Covid-19 Policies and Practices

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 & Your Trip

Here are the answers to some questions you may have about COVID-19 and your trip. As the situation evolves and changes, we may update these answers to reflect new information and best practices based on science. Our top priority is ensuring the safety and health of the Maple Leaf Adventures guests and crew, as well as respecting the coastal communities we operate in. Please note these policies apply to 2022 trips only. We will update our policies again for 2023 trips closer to the season start.

Before Your Trip

What Should I Do While Still at Home?

  • Purchase Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance: We always recommend you protect your trip purchase with a good policy. 
  • Book Flexible Air Tickets: We recommend choosing flexible ticket options where possible.    
  • Stay Informed on Travel Requirements in Your Destination: Keep your eye on any government or airline recommendations or mandates that may impact your trip. We will do our best to pass on to you any updates, but you should monitor it yourself. 
  • Cut Down and Caution Your Interactions Two Weeks Prior to Travel: Although you and the others will be vaccinated, we ask that you carefully monitor the manner of your interactions with other people in the two weeks prior to your trip, to do everything you can to ensure you are not carrying the coronavirus. For example, avoid large gatherings indoors. 

Complete the Steps We Require Before Your Trip

  • Health Declaration: We will provide you with a health declaration in the week before your trip, that you must complete and return to us.
  • Proof of vaccination: We will share a form for you to document your vaccination status.

Will I Be Required to Have a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Yes. A guest must have received, and show proof of, the full course of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada or US Food and Drug Administration at least 14 days prior to their trip departure. 

If you have not received or scheduled such a vaccination, you will  not be eligible for a booking. If you have an existing booking and have not scheduled your second vaccination, please call the Maple Leaf office immediately. 

We require proof of your vaccination status to be submitted to us prior to boarding the ship. Details on how to submit a copy of your government issued vaccination card will be provided to you with your detailed pre-departure information. 

Will I Need to Be Tested for COVID-19?

Yes, we conduct a final pre-screening for Covid infections as part of our communicable disease procedures.  

This may include a rapid antigen test administered by our crew prior to boarding (your presentation of a recent negative test or evidence of recent recovery may also be acceptable, so please bring that if you have it).  Once your test result comes up negative, and you complete a successful symptom check declaration, you will be welcomed aboard.  

The antigen test used is approved by Health Canada for point of care screening and is an added layer of protection. It requires a minimally invasive nostril-only swab and provides results within 15 minutes. 

Additional antigen screening may be conducted throughout the trip if deemed appropriate or necessary by the Captain or Expedition Leader while on trip. These tests will be used to ensure the highest level of safety and care for our guests and crew, but we do not anticipate the need for additional tests once all guests are on board except in exceptional circumstances. 

Regulatory Testing Requirements Prior To Arrival At The Ship 

As of June 2022, travelers are no longer required to test for Covid-19 before arrival into Canada or the U.S. Please stay aware of any testing requirements imposed by governments, airline, or regulatory agencies prior to your trip start. 

Temperature Checks 

From time to time and at arrival, we may choose to take guest and crew temperatures with a contactless thermometer. This would be an added layer or protection for everyone aboard our ships, and allows us to individually check-in with each guest to make sure you are feeling well and to answer any questions you may have. 

During Your Trip

Will I Have to Quarantine?

BC Trips:

At this time there is no quarantine requirement for Canadians travelling to BC and we don’t expect this to change. For people from outside Canada, see the section below. 

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are not required to quarantine on arrival to Canada, but may be randomly selected for Covid-19 testing. You will not be required to quarantine while you wait for your result but if you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the specimen collection date. If you are travelling internationally, please consult this resource for the requirements currently in place: COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders – Travel.gc.ca 

Alaska Trips:

At the time of writing, Alaska does not have any state requirements for travel into Alaska. Check for updates here.

Americans should follow the US government’s domestic travel information

International travellers entering Alaska are entering the United States and must follow the requirements of the US government. Check your own country’s government travel information site, and also the US CDC website.

Will You Allow Single Travellers To Share Cabins? 

At this time, we are not planning to arrange single travellers to share cabins.  This may change for fully vaccinated travellers in the future. 

What Is Your Approach to Masking and Social Distancing? 

We continue to closely monitor health orders and recommendations, and from time to time have updated procedures for close-quarters masking and distancing in ways that make sense in our environment. You should come prepared to wear a mask at times on your trip.  

Will Your Crew Be Vaccinated? 

Our crew have had the opportunity to get vaccinated and have provided us with their proof of vaccination.  

How Often Do You Clean? 

All cabins are cleaned daily. The common areas are cleaned frequently, and heavily-used surfaces, such as handrails, doorknobs and dining areas, are wiped down multiple times daily with disinfectant. Some of our vessels feature a state-of-the-art fogger machine which immediately disinfects every type of surface with a fine mist. In addition, there are hand sanitizer stations and plenty of soap and water in the washrooms (including Cascadia and Swell cabins’ ensuite heads). 

What If Someone Shows Symptoms of a Communicable Disease On the Trip? 

We have many strict protocols in place to limit exposure as much as possible, but of course we need to be prepared in the event that someone does become ill. If someone does show symptoms of any disease, they will be asked to keep their distance and to wear a mask, and on vessels with private cabins, they may be quarantined in their cabin, cared for and provided meals in their cabin, and if appropriate evacuated from the ship to a hospital as soon as possible. As always, we highly recommend you obtain travel insurance (both cancellation and travel medical that covers emergency evacuation from a remote location; most travel medical insurance also now includes medical assistance in the unlikely instance you were to contract Covid-19). We have extensive first aid and PPE supplies on board, including oxygen. 

In the event that symptoms are consistent with a Covid infection, remaining guests will be isolated while rapid testing is conducted. In the highly unlikely event that multiple infections are found on board, the Captain may choose to redirect the ship to a location with access to cell phone service and contact the authorities for advice on how to proceed.