First Nations Art & Culture


146-DSC_9142All throughout the coast Maple Leaf Adventures tours travel through traditional lands of Coastal First Nations. As we travel we respect and recognize the traditional territories we are in. We ensure that as we tour to significant cultural sites we have the appropriate permission to do so.  

In some areas coastal guardian watchmen, local First Nations who are care takers of the land, will meet with us on shore to share about traditional culture and invite us to witness ancient village sites.  Experience weathered and artistic memorial poles, some standing after hundreds of years, others laying on the forest floor returning to the At the big-house in Klemtuearth. You will step into an ancient world of big houses as you witness corner posts and depressions where homes once stood. 

Vibrant poles erected in recent times, such as the Haida legacy pole, tell important stories and show great craftsmanship. Carvings, poles, and traditional big houses still being crafted today show the strength of the people and are inspiring sights to see.

Photo by Sherry Kirkvold

Maple Leaf Adventures operates in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish (W’SANEC, Songhees, Qwuwtsun’, Sto:lo, Squamish, Sne-Nay-Mux, Se’shalt, Qualicum, Comox, Sliammon, Klahoose, Homalco), Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Oweekeno, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Tsimshian, Haida, Nisga’a, and Tlingit First Nations.

Trip Itineraries

Kitlope anchorage
Great Bear Rainforest & Kitlope

Dramatic landscape surrounds as you cruise deep into the coastal mountain range. From the Kitlope witness steep snow capped peaks, grizzly bears relaxing among tall green sedges, and colorful wildflowers in shades of purple and blue....

Haida Gwaii Tour
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)

Spend days exploring Graham Island (north) and modern day Haida Gwaii and then join the ship and wonder through Gwaii Haanas “Canada’s Galapagos”, guided by the expert, local crew, naturalist and guides of Maple Leaf Adventures.   Note:...