General and Booking InformationFamily & Friends TripsPlanning a family reunion? Thinking ofspending some special time with friends?Over the years, a number of extended families orgroups of friends have booked a whole charter. Theysay it provides them quality time in an unhurried,magical atmosphere, allowing them to connect on adeeper level than in our normal “hurly-burly” world.Not to mention that the crew, chef and naturalisttake care of the logistics!If you think this is something you’d like to do, call usto discuss. Advance notice to book an entire trip isrequired, so let us know as soon as possible so thatwe can accomodate your plans.200 kmAbout Our CompanyMaple Leaf Adventures has been operatingtrips focused on the natural history ofB.C.’s northwest coast and Alaska, and theculture of the First Nations peoples of theareas, since 1986. We have a reputationfor quality, professionalism and sensitivityto both the natural and cultural landscapes.Our institutional clients have includedthe Royal BC Museum, The CanadianMuseum of Civilization and the John GShedd Aquarium. Our company has beenrecognized by the Canadian governmentas a leader in eco-tourism and our tripshave been featured internationally in suchtravel guides as Frommer’s and on theOprah Winfrey television show.About Our Trips and the ShipOur trips take place in the best areas and at peaktimes for natural phenomena; therefore they originatefrom different places on the coast. Our guestsfly, drive, or take a ferry to meet us at trips’ point oforigin, which maximizes the amount of time we areable to spend exploring our chosen areas.A small group of 8 guests allows us the flexibility torespond to special natural events, weather, and theinterests of our group.Our pace is unhurried, giving us time to linger withwhales, paint or sketch in a Haida village, beachcomb, or walk ancient forests. We experience theentire environment, not just the view from onboard. We go ashore often to experience the magicof various habitats and the special life that inhabitseach area.Expert naturalists with a variety of backgroundsaccompany us on every voyage. Veterans of fieldresearch projects in the areas we visit, they share theirexpertise and abundant knowledge on a very understandableand enjoyable level. They have guided us tosome of nature’s most impressive events.Maple Leaf is a beautiful 92-foot schooner. She and hercrew are Coast Guard approved. She has a long andenviable reputation on the coast. Her accommodationsare very comfortable. The spacious main cabin isairy and divided by curtains and walls into four “cabins,”providing sleeping accommodations for eightguests. Mahogany and fir line the galley and diningsalon and wheelhouse. She has an extensive library.How to Book Your TripTo book, we welcome your call or email(see back page for contact info).We accept cheque, visa or master card.You’ll receive a trip planning bookletand we are always here to help you.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. Is this trip suitable for me?A. Anyone is eligible so long as they areenthusiastic about participating,amenable to the vagaries of weather, agileenough to clamber in and out of shorevessels in an area where there are nodocks, and friendly enough to get alongin the relatively close quarters of a sailingyacht. We have had people on boardas much as 80 years of age. However,our trips are not suitable for peopleof failing health or physical disabilities.Q. What is included in the price?A. Our price includes all meals, activities andguides throughout your voyage in theregion you are visiting. Specificallyincluded:• All meals, snacks and beverages preparedfrom the freshest ingredients by oursuperb chef.• Fine wines featured with the eveningmeal, and a limited amount of beerincluded and available throughout the trip.(Liquor is not a large part of our trips, soplan on light consumption).• The services of our naturalist andprofessional crew.• Shore excursions(there are several each day).• Use of all gear available on board, includingraingear, sea boots, kayaks and fishing gear.Not included in our price:• Transportation to the trip’s point of origin.• Goods and Service Tax (Canadian trips only)• Crew gratuities• Sustainability Fee. As a professionalecotourism company, it is at the core ofour operating principles to work withlocal communities, respectingregulations and contributing to localopportunities. Responsible operations costa little more. We extract from the fare apercentage of the increased costs thatgo towards sustainable communitiesadd it to the list price as a ‘sustainabilityfee’ of $100 per trip. Through it we hopeour guests share in the pride that atrip with Maple Leaf is a contribution tothe sustainability of the whole coast– as well as being the experience of alifetime!Q. Can you accommodate my special diet?A. Yes. If you advise us in the pre-tripquestionnaire we can accommodate mostspecial dietary requirements.Q. Will I be seasick?A. Sea sickness is rarely a problem as MapleLeaf is a sturdy and sea-kindly ship. Wetravel short distances in protected watersand go ashore often.Q. Can I be involved in sailing the ship andperforming other duties?A. Absolutely yes. We encourage our gueststo participate in any aspect of the tripthat interests them and to whatever levelthey are comfortable with. We are patientinstructors (no yelling) and delight inhelping people learn. On the other hand,you are not required to sail or performduties while on your vacation. The choiceis yours.Q: What makes you an eco-tourismcompany?A: • Our trips have low impact (virtually noimpact) on the planet and on the placeswe visit.• We partner with local people. We have protocolagreements either signed or in process withFirst Nations in territories we visit.• Our naturalists – experts in their fields – andother knowledgeable crew members provide awealth of knowledge on the areas we visit, asdo our First Nations guides.• We work within the regulations of parks andconservation areas, pay the applicable fees andobtain permits for all limited-use areas we visit.• We dedicate time andresources to preservingthe wilderness we travel in.
Wild BC and Alaska Tours by Sail“Thanks for the bestvacation ever.”– Carrie Novick, Oregon.Contact UsTo book a trip or for help with anyquestions you may have, we welcomeyour call or email.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadainfo@MapleLeafAdventures.comtoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comBooking and Cancellation PolicyTo avoid disappointment, your reservation should be madeearly. The number of participants in each program is limited,and the demand is high. Our trips sell out early.North America TripsDeposit: A deposit of one third of the price of the trip willreserve your space for any trip.Balance: The balance is due 120 days prior to departure.Cancellations: If you are unable to participate andcancellation occurs at least 120 days prior to the departuredate of your trip, the full amount of your deposit isrefundable, minus a $200 admin fee. If cancellation occursless than 120 days prior to the departure date of your trip,we will do our best to try to fill your space on the trip,however no money will be refunded unless all the spaces onyour trip are filled.Galapagos Islands TripsDeposit: A nonrefundable deposit of US $1000 reserves aplace on the trip. On payment of the deposit you will receive:receipt/invoice, medical information form, agreement andrelease from liability form, itinerary and additional informationcovering packing lists, visa requirements, health issues,etc.Balance: The balance is due 3 months prior to departuredate. On payment of the balance you will receive: receipt,final trip bulletin including participant list and rendezvousinstructions.Single Supplement: Accommodations are based on doubleoccupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation,we will try to assign you a roommate. If thereis no one with whom you can share, or if you prefer singleaccommodation, you will be requested to pay a SingleSupplement, as listed for each trip.Cancellation Policy: At the time we receive written noticeof your wish to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply:* 90 days+ from departure date: 100% of deposit; * 89to 60 days from departure date: 50% of Land Cost; * 59 daysor less from departure date: 100% of Land CostGroup BookingsFor large group bookings, such as a family charter of theentire ship, the booking and cancellation policy may bedifferent - please do contact us for information.Cancellation InsuranceWe highly recommend cancellation insurance, which protectsyou if you have to make a late cancellation in certaincases (such as a medical emergency). Travel insurance canbe purchased through your travel agency or through ourtravel agent (contact us for info). This must be done at thetime your booking is confirmed.Pre-Trip Information PackageA comprehensive pre-trip information package willwelcome you “aboard” at the time of booking. It includesinformation on clothing and other items to bring, how toget to your trip,, insurance, visa requirements, etc.Getting to & from the ShipOur office staff can help you with these questions andarrangements - call or email any time.Design: www.LotusDesign.ca
