Posted by: cherylyoung | March 20, 2012



Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast

 of Northern Vancouver Island.

 In 1912, Telegraph Cove was a one-room station,

 the northern terminus of a telegraph line that began

 in Campbell River and stretched from tree to tree

 along Vancouver Island’s east coast.


Next to the arts and crafts gallery stands the home

of community pioneer Fred Wastell, whose father

 purchased most of the land around the cove.

 Together with Japanese investors, he established

 a chum salmon saltery and a small sawmill.

These days, the tiny town is a major destination

during the summer months, when the snug little bay

bustles with boaters, anglers, campers, kayakers and



 With its colourful buildings and peaceful inlet setting,

Telegraph Cove, one of the last boardwalk

communities of eastern Vancouver Island, is worth

 a visit even  if you’re not planning to do any

 offshore exploring.

Population: 20

Location: Telegraph Cove is located on the eastern

 coast of Northern Vancouver Island, 30 minutes

south of Port McNeill and 11 kilometers off the

 Island Highway  via Beaver Cove Road.


The top half of 280-mile-long Vancouver Island is

 served by a maze of logging roads, and Highway 19

 (north Island Hwy), which links Telegraph Cove

 and Campbell River (2.5-hour drive).

Explore the North Island’s Kwakwaka’wakw


 Archeologists have dated the first residents of this

 area to around 8,000 years ago!

Radio listeners within 15 kilometres of this killer

 whale sanctuary can tune into the all-whale

 radio station.

The Whale Interpretive Centre was established

to increase public awareness about marine

mammals in the area and the threats facing them.

 Its “Bones Project” exhibit includes complete

 skeletons  of various species, including two types

of whale,  a sea lion, seal, dolphin and otter.


 You can also see the jaw bones of a blue whale,

 the largest animal ever to inhabit the earth.

North Island Discovery Centre is a foresty

 interpretive centre offering displays and free

 forestry tours in the summer, providing visitors

with the opportunity to learn about the mighty

 forest industry in British Columbia.

 Check out a working fish incubation box and

spawning redd, or find out what a Madill tower is

 all about.


 Located at the junction of Highway 19 and the

 road to Telegraph Cove.

Gateway to Robson Bight Provincial Park, an

 ecological  reserve – up to 200 Orcas arrive each

summer to rub  on the barnacle-encrusted rocks at

the mouth of the  Tsitika River.

 As the top predator on the inland-water food chain,

they are also attracted by the annual salmon runs

 that  funnel through Johnstone Strait beginning

in late June.


Whale watching and wildlife-viewing companies are

also based in Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Sointula,

 Sayward and Port Hardy.

 Stubbs Island, located off Telegraph Cove, is a

popular and fascinating dive site, featuring terraced

 ledges, sheer drop-offs and an opportunity to see

 orcas, dolphins and other marine mammals.

 Golf: Golfers can head to the public, 9-hole, Par 35

 Seven Hills Golf & Country Club in nearby Port

Hardy,  the northernmost golf course on Vancouver


 Seven Hills offers the golfer meadering fairways and

 undulating greens, with scenic views of the North

 Island  Mountains.

 Open year round.

 Golf Vacations on Vancouver Island.

 Fishing: The fishing areas around Telegraph Cove

 are  not only surrounded by spectacular scenery

 and  sheltered waters, but also contain some of

 the most  consistent saltwater sports fishing on

the BC coast.

Across the strait from Telegraph Cove is Broughton

 Archipelago Marine Provincial Park, a wilderness

 area  consisting of a maze of several small islands,

numerous  inlets and adjacent foreshore at the

southern extremity  of Queen Charlotte Strait, off

the west coast of Gilford Island.


The islands in Broughton Archipelago are

undeveloped  and are largely undiscovered.


 Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation.


The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated

 in the park provide unlimited and unique fishing

 and  swimming opportunities, and are fabulous

 for exploring  by kayak.

Telegraph Cove is the place to begin exploring

 Johnstone Strait.


 You’ll find a boat launch and moorage, as well as

 fishing licences, tackle and bait for sale.


This is a prime staging area for kayak departures.


 Long-term parking can be arranged here for those

setting out on extended boating trips in Johnstone


Accessible only by boat or float plane, the mostly

 uninhabited Knight Inlet is located due north of

 Johnstone Strait and the small communities of

 Telegraph Cove and Sayward/Kelsey Bay on

 Vancouver Island.


 Knight Inlet cuts eighty miles through the remote

 Coast Range of Mountains to the head of Knight

Inlet, and  Mt. Waddington, the highest mountain

located totally  within  British Columbia.

 Grizzly bears around Knight Inlet emerge from

 hibernation in spring (starting in April) to feed on

the succulent new spring growth.

 Viewing peaks during fall (late August) when the

 salmon are running, as grizzlies converge on the

salmon spawning  streams to feed on the salmon

and stock their fat  reserves in preparation for

 winter ahead.








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