Telegraph Cove Resort, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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    Telegraph Cove Resort makes for a great place to stop and stay on a family holiday on Vancouver Island. If your family wants a Canadian holiday “away from it all”, in the midst of gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife, Telegraph Cove Resort can provide it. The resort is also home to a grizzly bear viewing company and whale watching operator as well as a whale interpretive museum.

      Telegraph Cove Resort is a magical place for a family holiday in Canada. Travel writers have voted Telegraph Cove one of the ten best "towns" in Canada to visit. Telegraph Cove is located on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the very few remaining virtually untouched areas of North America. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colourful history. From 1911 when the first telegraph operator took up residence in Telegraph Cove, this little cove has been a unique part of Northern Vancouver Island. The resort provides many activities for all members of the family to enjoy. The cove is home to Stubbs Island Whale Watching, the oldest and most renowned Orca (Killer Whale) whale watching company on the Pacific coast. Whales, bald eagles, dolphins, porpoises, otters, bears, and an endless and diverse list of marine and forest animals inhabit the surrounding area. Tide Rip Tours will take you up majestic Knight Inlet to view grizzly bears at Glendale cove. The bears may be foraging in the estuary area or feeding on salmon as they migrate up the Glendale River. If your dreams lie in catching amazing fish, including salmon and halibut, charters are available by contacting Telegraph Cove Resort office. For any kayak enthusiasts in the family, North Island Kayak Rentals are on site to provide all you may need for a day on the water. Also, don't forget to visit the Whale Interpretive Centre when you stroll down the boardwalk.


    The Important Stuff:
    As Telegraph Cove Resort is an historical area, the resort has worked hard to restore and maintain original boardwalks and cottage buildings. Due to the extreme fire hazard of the wooden boardwalk and docks, the resort has had to eliminate smoking in these areas. However, guests in the houses have designated outdoor smoking areas, and visitors may smoke on the decks at the restaurant and pub, or around the Resort square.

    Check-in Day: Any Day

    Other Important Stuff:
    Check-in is 4:00 PM and Check-out is 10:00 AM.

    Sleep Arrangements:
    The resort has a range of accommodation and sleeping arrangements for families. One-room Cabin Queen sized bed/ Sofa bed

    Room Facilities:
    Please note that the cabins and suites at Telegraph Cove Resort DO NOT have television or telephones in the rooms and that the resort DOES NOT have WI-FI. All cabins and houses, except for Wastell Manor, are self-contained with dishes, silverware, pots and pans. All beds have linen and blankets available. Fresh linen will be provided every third night.

    Hotel Facilities:
    As well as the boardwalk and waterside cabins, a full-service campsite (including shower laundry and washroom services) is also available There is a fully stocked General Store for your convenience A fully licensed restaurant and pub is waiting to serve you a delicious meal.

    Optional Extras:
    These include: • Whale watching tours • Tours to watch grizzly bears and other wildlife • Kayaking tours • Day trips to Alert Bay and the U’mista Cultural Centre • There is a $10.00 charge per night for any extra people staying in your cabin

    Stuff for Kids

    There is lots for children to see, do and explore, including: • Whale watching • Fishing and wildlife tours • Hiking and exploring the local forests • Kayaking • Caving • Diving • Beachcombing • The Bones Project As with all holidays, ensure that what is on offer suits the age and interests of the children in your family.

    Things To Do

    Outdoor & Active:
    There is a multitude of exciting activities for all members of the family to enjoy at Telegraph Cove, including: • Whale Watching • Bear Watching • Guided Fishing and Wildlife Tours • Kayaking Tours • Alert Bay Trips • Shopping • Caving • Diving • Fish Hatchery Tours • Beachcombing • The Bones Project (an excellent Whale museum) • Hike the Telegraph Trail

    Alert Bay • Knight Inlet • The Bones Project • U’mista Cultural Centre • Port Hardy • Port McNeill

    Local Restaurants:
    • Telegraph Cove resort has its own fully licensed restaurant and pub waiting to serve you delicious meals • Telegraph Cove's famous restaurant, the Killer Whale Cafe, is open from Mother's Day to mid October every year. • The Old Saltery Pub is also located in the newly renovated Saltery, situated over the water along the boardwalk.

    Getting There

    Closest City & Distance:
    Telegraph Cove is on the north part of Vancouver Island. The town of Port McNeill is 26km away; 40 minutes by car.

    Getting there:
    Driving to Telegraph from Departure Bay in Nanaimo, the total distance is 346 km (180 miles). Allow just over 4 hours - without stops - and around 5 hours 30 minutes with stops. If you are travelling at night, be aware that most petrol stations close at 9 pm and most restaurants close at 8 pm. Petrol is best bought at Denman Island Ferry just past Qualicum Beach, or before you leave Campbell River.

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