Alaska SupervoyageThe Ultimate Alaska ItineraryA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperS outheast Alaska breathesmajesty: fjords, islands, riversand tidewater glaciers. Its rich,cold waters support abundantwildlife, from groups of humpbackwhales, to sea otters, sealions, porpoises, and millionsof seabirds. The land supportseven more life, from toweringrainforests to lush river estuarieswhere brown bears, blackbears and scores of bald eaglesfeed. The towns evoke Alaska’shistory – both native Americanand Russian.SitkaBaranof Is.Trip Area(shaded)Prince of Wales Is.Pacific Ocean100 kmTracy Arm(glaciers)KetchikanU.S.A.CanadaPrince RupertTouch, Taste and Feel theLandscapeOn board a Maple Leaf expedition cruise, yourexploration of this overpowering wilderness differssignificantly from the typical cruise ship experience.You will be part of a small group of only eight peoplewho wish to experience the grandeur of Alaska bybecoming a part of it, not by steaming past it at twentyknots. You’ll go ashore on remote islands and experiencethe silence of the grand Alaskan rain forests. Youwill see, hear, smell and feel the true wilderness, andlearn about it from our experienced naturalist and crew.Glaciers, Icebergs, FjordsTraveling through sheer-sided glacial fjords, youwill see the powerful forces of nature at work as weexperience intimately the tidewater glaciers of Alaska.Picking our way past icebergs in unimaginable shadesof blue and through floating pack ice, we will makeour way to the face of the glacier itself.From zodiacs or kayaks we will hear the great thunderouscracking as building-sized chunks of ice calve intothe water. We’ll likely see seals and their newborn pupssnoozing on the ice bergs around us.Islands and Seas with Whales,Seabirds and Other WildlifeAs you cruise on the 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf,humpback whales the size of school buses rise fromthe ocean beside you. You’ll be close enough to heareach breath, to feel the spray as it drifts across thedeck. With our naturalist at hand, you’ll learn aboutthese gentle giants as they feed and dive just feet away.Our crew knows the best places to find wildlife. Curiousgroups of sea lions will seem to enjoy your visit to theircolony. We often see rafts of sea otters. Mothers preenthe coats of their pups, carrying them on their chests.On the wild west coast, you’ll visit a seabird island thatis home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, includingthousands of colourful puffins. The birds fly justabove your head or bob on the water beside you.Bears, Rainforests and BeachesIn quiet anchorages, you’ll explore the rich estuarieswhere land meets sea. Here, brown and black bearsfeed on sedges. Walk the ancient forests that borderthem and learn from our naturalist of the intricate relationshipbetween forest and sea. Walk sandy beachesto experience Alaska’s wilderness from ground-level.Take a morning kayak in a quiet bay.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Alaska Supervoyage“What extraordinary feasts forthe body and soul – playfulporpoises, myriad humpbacks,all those murres andpuffins and guillemots andsoaring eagles, sea lions, seals- and wild zodiac rides.”- Torie Osborn,Los Angeles, California2011 Alaska SupervoyagesJuly 3-14,11 nights, 12 daysCdn $6090Depart: Prince Rupert, B.C. ,Return: Sitka, AKJuly 16-27, 11 nights, 12 daysCdn $6090Depart: Sitka, AKReturn: Prince Rupert, B.C.Optional Sitka add-on:Trip 1: July 14-15Trip 2: July 15-26Inquire for priceMaple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comFrontier Towns and NaturalHot SpringsAlaska’s towns and villages are populated byindividuals who live in determined isolation, theirspirit a legacy of the pioneers in this last frontier.Islands like Baronof, Kruzof, and Chichagof, echothe Russian period of Alaska’s history (and arehome to great natural hot springs).You’ll explore historic Sitka (a Tlingit place thatbecame the former Russian capital), Ketchikan(steeped in the history of Alaska’s gold rush) and,on some trips, Petersburg. You’ll also learn aboutthe Tlingit and Haida First Nations (NativeAmerican) cultures.The Ultimate Alaska Itinerary -No Other Trip Offers This BreadthAs with all expedition cruises, itineraries vary depending onthe interests of the guests, and the actions of weather andwildlife. This sample is to give you the idea of a typical trip.Day 1 Prince Rupert, B.C., to wildernessanchorage, wildlife viewing, shoreexcursion with introduction to coastaltemperate rainforest.Day 2 Motor-sailing across Dixon Entrance,wildlife viewing. Ketchikan exploration.Wilderness anchorage.Day 3 Cruising and wildlife viewing in TongassNational Forest. Evening kayaking.Day 4 Sailing, Wrangell Narrows, Petersburg.Day 5 Whale watching, sea lions. Anchor at fjordentrance with view of ice bergs. Beach time.Day 6 Cruising spectacular fjord to tidewaterglacier, ice bergs, wildlife viewing.Day 7 Frederick Sound, whale watching,spectacular Baranof Island anchorage,bear viewing, estuary meadow exploration.Day 8 Hot springs at Baranof, nature hike,cruising the “waterfall coast” of Baranof.Day 9 Bear viewing, forest and beach hike.Day 10 Sailing down the west coast of KruzofIsland. Exploring Alaska’s west coastwilderness. Seabird island, intertidal life.Day 11 Sitka sound, sea otters, hot springs, westcoast anchorage.Day 12 Sailing to Sitka. Guided tour of Sitka, Tlingitand Russian historical town. Last nightdinner and stay at Sitka hotel.Optional add-on: Guided tour of Sitka, Tlingitand Russian historical town. Free time and hotel stay.Trip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change* Permits - Our operations on National Forest Service lands are conducted under a Special Use permit issued by the United States Forest Service. Maple Leaf is an equal opportunity provider. Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Greg Shea (forest)
Great Bear RainforestA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”© 2009 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperThe Inside Passageand British Columbia’scentral coast is a land offjords, mountains, rainforestsand great riverestuaries. It is home togrizzlies, wolves and themysterious white SpiritBear.PrinceRupertTrip Area(shaded)PacificOceanKitimatThe KitlopeKlemtuGreat Bear Rainforest150 kmBella BellaPort McNeillVancouver Is.Journey into one of Earth’s greatest wild places.Robert Kennedy Jr. calls it “the last stand of thegreat North American rainforest”. Maple Leaf’strips in 3 seasons (spring, summer, fall) are timedfor peak experiences of natural beauty and wildlife.Fjords and Forests That HumbleAt the Pacific ocean’s eastern edge, it breaksagainst BC’s western islands and sandy beaches.Then it snakes down glacier-hewn valleys at thefoot of the mountains: these are the Great BearRainforest’s fjords. On Maple Leaf you’ll travelpast the fjords’ granite flanks, where waterfallsdrop hundreds of feet to the sea.Ancient rainforest of spruce and cedar clingsto mountainsides and river valleys. People havedescribed these forests of ethereal green light as“living cathedrals”. In the eighteenth century theEuropean explorers had another word: