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Telegraph Cove: "Historic harbour village" Top 5 Page for this destination Vancouver Island Hotel Tip by toonsarah

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  Our cabin at Telegraph Cove
by toonsarah
  • Our cabin at Telegraph Cove - Vancouver Island
      Our cabin at Telegraph Cove
    by toonsarah
  • Telegraph Cove from the sea - Vancouver Island
      Telegraph Cove from the sea
    by toonsarah

This is something of an unusual place to stay. It’s a former sawmill and cannery port tucked away on the north eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The various cabins and houses, all of wooden construction, have been restored to their original appearance (mostly from the first part of the twentieth century) and are now available as holiday lets. All of them are arranged along a boardwalk beside the harbour, which is home to a marina and is also the departure point for excellent whale watching tours (see my Things to do tip). The resort’s website says “The buildings have kept their original charm from the past with the old 'unimproved' look on the exterior and a fresh new modernized decor on the interior.” But don’t assume from this that there are too many mod cons – you won’t find a TV or telephone in your room here!

All boardwalk and waterside cabins are rented for nightly stays or longer – we spent two nights in Cabin 14, one of the three smallest cabins which each sleep 2 people. There are two single beds in a one-room suite located on pilings perched out over the marina (see photo – ours was the cabin on the right of the three). There is a stand-up shower in each cabin and the current rate is $99 (Canadian) a night (in high season). As this is right at the bottom of the price range I've checked the "above average" button below.

As an alternative, Telegraph Cove has a full-service campsite (including shower laundry and washroom services) and RV hook-ups. There’s a general store, restaurant and pub – see my Restaurant tip for more on the latter, which will explain why you shouldn't expect a lively nightlife here. This is definitely a place to enjoy the outdoor life, get close to nature and unwind.

Unique Qualities: The whole place is unique!

Address: Box 1, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia, V0N 3J0
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: 11 kilometres from Hwy. 19 via Beaver Cove Road – 4 hours drive from Nanaimo
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 12, 2007
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