Custom Yacht Charters

Charter one of our expeditions on beautiful, yacht-like ships, in British Columbia or Alaska.

Friends and family tendering at beach in summer

The Benefits Of Chartering

Leave everyday patterns and administration behind and embark on a thrilling adventure together.

Our crew and guides are not only skilled mariners and interpreters, but also experts in creating fun and “transformative” escapes for families and friends. With an engaging naturalist as your guide, you’ll learn about the region’s nature, wildlife, and culture while enjoying beach fires, beach combing, hot springs, and more. Imagine exploring exotic destinations and creating lifelong memories with the people closest to you.

And there are more options than just personal getaways. Whether you require a luxury yacht to conduct your business meeting with adventures to provide connection and perspective, or a leadership development program, we can deliver it for you. 

Our ships fit different sizes and types of groups—let us help you choose the one that is right for you. We’ll customize a trip to your desires and make all the logistical details and headaches disappear so that you can focus on a remarkable experience with one another.

Types of Yacht Charter

Choosing the Right Charter for Your Custom Adventure

Friends & Family Trips

Family adventures cater to all ages and interests, with a range of activities including hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, cultural history, beach combing, hot springs, and even foraging for local foodstuffs. Relax and take in the breathtaking scenery while we take care of the details, for the ultimate family vacation.

Education, Leadership & Sail Training

From team building and leadership training to coastal biology and history, Maple Leaf Adventures provides tall ship sail training for groups of all ages. Once the official sail training vessel for the youth of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, we have earned a reputation as patient and enthusiastic instructors whose students excel.

Business Trips

Elevate your team-building or business retreat to new heights by chartering one of our ships. Our team will work with you to create an itinerary that combines focused work with incredible exploration of the coast. Don’t let routine thinking stifle your team’s potential—expose them to the limitless possibilities that come from travel.

Conservation Funding Trips

Join the ranks of respected organizations such as the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and conservation funders from across North America, who have all benefited from our expertise in leading educational excursions along the coast.

Special Interest Trips

As coastal experts, we have access to special protected areas all along the coast, and we specialize in creating unforgettable journeys. If you’re looking for something truly out of the box for your group, give us a call.

How to Book Your Charter

Your booking should be made early to avoid disappointment, as our programs have limited availability and high demand. Trips can sell out quickly, so we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible. To secure your spot on any trip, a deposit of one-third of the total price is required.

Guest helps with sails aboard Maple Leaf

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your Questions about Custom Yacht Charters

Our trips offer an all-inclusive experience that includes warm hospitality on our boutique ships, along with expert-guided shore trips, wildlife viewing, kayaking and tender excursions. You’ll also enjoy cultural site visits with additional local guides, freshly prepared meals highlighting local flavours, and a variety of beverages including wine and craft beer, served during dinner. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the open wheelhouse and even take the helm under the crew’s guidance. We provide all necessary gear on board, including kayaks, fishing gear and rubber boots, making your journey hassle-free and unforgettable.

Custom charters are determined by availability in our trip schedule, which you can view on our Dates & Rates page. If we have an upcoming trip that has not taken bookings yet, there is opportunity to arrange a custom charter. Since our ships are required to be at certain ports at certain times in the operating season, where and when you can go is determined by our trip schedule. Dates on either side of the schedule may work as well, such as early April and late October. You can reach out to our friendly sales team at any time to discuss options.

Absolutely. Your expedition will be specially tailored to your interests by expert guides, chefs and naturalists. Our guiding crew are experts in delivering standout experiences for guests, so you can leave the rest of the planning to us. We’ll make all the logistical details and headaches disappear so that you can focus on a great experience with your friends and family.

Aboard SV Maple Leaf (sailing ship) we take up to 8 guests, with a crew of 5. Aboard MV Swell (converted tugboat) we take up to 12 guests, with a crew of 5. Aboard Cascadia (catamaran) we take up to 22 guests in Haida Gwaii and 24 in all other locations. Cascadia has a crew of 10, plus a special Haida resource person on trips to Haida Gwaii.

Yes. Regardless of the vessel, all our charters are fully crewed, including Captain, Mate, Deckhand(s), Naturalists and Chef. You’ll receive the same personalised care and attention as any other Maple Leaf Adventures trip.

Since your charter will replace a regular trip in our schedule, fares are based on the price of a comparative trip. Please contact our sales team for more guidance on pricing.

Our trips are 4-12 days with duration determined by the comparative trip in our operating schedule. On rare occasions, we may offer day sails from our homeport of Victoria, though there is a limited window in which our ships are back at port before they undergo winter maintenance. Our friendly office team are happy to recommend options for day sails in the area.

Yes, we can hold a trip for you for a period of time. We can’t hold it indefinitely though, so it’s a good idea to give your friends and family a deadline to respond.

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