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.
Before Your Trip
What Should I Do While Still at Home?
We strongly recommend that you receive the prescribed number of doses of an approved COVID vaccine before travel.
Book Flexible Air Tickets and Time in Your Destination Before Boarding
We strongly recommend choosing flexible ticket options where possible, and we strongly recommend allotting yourself a couple of days in port between the arrival of your flight and the start of your trip with us, in case local travel rules still require it at the time of your trip. While government timelines indicate the majority of Canadians and Americans will be vaccinated before summer, we still do not have details on their government travel policies for summer. Changeable tickets give you greater peace of mind should anything unexpected happen before you travel.
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 inform booked guests of any major mandates that will be in place at time of travel, but as they are changing rapidly now with vaccination rollout, monitoring them yourself and also those in your home is always recommended.
Self-Assess 2 Weeks Prior to Travel
We recommend that you undertake a self assessment screening two weeks before your travels begin, using this self-screening process from British Columbia’s Centre for Disease Control.
Complete the Health Declaration We Send You Before Your Trip
We will provide you with a health declaration in the week before your trip, that you must complete and return to us.
Will I Be Required to Have a COVID-19 Vaccine?
We strongly recommend it. There are no government regulations yet about requiring vaccines for travel within your own country and we currently do not require it, but we may shortly update this and indeed require at least one dose. Given that our guests tend to be older than 55, it is highly likely that all guests will have been offered the vaccine by the time we begin our 2021 operating season.
Will I Need to Be Tested for COVID-19?
We expect to conduct COVID-19 testing on all passengers and staff prior to embarkation and that this testing will be mandatory. We also anticipate that we may do testing, on a to-be-determined basis based on best practices, during the course of your voyage.
Be aware that there may also be testing requirements imposed by your local government, airline, or regulatory agency prior to leaving your home country, or by Alaska or British Columbia upon your arrival. Please be sure to fully understand and comply with all testing mandates.
What Happens If I Can’t Travel Due to COVID-19 Restrictions?
Please see our flexible cancellation and credit policy for 2021 trips here: https://mapleleafadventures.com/booking-cancellation-policy/
During Your Trip
Will I Have to Quarantine?
At this time there is no quarantine requirement for Canadians travelling to BC and, as vaccination becomes widespread, we don’t expect this to change. For people from outside Canada, you must check to see when the borders will open and what other conditions are placed upon your travel. Keep checking this resource for updates: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current
At present, Alaska requires all Americans (including vaccinated people) entering to have submit a COVID-19 test result in one of several ways and, if they are not vaccinated, to quarantine while awaiting test results. International visitors have other requirements. Please review the requirements here and make travel arrangements and hotel bookings accordingly: https://www.alaskatia.org/traveler-information
Will You Be Operating at Reduced Capacity?
We have modified our dining procedures and facilities, as well as some other procedures so that we do not have to reduce our capacity. These are part of a set of operating procedures for our industry that have been approved by our local government regulator. We already take just a small number of guests, with plenty of space, fresh air on our yachts, and deck space, as well as lots of time on shore in nature.
Will You Allow Single Travellers to Share Cabins?
At the moment, we do not allow it for 2021 trips but we are reconsidering that for summer and fall trips for people who have had the full dosage of their COVID-19 vaccine. We expect to update this answer shortly.
Will Masks and Social Distancing Be Required?
As of now, yes, when inside (e.g., the salon) or when you cannot maintain 6 feet between you and someone outside your bubble (e.g., in the shore boat). Note that if you’re already wearing a scarf or neck gaiter for shore trips (a common occurrence) this pulled up over your mouth and nose is sufficient. At other times, you will not have to wear a mask, such as when out on deck, on shore, in your cabin or other times where you can easily maintain 6 feet between you and someone not in your bubble, and when dining. This may change as regulations change.
Will You Have Masks Available for Guests on the Trips?
Yes. Our ships will be stocked with Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, in the event that they are needed by any passengers, crew, or staff. However, we encourage you to bring an ample supply of the masks that work best for you as well, as our yachts are small and we work from remote locations, therefore are not able to stock an endless supply. Plus, we prefer to reduce the waste we produce.
I’ve Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?
Guidance from the BC health authority, which we use for our onboard procedures, continues to require that, for the time being, vaccinated guests will continue with masking while in confined, shared spaces. However, this may change over the months prior to scheduled departure, and we are constantly monitoring guidelines.
Will Your Crew Be Vaccinated?
As of a BC government announcement in March, it appears that many or all of our crew will be offered vaccinations prior to the start of our operating season, assuming no delays occur in the supply of vaccine or roll-out of this group’s vaccination program. In the unlikely case that a crew member is not able to be vaccinated prior to a trip, they will be sufficiently quarantined and tested before their shift. (We operated our marine debris removal expedition in 2020 in this manner with no issues.)
How Often Do You Clean?
All cabins are cleaned daily, and the common areas at least twice daily, and sometimes more, with regular wipe-downs as well on frequently used surfaces (such as hand rails) and dining areas. We also use a state-of-the-art fogger machine multiple times per day (during shore trips and at night) which immediately disinfects every type of surface with a fine mist. In addition there are hand sanitizer stations throughout the boat and plenty of soap and water in the washrooms (including Cascadia and Swell cabins’ ensuite heads).
How Will Meals Work This Year?
As usual, we will have table service for the three main meals, and we’ll give you your own snacks served individually (which is a change for this year from our usual self-serve snack program). All of our table service procedures will meet the standards set by our health authority, such as the use of masks, appropriate distancing, sitting with your travel companion, and so forth. We have added some additional dining areas on Swell’s aft deck and we will of course use Cascadia’s aft deck dining options whenever possible.
What If Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19 on the Trip?
While we are taking every precaution to ensure this never happens, we are also committed to being prepared in the very unlikely event that it does. If someone does test positive, they will be isolated to their cabin, cared for and provided meals in their cabin, and 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.
Remaining guests will be kept separated until they have all had rapid testing done. In every situation we are committed to the health and safety of everyone on board.