Not only does Maple Leaf Adventures donate 1% of ecotourism trip sales to the planet, this environmentally conscious cruise line was featured as a leader in green tourism in the federally commissioned “The Greening of Tourism” report. Maple Leaf Adventures is also recognized as one of the Top 5 Guided Trips in Canada by Explore Magazine and it was also ranked one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure. Maple Leaf Adventures also came in second place for the Better Business Bureau “Torch Award” for Educational Services.
This award-winning adventure cruise company features multi-day sailing cruises throughout British Columbia, Alaska’s Inside Passage, and Haida Gwaii. Sailing cruises take place aboard the 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf, which offers accommodations for around 10 guests. According to eWaterways, “Maple Leaf’s main is open and airy by day, and the sleeping areas offer large comfortable beds (bunks) with fluffy duvets, pillows and throws and brass reading lamps. They are surrounded with walls on two-and-a-half sides and thick, heavy curtains on the other one-and-a-half sides.”
Maple Leaf has three bathrooms, with showers, a dining lounge/library, an above-deck wheelhouse, and ample deck space. Because of the intimate setting, remote destinations and rugged conditions, these cruises are best suited for outgoing, healthy individuals that are capable of climbing in and out of a sailing ship. In some cases, there are no docks. These cruise are also best for individuals that are “enthusiastic about participating, amenable to the vagaries of weather, and friendly enough to get along in the relatively close quarters of a sailing yacht.”
Guests can choose from a number of cruise tours such as Alaska Adventure Sailing Cruises from Sitka, AK to Prince Rupert, BC; Galapagos Island Cruise Tours; Great Bear Rainforest Sailing Cruises, Gulf Islands, BC; National Park; Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands Tours; Vancouver Island’s Wild Side Sailing Cruise; Whales and Totems of the Great Bear Rainforest; Painting Holidays by Sail in British Columbia, Canada; Craft Beer Tour (Tall Sails and Ales), and Family Adventure Vacations. Prices range from $2,150-$5,975, depending on destination, type of cruise (adventure, theme, etc.), and season.
Sample Itinerary – Gulf Islands BC by mapleleafadventures.com
Day 1: Orientation, cruising. Seabird island visit, wildlife watching, porpoises. Anchorage Saturna Island.
Day 2: Morning hike on Saturna Island, forest ecology learning. Cruising, beachcombing a remote island, sea lion haul out.
Day 3: Village visit, sailing in Georgia Strait or one of many channels in the area, walk to visit Canada’s largest arbutus and Garry Oak meadow.
Day 4: Intertidal life, First Nations shell middens, wildflower meadows, remote island anchorage. Optional kayak.
Day 5: Sailing, island anchorage, evening kayaking.
Day 6: Cruising to Sidney.
If you are interested in booking a maple Leaf Adventure cruise, there are several ways to go about it. You can contact the company directly toll-free at 1-888-599-5323 or Outside US & Canada: +1-250-386-7245 (250-FUN-SAIL). You can request information via email at [email protected] or [email protected] You can also visit the official Maple Leaf Adventures website at www.mapleleafadventures.com to request a brochure or submit an online form detailing your questions or booking information.
Maple Leaf Adventures Address and Contact
Maple Leaf Adventures offices are located in downtown Victoria, above the famous Murchie’s Tea and Coffee merchants.
PO Box 8845, Stn. Central
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3Z1
Courier address is:
#209 – 1110 Government Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1Y2