Nestled on Vancouver Island’s northern bounds, Telegraph Cove is an intimate haven for whale watchers and conservationists. A former fishing village, today Telegraph Cove plays host to our quintessential whale watching adventure. Cut through Johnstone Strait’s currents and navigate the Broughton archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal expert bring the animals’ stories to life.

Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing tour.

Starting at$139.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

2022 Season
May 1, 2021 - October 11, 2021
Adults (18+)$139.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$109.00* CAD
Children (7-12)$89.00* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.
  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.
  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.
  • Guided by 1 expert guide, who will also be your boat driver.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

Prepare For Your Adventure

windbreaker<br />jacket
Warm<br />Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Closed-toe<br />Shoes

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0, Canada

The Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre is located at the north end of Telegraph Cove Resort next to the Whale Interpretive Centre.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.




Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

  • Reviews

    Great whale sightseeing and the gardens are gorgeous. Make time to do this> The flowers and gardens are wonderful! We also had high tea and enjoyed it immensely!

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome You really can’t fault this outfit. Starting with safety instructions to very knowledgeable guides. Sandy and James, in particular, stood out. I thought, like some other outfits around the world, once you had spotted wildlife that’s it and you’d return to the harbour; these guys were different though, we stayed with the pod of humpbacks for around 45 min to 1 hour. They shut of their engines so you could enjoy the whales and also kept a respectful distance. Watching the whales swim and making their sounds was incredible, and certainly for me, a dream come true!

    Posted on 11/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Humpbacks and Orcas We went on August 8, 2019 and had a great time. We were warned that the seas could be rough and were given the offer to bow out. We went ahead and we sure are glad we did. The scenery is unbelievable and the staff was friendly, enthusiastic and informative. We were mostly with Craig and he was fantastic! We saw a mother humpback and her calf, a pod of transient orcas, seals and a bald eagle. Best of all, the seas calmed down and we had a calm beautiful day! We would definitely go again.

    Posted on 8/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Unbelievable! From start to finish this 3 hour trip was super!
    Firstly the staff support you with all the safety information you need along with ensuring you are wearing the correct clothing. The guy who sailed the boat was very informative and told us all about the different whales etc.
    The boat ride was awesome, ok so it rained but we where still able to enjoy ourselves.
    The whales were in the distance but we still saw them, yet despite this we were still offered another free trip back anytime.
    I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 hours, it was great to get on the water and see all the nature that you don't ever see.

    Posted on 9/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing Day Out - Saw so Much! My fiancée and I were originally booked onto ‘Wild Whales’ in Vancouver but they cancelled last minute which was unfortunate. Luckily I was able to call up Prince of Whales Right away and get us booked on their tour the next morning. We left the dock at Granville at 8.30am on Sunday (meeting at 8.15). The trip lasted 5 hours for us and we sat on the top viewing deck, which was an outside viewing deck. It was amazing and we were so, so lucky to see Orcas, a lot of humpbacks, Porpoises, seals and eagles. The morning was a bit brisk with temperatures around 15 degrees C. this warmed up when the trip ended around 1pm when the sun came out. For that reason – definitely dress in layers! They do have some blankets on the boat that they can lend you. The trip offered one hot drink for each passenger -coffee, tea or hot chocolate, but you must keep your cup for free refills. There are snacks available on board (chips, chocolate) for a reasonable price; but if you have a big appetite, bring some of your own. Our guide, Wilma, was amazing. She was so enthusiastic about everything we saw and was a wealth of great information. She does this tour twice a day on a daily basis but she definitely seemed as excited about each sighting of whales as if it were her first time as well. This really helped the atmosphere of the boat. Our captain, Ian was also great and was always maneuvering the boat into the best positions so that everyone got a good view of the whales. My fiancée expected to see a lot of breaching whales which of course we did not see. These are wild animals and not performers – so if you want to see them do anything other than gently swim around in the sea, you will need to go to Seaworld. We went all the way to the coats of Nanaimo so catch the Orcas which were there on a tip-off from a local boat. I would definitely recommend this tour for any nature enthusiasts and even those who just enjoy seeing the Vancouver coastline on a boat tour for the half-day.

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic! Today we went on a zodiac with our skipper, Rush. It was really amazing. We saw a big group of humpback whales. Later we saw three killer whales, one was grey (albino whale) They were hunting a dolphin and they got him. Really crazy to see from so nearby. Rush gave us a lot of information and was a great skipper! The weather was great and the boat ride was really fantastic!

    Posted on 8/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Whale Tour The is a great way to go whale watching. We saw Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions, seals and an Otter. All the crew members were amazing. They are very friendly, informed and helpful. The boat was very comfortable and steady. I recommend them.

    Posted on 8/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Small friendly knowledgeable crew, we were lucky and saw 2 types of whales, never felt rushed and the crew were attentive. Amazing experience

    Posted on 9/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half day whale watching’s fantastic Thanks to our guide Wilma and caption Aaron. We saw an abundance of humpback whales up to 2 digits. It’s such a joy and satisfaction to watch them swimming and playing around boats. Strongly recommend

    Posted on 9/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    whales! We had an awesome time on the boat and with the guides. We got to see a momma whale and her baby, seals, sea lions, eagles, and beautiful water surrounding us. I recommend this company!!! It was fun with a 16-month old, too! :)

    Posted on 8/05/2019 via TripAdvisor