Our Destinations

For over 25 years, our inside passage small ship cruises have taken people into the spectacular natural world of British Columbia and Alaska’s Inside Passage and Haida Gwaii.

Each destination we offer is a unique part of this spectacular coast — scenery, wildlife, and culture are different.

Our local knowledge and our generations of history exploring this coast give you a very personalized and rich visit here.

See our list of destinations below.

Areas We Cruise

Alaska small ship cruises photo by Ronan Gunn

From glaciers and icebergs to brown bears and rainforest, to channels filled with whales, to historic towns: the Alaska Inside Passage’s charms are broad....

Canada adventure vacations. Photo by Brandon Harvey

Explore the majesty of Canada's west coast. Each trip is a complete exploration of nature, wildlife (incl. bears, whales, and more), and culture....

alaska bc yacht charters photo by Kevin Smith

Charter one of our expedition cruises, on classic crewed yachts, in British Columbia or Alaska....

Features of Our Small Ship Cruises on the Inside Passage

We experience the entire environment on our trips, not just the “viewscape”. Each day we awake in an anchorage, cruise on the a 90-foot classic coastal ship, and go ashore often with inflatable boats to experience the magic of different habitats and the special life that inhabits each area. We also have kayaks on board.

Wildlife and Nature

Each trip is timed to coincide with peak wildlife phenomena, such as whale and seabird migrations or the presence of bears in key viewing areas. Our extremely experienced crew live on the coast and have access to the best places – where many types of operators are forbidden to go. Your experience will be enhanced by learning from the coast’s best naturalists.

Coastal Cultures

uman civilizations have existed on this coast since at least the last ice age, if not far longer. There is a rich cultural history here, both of First Nations cultures and of more recent pioneer cultures. Your learning about these cultures includes visits to important sites and conversations and interpretation with residents of the areas we visit.

We Take Your Interests Into Consideration

Want to get the best angles for photography? Help sail the ship? Stay a long time in a Haida village? Watch these whales for hours? Learn the name of every plant? Because we take eight guests per trip, we take your interests into account when making our sailing plan.

The Maple Leaf Difference – 11 Reasons to Travel This Way

What makes a trip with Maple Leaf Adventures one of the world’s top-ranked travel experiences by National Geographic Adventure, Frommer’s travel guide and Explore magazine? Perhaps more importantly, why do so many of our guests return again and again?