How to get to Telegraph Cove

December 16, 2021

Situated at the north end of Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove is a community of about 20 inhabitants on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, located approximately 210 kilometers (130 mi) northwest of Campbell River. It is a former fishing and cannery village that has become a launch point for eco-tourism.

Getting to Telegraph Cove is relatively simple, and there are many options, by air or by land are the primary ways, or even by sea.

Driving up the island from Victoria will cost you around 5.3hr and 465 km of straight driving. But, there are many beautiful stops along the way. The Courtney/Comox Valley, Campbell River, ferry service for the Gulf Islands. The trip is a tad quicker from Nanaimo, which has daily ferry service to Vancouver Via BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in North Vancouver and from Tsawassen ferry terminal in Richmond, which also services Swartz Bay terminal for Victoria.

The Drive from Nanaimo to Telegraph Cove is shorter, about 4 hrs and 350 km. Whichever route you choose, make sure you bring lots of snacks and water to keep you hydrated. 🙂 If heading north, once you pass Campbell River, there is only one stop for gas/fuel before Telegraph Cove in Seyward, about 75 km from Campbell River, with only 150km left to go. There is also fuel in the small town of Port McNeill, just a 20-minute drive from Telegraph Cove. Unfortunately, there is no fuel in Telegraph Cove itself.

Pacific Coastal Airlines also services Port Mcneill and Port Hardy (YZT) if you’re looking to spend more time on the North Island and explore places like Cape Scott Provincial Park.

Looking for other ways to get to Telegraph Cove? Please head to our partner’s page HERE at North Island Kayak.