The Gulf Islands lie between Victoria and Vancouver, and are a hot spot for recreation and tourists in the summer. The laid-back vibe of the locals and the abundant beaches, swimming spots, and hiking trails are a draw for many, especially after the New York Times highlighted the area as one of their 52 Places to Go in […]
BC’s Great Bear Rainforest was formally inducted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy on Nov. 16, 2016. Some people may wonder, what is the Great Bear Rainforest and the QCC, and what does this all mean? As we’ve been operating trips in the region for 25 years, we thought we’d share what we know. What Is the […]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge splash light on two spectacular but little-known parts of Canada this month, with their royal tour visit to the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. How can you explore the protected rainforest, bears, and monumental cultural sites that they will see, yourself? Local companies have been pioneering safari-like trips […]
Although Maple Leaf Adventures’ trips in the Great Bear Rainforest this autumn are full, we have found a way to offer those interested another great trip here in September – and you’ll be directly helping to protect bears at the same time. You can book passage, through us, on a trip in the Great Bear […]
The tidewater glaciers that we visit on our our small ship Alaska cruises are retreating. In Maple Leaf Adventures’ 30 years of operating trips both the Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm and the Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm have noticeably retreated. Here’s a great visual to show you that maps and charts, which are not updated […]
by Kevin Smith It is a milestone for many people, including me: the finalization of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement was announced this month. The agreement enshrines protection for forest land and ecosystems in the 6.4 million hectare Great Bear Rainforest, on the central and north coast of BC, Canada. What does it mean? Some […]
A few photos from one of our trips on the MV Swell this fall in the Great Bear Rainforest. Thank you to crew members Jeff Reynolds and Misty MacDuffee for the photos. If you can’t see the show above, click the image below to view the slide show. View how you can take this trip.
Design a Beer, Be Part of History, and Explore BC’s Islands On Tugboat Swell: Inaugural Coastal Craft Beer Cruise
Victoria, BC, August 11, 2015 – Be part of beer history and explore the nature and culture of BC’s remoter Gulf Islands on the Coastal Craft Beer Cruise Oct 25-30. It’s been a popular trip for a decade, but this is its first year aboard the roomy tugboat Swell. To celebrate, Maple Leaf Adventures is […]
Slide show from the Great Bear Rainforest tour in May 2015 aboard the SV Maple Leaf. Thank you to Capt. Greg Shea and First Mate Nick Sinclair for the use of their beautiful images. Can’t see the show? View it here. Learn more about taking a Great Bear Rainforest trip yourself.
Some selected photos from an amazing trip. THANK YOU to the photographers Greg Shea, Jeff Reynolds, Kevin Smith and Maureen Gordon of Maple Leaf Adventures. Can’t see it? View it here, instead. Learn more about a Haida Gwaii trip like this.