Romance comes in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it is a concept, sometimes it’s an emotion. The one constant is it is always centered around how it makes your heart feel. Romance can be spurred on by people, and it can be created by places. In today’s article we are going to take you to a very, very special place located at the north end of Vancouver Island called Telegraph Cove, one of the most romantic places we have ever visited in our lives.
Telegraph Cove was established in 1911, starting as a one room telegraph station servicing this particular region of the west coast of Canada. Today it is one of the last remaining boardwalk communities, located at the end of a quiet road that would be so easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. Our article today is a feature from our trip to the northern part of Vancouver Island in the fall of 2015. Previous articles from this area are featured in our “North Island Toads” catalog, if you are interested in seeing more from this wonderful area. To read about the interesting history of this community, please visit the official Telegraph Cove History site for details.
At some point on my online travels, I encountered a set of photographs that were captured on the shores of Telegraph Cove. This completely peaked my interest, and I found myself quickly down a proverbial rabbit hole, finding everything I could online about this community and soaking it up like a man lost in the desert for months who has just discovered a private oasis. We were amazed to learn that during the off-season, the communities population is noted to be around 20 people. During the height of the nice weather, over 120,000 people are known to flock here looking for beautiful landscapes and epic adventures.
Early on in its life, Telegraph Cove was host to an avid fishing industry, and had an active sawmill working here. As the local and global economies changed, so did the community, transforming itself into one of the last boardwalk communities and becoming an absolutely incredible destination for those looking for something a little different. Today, the old buildings are now restaurants and little shops that share the flair and personality of Vancouver Island and the west coast of Canada.
A photographers dream awaits those who like to shoot interesting places. The boardwalks may only take a few minutes to traverse from end-to-end, but we absolutely guarantee you that you will be stopping every few feet to enjoy some of the historic and fascinating artifacts and details that create the fabric of the community.
At one end of the boardwalk we find this historic building, today home to an incredible museum that features exhibits of local seafaring creatures, sure to captivate the imagination of all who visit. World famous Stubbs Island Whale Watching takes you out on the waters where some of the world’s best whale-watching activities are to be found. This is only the beginning of what is found at Telegraph Cove.
In the beginning of June, 2016, Mrs. Toad and I are heading back up for a few days of vacation. This is much more than just a normal vacation to us, we are also going to be celebrating my 50th birthday by doing something that I have wanted to do all my life… that is to see Grizzly Bears in the wild. One of the wonderful service companies located at Telegraph Cove is called Tiderip Grizzly Bear Tours who takes the avid adventurer out on an all-day tour of Knight Inlet where one of the most important Grizzly Bear populations calls home. We expect to get within easy reach of these incredible bears in the wild with our camera, and are hoping to come home with some pictures that you simply have to see to believe. These amazing creatures are kings of the forest and wilderness out here on the west coast, yet I am drawn to them on a profound and personal level as I see them as some of the most beautiful creatures inhabiting our earth. I have had to promise the lovely Mrs. Toad that I wouldn’t sneak a tiny, furry, cute Grizzly Bear cub in my pocket and bring it home… we shall see how that promise plays out in reality in the coming weeks. Self-control is not one of my strongest traits.
As the time nears for our trip, our hearts skip with excitement in anticipation of what we will discover on our tour. To many this may be considered a flight of fancy, but to us it is a trip of a lifetime.
Over the next several weeks we will be adding more stories to our “Telegraph Cove” series of articles, along with new photographs in our online “Telegraph Cove” gallery, so please be sure to check back here regularly.
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