Historic buildings and boats in Telegraph Cove's harbour
(Brendan van Son photo)

Telegraph Cove

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Only 45 minutes from Port McNeill lies the Broughton Archipelago, BC's largest marine park.

It is a realm of bald eagles, jumping salmon, sea lions and bears, but best of all, Orcas, minke whales and humpback whales. Celebrated oceanographer Jacques Cousteau singled out Telegraph Cove as one of the best places in the world to view and enjoy Orcas (killer whales) in their natural environment.

Whale Species & When to View Them

Northern resident Orcas, minkes and humpback whales return each year. In summer, about 200 whales visit southern Queen Charlotte Sound and Johnstone Strait. The Orca is king, and at roughly 9m/30ft long, it is powerful, graceful, majestic, awe-inspiring. Resident Orcas are fish eaters, Transient Orcas are carnivorous and have a taste for seals. Whales travel in pods, each pod with its own language. Eavesdrop with hydrophones, underwater microphones.

Whale-Watching Tours

Telegraph Cove has only one whale watching outfit, but what an outfit. When Stubbs Island Whale Watching launched in 1980, it was the first whale watching company in BC and on Canada's west coast.

Cruises ply the nearby waters of the Blackfish Archipelago. Whale-watchers travel in heated, covered 18m/60ft vessels with washroom facilities. Cruises are about 3.5 hours in duration and run daily from mid-May until early October.

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