sublime.People of the RainforestYou’ll explore the worlds of several northwestFirst Nations: the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xaixais,Haisla, Gitga’at and Henaaksiala. Everywherethere is evidence of their civilization. Fish traps,bark-stripped trees and big-house remains givetestimony to a life tuned to the rhythm of nature.You’ll visit modern villages and see the ancientart traditions still in place today. Our First Nationsguides will not only tell you about theirculture, but they’ll also chat with you one on one.The Land of the Great BearsAt the foot of the mountains sprawl vast riverestuaries. Here, you’ll float in a shore boat orsit in a safe place to watch bears. B.C.’s largestpopulation of grizzly bears visits the estuaries inspring and fall. Watch as a bear with chocolatebrownfur eats sedges and roots. Look for thewhite Spirit Bear, the continent’s rarest bear, andfor black bears.Nature’s Peak Spectacles - 3 SeasonsOur experienced crew and naturalist will takeyou to areas where you’ll be able to witness peakwildlife events: spring bird migrations, spring andsummer bears on estuaries, mountain goats, porpoises,dense intertidal life. Humpback whalesarrive in spring to feast until fall. In fall, witnessthe return of the salmon to spawn, which drawsbears to the estuaries again, along with seals,eagles and elusive wolves.Remote Hot SpringsWe often visit one of the natural, out-of-the-wayhot springs that bubble up here.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (ship in fjord), James Warbnurton (whale)Great Bear Rainforest“Better than billed – loved seeing thegoats and bears…wonderful caring crew.Thanks for the memories.”- Marion Kerr, Comox, B.C.Dates & PricesFor details on the Kitlope and Septembertrips, please see the next page.2011 Great Bear Rainforest - Spring• 1: Vancouver Island Inside PassageApr. 17-24, 7 nights, 8 days C $3225Dep: Sidney, B.C. Retn: Port McNeill, BC• 2: Great Bear Spring ExplorerApr. 26-May 4, 8 nts, 9 days C $4100Dep: Bella Bella, BC Retn: Kitimat, BC• Spring Supervoyage:Van Is + Great Bear SpringApr. 17-May 4, 19 days, 18 nights $73252011 Great Bear Rainforest - Summer• 1: Kitope Summer - Great Bear RainfstJun. 5-12, 8 days/7 nights, C $3880Depart & return: Kitimat, BC• 2: Great Bear Rainforest Summer 1Jun. 12-21, 7 nights, 8 days, C $5030Dep: Kitimat, BC Retn: Bella Bella, BC• 3: Great Bear Rainforest Summer 2Jun. 23-Jul. 1, 8 nights, 9 days, C $4470Dep: Bella Bella, BC Retn: Prince Rupert, BC• Summer Supervoyage:Kitlope Summer + Great Bear Summer 1Jun. 5 - 21, 17 days/16 nights, $89102011 Great Bear Rainforest - Fall• Sept. 4-11, 7 nights, 8 days, C $4300Dep: Port McNeill, B.C. Retn.: Bella Bella, BC• Sept. 12-20, 8 nights, 9 days, C $4900• Sept. 22-30, 8 nights, 9 days, C $4900Depart & return: Bella Bella, BCMaple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245Spring TripsSail here as spring makes this world come alive.Towering mountains are capped in snow. Estuariesburst with plant life and migrating birds.Oceanic plankton blooms begin the marine life’ssummer feeding cycle. Newly-awakened bearsgraze on sedges.Sample Itinerary - SpringDay 1Day 2-3Day 4-5Day 5-6Day 7-8Day 9Board Maple Leaf, orientation,cruising & viewing whales.Sailing to the west coast, explore westcoast beach, wildlife viewing.Fjordland and estuary (sea ducks,birds, seals, and possible bears).Exploration by zodiac and foot.Visit community of Klemtu includingintro to First Nations culture, visitwith scientists at research station,cruising & anchorage in InsidePassage.Mainland inlets, rainforest walk andexploration, hot springs soak,optional kayaking, whale researchervisit, looking for whales, sailing.Cruising to port.Actual trip itineraries vary depending on the interests of theguests, and the actions of weather and wildlife.Summer TripsEnjoy the full bloom of early summer in theGreat Bear Rainforest. Bears feast on sedges inriver estuaries before moving upland for summerberries, long daylight hours provide plenty oftime for exploration of west coast beaches, rainforestand islands. (For Kitlope, see next page)Sample Itinerary - SummerDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Board Maple Leaf, orientation,cruising Douglas Channel, wildlifeviewing.Hot springs, cruising to west coast,whale viewing, visit with whaleresearchers.West coast beaches exploration andsailing, wildlife viewing.Mainland inlet, bear viewing,rainforest walk, waterfalls. Optionalevening kayak.Visit community of Klemtu, includingguided tour and conversations at bighouse, example of First Nationsartistry, culture and architecture.Fjords, estuary bear viewing.Fjords, rainforest walk, visit withbiologists at field station.Cruising to port, wildlife viewing.*Names of key areas we visit have been left out of thisitinerary to protect the wildlife from trophy hunting andfrom unprofessional tour operators.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com Trip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Ian McAllister (Kitlope from above)Great Bear Rainforest“What an extraordinary trip! Sea otters,black bears, spirit bears, humpback whales,magnificent scenery, great shore trips,scrumptious meals, wonderful companywith lots of laughter.”- Jean Rissman, Davis, CaliforniaFor dates and prices, pleasesee page 2.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245Kitlope SummerJourney into the planet’s largest intact temperaterainforest, the Kitlope. You’ll travel the coast’slongest fjord, to spectacular, mountain-ringedanchorages, hotsprings, meadows, river valleysand rainforests.The Henaaksiala people call the Kitlope home,and, guided by an elder, you’ll also take a journeyinto the world of the First Nations on thisspectacular natural odyssey. Includes a privateviewing of the famed original G’psgolox pole, notavailable to the public.Sample Itinerary - KitlopeDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Board Maple Leaf, orientation,cruising inside passage channels.Secluded hot spring visit, GardnerCanal (Husduwachsdu), the coast’slongest fjord. Spectacular mountains,Oyacumish shore walk and exploration.Further cruising into the mountains,local stories of the rocks and beaches,as told by a Henaaksiala elder,anchorage at Kawesas (Chief MatthewsBay). River, estuary and forestexploration. Wildlife viewing.Kitlope anchorage. Visit new G’psgoloxpole for story of the Kitlopepeople and the pole. Exploring Kitlope’svast estuary and river system.Further exploration in the Kitlope,including traditional food gatheringsites, bear viewing sites.Cruising up the Gardner Canal toKemaano. Story of Kemaano village,visit Kemaano pole and story of thepeople’s fight to save their homeland,sailing up the fjord, hot springs.Wildlife viewing, sailing to Kitimat.Visit with Haisla master carver. Farewelldinner and accommodation in Kitimat.Haisla-guided visit to original G’psgoloxpole.September Great Bear TripsThis fall, witness one of nature’s most profoundevents: the journey of the wild pacific salmoninto the rainforest.Rivers are thick with fish burying their eggs ingravel. The spectacle creates a feeding frenzy asbears and wolves feast on the bounty. Eagles,ravens, harlequin ducks and gulls join in.Sample Itinerary - SeptemberDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Day 9Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising.Island anchorage, river exploration, andlearning about the ‘salmon forest’.Beach walk. Cruising into Fjordland.Massive waterfalls, spectacular inlet*,pictographs, estuary exploration andsearch for bears.Cruising to one of the leading grizzlybear havens. Extended watching for grizzlybears. Optional evening kayak, fishing, art.Morning shore walk, visit First Nationsvillage, Klemtu. Big House tour by villageguide. Intertidal life. Fjord anchorage.Exploring coastal river by zodiac. Forestwalk. Sea lion and black or grizzly bearviewing. Nature hike. Hot springs.Spirit bear island anchorage. Shore excursionto spirit bear viewing site. WhaleChannel, humpback whale watching.Optional kayak.Sailing down coastal channel, Islandanchorage, cultural site visit.Optional evening kayak.Outer coast beach exploration, sailingand cruising the western waters, whaleviewing, shore trips.Cruising to port.Actual trip itineraries vary depending on the interests of theguests, and the actions of weather and wildlife.