The Great Bear Rainforest comprises 6.4 million hectares of fjords, rainforest, islands and channels. It is a  labyrinth of waterways, beaches, and remote passages accessible only by boat, thus making Maple Leaf Adventures’ cruising yachts the ideal Great Bear Rainforest lodging. These safaris by water explore the wildlife, nature and culture of this incredible part of our planet. 

Safaris by Water: Expert Guides, Comfort, Adventure & Gourmet Food

Swell's SalonFrom the platform of our expedition ships you will be able to access and explore this remote wilderness, while enjoying comfortable lodging and freshly prepared gourmet meals. Your crew aboard are expert, local guides with ample knowledge of the area who will lead you throughout the Great Bear Rainforest on wildlife excursions and nature walks.  

Our floating lodging:

cascadia at anchorThe expedition catamaran Cascadia, the classic tugboat Swell, and the classic schooner Maple Leaf are beautiful, locally owned and well-respected ships.

  • Cascadia is a 138-foot expedition catamaran. Spacious cabins, incredible natural light and a rustic luxury feel inside, she is able to take guests anywhere. 
  • Swell is a classic, 88-foot tugboat from 1912, refit specifically for guest comfort and enjoyment. Staying aboard has been likened to staying at a boutique country inn.
  • Maple Leaf is a 92-foot, two-masted schooner built in 1904.

MV Swell in BC by Jeff ReynoldsWith a talented chef aboard you will be delighted by beautiful meals and freshly baked snacks. Your deckhand aboard will tend to all guest services, maintaining your accommodation in ship shape.

Wildlife, Spectacular Landscape, Shore Trips, Local Communities

Your on-board naturalist will provide you with ample knowledge of the areas natural history and will join you on shore excursions. Both captain and first mate will navigate you safely throughout the extensive waterways, revealing to you many highlights along the way, both in the ocean and on your shore trips. Includes bear viewing (grizzly bears, spirit bears, black bears), whale watching, rainforest walks, river explorations, visits to local communities. 

SV Maple Leaf. Photo by Kevin SmithThe Best Access

With no roads throughout the Great Bear Rainforest visiting the area by ship is the best way to gain access to the best places. Both the Maple Leaf and Swell are ideal vessels for Great Bear Rainforest lodging, and provide both beautiful accommodation and a fully guided adventure throughout this magical wilderness. We have been operating these boutique expedition cruises since 1986.

View our Great Bear Rainforest tours.