Gulf Islands in Spring

Wild Blooms and Majestic Landscapes

Here, snow-capped mountains ring an inland sea, full of intricate waterways among hundreds of warm islands.

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Cruise the Gulf Islands in Spring

Delve Into an Odyssey Through Geologic and Human Timescales

Walk through wildflower meadows, historic homesteads, and beautiful beaches this spring in the Gulf Islands, BC. Home to southern resident killer whales and many marine birds, seals, and sea lions- enjoy ample wildlife viewing and possible whale watching. Sail among eclectic island communities, under spring skies, and over sparkling waters.

Some people think they’ve “done” the Salish Sea or Gulf Islands if they’ve visited Victoria and Salt Spring Island. They’ve seen only the tiniest, most human-impacted snippet. Our trips leave off where the road ends, alongside sculpted sandstone shorelines, moist rainforests and eagles soaring along rocky bluffs. You’ll learn of Canada’s history in the region, and a history that’s existed far longer, the Coast Salish, as well as the diverse natural history.

Itinerary Details
  • Ships: Maple Leaf or Swell
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Ports: Sidney
  • Includes a Canadian Geographic Itinerary

Experience the Gulf Islands

See the Gulf Islands through the eyes of our guests.

What People Say

See what our guests have to say about our Gulf Islands tours.

    This week has been indescribable. Thank you to the crew for an adventure that has been both restful and exciting. Amazing food, orcas, whales, and sailing the Salish Sea with Neil on the bowsprit. So many smiles and memories made. Thank you, thank you!

    Sue Denton, Canmore, AB

    “What struck me the most was the love all the crew displayed for us, the boat and each other. All of you had an aura of joy surrounding you. I love the boat. You’ve done an amazing job of putting everything together and maintaining the Maple Leaf. It was a grand adventure for me seeing how everything works, from setting the sails, catching prawns, and determining where to anchor”

    Linda LeBlanc, Denver, CO

    “I’ve been anticipating this trip for many years after reading about Maple Leaf in the LA Times. You have met and exceeded my expectations!”

    Anne Linn, Escondido, CA

    “Wow!!! What an amazing adventure! Thanks to Maple Leaf Adventures for living up to their name. I loved the boat herself, so graceful and solid. Setting sail and steering her under sail was a real high point. I will highly recommend this trip to everyone I know”

    Gareth Dillistone, Regina, SK


Experience Hundreds of Islands off the Ferry Route

Hopping between eclectic towns and remote, wild islands.

Eclectic Communities

Spring is the perfect time to explore quiet towns and hundreds of islands off the roadmap.

Islands in Bloom

The sweet sights and smells of wildflower blooms attract delicate songbirds and newly-born fawns.

Geological Wonders

Sculpted sandstone shorelines, moist rainforests and eagles soaring along rocky bluffs,

Wildlife Abound

Upwelling creates food for the denizens of a rich marine world—orcas, seals, seabirds, and others.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about our Gulf Islands itineraries. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more general trip and booking information.

Taxi services are readily available from Victoria Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Terminal when you arrive. The Marina in Sidney is a short 10 minute drive from the airport or ferry terminal. Contact information for taxi companies is provided to you before your tour, should you need to call the taxi upon your arrival. At the end of your tour your captain will arrange a taxi pick up at the marina to take you to the airport. If you choose to drive, a complimentary parking pass is available from the marina office.

Our schedule is designed to accommodate incoming flights on the day of departure and most guests will arrive on the day. But, if you would like to arrive a little early to avoid the stress of possible flight delays, you will find recommendations for local hotels and activities in your welcome aboard package.

In the spring, the Gulf Islands experience milder and more temperate weather compared to many other parts of Canada. With its coastal location, the Gulf Islands enjoy relatively warmer temperatures and pleasant conditions during this season. However, it’s important to note that weather patterns can vary, and it’s always a good idea to come prepared for changes in temperature and possible rainfall. Layering clothing and having a waterproof outer layer is recommended to ensure comfort and enjoyment during your trip.

Spring is a time of rebirth and you can expect to encounter a diverse range of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even orcas that frequent the coastal waters. You may also spot a variety of bird species, including eagles, herons, and seabirds. On land, keep an eye out for deer, raccoons, and other smaller mammals. The Gulf Islands provide a rich habitat for wildlife, making it a fantastic destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.

Absolutely. We encourage our guests to participate in any aspect of the trip that interests them and to whatever level they are comfortable with. We are patient instructors (no yelling) and delight in helping people learn. On the other hand, you are not required to sail or perform duties while on your vacation. The choice is yours.

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