138-foot Catamaran Cascadia
Cascadia is a go-anywhere, expedition style catamaran. She accommodates up to 24 guests in 12 luxurious cabins, with a crew of 10.
She is unlike any other vessel offering expeditions on the BC coast, having been built specifically for high-quality, boutique cruises. Light, spacious and comfortable, she is also capable of reaching the wildest, most naturally rich places on the coast.
Her small size and guest numbers provide an authentic, human-scale experience that respects the carrying capacity of coastal inlets and communities.
Ship and Accommodations
Bright and Spacious
Find comfort and solitude in your private cabin or enjoy time in any of the interior or outdoor lounges, or the “open” bridge.
Cascadia’s large windows bring the outside in, and her separate dining area becomes a sophisticated “long table” event for meals.
Her decks are wide and welcoming, with seating areas on different levels.
Large windows surround the salon making it a perfect place to look for whales while staying protected, chat with other guests while lounging on our comfortable sofas, or enjoy a beverage from the nearby bar.
Enjoy our chefs’ fine west-coast influenced creations while watching the sun go down. Sit and discuss your day’s adventure with your expedition leader, naturalist and travelling companions, afloat in a remote natural anchorage.
Terrace Lounge and Dining Area
Dine alfresco on temperate evenings, lounge with your morning coffee, or watch the world go by during the day.
This area is the perfect mix of outside and inside.
Cascadia’s bridge is open to you. You’ll have 180-degree views from here, along with being able to learn about navigation and the vessel systems from our crew.
On the port side, you may also enjoy our indoor-outdoor loveseat. You can watch the world go by from behind a protective window, but still have quick access to the fresh air and the deck for whale watching.
Top Deck & Hot Tub
Lounge on a chaise, soak under the stars, or enjoy the bird’s eye view of the ship and the world around her from Cascadia’s new top deck.
All cabins have individual climate control, wardrobes and an outside location, with windows for natural light. All have ensuites. All are ‘outside’ cabins, with windows for natural light. For layouts, see below.
Prince of Wales, Princess Royal
235 sq. ft., king bed, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to deck and door access to corridor
Admiralty, Calvert, Moresby, Vancouver
195 sq. ft., queen or two twins, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to deck and door access to corridor
Campania, Kunghit, Salt Spring, Cortes, Hanson, Penelakut
160 sq. ft., queen or two twins, 3 piece en-suite bathroom
Door access to corridor
Windows (large portholes)
Lower Deck (Campania located on Promenade Deck)
Kayaks, Shore Boats, Naturalist Tools
Cascadia has 6 double and 2 single kayaks for paddling in coves and bays, as well as two beautiful landing craft style tenders, custom designed for our program.
She carries a suite of tools for exploring the natural world, including a hydrophone for listening to whales.
Her library contains books on the cultural history and nature of the BC and Alaska coast.
Ship Layouts and Technical Specs
Private cabins: 12
Private ensuites: All cabins
Max guests: 24
Salon and lounge areas: Salon/lounge, terrace, upper deck, bridge
Shore boats: 2 aluminum, landing-craft style tenders
Kayaks: 6 doubles, 2 singles
Length over all: 138 feet
Beam: 42 feet
Propulsion: 2 diesel engines
Cruising speed: 7 to 10 knots
Year built: 2007
Where built: New Zealand; refit in Canada 2018-19
Style of ship: Steel-hulled Catamaran
Video of What It’s Like to Travel Aboard Cascadia
This beautiful 1-minute video was made by a guest on a Whales & Wild Isles trip in July 2019.
Is Adventure Travel for You?
This is a trip with a sense of adventure. We take you to spectacular and interesting places that are still intact naturally and culturally.
Typical North American urban amenities like internet connectivity, roads and pavement, and massive transportation systems generally do not exist.
We are experts at planning and operating wonderful trips. The logistical complexity behind a trip is incredible, but we hope you never notice it due to everything running smoothly.
It does mean that we may change the plans for a day because an interesting opportunity for you arose, or wildlife appeared, or we decided to take you to a different area one day because the weather made that the better option.
There are new discoveries to be made on every trip – a new individual whale we haven’t encountered before, a new species never seen before, a new cove never explored before, an amazing person encountered.
The discoveries keep the trip exciting for everyone and are inspirational moments along the general plan of the trip we are unfolding for you.
If you are used to trips where every minute is scheduled weeks in advance, this may seem at first an unusual way to travel. We ask that you trust that your expert crew and guides know exactly where to take you and how to use their knowledge to choose the right moment for every highlight that is planned for the trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
For going ashore, you need to be able to walk into our shore boats, with assistance, from the ship.
Ashore, you need to be able to get out of the shore boat on a beach with no docks. These boats are landing craft, so the bow opens down into a kind of ramp you can walk off, with a small step down into a couple of inches of water or onto the beach, with a crew member there to assist you.
You need to be able to walk along uneven shoreline or a path through the forest.
On board, there are staircases from one deck to another (indoor and outdoor).
There is one cabin on Cascadia, on the main deck, with an accessible bathroom. If you have limited mobility or a chair you are welcome to speak to us about using this cabin. Due to the wild landings we do when on a trip, your ability to go ashore would be limited.
Our trips appeal to all ages; they are not for people of severely failing health or severe cognitive disabilities.
Why We Chose Cascadia as Maple Leaf Adventures’ Third Ship
A letter from Capt. Kevin Smith, Maple Leaf Adventures’ CEO and president, and a longtime expedition leader.