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

Telegraph Cove


Telegraph Cove lies in a snug, sheltered harbour on the north end of Johnstone Strait on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

The Broughton Archipelago, BC's largest marine park and accessible only by boat, is nearby. So are the famed Orca rubbing beaches of Robson Bight.

Regional District

Telegraph Cove is part of the Regional District of Mount Waddington, which encompasses the northern third of Vancouver Island and a large area of the adjacent mainland. This region is one of the most important timber-producing areas in Canada and one of the largest production zones for farmed salmon. Mostly mountains and remote islands, the region is relatively under populated.

Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation

Within its boundaries are the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, who form a significant minority in the region and are the majority in many smaller communities.

Island of Caves

About 4% or some 1,200sq km/463sq mi of Vancouver Island's surface area is composed of karst, a landscape shaped by the dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock. Much of this karst is found in northern Vancouver Island, where dramatic features include sinkholes, vertical shafts, springs, disappearing streams, caves and complex underground drainage systems.


The sheer diversity of the Telegraph Cove area is impressive. Hike rainforests at sea level or in mountainous areas, fish in salt or fresh water, explore a protected marine park, watch whales, watch bears, explore Aboriginal culture and go caving, kayaking or diving.

Climate & Weather

Telegraph Cove, like other Vancouver Island communities, enjoys a mild climate through the year. Temperatures average between 16-25°C/60-77°F in the summer, and about 5-8°C/41-46°F in the winter. Summer is usually relatively dry. However, precipitation can occur as rain, showers or drizzle. Foggy mornings are common in mid-August and September. On average, rain falls over 200 days per year, primarily in the winter months.

Temperatures fall quickly in the evenings and near the water, so the water-proof, layered-look is always in fashion.