*Names of key areas we visit have been left out to protectwildlife from trophy hunting and unprofessional operators.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com Trip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Maureen Gordon (dolphin)Gulf Islands, B.C.A Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperSome people whovisit the Gulf Islands thinkthey’ve stumbled intoParadise.This group ofhundreds of semimediterraneanislandsin a protected sea hasdrawn people formillenia, with its greenand gold slopes, blueocean and ring ofsnow-capped peaks.20 kmIslands in the Salish SeaStep aboard the schooner Maple Leaf and enter aworld where the most important decision is whichplace to explore next.With 200+ islands and islets, some with “dry rainforests”,some with white shell beaches, some withcolonies of animals, the options are many.Maple Leaf’s crew knows the area well and while you’llvisit some of the larger, well-known islands, you’llalso be guided to little-known havens to which mostpeople will never have access. (Ever heard of CabbageIsland? How about Mandarte, Prevost and Wallace?)The Gulf Islands offer a combination of uniquewilderness and eclectic communities. On land, Garryoaks and Douglas fir forests, wildflower meadows andArbutus (madrone) trees flourish. You’ll explore rockybeaches, quiet lagoons and spectacular passages. Theislands lie in a rain shadow, so some even supportsmall cacti. Our onboard naturalist unlocks the wonderof even the smallest shells you may find.Sea Life & SailingFresh spring and fall breezes make for great sailing,and we often get generous portions of sunshine. Astunning variety of sea life is found here - brightlycolouredsea stars, crabs, clams and seaweeds. Seals,otters, dolphins and whales swim the waters betweenislands.These trips are a great opportunity to experience therelaxing pace of life aboard Maple Leaf. In the quietbeauty of these islands, you will feel as if you are thousandsof miles from anywhere.Coast Salish First Nations CultureThe Coast Salish culture has flourished for thousandsof years here, and it’s easy to see why. Living is easy, theclimate is mild, the land is gentle, and natural beautyabounds. In the past, Salish people traveled to specificislands to cultivate meadows of naturally-occurringblue camas lilies.Explorers and Eclectic VillagesThe islands are as diverse as they are beautiful. Most reflectthe history of maritime exploration on the PacificCoast and many, such as Galiano and Valdez, still bearthe names of the earliest European explorers.The natural meadows lured European and Hawaiiansettlers to farm here, and later, American draft dogdersand hippies of all kinds came to the islands to escapeurban life. Crafts and arts thrive, and the Gulf Islandsare now one of the most desirable places to live inCanada. Sit back on deck and explore these idyllicislands. You’ll see why they are known as one of theworld’s best cruising destinations.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Gulf Islands, B.C.“Thank you for theprivilege of being aboardthis beautiful ship,experiencing the magicalbeauty of the islands.”- Elspeth McVeigh,Vancouver, B.C. & UnitedKingdom2010Gulf Islands National Park Reserve“Spring Fling”Mar. 30 - Apr. 4, Apr. 6 - 11 , Apr. 13-18**(combined Art at Sea/Nature adventure)5 nights, 6 days C $2150Gulf Islands National Park Reserve“Autumn Adventure”Oct. 18 - 23 5 nights, 6 daysC $2150Tall Sails & Ales, Gulf IslandsOct. 25-30 5 nights, 6 daysC $2350 Inquire for more info2011Gulf Islands National Park Reserve“Spring Fling”Mar. 29 - Apr. 3, Apr. 4 - 9, Apr. 11-165 nights, 6 days C $2180Gulf Islands National Park Reserve“Autumn Adventure”Oct. 19 - 24 5 nights, 6 daysC $2180Tall Sails & Ales, Gulf IslandsOct. 26-31 5 nights, 6 daysC $2390 Inquire for more infoDepart & Return, all trips: Sidney, B.C.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comSpring Fling in the Gulf IslandsThere is no better way to celebrate the return ofspring than sailing among these eclectic islands insouth-western British Columbia.While the rest of the North is still clothed in ablanket of winter, the Gulf Islands burst with life- from the green flames of new growth to meadowsof bright flowers and the exuberant, noisy clamourof seals, whales and birds flocking around millionsof spawning herring.Meadows are carpeted with wild flowers...whiteEaster lilies, pink sea blush, purple camas, Blue-eyedMary. All shine against an early spring-green palette.Autumn in the Gulf IslandsAutumn, a time of feasting, comes slowly to the GulfIslands. But as we drift past the shores, leaves onoaks, dogwood and broadleaf maples will be startingto turn to fall colours. The arbutus splash thecoastal woodlands with bunches of ripe, red berries.Migrating birds stop on the beaches on theirjourney south along the Pacific Flyway. Spawningsalmon congregate among the islands before runningup the mighty Fraser River, and sea mammalsincluding seals, sea lions and orcas feast on the fish.Sample Itinerary -Spring/Autumn in the Gulf IslandsNote that, as with all expedition cruises,itineraries vary depending on the interests of theguests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. Thissample itinerary is meant to give you an idea of thetypical trip.Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Orientation, cruising. Seabird island visit,wildlife watching, porpioses. AnchorageSaturna IslandMorning hike on Saturna Island,forest ecology learning. Cruising,beachcombing a remote island,sea lion haul out.Village visit, sailing in Georgia Strait or oneof many channels in the area, walk to visitCanada’s largest arbutus and Garry Oakmeadow.Intertidal life, First Nations shellmiddens, wildflower meadows, remoteisland anchorage. Optional kayak.Sailing, island anchorage, eveningkayakingCruising to Sidney.Trip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Haida GwaiiQueen Charlotte IslandsA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”Ahundred and thirtyislands at the edge ofNorth America.Rainforests draped withmoss. Humpbacksrising from the ocean. Theremains of beautiful totemsand houses in remoteHaida villages. This is theQueen Charlotte Islands,or Haida Gwaii.The Haida Islands at the Edgeof the WorldOne story goes that long ago, after the ice receded andthe floodwaters lowered, Raven walked along a beachin Haida Gwaii, looking for occupation. He foundsome creatures in a shell and convinced them to comeout. These were the first Haida, the first people, andthey have lived here ever since.On your trip to Haida Gwaii, you’ll enter the world ofthe Haida, arguably the most powerful pre-contactculture on the west coast of North America.You’ll travel into Gwaii Haanas, “Place of Wonder”, a protectedregion of 138 islands. Here are some of the greatestFirst Nations village sites in North America, includingthe UN World Heritage Site Ninstints (SGang Gwaay). AtSGang Gwaay, you’ll walk among still-standing poles over100 years old, carved by the Kunghit Haida.of the densest intertidal life on the planet. You’ll seehumpback whales, feeding in great numbers besideyou, splashing the water with fins up to 15 feet long.Pacific whitesided dolphins may streak along besideyou.You’ll be in Haida Gwaii at the right time of year to seehundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds who returnto land only for these few months to breed.The islands’ isolation from the mainland has given riseto species that differ from their mainland counterparts.For example, the bears on Haida Gwaii, whichyou may see turning over beach rocks to find crabs, arelarger than other black bears.© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperPacificOcean(deep)50 kmUN World Heritage SiteSGang Gwaay(Ninstints)Trip Area(shaded)SandspitSkedansTanuHot Springs Is.RoseHarbourOur Haida guides will explain the stories of the poles andthe people who had them carved. The overall sense ofpower found in these villages is unforgettable.The “Canadian Galapagos”Haida Gwaii lies on the continental shelf. On the westcoast, rugged cliffs drop straight into the sea, whereit plunges thousands of feet into the Pacific. The eastcoast lies on a shallow sea at the edge of the continentalplate, and the coastline is a convoluted series ofislands and anchorages.Upwellings of nutrients from the Pacific create somewww.