2015 Transport & Sea Kayak Rentals


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For more than (20) twenty years we have served a growing paddling community from local and faraway places. This year we are offering an updated kayak fleet and an every growing service schedule that will work with more local operators. We enjoy providing rentals and transport to make your group trip a safe experience.

For the 2015 season and beyond we will be operating our business from a number of locations. We hope to start this early season (June 2015 ) services paddling folks out of Campbell River, who wish to access Desolation Sound and Inlets close by. And will start (June 04th)  to operate our business from Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill.

Telegraph Cove is our preferred launch point for sea kayak transports but alternatively Port McNeill works better for some destinations in the Broughton Archipelago. We provide services to get you and your group setup to explore the many islands and islets 0f Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, Entrance of Knight Inlet and the Greater Broughton Archipelago.  We specialize in offering a transport service to camp destinations. However, you expected to  bring a nautical chart #3546 and do some prep with you group to ensure that you trip is a success.

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


Your ultimate sea kayaking adventure can begin with us with a simply email, text message or phone call. Please include what you require in terms of rentals, departure dates and number of paddlers. We are around a cell phone 24/7 and a computer a little less than that. Call 1-250-619-2714.

Loaded up and Ready to Go

Loaded up and Ready to Go



Larry can be hired to  assist you in planning the specifics for a successful trip. Contact him by email for this service @ info@tckayaks.com  We encourage you to help the greater kayak community to maintain environmentally-sensitive campsites.

As the 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  from Seymour Inlet to the Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago.

Why choose us?

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 the entrance to Knight Inlet.

“We put people and safety first…we believe that you will be our best ambassador – if we do a good job with you, your word of mouth will bring us your friends and acquaintances.”

What about Personal Safety?

Safety always starts with planning.  Plan A, plan B, you cannot have too many plans. For your safety we require rental folks to truthfully document their experience from previous seasons.  Secondly, we require that you to file a Sail Plan of your trip with us before your departure.  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 through Google Earth and carry a updated 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 sea kayak amongst your fleet. We base our 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.

Weather Update Broughton Area

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



Johnstone Strait

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.  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.

Telegraph Cove, BC – History


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 Borrowman and  MacKay changed all that.  Thanks to their dedication and insight a whale watching industry started to take shape. Mr. 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.



Telegraph Cove Ventures 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. Accommodations fee start at $185 for double occupancy and top out at $225 for twins.

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

Email: reservations@telegraphcove.ca

Telegraph Cove Resorts Telegraph Cove historical quaint village complete with boardwalk, museum and restaurant. The cabin accommodations are clean and funky. Rates on cabin ranges from $175 to $325. Cabins are perfect for folks who wish to experience the location of the cove as a starting point for their trip.

 Resort/Reservations:  Phone (250)-928-3031

Email: http://www.telegraphcoveresort.com/contact.html

Toll Free:1-800-200-HOOK (4665)
Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. :: Box 1, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia, V0N 3J0, Canada

Port McNeill, BC – Accommodation

Haida-Way Motor Inn Hotel

room rates – $109

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

Black Bear Resort Ltd

room rates – $135-$185

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 – 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.


Code of Conduct for viewing 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 Seymour Inlet to Johnstone Strait. We encourage folks who rent and transport with us aheard to the  whale watching code. We suggest as part of your pre-trip prep that you visit the Department of Fishies website that post the guideline in print.

Be Whale Wise Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers (Revised 2006):

1. BE CAUTIOUS and COURTEOUS: approach areas of known or suspected marine wildlife activity with extreme caution. Look in all directions before planning your approach or departure.2. SLOW DOWN: reduce speed to less than 7 knots when within 400 metres/yards of the nearest whale. Avoid abrupt course changes.3. KEEP CLEAR of the whales’ path. If whales are approaching you, cautiously move out of the way.

4. DO NOT APPROACH whales from the front or from behind. Always approach and depart whales from the side, moving in a direction parallel to the direction of the whales.

5. DO NOT APPROACH or position your vessel kayak closer than 100 metres/300 yards to any whale.

6. If your vessel is not in compliance with the 100 metres/300 yards approach guideline (#5), place engine in neutral and allow whales to pass.

7. STAY on the OFFSHORE side of the whales when they are traveling close to shore.

8. LIMIT your viewing time to a recommended maximum of 30 minutes. This will minimize the cumulative impact of many vessels and give consideration to other viewers.

9. DO NOT swim with, touch or feed marine wildlife.

Bow and stern-riding porpoises and dolphins:

1. DO NOT drive through groups of porpoises or dolphins to encourage bow or stern-riding.

2. Should dolphins or porpoises choose to ride the bow wave of your vessel, avoid sudden course changes. Hold course and speed or reduce speed gradually.

Seals, sea lions and birds on land:

1. BE CAUTIOUS AND QUIET when around haul-outs and bird colonies, especially during breeding, nesting and pupping seasons (generally May to September).

2. REDUCE SPEED, minimize wake, wash and noise, and then slowly pass without stopping.

3. AVOID approaching closer than 100metres/300 yards to any marine mammals or birds.

4. PAY ATTENTION and move away, slowly and cautiously, at the first sign of disturbance or agitation.

5. DO NOT disturb, move, feed or touch any marine wildlife, including seal pups. If you are concerned about a potentially sick or stranded animal, contact your local stranding network where available.

The region near Telegraph Cove is without a doubt a focal area for sea kayaking on the BC Coast. We endeavour to work with other agencies to self regulate our transport within the Broughtons and Johnstone Strait.  We still see this area as the best-kept secret on the BC Coast. So far it is working and we hope to keep it that way so all generations can enjoy the area in its’ entirety. We co-operate with agencies that monitor the whales and work with BC Parks to make the summer run smoothly.