Telegraph Cove

A Whale of a Tail

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As I was shopping at Stubbs Whale Tour shop, I ran into Heike, owner of the Whale tour company. She is our neighbor for the summer. After small talk she asked me if we had taken their tour yet. “Not yet,” I said. “How about going on the 5 p.m. tour tomorrow?” Silly question!!!

 

Tuesday ended up being our hottest day here so far and that made for a great 3 hour trip starting at 5 p.m. for us.

 

We left the mouth to Telegraph Cove and immediately came across Orcas. Allison, our naturalist guide told us this is a family of mom, brother, 2 daughters and 2 cousins. They can tell by their dorsal fins who they are. Fife, the male has a nick in his fin from a vessel. And the mom is the boss and leader!

 

This is the Lukwa, “a place in the forest.” Our captain, was Wayne, who also lives next door to us. He has been on these waters for 60. First as a RCMP and then as a captain for Stubbs Island.

 

 

Heike’s dog, Cleo, keeps watch on the boardwalk everyday.

 

 

Dale looking for Orcas.

 

 

Only a tiny fin here but the water was really cool after the dive.

 

We followed these whales for about 1.5 hours. They are fish eating whales. About half way through the time we spent watching them, some White Belled Porpoises came along aggravating the Orca. Splashes occurred.

 

On the way to the seals, two Dall Porpoise came along side the boat and got right next to it. They can travel like 55 kph. They were going so fast. In and out under the boat. No photo because we were so amazed to actually fully see them. They zoomed off to the right lickety-split.

 

Once we got under way, we were head to Black Fish Strait. Here we saw the Stellar Seals, largest in the world and bigger than a grizzly.

 

I spotted these eagles a little to late. Actually I saw the one in the top and the other after editing the photo! I guess it is mating season.

 

 

Some scenes from the strait. Smoke from Canada came in pretty good today.

 

Look who else is fishing.

 


 

We could see the humpbacks blowing way off or “puffing” as Capt. Wayne said. We were off the north tip of Malcolm Island and got around 4 humpbacks. They weren’t very photogenic today.

 

 

When looking for humpbacks, one always looks for birds who are attacking a bait ball. The fish, herrings, is what humpbacks eat.

 

 

Allison was able to get this one!

 

 

Captain Wayne put us on the boat first so got a great spot. I actually sat up above my head most of the time. And then in the back. We would run from the front to the back and then up front. We had a great day for whale watching.

 

As we went back into Telegraph Cove, the sun was setting and gave us a great sunset.

 

For more great, great photo’s head on over to the Stubbs website.

 

Life is great! Again, God’s creation is breath taking.

 

 

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We Took A Little Trip

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down the Kokish Main dirt road that goes to the dam that supplies energy to the electrical plant on Beaver Cove Rd. Our destination – Bonanza Lake.

As we were kicking up dust behind our Forester, around the corner and I’ hollering BEAR, BEAR. I didn’t have my camera with me so no photos. He/She was going down into the canyon so we pulled up as close as we could get to the edge. He/she stopped on a couple of logs and looked back at me. So I talked to it. ūüôā He listened for a minute and turned and proceeded on his/her way. Guess conversation wasn’t her/his thing! What he/she didn’t know is that I had just mentioned to Dale that we might see a bear. God heard!

Just like this bear we saw in Bausa Cove.

The first lake we came too is Ida Lake. There are about 5 camp sites on the beach of the lake. It was so peaceful here – about 12k off Beaver Cove Rd.

The next lake we came to – 18 more kilometers south of Ida Lake is Bonanza Lake. It is a very large lake. 9.1k long.

Machinery left behind.

We couldn’t wait to see the temp of the water since we were having the hottest day since we have been here. We were thinking our swimsuits should have come with us. So Dale waded in. Then I had to try it.

Some one has a sense of humor! A couple of small roads lead to campsites on the lake. There was one at this place. It also looked like deer hunters use these campsites beside those coming to camp and enjoy the lake.

On another day we drove to Woss for breakfast and then to Woss Lake. Another beautiful lake.

 

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As you can see, this was a cooler day and only our hands tested the temp of the water.

We have enjoyed seeing the surrounding sights around Telegraph Cove. Northern Vancouver Island is so pretty.

Life is very good – calm and peaceful. It helps to keep God’s peace close to the heart. Amazing.

 

Let’s Take a Tour of TC

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Telegraph Cove, located north of Campbell River B.C. on Vancouver Island, is a small cove that hosts a marina, condo’s, restaurants, whale watching tours, bear tours, a general store, several coffee shops, kayak tours and just a nice place to sit and relax. TC sits on Johnstone Strait.

