Who We Are

Located in Telegraph Cove on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC, North Island Kayak has been providing travellers with the opportunity to kayak with whales and other marine wildlife in this spectacular, remote part of British Columbia since 1991.

Where We Go

The areas explored by our guided kayaking tours include Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight, Queen Charlotte Strait, the Broughton Archipelago and Gods Pocket Marine Parks.

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orcas in telegraph cove

What You Can See

One of the primary reasons people come to Telegraph Cove is for the opportunity to see whales. This location is world-renowned as the best place in the world to see orcas. In addition to over 200 Northern Resident killer whales who return every summer to gorge on salmon and rub themselves on the beaches of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, we are also visited year-round by pods of Bigg’s killer whales, while humpback whales forage the narrow straits.

How To Get Here

North Island Kayak is located at the end of the historic boardwalk in Telegraph Cove. Travelling to our location will typically require some advance planning; the resources on this page cover some of the methods one may use to get here. We can’t wait to meet you!

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red dodge in telegraph cove

Where Do I Stay?

Stay in Vancouver Island North, where you can witness wildlife – such as whales, eagles, and black bears – while discovering the magical shorelines and inland wilderness. Experience Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations traditions, art, and living culture.

Things To Do In Telegraph Cove

In addition to kayaking, there are many other activities and amenities to enjoy while visiting the Telegraph Cove Resort. See what else there is to do in this magical place.

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sunset north island kayak


Should you need to reschedule your booking, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We will do everything we can to accommodate your request, but what we can do will be very much subject to availability and the proximity of your notice to the departure date. Our Cancellation Agreement details conditions:

Packing List

1. Avoid cotton
2. Prepare to get your feet and butt wet
3. Bring your paddlin’ smile 🙂

.Multi-Day Tour Packing List

Day Trip Packing List

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kayaks on a beach

Tour Restrictions

Our state of the art kayaks have some physical restrictions to ensure all of our guests’ comfort and safety. The kayaks support a total weight 529 lb (240kg) for a two person boat. The cockpit seating measures 35.5”L x 17.3”W for Day Tour kayaks. For all other tours, the cockpit seating measures 37.5″L x 18″W x 13.5″D. Please contact us directly if you have concerns regarding fitting comfortably in our kayaks.