Car: Island Hwy 19 is a wonderful travel option, safe and fast. Hwy 19 is a scenic highway with four lanes, like a mini Autobahn in the section of highway south of Campbell River. Vancouver Island has 2195m (7,201 foot) mountain Golden Hinde, old growth forests, beaches, and lots of scenic stops to enjoy along the way. For a more leisurely trip, Highway 19A hugs the beautiful coastline of eastern Vancouver Island, meandering through small towns and bigger cities.
RV: Many visitors find it cost effective to travel by RV on their BC adventure. Many guests drive what is called the Totem Loop, beginning or ending in Vancouver, BC and taking the ferry to-or-from Prince Rupert, then driving the length of Vancouver Island. Various RV rental companies rent RV’s for your Telegraph Cove Journey (www.canadream.com) (www.fraserway.com).
Air: Pacific Coastal Airlines flies daily commercial air service to & from Port Hardy (a 50 minute drive from Telegraph Cove). For private pilots, Port Hardy’s longest runway is 1524 meters long.
Floatplane: Numerous floatplane companies fly into and out of Northern Vancouver Island. Kenmore Air is one of the best, and they have daily scheduled flights from Seattle area to Port McNeill (May to Sept), and many other north Island destinations. NW Seaplanes is another option for scheduled and charter service. Chartered floatplane service is also available from various airlines, but is much more expensive than scheduled flights. Floatplanes fly low, and on clear days the views are spectacular.
BC Ferries: For 30 years we have enjoyed sailing on BC Ferries to and from Vancouver Island. Their ferry service can be compared to a cruise ship experience, with scenic views, and modern vessels. Common sightings include whales and marine mammals. Tsawwassen to Duke Point is arguably the most efficient way to go from the Vancouver Area to Nanaimo, bypassing both Victoria and Vancouver. However, other ferry terminals can get you to & from Vancouver Island, including Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay is best if you want to visit downtown Vancouver. The Sunshine Coast route is picturesque way to slowly work your way to Vancouver Island as well, via the Powell River ferry.