 

TC got its name when a superintendent of Telegraphs was hunting for a place for a line from Campbell River in 1912 and came upon this fishing village. In the 1920’s, Alfred Wastell built a lumber mill and a salmon saltery in the cove. During WWII, TC became a relay station for the Air Force. Many of the buildings seen today were built during that time. For decades, Telegraph Cove remained a sleepy hamlet of board walks and wooden buildings built on pilings on the coast. Boat was the only means of transportation. Automobile access arrived only in 1956 and with it, the potential for tourism. By the 1970’s, the lumber mill and salmon saltery were ending their historic runs. Now it was time for vacationers, sport fishermen and whale watchers.¬†Stubbs Island Whale Watching, the very first outfit of its kind in BC, launched in 1980.

 

Let’s go on a photo tour of Telegraph Cove. You can click any photo to make it bigger!

 

Entrance to TC
Our office. Let me explain some local tidbits. The marina and this building belong to our boss. The condo’s and boardwalk belong to someone else. That is why there are two offices.¬†

 

This is the Seahorse Cafe. Marco and Lana have been in this spot for 14 years. Good food!
The Seahorse Gallery offers finer tourist gems. Shirts, scarves, handcrafted jewelry and cool drinking containers. Many have the First Nations emblems on them.

 

Entrance to the boardwalk. There are a lot of old machinery parts left from the various businesses over the years laying around.

This tree is just inside the entrance to the boardwalk.

 

 

 

This is the General Store. No nuts and bolts but most everything else. Fishermen and tourist stuff and some food stuff.

 

Outside seating at one of the coffee shops next to the TC office.

 

This is the boardwalk post office mailbox where we mail letters and postcards.

 

The Board Walk

 

The brown building on the right houses all the employees. It is the Bunk House and this is where the Air Force guys stayed.
An old Dodge truck gets its photo taken a lot!
Flowers are everywhere making TC look beautiful.

The Killer Whale Restaurant. Serves up some great food. Very nice inside seating.
Killer Whale Restaurant also has marina side seating.
In July, on Wednesdays – Saturday there is a Salmon Bake on the boardwalk at The Killer Whale Restaurant. The meal consists of the most moist and delicious salmon. Sides are 3 salads and corn on the cob. A mere $27 ca.

 

Rooms and cabins are for rent. They line the boardwalk.
Right next door to the restaurant is the pub. Haven’t been in here yet. Spirits served.
The story behind this oar….a cougar attacked a little dog. A nearby couple saw this oar in the tree, took it to beat on the cougar’s head and they broke it. Poor puppy lived but was blinded by the cougars jaw.
Nice gesture to keep the boardwalk free of pet poop.

Decorations galore.

One of many bird houses.
The other coffee shop.
Stubbs Whale Watching tours are very popular. Buses of people come in weekly. And yes, they see lots of whales, seals, otters, and eagles.
All aboard for the whale tours. There are 2 boats. (click to see) One large one, Lukwa, holds 46 people. The newer boat, Kultua is smaller.
Whales are a big deal here because this is their home. So they have to be a museum to tell all.

Across the mouth to the marina and from these photo’s is the boardwalk on the other side of the marina. Dale and I hike over the mountain and down to this boardwalk. Beautiful views of Johnstone Strait here.

The Marina

Across from our office is the Dockside 29 condo’s privately owned. They sit right on the edge of the marina.

See the yacht! Been here for a month. Hasn’t moved.
North Island Kayak tours are very popular.

Finally —-

Our domain as hosts.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour. We have come to love this beautiful gem nestled amongst all the islands dotting the northern part of Vancouver Island.

A treat! 

Life is amazing and so good. God’s creation astounds us with its creativity and beauty.

Disney Has Arrived

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One thing we have enjoyed is watching the big cruise ships traveling to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle. Now, the thing is, we are watching these ships path to Alaska on the Internet  at marinetraffic.com.  We are a bit miffed because their journey pathway takes them behind Hanson Island that we can see the east side of  and the ships go on the west side.

 

Well, this evening we saw that Disney Wonder was coming back from Alaska and going between Malcolm Island and us on Vancouver Island. So, off we ran up the hill to watch it come in. Here’s some photos.

The ship is far out (black dot) from us going about 7 knots. It took about an hour before it reached us in Telegraph Cove.

 

Finally, it came along side where we were standing. Dale had alerted the campground of a ship coming by us so we had a group of people out watching. It is so awesome to see people from Germany, Ireland, B.C and the USA all in a common event.

 

I got the notion to run down to our beach to catch a sight of the boat against the snowy mountains on the mainland of B.C.

Here it is going by our little beach cove.

