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.
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.
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!
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.
Recognizing 5 consecutive years of consistently high ratings from travellers
North Island Kayak would like to acknowledge that we operate on the traditional territories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw tribes. We are aware that the adventure tourism industry which drives our passion for the outdoors could not happen without the use of the land and water that we camp, paddle and recreate on. North Island Kayak would like to acknowledge that our tours operate on a vast array of areas from what we know today as Telegraph Cove to the Broughton Archipelagos and the many islands between Vancouver Island and the coast of the mainland. The traditional territories we frequent the most include but not limited to; the ʼNa̱mǥis, Kwaguʼł, Mama̱liliḵa̱la, Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w, Ḵwikwa̱sutinux̱, & Ławitʼsis.
To learn more about the traditional peoples and the history of this land you will recreate on while touring with North Island Kayak, we recommend designating time to visit The Village of Alert Bay, and the U’mista Cultural Centre.