Welcome! Learn about our company, our vision, our style of travel, our eco-tourism ethics, our crew and staff, and our safety and expertise. You can also view some frequently asked questions or our press kit.

Our Company

Selected for Canada’s “Signature Experiences Collection” by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Maple Leaf Adventures has provided conservation-focused, big adventures aboard small ships since 1986.

With a reputation as one of Canada’s top operators of small ship cruises, our multi-day excursions give guests one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most beautiful and rare places in the world, often in areas that were once under threat of destruction or in dire need of protection. Our strong expedition ships are also heritage pieces themselves.

In 2012, Maple Leaf was awarded the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award, for promoting the appreciation of Canada’s natural, cultural and aesthetic heritage, while also protecting them.

As a long time practitioner of ecotourism, Maple Leaf Adventures pioneered travel in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island and has made significant contributions to conservation. National Geographic Adventure has rated Maple Leaf Adventures one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”.


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    GOLD Sustainable Tourism Certification

    Certified at the top-level for sustainable tourism by independent evaluator Green Tourism Canada, 2017. (recertification. previous certification gold 2014, and gold 2011)


    Fodor's World's Best Cruises for 2016

    From innovative new ships to pioneering itineraries, we've sifted through the many cruises making headlines and narrowed them down to the 15 best boats of the bunch. - Fodor's

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    Best of the World - National Geographic Traveler

    by the editors of National Geographic Traveler, for our Great Bear Rainforest trip, 2013.

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    10 Notable Ships Built in BC

    SV Maple Leaf is one of ten notable ships built in BC, according to the editors of the Vancouver Sun, 2013.

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    Outside Travel Award - Best Islands, Haida Gwaii

    "This is wild heaven," write the editors of Outside, about Haida Gwaii and Maple Leaf's trip exploring it, 2013.

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    Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award winner

    National award, chosen by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, 2012

What people say

Maple Ridge, BC I can't believe we're already at the end of our wonderful week on the central coast; I had no concept, a the beginning, of the riches we would see. Thank
B.C., Canada I am most grateful for the mystical encounter with the Desolation realm under the wonderful leadership of each member of the crew – May ‘Wonder, Love,
New Zealand Just returned from their Whales and Totems trip, 6 fantastic days out on the MapleLeaf. The crew led by Tavish were instrumental in making this a trip