of Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago is vast, a limited amount of camping areas are in constant use from public and commercial groups during the summer months. While Whale Watching is the prime activity, folks also embark on excellent Sport Fishing, Bear Watching, and Wildlife Viewing.

Accommodations at Telegraph Cove, BC


Part of the experience on coming to the area is to visit the quaint summer village of  Telegraph Cove. http://www.telegraphcove.ca/tcv/save_on_foods_tc_video_%20large_format.wmv  It is the departure point for a number of wonderful outdoor activities. It is a perfect place to start your sea kayaking trip and leave you vehicle where you do not have to worry about it. It is possible to find overnight accommodations for couples, groups and families at Telegraph Cove Ventures. Each Cabin has facilities for cooking and is attached in some way to the historical boardwalk  close to the water. A  recommendation is to book well in advance to guarantee there will be vacancies. If you expect to arrive after hours, let the office know and the keys for your Condos will be left on the office door in a secure spot. Contact Information for Telegraph Cove Ventures Office  is  1-877-835-2683 and the website can be found at  http://www.telegraphcove.ca/

How to Get to Telegraph Cove

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Telegraph Cove is located 356 kilometres (220 miles) north of Nanaimo, BC. From the BC Ferries terminal in Nanaimo the drive takes approximately 4.25 – 5.5 hours.   If you have the time, driving to Telegraph Cove from points south is a wonderful experience.  If time is a factor you can fly to Campbell River or Port Hardy and transfer the rest of the way to Telegraph Cove.  Visit our How to Get Here Page for directions.

About Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, BC


Telegraph Cove, on Northeastern Vancouver Island, BC, began as a telegraph station in 1911 (the telegraph line still can be found along the new trail to Blinkhorn); in the 1920s, the japanese built a successful salmon saltery, later a sawmill to build to provide shipping boxes for the salmon export; and as Canada entered into WWII telegraph coves location became important as a very busy sawmill town. Logging and local transport took over over the next decade. The Grahams purchased the cove from Wastel and put in the first campground in the North Island, not to mention the start of an active sport fishery.  As we entered the 60’s logging was in decline and the cove became just another quiet small village on the Coast of BC. In the late 60’s Jim Borrowman and Bill MacKay changed all that.  Thanks to their dedication and insight a whale watching industry started to take shape. Bud Wagner developed the adjacent property is the late 80’s to establish and subdivision of homes and water front accommodations that remains available for rental throughout the three months of the summer. The facilities are well kept and comfortable for all ages.

These days, recreational pursuits based on nearby abundant wildlife and marine life are encouraging more people to find and part take in a day or multi-day wilderness experience. You can go bear viewing or just stroll the boardwalk and take in the Giant Fin Whale Skeleton in the Telegraph Cove Museum/Bones Project, a non profit, volunteer-driven museum of marine mammal bones.  Visiting Telegraph Cove is a must if you want the complete experience of  outdoor adventures on Northeastern Vancouver Island.

We also have a well established sea kayaking company that has offered guided sea kayaking adventures for over twenty years at www.orcaseakayaking.com.


Accommodations at Telegraph Cove, BC

Featuring Dockside 29 suites Telegraph Cove’s over-the-water luxury suites are available for overnight rental or purchase. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely view of Telegraph Cove Harbour and Johnstone Strait.
Suites starting at # of guests High season
(June 1 to Sept 30)
Low season
(Oct 1 to May 31)
Queen 2 guests $165 / night $110/ night
King 2 guests $185 / night $120 / night
Two Queen 2 guests $185 / night $120 / night
Family (Queen / Double / Twin Beds 4 guests $225 / night $145 / night
Murphy Bed 2 guests $140 / night $100 / night
Extra charges for cot and additional guests

Resort/Reservations: Phone (250) 928-3163 Fax: (250)928-3162
Toll Free: 1-877-TEL-COVE (1-877-835-2683)

Email: reservations@telegraphcove.ca

Accommodations at Port McNeill, BC

Haida-Way Motor Inn Hotel

room rates – $109

 1817 Campbell Way
Port McNeill, BC
(250) 956-3373

Black Bear Resort Ltd

room rates – $135

1812 Campbell Way
Port McNeill, BC
(250) 956-4900
1703 Broughton Blvd
Port McNeill, BC
(250) 956-3304

Home Away From Home Cottage


805 Lanqvist Rd
Port McNeill, BC
(250) 956-2737
1003 Ocean Pl
Port McNeill, BC
(250) 956-2449

Accommodations at Alert Bay, BC (requires a short ferry ride to Cormorant Island)

quaint cabin rates $120-$300
390 Poplar Rd
Alert Bay, BC
(250) 974-5457
 667 Fir St
Alert Bay, BC
(250) 974-5947

It is our pleasure to provide these services now and in the future.