Our ship, the Maple Leaf, cruises into Bishop Bay. The late afternoon sun casts light across the steep glacier-carved cliffs which guide us in. Reflections on glassy water mirror blue skies, mountains and vibrant green forests. The atmosphere invites personal awareness and inner peacefulness. Tranquility is interrupted by a resounding spout of water shot skyward […]
Photo of a mother grizzly and her cubs in the Great Bear Rainforest by Greg Shea Looking for some last minute gift ideas? In the spirit of giving, this Christmas we encourage you to donate to one of these non-profits. Whether you are partial to humpback whales, grizzly bears, or salmon, these organizations perform essential conservation […]
Spirit bears are the focus of a nature television show this evening on CBC’s long-running Nature of Things, at 8 pm. Those who travelled with us in the Great Bear Rainforest in 2014 will see a mum you may remember: the spirit bear mum with black cubs we visited on Gribbell Island last fall with […]
Wildlife photographer Phil Armitage shared our Pack Creek visit with Capt Kevin and our guests, in Alaska in 2013. Pack Creek, on Admiralty Island, is one of the places we view brown bears on our boutique Alaska adventure cruises. Phil made this lovely and informative short video about the first half of the day …on […]
As a company that’s part of British Columbia’s important eco-adventure tourism industry, we’ve written a lot about bear viewing tourism versus bear trophy hunting (as opposed to hunting for food). Some of the concepts are summarized like this: If you are in Victoria, BC, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 pm, and you support this […]
For we humans on the shores of the Salish Sea, April generates a feeling of paradise: sunny days, crazy amounts of flowers, woods and waters alive with birds, and the feeling of being deeply into our 3+-months of springtime. For wildlife, it must also be a heady time of year, and there is a big […]
WOW is all we could say when we saw these video clips and photos from a guest and crew on our July 7-17, 2013 Alaska adventure cruise. Enjoy! Learn more about our Alaska Adventure cruises by small ship.
Grizzly bears, spirit bears and black bears. Please enjoy our collection of photographs from years past and present. Each of these photos was taken on a Maple Leaf Adventures expedition cruise by a member of the crew or a guest, who have kindly shared them. For more information about bear viewing on our expedition cruises […]
The SV Maple Leaf and her guests saw something few people get to see: a family of transient killer whales hunting sea lions in the Gulf Islands National Park. Here’s a photo from the SV Maple Leaf by Capt. James Warburton as the hunt was on: Although we don’t promote the possibility of doing orca […]
We hope you enjoy this catchy 3-minute video made by a guest, who is a professional journalist. It’s from her experience on a Maple Leaf Alaska adventure cruise in 2012. Click to learn more about our Alaska adventure cruises.