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (forest)Haida Gwaii – Queen Charlotte Islands“It was truly the mostamazing trip of mylife.”– Wendy Mitchell, B.C.“Very simply –Just a wonderfulexperience.”– John & Lee Campbell, B.C.2011May 7-15, May 16-24,May 25-Jun 28 nights, 9 daysC $4550Depart: Masset, B.C.Return: Sandspit, B.C.Explore Rainforests andHot SpringsYou’ll enjoy learning about the variety of ecosystemsfrom our on-board naturalist. Walk through forestsof enormous trees, some over ten centuries old andthickly draped with mosses. Soak in natural hotsprings with a view over the sea to the mountains.Walk secluded beaches looking for shells.A Rare Opportunity withExperienced GuidesTravelling here is a rare experience. Although thearea is listed as the top national park in NorthAmerica by National Geographic, few are permittedto travel here.Maple Leaf has been operating here since the1980s and we are one of the founders of the Codeof Conduct for the Gwaii Haanas Tour OperatorsAssociation.We know the area intimately and travel with thepermission and respect of the Haida and ParksCanada. Whether you are interested in the wildlife,the cultural history or the forests, your trip to HaidaGwaii will be one of the best educational holidaysfound anywhere.Sample ItineraryNote that, as with all expedition cruises, itinerariesvary depending on the interests of the guests, and theactions of weather and wildlife. This sample itineraryis meant to give you an idea of the typical trip.Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Day 9Tour kickoff, land-based tour of Masset, OldMasset, North Beach, Tow Hill, tour ofGraham Island. Dinner and lodgeaccommodation in Masset area.Haida Heritage Centre at KAAY LLNAGAAY,Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising,whale watching, island anchorage andexplore ashore.Tanu village site, Burnaby Narrows for someof the planet’s densest intertidal life, kayaking, cruising.Sailing southward in Gwaii Haanas, Cape St.James hike (southern tip of Haida Gwaii),Woodruff Bay beach exploration, fishing.Seabirds viewing, UN World Heritage Sitevisit (SGang Gwaay or Ninstints Haidavillage site), Rose Harbour visit.Cruising, forest walk, estuary walk, possiblebear viewing.Hot Springs Island, sailing, whale watching.Windy Bay cultural heritage site, whalewatching, Skedans/Koona Haida village site.Cruising to Sandspit.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Jose Larochelle (orcas)Vancouver Is. Inside PassageA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”To cruise the eastcoast of VancouverIsland on the 92-footMaple Leaf is to takean odyssey throughboth time and nature.The Key Sights of VancouverIsland’s “Inside Passage”Board the classic, 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf inSidney, B.C. With Maple Leaf’s welcoming and worldrenownedcrew, you’ll spend several days cruising upVancouver Island’s diverse coast.You’ll have a unique, up-close experience of the keysights of Vancouver Island’s “inside passage”:• Gulf Islands never passed by the ferry• Spectacular Samsun Narrows where Vancouver Is.cliffs almost meet Saltspring Is.’s remote west coast• Nanaimo, Georgia Strait and the northern Gulf Is.• Seymour Narrows and the site of Ripple Rock(world’s largest non-nuclear explosion)• Johnstone Strait and mainland mountain ranges• Villages & islands of the Broughton Archipelagotems: from the warm southern Gulf Islands to thesteep-sloped rainforest islands of the BroughtonArchipelago.Wildlife you may observe includes: seabirds (cormorants,sea ducks, eagles, herons, gulls and more), harbourseals, harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, pacificwhite-sided dolphins, killer whales and black bears.A Classic Coastal ShipThe Maple Leaf is a classic schooner, built in Vancouverin 1904 as the coast’s most expensive yacht. She’s beena race-winning society schooner, a tough halibut longliner,and an award-winning adventure cruise ship.© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperAlong the way, Maple Leaf will anchor and crew willtake you to explore ashore -in the Gulf Islands, DiscoveryIslands, and the BroughtonArchipelago.60 kmYou’ll see the change inlandscape as the ship transitsSeymour Narrows. As a guest,you’re welcome to relax inthe wheelhouse and learnhow navigation decisions aremade from Maple Leaf’s crew.Natural SpectaclesYou’ll see a diversity of ecosyswww.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Vancouver Island Inside Passage“Thank you for theprivilege of being aboardthis beautiful ship,experiencing the magicalbeauty of the islands.”- Elspeth McVeigh, Vancouver,B.C. & United Kingdom2011Vancouver Island Inside Passage TripApr. 17-24, 8 days/7 nightsC $3225Depart: Sidney, B.C.Return: Port McNeill, B.C.Coastal Supervoyage Apr. 17-May 41• Vancouver Island Inside Passage Trip(Apr. 17-24)+Port McNeill to Bella Bella Apr 24-25+2• Great Bear Rainforest Spring(Apr. 26-May 4)Depart: Sidney, B.C.Return: Kitimat, B.C.For details on Part 2, please see theGreat Bear Rainforest trip sheetAs well as being a piece of coastal history, Maple Leafis a well-engineered, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted ship-- a work of art. Her chef prepares superb meals andcrew and naturalist are friendly, fun and professional.Part 1 of the CoastalSupervoyageThis trip can be booked independently, or it can betaken as part 1 of the Coastal Supervoyage.Part 2 of the Coastal Supervoyage continues norththrough the Great Bear Rainforest.Together, these two journeys take you the length ofthe spectacular BC coast, from the warm Gulf Islandsto the fjords and rainforests of the north.Sample ItineraryThis sample itinerary gives you an idea of the typical trip.Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Board at Sidney, orientation, cruising theGulf Islands. Shore exploration and anchorage,Gulf Islands.Hike through Garry oaks and forest topanoramic view. Visit to wildlife islets (seabirds,sealions). Optional evening kayak.Sailing Georgia Strait, watch for killer whales,exploring ashore in the northern Gulf Islands.Discovery Islands beaches and wildlife viewing.Seymour Narrows, historic Ripple Rock,porpoises, rainforest shore excursion, PortNeville.Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago,historic village site, Alert Bay.Broughton Archipelago, visit with researchers,visit to historic boardwalk village TelegraphCove. Sailing to anchorage.Morning intertidal exploration. Cruising to PortMcNeill.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Whales & TotemsOf the Southern Great Bear RainforestA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paper“Some nights Ihear whales inmy dreams.Some nights Iwake …and findit hasn’t been adream at all.”– Alexandra Morton,Listening to Whales(in the Great BearRainforest)20 kmThis is the “Serengeti of the sea”: rich in wildlife,home to a complex whale community, addictivecruising and ancient human cultures. It is thebest place on earth to see killer whales. Amongthe 200+ islands of the Broughton Archipelago,the whales have come, along with dolphins, sealions and seals, for millennia to eat salmon. Thesalmon support the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples,too, and a colourful frontier culture.Islands of Natural BountyOn Maple Leaf’s Whales and Totems expeditioncruise, discover this island world, where peoplelive in houses that float on water, where it’spossible to listen to whale song as you dine, andwhere white beaches turn out to be the shellmiddens from thousands of years of humanvillages.In the forests grow ancient cedars, and in theshallow water constellations of colourful sea starsand other intertidal life flourish.