Maple Leaf Adventures and the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club Present:

The Wild Coast of BC & Alaska by Tall Ship

Slide Show & Story Telling Event, Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

What: A visual story telling about the Wild Coast of BC & Alaska by Tall Ship.

Maureen Gordon, conservation economy advocate, sailing ship crew member, and co-owner of Maple Leaf Adventures, will take her audience on a photo and video odyssey along the B.C. and Alaska coasts. Guests will learn about the natural history of this spectacular coastline and nature’s engines that drive it. The show includes stunning imagery of spirit bears, whales, and other wildlife as well as of coastal villages, fjords and beaches.  Presented with the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club of Edmonton. Proceeds to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Where: Citadel Theatre’s Zeidler hall
9828 101A Avenue, Edmonton

Info & RSVP: 1-888-599-5323, More information may be found at  www.mapleleafadventures.com/events/

Cost: Entrance by donation with proceeds benefitting the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Suggested donation $10 / person.

Why:

Conservation-based tourism on the coast, especially in the Great Bear Rainforest, is growing. It provides a counterpoint to extractive or dangerous industries in the region and can work hand in hand with conservation science to provide a sustainable future for the area. The Great Bear Rainforest has a long and complex history of conservation battles, threats and wins. The area is heating up again with the proposal to lift the moratorium on oil tanker traffic through the wildlife-rich waters, a proposal that is opposed by the majority of British Columbians and all coastal First Nations. Maureen will also provide a thoughtful look at this conservation issue.

Video and photo footage also includes remote wilderness areas on the coast that can only be reached by ship or seaplane. Information on the heritage schooner Maple Leaf and its tours for 2012 and 2013 will also be available.

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About Maple Leaf Adventures

Maple Leaf Adventures has provided conservation travel experiences aboard a classic sailing ship since 1986. With a reputation as one of Canada’s top sustainable tour operators, its 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. 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 one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. For more information, visit www.MapleLeafAdventures.com.

About the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club

The Grant MacEwan Mountain Club is a group of mountain base sports enthusiasts, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who value a sense of community in organized mountain hiking, climbing, skiing and cycling trips at every knowledge and fitness level.

The club was formed in 1978 by a small group of people interested in the safe pursuit of

outdoor activity, particularly in the mountain back country. Their focus was one of

respect and concern for the natural environment. They took the name of a former

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable J.W. Grant MacEwan, in recognition of

that gentleman’s deep regard for the wilderness of Alberta.

The club has grown steadily in size, and now averages well over 200 members. There are

no special prerequisites to join, and there are activities available for all skill levels, from

beginner to advanced. The club offers a wide range of trips throughout the year, as well

as courses, workshops and social events. For more information, visit http://www.gmmc.ca/

Media Contacts:

Maureen Gordon, Maple Leaf Adventures: 250 386-7245, 250-881-6143 (cell) or Maureen@MapleLeafAdventures.com

Will Skaley, Grant MacEwan Mountain Club: 780-940-3501 or will.of.earth@gmail.com