Whale-watching is a fairly easy thing to do along the vast coastline of British Columbia. Depending on the time of year, you can spot migrating humpback whales, grey whales, porpuses, and dolphins in pretty well any major location. One doesn't necessarily need to go to remote destinations to see them, but it certainly helps. This is especially true when it comes to B.C.'s most famous whale, the orca (AKA "The Killer Whale").
One such remote location is Telegraph Cove. This hidden paradise is located up on Vancouver Island, North of Campbell River by 210 KM. This quaint boardwalk settlement is home to just 20 people but is a major tourist destination, especially in the summer months. This is because it offers so many ways to connect with nature including camping, hiking, fishing, whale-watching, and even kayaking alongside the magnificent orcas.
North Island Kayaks offer unique tours that bring you up close and personal with the 250 Northern Resident Killer Whales that visit the area every single summer. The tours depart from Telegraph Cove and take you deep into the wilderness to see the whales where they should be seen, free in their natural habitat.
Though the tours will never put you or the whales in harm's way, they do allow you to see these beautiful mammals in ways you could never imagine. The other fun thing about it is that it's unpredictable. You could be staring up at a bald eagle soaring above only to feel the ocean ripple beside you, giving way to a massive, soulful eye staring up at you.
Due to the remoteness of this isolated hidden gem, mother nature feels like it's on steroids. That's because the impact of humankind of the area is limited and should be kept that way. When you're there, you're in the home of the whales, birds, seals, and bears, not the other way around.
Staying in Telegraph Cove is made easy by the array of cost-effective cozy-cabins, modern condos, and historic homes that are rented out to guests. You're just going to love strolling down the boardwalk and staring at the old, yet elegant, seaside buildings. Every twist and turn offers a photo opportunity, but more importantly, you'll be emotionally transported to another time.