(We may even catch some of the succulentcrabs for dinner.)As you explore the area aboard Maple Leaf, ourexpert naturalists will help you learn about allyou see. Our crew’s knowledge of the area andstrong relationships with whale scientists willbring you your best travel experience ever.Killer Whales, Dolphinsand Other WildlifeThis area is the seasonal home to 275 killer whalesknown as the Northern Residents. Here, theysocialize and gorge on salmon. Stand on deck andwatch these whales deftly catch salmon or poptheir heads out of the water to look at you.Keenly intelligent, killer whales have a complex,matriarchal society and an appetite for play.Huge groups of pacific white sided dolphins andDall’s porpoises also feed on salmon here, oftenstreaking across a channel to play in our wake.You’ll be able to look them in the eye just inchesaway as they leap from the sea.Thousands of seabirds – common murres,mergansers, harlequin ducks, scoters, cormorantsand scores of eagles – abound. Seals and sea lionsalso share in the bounty of the area. Occasionallywe’ll see a grizzly or black bear fishing or eatingbeach crabs.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (ship, mask), Spence Partlo (float home)Whales & Totems of the Southern Great Bear Rainforest“I recall the beautiful andawesome solitude of the areayou took us through; thewonder of seeing the whalesas well as the myriad othercreatures we encountered; theunspoiled wilderness aroundus; and the peaceful, gentlerocking of the ship as we slept.The entire trip, even a yearafter the fact, was totally awesome!”- Syd Young, Provo, Utah2010Oct. 2-7, Oct. 9-145 nights, 6 daysC $25752011Oct. 3-8, Oct. 10-155 nights, 6 daysC $2650Depart & Return: Port McNeill, B.C.Human CulturesThis trip is rich in variety and colourful villages.At Alert Bay, home to one of the mostimpressive First Nations cultural centers onthe coast, you’ll learn from local residents thestories of the Kwakwala speaking peoples, seetheir world-renowned art and enter the worldof the potlatch with a special guided tour.At Village Island, explore an ancient villagesite, where original carved poles and houseposts still rest.At Telegraph Cove, a turn-of-the-centuryhamlet of wooden homes on a boardwalk, youcan see the whale museum. Some trips visitorca researchers on a remote island, some visita remote floating community.Sailing on the Maple LeafFresh autumn breezes make for great sailingand, depending on fate, we may find our selvesat sail in the company of a whole family ofkiller whales.Sample ItineraryAs with all expedition cruises, itineraries varydepending on the interests of the guests, andthe actions of weather and wildlife. This sampleitinerary is to give you an idea of the typical trip.Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Board Maple Leaf, orientation, sailing.Porpoise and dolphin viewing.Optional evening kayak.Killer whale watching for hours.Lunch in the company ofwhales. Afternoon forest interpretivewalk.Sailing, humpback whale viewing.Shore walk and intertidal lifeviewing. Visit remote Echo Bay floathouse community and Billy Proctor’sMuseum.Cruising mainland fjord, river estuarywalk, search for bears. Optionalkayak, zodiac ride.Village Island ancientKwakwaka’wakw village site,personal guided tour at UMista CulturalCentre, Alert Bay.Killer whale watching, cruising toPort McNeill.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Tall Sails & AlesCraft beer, culinary & nature adventure, Gulf Islands, B.C.Island hopping,beer and food pairing,cultural history,exclusive tastings withbrewmasters& wildlife viewing.Join B.C.’s Tall Sails & Ales Cruise and discover the richflavours and colourful history of the province’s craftbeer... while you cruise the Gulf Islands by heritagesailing ship.Arguably as diverse as wine in their flavours, the 50beers included cover a range from a crisp, cold Swans’Arctic Ale to the chocolate creaminess of Gulf IslandsBrewery’s Saturna Island Extra Stout.On this 5-night adventure under the sails of the 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf, you’ll:• Have personalized visits, tastings & tours withlocal brewmasters in the islands.• Sample local cuisine paired to beer - like a winetasting but with a different palette.• Cruise the islands, explore wild beaches, andview wildilfe.• Learn from experts the history and naturalhistory of the area.• Wildlife hotspots, including popular sites forporpoises, sea lions and seabirds.• Sailing the 92-foot tall ship Maple Leaf in theGulf Islands.• Personalized service and camaraderie with asmall group of guests.• An extensive resource booklet crammed withtasting notes, history, collectibles and more.The trip is by Maple Leaf Adventures, recently ratedone of the top adventure cruise companies on earthby National Geographic Adventure editors.© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paper20 kmwww.MapleLeafAdventures.comHighlights include:• Special tastings with brewmasters, not availableto the general public• Sampling 50 B.C. craft brews, many awardwinners• Conversations with expert guide Greg Evans,about brew types, brewing history, foodpairing, the “unbuttoned” social history ofdrinking on Vancouver Island, and more.• Experiencing the beautiful autumnseason in the Islands, with visits to wildbeaches and rainforests.Rated the “Trip of a Lifetime” by Frommer’s Canada
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (ship, mask), Spence Partlo (float home)Tall Sails & Ales“It was awesome – greatfood, beer, people & scenery.What more can you ask for inlife? Thanks for everything!”- Julie Wartell, San Diego(founder of PubQuest.com)“We never thought we wouldlearn so much about beer! Iespecially enjoyed Greg andDrew discussing the intricaciesof pairing beer and food.”– John Wilson, Edmonton2010Oct. 25-30 5 nights, 6 daysC $2350Depart & Return: Sidney, B.C.2011Oct. 26-31 5 nights, 6 daysC $2390Depart & Return: Sidney, B.C.Your Beer Expert: Greg EvansHistorian, museum executive, beer consultant andraconteur, Greg Evans is known in many circles as aman who knows a lot and makes it fun to learn.He is a member of the Campaign for Real Ale andpast director of several museums. His universitymaster’s thesis was on the (colourful) VancouverIsland brewing industry from 1858-1917.About the Schooner Maple LeafMaple Leaf has a rich history of operation on theB.C. coast and an enviable reputation as both abeautiful and sea-worthy vessel. At 92 feet long, andbuilt of coastal Douglas Fir on – Yellow Cedar, she isstrong and gorgeous.Completely restored from 1980-1986 to new condition,Maple Leaf is fully inspected and certified bythe Canadian Coast Guard as a passenger vessel.In keeping with the classic schooner’s design, accommodationsare comfortable but not luxurious.Food, natural beauty, crew and brews are four star.Sample ItineraryDay 1 Board Maple Leaf at Sidney, B.C. CruisingGulf Islands and Saanich Inlet. Brew tasting andlecture with B.C. micro-brew “elder” Paul Hadfield.Introduction to world of beers, brewing history.Anchorage: Saanich Inlet.Day 2 Cruising through Gulf Islands and SamsumNarrows. Salt Spring Island ashore, history of “LadyGodiva” and Salt Spring land preservation. Cruisingto Nanaimo. Nanaimo History. Pairing food and beer.Private tour, tasting and dinner Longwood Brew Pub.Anchorage: Protection Island.Day 3 Mid-Vancouver Island’s Brew History. Pubs,saloons and prohibition. Fat Cat Brewery tour andtastings (Nanaimo area). Lunch and tour at Crow &Gate Pub (historical significance). Cruising to GalianoIsland Anchorage: Galiano Island.Day 4 Off the Beaten Track: Wildlife and SecretIslets. Includes wildlife viewing, cruising, shore walks,optional kayaking. Natural history information.Anchorage: Saturna Island.Day 5 Scenic shore walk, Saturna Island. Sailingin Boundary Pass, with possible wildlife viewing. Tourand tastings, Gulf Islands Brewery. Dinner aboard withSalt Spring Island feast. Anchorage: Salt Spring Island.Day 6 Breakfast and farewell. Crusing to Sidney.Disembark, noon, at Sidney.