Luxury expedition cruises by classic schooners on the Canada and Alaska coasts
Explore the fjords, islands, rainforests and
wildlife of Canada and Alaska’s west coasts, on a boutique expedition cruise by
Maple Leaf Adventures, an award-winning local company, operates
cruises of one to two weeks in length aboard its restored, classic, wooden
Destinations include Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, Haida
Gwaii, Vancouver Island, and Alaska’s Inside Passage.
You’ll feel as if
you’re on a private yacht with friends who happen to be expert local
Trips feature an exceptional crew-to-guest ratio (8 or 9 guests
and 4 or 5 crew) and include a dedicated naturalist and gourmet chef. The ship’s
crew are also experienced wildlife guides and mariners, and give guests
exclusive access to some of the coast’s prime wildlife viewing areas and
cultural sites. Village interpreters share their stories with guests as well
during shore visits.
Trips feature whale watching, bear viewing,
exploring remote beaches accessed by zodiac, sailing, cultural history, and
visits to coastal communities. Guests are welcome to lend a hand to help sail
the two-masted schooners and to take the helm.
A typical day starts with
coffee and breakfast, often on deck at anchor, and continues with an exploration
ashore. Then cruising among the islands, whale and bird watching from the ship
or zodiac, another shore excursion, sailing and anchoring in a quiet cove with
exploration ashore (a wild, remote beach perhaps, or the Haida village
SGang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or a bear viewing valley). The
three-course dinner is often served in the ships’ gleaming, wood-panelled dining
salons – a wonderful place to relive the day’s adventures over a glass of
Maple Leaf Adventures trips are listed as one of the Canadian
Tourism Commission’s “Signature Experiences”, a Frommer’s “Best Travel
Experience” and one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”.
In 2012, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada also awarded Maple Leaf the
Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award for its dedication to Canada’s natural
and cultural heritage.
Trip dates: April through October every
Prices: from Cdn $1450 to Cdn $6100 depending on trip length and
Trip locations: Alaska, Great Bear Rainforest, Gulf Islands
National Park Reserve, Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island
Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA
Info: +1-250-386-7245 or