The Love Letter That Will Get You More Than a Kiss This Valentine’s Day

A Love Letter to BC contest offers travel and educational prizes, by the Maritime Museum of BC and Maple Leaf Adventures

For Immediate Release

Feb 1, 2024 – Victoria, BC – This month, there is one Valentine you can send that might get you more than a kiss. The Maritime Museum of BC and local expedition company Maple Leaf Adventures are hosting a “Love Letter to BC” contest, and the winner will garner a $3000 gift certificate for a coastal expedition cruise and a 1-year membership to the Maritime Museum of BC in Victoria.

Maple Leaf Adventure’s Swell along the British Columbia coast.
Photo courtesy of Maple Leaf Adventures, Copyright Simon Ager Photography

Just pour your heart out – in three sentences or thirty – on the entry form. Selected letters will be displayed on a Love Letters to BC webpage and on Maple Leaf Adventures’ Facebook page, as well as in a window display at the Bay Centre mall on Fort Street, before Feb 14.

All entrants also receive a discount code for 35% off membership to the Maritime Museum of BC, gaining access to member benefits such as free admission, discounts on events and programs, access to our monthly member newsletter, and more.

The coastal expedition cruise gift certificate is from Maple Leaf Adventures, which takes guests to explore Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Alaska and hard-to-reach areas of the southern coast. Started almost 40 years ago, the company is known for its sustainable tourism, small, coastal-owned expedition yachts Maple Leaf, Swell and Cascadia, and guests’ intimate experience of coastal wonders. All-inclusive prices for the award-winning, week-long trips range from Cdn $3300 to more than $10,000 per person and are for travellers who seek immersive, off-the-beaten-track experiences.

The contest runs Feb 1-14. To enter, visit


About Maple Leaf Adventures
Selected for Canada’s “Signature Experiences Collection” by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Maple Leaf Adventures has provided conservation-focused, big adventures aboard small ships since 1986. With a reputation as one of Canada’s top sustainable tour operators, its multi-day excursions give guests one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most beautiful and rare places in the world, often in areas that were once under threat of destruction or in dire need of protection. Maple Leaf was awarded the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award for promoting the appreciation of Canada’s natural, cultural and aesthetic heritage, while also protecting them. As a long-time practitioner of ecotourism, Maple Leaf Adventures pioneered travel in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island and has made significant contributions to conservation. National Geographic Adventure has rated Maple Leaf Adventures one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. For more information, visit

About the Maritime Museum of BC
The Maritime Museum of BC is on the territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples who have respected these lands and waters for thousands of years. It is currently located downtown at 744 Douglas Street close to Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour and the Empress Hotel. Our storefront space hosts exhibits including our current feature Victoria Harbour exhibit, a nautical-themed gift shop, and research space. Plan your visit here:

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Information for the Public
Contest Ends: 14 February 2024
Apply Here:


For more information, contact:

Maureen Gordon, Maple Leaf Adventures
Anya Zanko, Maritime Museum of BC,