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Desolation Sound
Great Bear Rainforest
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Haida Gwaii
Vancouver Island
Culinary Adventures (Wines and Islands or Craft Beer Cruise)
Any Ship
Sailing Ship / Maple Leaf
Tugboat / Swell
Catamaran / Cascadia

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What To Consider

At Maple Leaf Adventures, we have created a different kind of trip, where you can truly experience the best of life on the coast as a guest of expert locals and naturalists.

Authentic Coastal Exploration

The coastal ships are comfortable, but not like the big cruise ships. If you seek authentic exploration in comfort with expert crew and guides, we’re excited to welcome you.

Supporting Conservation

Our careful, thoughtful approach to our trips, to nature, and to all of the people we visit have earned us a reputation as a model for conservation travel.

Empowering Coastal Communities

We are a coast-owned and operated business, and 99% of the money from the trips stays within the coastal economy. We dedicate time and resources of our home that we gladly share with you.

A Note About Alcohol

While we are pleased to serve good wines and craft beer with dinner, our trips prioritize safe exploration in remote, wild settings. Prepare for light alcohol consumption.

Booking Your Trip

If your question isn’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to reach out in the Inquiry Form above. You will also find further guidance on our FAQ or Planning Your Trip pages.

Anyone is eligible so long as they are enthusiastic about participating and appreciate nature, culture, and the outdoors. However, it’s important to note that our trips are not suitable for people with failing health or physical disabilities. We’ve had people as old as 80 years of age onboard, and we welcome everyone who can meet the following requirements:

  • Amenable to the vagaries of weather, as we’re in a wilderness setting with no luxury hotels or Wi-Fi.
  • Agile enough to clamber in and out of shore vessels in areas where there are no docks, step over 10-inch-high door sills (on the Swell), and climb up and down steep staircases like a ladder (on the Maple Leaf) or a regular staircase (Cascadia).
  • Friendly enough to get along with others in the relatively close quarters of a yacht.
  • Aware that as we are in a remote location, going ashore in areas of wildlife, strong weather, tides, and rainforest. As such, your safety is paramount to our guides and we will not serve alcohol until the evening.
  • Understanding that this is an expedition cruise with talented guides to learn from, not a private yacht.

Our price includes all meals, activities and guides throughout your voyage in the region you are visiting. Specifically:

  • All meals, snacks and beverages prepared from the freshest ingredients by our superb chef.
  • Fine wines featured with the evening meal, and a limited amount of craft beer.
  • Services of our naturalist and professional crew.
  • Shore excursions.
  • Use of gear on board, including rubber boots, kayaks and fishing gear (for guests with a recreational fishing license).
  • All accommodations on your vessel and, on trips with a land day, in a local lodging.

The price does not include transportation to or from the starting and ending points of the Maple Leaf, Swell, and Cascadia trips, except for flights from Vancouver to the start of Cascadia’s Haida Gwaii trips and trips with a current Flight Promotion. Canadian trips are subject to a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST), while Alaska trips are exempt. There is also a sustainability fee of $200 added to each fare on booking. Tipping for the crew is not included and is confidential and at your discretion. Fishing licenses are not included and must be acquired by guests wanting to fish prior to their trip.

Yes. On the sailing ship around a quarter of our guests are solo travellers. On the tugboat and catamaran, it’s a bit less. Our trips are experiential in nature. In addition to the other guests, you have five built-in travel companions who are also in effect solo travellers: your expert guides and crew. Although they are leading the trip, taking care of the work and making sure you’re well cared for, they are your companions in the adventure, too.

There is no single supplement on the sailing ship Maple Leaf. If the trip fills, we ask that you share a sleeping area with another guest of the same sex or sleep in our comfortable wheelhouse accommodations. There is a single supplement on the tugboat Swell and catamaran Cascadia, however, we also offer cabin pairing for solo travelers of the same sex on Cascadia.

As a professional eco-tourism company, it is at the core of our operating principles to work with local communities (as we are members of the local community ourselves), respect regulations, look after the planet and contribute to local opportunities. Responsible operations cost a little more. We extracted from the fare a percentage of the increased costs that go toward sustainability and added it to the list price as a sustainability fee of $200 per trip. Through this, we hope our guests share in the pride that a trip with Maple Leaf Adventures is a contribution to the sustainability of the coast, as well as being a great experience.

We recommend obtaining adequate coverage for your trip. Cancellation and any needed medical insurance can be purchased through a travel agent. We are happy to refer you to travel agents who have worked with our guests in the past if you like support with this.

To secure your place on a trip, an initial deposit of one third of the trip price is required. The remaining balance is due 120 days prior to departure. For cancellations made at least 120 days before the trip start date, a refund of the deposit amount, minus a $300 admin fee per person, is applicable. Please refer to our comprehensive Booking and Cancellation Policy for specific details and conditions.