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  • Alaska trips

    Explore Southeast Alaska's glaciers, rainforests, wildlife, and towns aboard a classic wooden tugboat.

  • Broughton Archipelago (Whales & Totems)

    A shorter trip amid 200 islands, a hot zone for orcas, humpback whales and ancient coastal cultures.

  • Desolation Sound

    A shorter trip amid stunning scenery: coast mountains, waterfalls, sandy beaches and great cruising waters.

  • Great Bear Rainforest

    Explores the fjords, rainforest, bears and other wildlife, plus First Nations culture, in this land of the spirit bear.

  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Island hopping, dry rainforest, wildlife, beachcombing and village visits in this unique southern archipelago.

  • Haida Gwaii

    An epic odyssey through the nature, wildlife and Haida culture of this archipelago on Canadians' bucket list.

  • Vancouver Island

    Different itineraries that explore the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago and inside passage.

Featured Cruises

  • Gulf Islands, BC, Canada
    25/10/2016

    Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Golden colors of autmn line the islands at this time of year. Explore the island

    $2150 CDN Trip info
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    1 spots left 14/10/2016

    Whales & Totems

    Autumn is alive with activity. Witness a unique feeding behavior by humpback whales

    $3155, $3470, $3700 CDN Trip info
  • painting-holiday
    2 spots left 01/11/2016

    Art at Sea in the Gulf Islands

    Take in stunning island scenes with arbutus lined shorelines. Join your art instructor

    $2654, $2960, $3300 CDN Trip info

You're a Guest of Locals on Our Expedition Cruises

Boutique trip means personalized and friendly

About Our Small Ship Cruises

Join us to discover the natural wonders of the British Columbia (Canada) and Alaska coast, on a boutique expedition cruise.

Your 5-day to 11-day small ship trip explores this paradise of 50,000 islands and 40,000 km of shoreline.

You will travel in the spirit of adventure, aboard authentic, classic coastal ships. You will go ashore frequently to experience the landscapes, cultures and wildlife.

Destinations and itineraries include: Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Alaska’s Inside Passage, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Vancouver Island, Desolation Sound and the Broughton Archipelago.

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Why Travel By Water Gives You the Best of This Place

This is wild geography.

The coastline of British Columbia and Alaska undulates into bays, twists into archipelagos, and stretches far down fjords that slice through mountain ranges. There are almost no roads here.

Wildlife and nature thrive. The few coastal communities have deep connections to the ocean.

To experience it all, and to reach the richest areas, you must travel by water. This is how people have moved around here for millennia.

On our small ships, you’ll reach special areas closed to big ships. You’ll head down passages and make landings that big ship passengers can only dream of.

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Adventure + Attention to Detail

We treat each guest as an individual. We notice your interests and help you to do everything you came for. 

We are here to help you experience the wonder of the coast – the true wonder behind the images you may have seen of rainforests, bears, whales and islands. This is a trip for people with adventurous spirits – spirits that a bit of rain doesn’t dampen.

Every Maple Leaf crew member is welcoming and generous with their time, their knowledge, and their thoughtfulness.

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A Local, Conservation Based Enterprise

By travelling with Maple Leaf, you are part of the important, emerging conservation-based economy on the coast.

Our careful, thoughtful approach to our trips, to nature, and to all of the people we visit have earned us a reputation as a model for conservation travel.

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What people say

Calgary, AB Truly magical!  This trip was as fabulous as I had hoped.  The crew; always smiling, always considerate, always a great sense of humour.
Oregon Thanks for the best vacation ever.
Los Angeles, CA How to put into words the trip of a lifetime? The Maple Leaf crew needs to be pinpointed as the glue that held together some of the best days of our lives.
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  • Alaska trips

    Explore Southeast Alaska's glaciers, rainforests, wildlife, and towns aboard a classic wooden tugboat.

  • Broughton Archipelago (Whales & Totems)

    A shorter trip amid 200 islands, a hot zone for orcas, humpback whales and ancient coastal cultures.

  • Desolation Sound

    A shorter trip amid stunning scenery: coast mountains, waterfalls, sandy beaches and great cruising waters.

  • Great Bear Rainforest

    Explores the fjords, rainforest, bears and other wildlife, plus First Nations culture, in this land of the spirit bear.

  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Island hopping, dry rainforest, wildlife, beachcombing and village visits in this unique southern archipelago.

  • Haida Gwaii

    An epic odyssey through the nature, wildlife and Haida culture of this archipelago on Canadians’ bucket list.

  • Vancouver Island

    Different itineraries that explore the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago and inside passage.