Join us to experience the most beautiful places on the west coast of BC and Alaska aboard the SV Maple Leaf, named a Frommer’s "Trip of a Lifetime". Relax, rejuvenate and learn as you cruise by classic schooner, with experts as your guide.
For over 25 years, our multi-day sailing cruises have taken people into the spectacular natural world of British Columbia and Alaska's Inside Passage and Haida Gwaii.
Recommended by Frommer's and National Geographic Adventure, each sailing cruise aboard the schooner Maple Leaf takes place in a region of the coast that is a must-see location.
Our objectives for your trip are to give you the best possible experience of wildlife, nature and culture, as well as a welcoming, informative, adventurous and comfortable trip.
You will travel with a small group of guests. As our guest, you will be guided and cared for by expert crew, prominent naturalist, and chef. Your experience of the coast's rainforests, fjords, islands, wildlife and cultures will be authentic, exclusive and profound.
We also offer power yacht Galapagos Islands cruise tours.
We experience the entire environment on our trips, not just the "viewscape". Each day we awake in an anchorage, cruise on the 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf, and go ashore often with inflatable boats to experience the magic of different habitats and the special life that inhabits each area. We also have kayaks on board.
Age range, type of group
Anyone is eligible so long as they are enthusiastic about participating, amenable to the vagaries of weather, agile enough to clamber in and out of shore vessels in an area where there are no docks, and friendly enough to get along in the relatively close quarters of a sailing yacht. We have had people on board as much as 80 years of age. However, our trips are not suitable for people of failing health or physical disabilities.
Sleeping and meals
The Maple Leaf's accommodations are very comfortable.
The spacious main cabin is open and airy by day, and the sleeping areas offer large comfortable beds (bunks), six-and-a-half feet long, with fluffy duvets, pillows and throws and brass reading lamps. They have walls on two-and-a-half sides and thick, heavy curtains on the other one-and-a-half sides.
As one journalist recently said, "they resemble nothing so much as very spacious, luxuriously appointed 1930s train compartments".
There are three bathrooms (heads) with hot showers.
A dining lounge also holds the ship's library and is a pleasant place to sit and read, chat, or enjoy a cup of tea.
We often dine on deck (on occasion, a picnic or barbeque ashore).
However, the comfortable dining area provides a perfect atmosphere for sharing the day's experiences with new friends over a glass of wine and a fine meal prepared by our superb chef.
Please see our website under "Schedules and Pricing".
Maple Leaf Adventures was designed from the inside out as an ecotourism
organization ... in 1986, long before it was trendy. This dedication to the natural systems and the ancient cultures of the coast informs every policy and decision we make, from what type of seafood to purchase, to establishing a protocol agreement with a First Nation.
We also support conservation research on the coast, as well as the development of true ecotourism. As a member of 1% For The Planet, we donate at least 1% of all sales (not profits, but sales) to coastal conservation each year. (Our accountants like to tell us how much more than 1% it usually is.)
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