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin SmithArt at SeaHaida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Is.)Painting HolidayA Frommer’s “Trip of a Lifetime”© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperAhundred and thirtyislands at the edge ofNorth America.Rainforests draped withmoss. Humpbacksrising from the ocean. Theremains of beautiful totemsand houses in remoteHaida villages. This is theQueen Charlotte Islands,or Haida Gwaii.PacificOcean(deep)50 kmUN World Heritage SiteSGang Gwaay(Ninstints)Trip Area(shaded)SandspitSkedansTanuHot Springs Is.RoseHarbourPainting the Haida Islands at theEdge of the WorldOn this painting holiday, you’ll explore the nature andthe spectacular culture of the Queen Charlotte Islands/ Haida Gwaii.With plenty of time to paint both on board the shipand ashore, you’ll be inspired by rugged islands, rainforest,monumental Haida art, beach and sea-scapes,wildlife, and even the classic schooner Maple Leaf.You’ll travel with artist/instructor Karin Richter, a veteranleader of painting holidays in Europe and North America.You’ll also learn the area’s natural history from MapleLeaf’s guides and about the villages from Haida guides.Emily Carr’s Inspriation and“Place of Wonder”You’ll explore the north island then enter Gwaii Haanas,“Place of Wonder”, a protected region of 138 islands.Here are some of the greatest First Nations village sitesin North America, including the UN World Heritage SiteNinstints (SGang Gwaay). You’ll walk in the footsteps ofrenowned Canadian painter Emily Carr whose art andwriting were inspired by these places.The overall sense of power found in these villages isunforgettable.The “Canadian Galapagos”Haida Gwaii lies on the continental shelf. On the westcoast, rugged cliffs drop straight into the sea, whereit plunges thousands of feet into the Pacific. The eastcoast lies on a shallow sea at the edge of the continentalplate, and the coastline is a convoluted series ofislands and anchorages.Upwellings of nutrients from the Pacific create someof the densest intertidal life on the planet. You’ll seehumpback whales, feeding in great numbers besideyou, splashing the water with fins up to 15 feet long.Pacific whitesided dolphins may bow ride with us.You’ll be in Haida Gwaii at the right time of year to seehundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds who returnto land only for these few months to breed.The islands’ isolation from the mainland has given riseto species that differ from their mainland counterparts.For example, the bears on Haida Gwaii, whichyou may see on beaches, are larger.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (forest), Karin Richter (woman painting), Vancouver Art Gallery (Emily Carr’s “Skidegate” 1928)Art at Sea - Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands“This was an exciting andwondrous adventure into nature’spallet. As a girl born in the interiorof B.C., I could only imagine whatthis part of my province was reallylike. I now have had a taste of thisrugged country, feeling so muchthat it was and is being cared forour future generations to enjoyand appreciate as much as I haveover the past 7 days. Thank youall, Maple Leaf crew, for yourwonderful presence and care andprofessionalism throughout thisweek. I definitely will be seeing youagain.”- Ingrid Vincent, Calgary, Alberta2011: May 16 - 248 nights, 9 daysC $4550Depart: Masset, B.C.Return: Sandspit, B.C.Explore Rainforests andHot SpringsYou’ll enjoy learning about the variety of ecosystemsfrom our on-board naturalist. Walk through forestsof enormous trees, some over ten centuries old andthickly draped with mosses. Soak in natural hotsprings with a view over the sea to the mountains.Walk secluded beaches looking for shells.A Rare Opportunity withExperienced GuidesTravelling here is a rare experience. Although thearea is listed as the top national park in NorthAmerica by National Geographic, few are permittedto travel here.Maple Leaf has been operating here since the1980s and we are one of the founders of the Codeof Conduct for the Gwaii Haanas Tour OperatorsAssociation.We know the area intimately and travel with thepermission and respect of the Haida and ParksCanada.Award-winning artist and instructor Karin Richteris an elected member of the Canadian Society ofPainters in Watercolor (CSPWC), the Alberta Societyof Artists (ASA), the Society of Canadian Artists(SCA) and a Master Signature Member with PastelArtists Canada.Sample ItineraryNote that itineraries can vary depending on theinterests of the guests, and the actions of weather andwildlife. This sample give reflects a typical trip.Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8Day 9Tour kickoff, land-based tour of Masset, OldMasset, North Beach, Tow Hill. Time tosketch on beach. Dinner and lodgeaccommodation in Masset area.Haida Heritage Centre at KAAY LLNAGAAY,Board Maple Leaf, orientation, cruising,whale watching, island anchorage andpaint, explore ashore.Tanu village site, Burnaby Narrows for richintertidal life, kayaking, cruising, painting.Sailing south in Gwaii Haanas, Cape St.James. Paint, explore southern beaches.Seabird viewing, UN World Heritage SiteSGang Gwaay or Ninstints Haidavillage site, including lots of sketching/painting time in village, Rose Harbour visit.Cruising, forest walk, estuary walk, possiblebear viewing.Hot Springs Island, sailing, whale watching.Windy Bay cultural heritage site, painting,Skedans/Koona Haida village site.Cruising to Sandspit.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. CentralVictoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin SmithThe Galapagos IslandsDates & Prices2011:May 5 - 1510 nights, 11 daysOct. 27 - Nov. 610 nights, 11 daysLand Cost:US $ 4,850 per person(sharing double stateroom)US $ 3,950 per person(sharing triple stateroom)*Includes: accommodation in hotelsand on motor yacht, guide services,transfers to and from airports, mini-bustransfers on Santa Cruz Island, all mealsas indicated in the itinerary.Does not include: international flights,domestic flights (approx. USD $350),park fees (approx. USD $100), alcoholicbeverages in Galapagos and soft andalcoholic beverages in Quito, gratuities,insurances, etc.Depart: Quito, EcuadorReturn: Quito, EcuadorMaple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245ItineraryDay 1: QuitoArrive and relax in the beautiful inner courtyards ofour hotel, a carefully restored historic building in theheart of Quito’s Centro Historico, a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site.Day 2: QuitoFollow our local tour leader, Julio, – an esteemedretired history professor - into fascinating corners offthe tourist trail on the “Hidden Places of Old Quito”walking tour. Get ready for tomorrow’s transfer to theGalapagos.Day 3: South Plaza IslandWalk among a large colony of sea lions and pastcountless land iguanas to the edge of surf-sprayedcliffs. Watch swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwatersand red-billed tropic birds wheel above us.Day 4: Genovesa IslandCries of male frigate birds greet you as you clamor outof the Zodiac. Keep a look out for the elusive shortearedowl hunting storm petrels on the vast expanseof volcanic rock.Day 5: Santa Isabela andFernandina IslandsDon a snorkel and mask to see tiny Galapagos penguinswhizzing past underwater. On land, you pickyour way across black lava flows and pass huge heapsof marine iguanas warming up after a day of feedingin the sea.Day 6: Santiago Island,Bartolome IslandHike past dramatic volcanic craters to the top ofBartolome Island to take in one of the world’s mostspectacular 360 degree views.Day 7: Santa Cruz IslandAn excursion into the lush green highlands to look forthe famous giant tortoises. Walk through a lava tube,lunch at a local organic farm.Day 8: Floreana IslandFlamingos! Snorkling with scores of curious sea lions!Bizarre tales of the island’s human history and a fewdelightful surprises!Day 9: Espanola IslandSwim or sunbathe on a spectacular sweep of white sandbeach where scores of sea lions are doing the same . Afinal astonishing hike takes you to the nesting area ofthe waved albatross. Watch them take off from wavebattered cliffs and soar majestically above us – a fittingfinale to a magical week!Day 10: Galapagos to QuitoTime to shop in Quito’s ethnic markets before our farewelldinner in the city’s most elegant restaurant.Day 11: QuitoAfter breakfast, sad farewells to your new-found friendsand transfer to the airport!Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlightsand is subject to change.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com Dates and prices subject to change.
