Kayak Camp Telegraph Cove, Johnstone Strait, and Broughton Archipelago

Added by Rachel Bertsch

The northern tip of Vancouver Island has some of the clearest cold water in the world and is home to rich marine life in an area dubbed a "whale superhighway". If you dream of kayaking with whales, this is where to do it.

Starting in Telegraph Cove, a small former mill town now turned charming tourist destination, you can easily set out into the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. 

BC's largest Marine Park has hundreds of islands dotting the waters that range from a small rocky bluff to a densely forest island with white clamshell beaches. 

Ensure your itinerary includes a few nights in Johnstone Strait, the whale superhighway, if you are arriving in July or August. You'll see orca a-plenty and get near (but not directly at) Robson Bight, a pebble beach the orcas rub their bellies on.

Other fantastic camping spots are Flower Island, Owl Island, and Hanson Island which are frequented by humpbacks, eagles, seals and have easy landing beaches backed by moss covered rainforests.

There are many campsites and routes that are possible - if you are going I highly recommend the book “The Wild Coast” volume 3 by John Kimantas" for info on routes, tidal currents and campsites.

Pro tip: bring a camping hammock as the surfaces for most camping areas aren't fully level, but there are always plenty of trees to create a home to hang overnight in.

---

Telegraph Cove is a small town located in the far northern portion of Vancouver Island. Most people arrive in Telegraph Cove by car, after taking the BC Ferries (ferry schedule here: http://www.bcferries.com/sched...) over from Vancouver. Parking, hotel and camping is available in Telegraph Cove for a fee.  

A limited amount of food is available in Telegraph Cove, but groceries here are pricey (as they have to be shipped in). Booze from Telegraph Cove, fortunately, is not. Plan accordingly.

You can rent a kayak in Telegraph Cove, or hire a guided tour.

Read More

Tags

Stand Up Paddle
Canoeing
Chillin
Camping
Fishing
Photography
Kayaking
Swimming
Adult Beverages
Beach
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Beware the fog!

We did this trip in September 2020 with a guide and loved it! Beware the fog though because there is nothing more disappointing than hearing the whales but not being able to see them. If you are interested to read more, here's our account of the trip: https://beactivelikev.wordpress.com/

Nearby Adventures

  • Photograph Whales out of Telegraph Cove

    To get to Telegraph Cove it is about 2 hours north of Campbell River. Head north as if you are driving to Port Hardy, the road is paved and in good condition. Just follow the highway signs to Telegraph Cove, they are hard to miss. There is a great...

  • Paddle the Nuchatlitz Islands

    Give yourself at least 5 days to explore this incredible marine park as the options for exploring, sightseeing, and camping are as numerous as they are incredible. For the inexperienced, a guide would be recommended. For those with knowledge of ma...

  • Sea Kayak Nootka Sound

    Whether you are an intermediate or advanced paddler, there are amazing options in Nootka Sound. No matter where you end up going within this area you will likely see seals, sea lions, bears, and an array of sea birds; if you're lucky you may even ...

  • Camp at San Josef Bay

    This trek allows for easy access to an incredibly picturesque, white sandy beach. The trail meanders through the lush Pacific Northwest forest for most of the trip and then follows along a beach for the last part, ending at the camping areas.The h...

    3.7 miles 328.1 ft gain