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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

  • Polier Pass in Spring
    20/04/2017

    Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Spring

    Walk through wildflower meadows, historic homesteads, and beautiful beaches this

    Free flight or hotel suite if booked by Jan 31, 2017
    $2709, $3021, $3472 CDN Trip info
  • Polier Pass in Spring
    22/04/2017

    Gulf Islands in Spring

    Walk through wildflower meadows, historic homesteads, and beautiful beaches this

    Free flight or hotel suite if booked by Jan 31, 2017
    $1890 CDN Trip info
  • Great Bear Rainforest - fjord in spring
    05/05/2017

    Great Bear Rainforest Spring

    Bright green fjords, estuaries filled with wildflowers, where grizzly bears forage

    $4816, $5362, $6151 CDN Trip info
  • Great Bear Rainforest - fjord in spring
    20/05/2017

    Great Bear Rainforest Spring

    Bright green fjords, estuaries filled with wildflowers, where grizzly bears forage

    $4950 CDN Trip info

You're a Guest of Locals on Our Expedition Cruises

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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

Toronto, ON This was an outstanding trip! AT last count, I have travelled to 32 countries – but this trip will stand out as one of the best.
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.
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.