Day Trip Four

Day Trip Four: Telegraph Cove and Campbell River

Depending on the activities you choose, you may need to make more than one circle trip to cover the activities outlined here – that’s why we say Nanaimo is the perfect place to base your island tour…there is so much to see and do!

Heading north on Hwy 19 you start our mid island exploration. If you like to beachcomb, try out Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park one of the premier oceanfront’s on Vancouver Island. Located just south of Parksville on Hwy 19A, the beauty of majestic old-growth trees, ocean sunsets and a wide sandy beach makes this an excellent stop. If you are a bit of an adventurist, we recommend spelunking at Horne Lake Caves, north of Qualicum.

Meander up scenic Hwy 19A to Courtenay and Comox (approx 1.5 hours) north of Nanaimo or take the interior island Hwy 19 (approx 1 hour). If you happen to be in the area August Long Weekend you just can’t miss out on the “Filberg Festival”.

Make Mount Washington a stop. Take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain and get a bird’s eye view of the island or explore its extensive hiking/walking trails and bike trails as this is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Mount Washington also offers fabulous winter skiing conditions.

While in Campbell River, visit the local museums and galleries, enjoy the ocean-side walkways, or go bear and whale watchingan adventure of a lifetime. While here, a scenic 10-minute ferry ride takes you to Quadra Island where you will find a community full of arts, culture, and adventure recreation. 

Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colourful history. 

From the 1920′s to present day, residents of the Cove continue to maintain their firm hold on the area and take pride in being able to present it to the general public in as close to its original condition as possible. Not only is it historically significant to the area, it is home to Stubbs Island Whale Watching, the oldest and most well-known Orca (Killer Whale) whale watching company on the pacific coast.

This is also home to Robson Bight. Pods of orcas come to this part of Johnstone Strait each summer to rub themselves on the barnacle-encrusted rocks, pebbles and gravel seafloor. As the top predator on the inland-water food chain, they are also attracted by the annual salmon runs that funnel through the strait beginning in late June. There are few sights more thrilling than a killer whale in the wild breaking the surface and shooting spurts of mist from its blowhole. The marine portion of Robson Bight Ecological Reserve was established in 1982 in recognition of the importance of this area to the killer whale.


Check Out our Other Day Trips

Island Adventure                     Tofino and Ucluelet                   Salt Spring Island and Victoria 

Telegraph Cove and Campbell River           Explore Markets and Waterfalls           View Murals and Museums