How To Get To Telegraph Cove

By Land:

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.
Many of your fellow kayakers may be staying in Port McNeill the night before the kayak tour departs (as the accommodation is less expensive there) so please check with Vancouver Island Kayak to see if we can organize a car pool to Telegraph Cove.

Telegraph Cove is a approximately a six hour drive north from Victoria and about 2 hours less from Nanaimo, where the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke Point are located. Drive Highway #19, the new inland, four-lane expressway to Telegraph Cove. The turnoff to Telegraph Cove is about 15 kilometers south of the Port McNiell turnoff.

You can also catch a bus to Port McNeill from Nanaimo and Vancouver. To view the schedule, go to the Greyhound website. The 5:30 am departures from Victoria and Vancouver arrive in Port McNeill by 3:00 pm. From Port McNeill you can catch a taxi to Telegraph Cove (about $40).


By Sea:

From Vancouver, take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. One can drive from Nanaimo to Telegraph Cove in less than 4 hours.

From Seattle, drive north to either Port Angeles on Highway 99 (take the M.V. Coho Blackball Transport to Victoria) or Vancouver on Highway I -5. Then take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. Once in Victoria or Nanaimo, you can drive north to Telegraph Cove as described above.


By Air:

Port Hardy is the closest commercial airport with flights from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and many coastal communities. Air Carriers include Pacific Coastal Airlines and Air Canada.

Kenmore Air and Northwest Seaplanes offer scheduled flights from Seattle to Port Hardy Airport.

North America: 1.800.255.5057 - UK: 0.800.051.6364 - Australia: 1.800.143.454

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