If you look real close, the tip of the ship lines up with the tip of a snow capped mountain peaking above the clouds.

 

To end our evening, we invited Anna, from Munich, Germany, over for a cup of tea and to get warm. Anna is tenting with another person as they travel through Canada. She is fulfilling a dream of hers of visiting Canada.

 

Life is Great! God’s great love for us is Jesus Christ, His son!

Summer Vacation Time

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After about a week and a half, we finally arrived at our destination – Telegraph Cove!

An old mill town now hosts condos, marina, boardwalk with a general store, 2 coffee shops, the Seahorse Cafe and the Pub Restaurant along with the bear tours and the whale tours. Lots of outdoor seating too. This is all on a boardwalk!

Our rig is park so that we have a view of the Johnstone Strait. Yesterday we saw a huge cruise ship passing by on its way to Vancouver, BC. Probably coming from Alaska.

Nope, didn’t get a photo of the ship!

We do like our spot. We can see the whole campground from here.

 

Finally found some flowers for our space. Not a lot of choice but I do like daisies! Proudly displaying our flag!

We can hike to the beach or down to the point where the mouth of the marina is.

Vistas are incredible. Off in the distance on islands are huge snow-capped mountains. Smaller islands dot the sound.

 

This place on earth is incredibly beautiful and we are so thankful to be here. There are hikes we can do. Kayaks we can take out on the water and maybe see whales and other sea animals!

 

We are digging the cooler weather! It gets in the high 60’s when the sun comes out. Last 2 days have had cloud cover all day.

Dale has made his camp host job taking care of the RV park. He’s great dealing with people. ¬†I knew this was probably coming, but I get the one bathroom and 4 shower stalls to clean. Small price to pay for our space and full hook-ups and being able to stay here for 3 months.

Life is exciting and very good. Thanking God for this beautiful place and the opportunity to be here.

 

 

 

It’s Exciting!!! to be Making Plans for Summer

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As I mentioned in an earlier post that we volunteered to be camp hosts in Telegraph Cove this summer.

This was a difficult decision for us as we usually have been in “paid” positions. This job means all expenses to get there are on us without a “salary.” We decided the adventure and exploring a part of the island we haven’t been to is compensation enough.

Telegraph Cove, BC. It’s a beautiful spot on the Johnstone Straight and near Port Hardy. The RV park is 48 spaces and very popular with international campers. Check it out here.

We have been as far as Campbell River back in 2004 when we went on a week-long kayak camping trip out of Cortes Island and kayaked through Desolation Sound. 

We are so excited to have this opportunity to explore this part of Vancouver Island. More exciting is the fact that we are making ferry reservations TODAY! And they are having a sale to boot on ferry fees!! A Win – Win!

We will sail out of Vancouver, BC to Nanaimo. We are looking for a space to park for the night once we arrive. Canadian Tire seems to let RVers park in their parking lot. An email has been sent to them to make sure. Wal-Mart and Cabelas do not allow overnight parking.

Plans are starting to jell. It’s going to be a great summer.

Life is so good!¬†God’s love is amazing and real.

A New Adventure

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It’s been a rainy, cold winter this year. We decided, after being gone a year from home, to stay home after our Alaska/Canada trip. Boy, did we pick the wrong year to do that!!! Like most of the PNW, it has been¬†wet, wet, wet and the rain hasn’t stopped yet here in April.

We did take a few jaunts to the beach over the winter. My son, David, moved to Brookings, Oregon so we visited with him and his gal, Brook a few times. It is so good to have him back in his home state and close to me. We are about 3 hours away from him now.

While visiting him a last week, we got a call from the guy who bought our BigBlue Dodge Ram a few years ago. The call went something like this: “Dale, this is Tyler. I, with my family, own an RV resort and wondered if you would like to be a camp host. I don’t know any other RVers and thought of you.” Dale: “Tell me about it.” Tyler: Our RV park is on the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C.” Dale: “I will talk with Gwen and get back to you.”

After several phone calls to his mom who lives there and then to their manager, we received those details and made our decision. We are going to be camp hosts for the summer! We are excited about this new adventure to a place where we have never been. Telegraph Cove RV Park and Marina on the Johnstone Strait. Duties aren’t much at all and we will have time to explore the island. We will register walk-ins in the evening and check¬†the bathrooms and report to the¬†manager if anything needs done and he will take¬†care of everything.

More to come as we don’t start until July. My daughter, Lesa, has loaned me her Canon EOs 50D camera, so I hope to have some awesome photo’s to share. A friend has said she has been there and it is an awesome part of this big world.

Life is good. When God puts something in front of you, grab on with both hands!