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Explore Desolation Sound, Salish Sea & Vancouver Island with Survivorman’s Les Stroud

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Stroud shares wisdom from elders around the world about living with nature, on a special boutique expedition cruise


Respected Canadian outdoorsman, filmmaker and musician Les Stroud will share insights from global elders and from living on his own in nature, as he joins Maple Leaf Adventures on an expedition cruise in British Columbia Apr 27-May 4, 2017.


The weeklong trip explores the fabled fjords and islands of Desolation Sound, Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, on Canada’s southwest coast, as spring blooms. It features the natural world, including plenty of shore trips and wildlife viewing with naturalist guides, including Stroud.

As a bonus on this trip, Stroud will be available for one-on-one conversations as well as group presentations.


He has been taught by indigenous peoples, ethnobotanists and survivalists, in places as diverse as the Kalahari desert, the Canadian Arctic and the Papua New Guinea rainforest, on how to live alone, without tools, in nature. He will share his rare insights from this experience, including how humans across the globe connect spiritually to the earth.

The trip, aboard the heritage Canadian sailing ship Maple Leaf, is definitely comfortable. While Stroud may be an expert at living off grubs and sleeping on rocks, Maple Leaf’s small group of guests will dine on gourmet food by the ship’s chef, in the warmth and comfort of the Maple Leaf’s galley.


Shore destinations include wild beaches, rainforest walks, heritage farmsteads, and wildflower meadows. Cruising includes mountain-peaked fjords and archipelagos.


Desolation Sound is rated one of the world’s best small-boat cruising destinations for its combination of snow-capped mountains, abundant islands, beautiful anchorages, and remote nature. It’s a place for people who love to explore.


Stroud is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and one of television’s more respected producers and stars. He created the hit television series Survivorman himself, inventing the genre. A talented recording artist, he’ll also lead a musical evening aboard.


Maple Leaf Adventures’ trips have won awards for quality and sustainability, including a “World’s Best Cruises” designation from Fodor’s.

Dates and price:

Apr 27-May 4, 2017, 8 days / 7 nights
Cdn $2800 plus taxes all-inclusive
(approx USD $2100 plus taxes)
Depart: Victoria, BC Return: Campbell River, BC

Info: Trip Itinerary Page or 1-250-386-7245 or Inquire Here

About Les Stroud

Best known as the Canadian Screen Award winning producer, creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone. Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. He has been nominated for 21 Canadian Screen Awards and has won for Best Writer (twice) and Best Photography. A celebrated keynote speaker, musician and author, his books have made the New York Times bestseller list. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. As a musician he’s shared the stage with a lot of greats including Slash, Journey, Steven Stills and Tommy Shaw, and released six albums. He contributes to dozens of charities and benefits, is an ambassador for Shelterbox, is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces and sits on the board of advisors for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Organization. For more information, 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. In 2012, 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


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