Photo credits: Kevin SmithThe Galapagos Islands“The islands are magnificent.They were more than I couldhave hoped for.“Your compassion andsensitivity to guests is first class.Your planning and attentionto the specifics of what makesa memorable adventure isfantastic. Thank you!”K.S., TorontoMaple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245Activities & AccommodationActivities:Easy hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, wildlife and birdwatching, cruising.Accommodation:7 nights aboard the motor yacht. 3 nights in hotelsAbout the ShipYour trip will be aboard a luxury yacht - one of the topserving the Galapagos Islands.The ship is a 90-foot, fibreglass power boat withluxurous, spacious, double-occupancy, private cabins.Each cabin has a “head” (bathroom) with sink, walk-inshower, and toilet, as well as 2 side-by-side beds and anupper bunk. There is also ample storage.The ship has a dining lounge and a salon for readingand relaxing in, as well as an upper deck lounge.There are kayaks and snorkelling gear, and two inflatableshore boats (called “pangas”) for visiting theislands. The crew are excellent and very experienced,having worked together for a decade on the ship.Frequently Asked QuestionsWhere are the Galapagos Islands and how do Iget there?They are part of Ecuador and lie 1000 kilometres offits coast. Our trip starts and ends in Quito, the capitalof Ecuador, which you can fly to through Houston orMiami. From Quito our group takes a domestic flightto Baltra, in the Galapagos, where we meet our yacht.Why should I go to the Galapagos?We believe everyone should go there, at least once!The creatures that live on the Galapagos Islands andin the waters around them have no fear of humans,so the wildlife encounters are unparalleled. Comingface to face with a waved albatross as it sits on its nest,watching close-up the hilarious courtship rituals ofblue footed bobbies, seeing tiny penguins zip past youwhile you are snorkeling and having juvenile sea lionsplayfully twirl around you– these are unforgettableexperiences. And they only scratch the surface of theamazing things that happen on this magical trip.Will the islands be crowded?Only 6% of the National Park is open to visitors – agreat way to ensure that the wildlife on the islands isproperly protected. So you will often see other boatsin most of our anchorages. But the National Park goesto great efforts to avoid too many people on one siteat any one time, for the sake of the visitors but mostof all for the sake of the islands’ fauna and flora. Also,our Naturalist Guide is highly skilled at deciding whenour groups should go ashore, avoiding busy times sothat you have the best experience possible.What do we do in Quito?We spend a total of three nights in the beautiful OldQuarter of Quito, which is a UNESCO World HeritageSite. On the second day of the trip we have a fabuloustour of this area with a remarkable guide who hasspecial access to parts of churches normally closed tothe public . We stay in a lovely, historic hotel, eat greatfood and soak in the atmosphere of this fabulous city!What are the physical activities on the trip andwhat level of fitness do I need?You do not have to be very fit, but a level of agility isimportant. In the Galapagos Islands we have two onshorevisits a day. Each of these involves getting in andout of Zodiacs – always with the strong arms of ourcrew members to assist you. On land, each excursioninvolves about two hours of walking. The pace is slow,as we constantly stop to observe and discuss wildlife,www.MapleLeafAdventures.com Dates and prices subject to change.
Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245but we are sometimes moving over very uneven ground,such as lava flows and boulders. We also go snorkeling atleast once a day for about 45 minutes, and usually get inand out of the water from the Zodiac, with the help of aladder and our crew.Please also note that Quito (where we are at the startand end of the trip) is 9000 feet above sea level, so it’simportant to pace yourself in terms of physical activitythere. If you have a heart or lung condition please checkwith your physician to make sure you can handle theelevation. The Galapagos, obviously, are at sea level.I’m a vegetarian, is that a problem?Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and adviseus on what you can’t eat.Do I need insurance?Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, isrequired on all our trips. We also strongly advise you topurchase trip cancellation insurance.Do I need a visa?North Americans do not need a visa, however you willneed a passport that is valid up to 6 months after yourtrip in Ecuador ends.Do I need vaccinations?You should make sure that your routine vaccinations(tetanus, polio, diphtheria) are up to date. From thetime of writing it is advisable to be inoculated againsthepatitis A and typhoid. If you are planning a trip to theAmazon, you should have a shot for yellow fever andtake malarial medication. Please note that these areguidelines, and it is advisable to check with your physicianor local travel clinics.Are bugs a problem?There is no malaria in Quito or the Galapagos, and fewbugs to worry about. In the Galapagos it’s worth havingsome anti-bug spray along for when you are on thebeaches (sand flies) or hiking in areas with long grass.How can I access cash when I’m on the trip?There are ATMs in Quito airport and close to our hotel.During the Galapagos cruise we will spend an afternoonin the town of Puerto Ayora, where there are ATMs.What clothes and equipment will I need?When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with acomprehensive clothes and equipment list.I’m more into physical activity than my partner,is that a problem?One of the beauties of our mothership trips is that theyoffer a great deal of flexibility in terms of activities. Inthe Galapagos, if one of you wants to take a break, youcan skip an excursion, relax on the boat and enjoywildlife viewing from the deck. During our Quito touryou will always be in walking distance or a very shorttaxi ride from our hotel.What is the weather like in May and Oct/Nov?May to November is considered the “cool” season withaverage temperatures ranging from a low of 68 to a highof 82 F (19 – 27 C). At this time of year, there are moreanimals on different islands, and the cold currents bringmore animal life to the ocean. It’s a cooler time in thewater for snorkelling, but we found it quite pleasant.I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with uson their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of ourgroups, and usually go home with new-found friends.www.MapleLeafAdventures.com Dates and prices subject to change.
Private Family/Friends TripsExploring the coast of BC and Alaska with experts aboard the Maple LeafImagine,your private odysseyby sailing ship,in one of theEarth’s richestnatural worlds.The Ultimate Pacific Coast OdysseyFor your next holiday, create anexperience that excites and delightseveryone: an adventure by sailing ship amongthe islands, wildlife and culture of the BC &Alaska coast.Expert Guides, Superb Meals...Just Relax and EnjoyMaple Leaf Adventures’ award-winning team ofexperts will take away the stress of logistics management.They’ll give you back time for fun with familyand friends. They’ll guide you to remote beaches andhot springs, while the Maple Leaf chef prepares superbmeals for all ages.cultural experiences, and each is based on Maple Leaf’sinternationally recognized adventure cruises.Trips Customized to YouOur guides will use their expert area knowledge andrelationships to tailor the trip to your group’s interests.From hikes to lakes for swimming, to hours viewingand listening to whales, to sailing the schooner MapleLeaf as a team, there are many choices.Time Away from EverydayDistractionsFor decades, family and friends groups have told ushow a trip on the Maple Leaf provides a magical timetogether, away from the distractions of everyday life.© 2008 Maple Leaf Adventures. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled, post-consumer paperAlaskaHaida GwaiiWhales & TotemsDesolationSoundWorld-class Naturalists, Varietyof Activities, for All Age GroupsThe variety of activities on a Maple Leaf trip is perfectfor multi-generational trips. These include: • wildlifeviewing • sailing • plenty of shore time in therainforest •remote beachcombing • hotsprings •fishing • nature exploration with the naturalist •kayaking • zodiac rides • learning about the ship andnavigation from the crew •exploring villages.Also: • help steer the ship • climb the bowsprit•meet Haida elders • photograph humpback whales •speak with researchers in the field.Maple Leaf Adventures has strong relationships withleaders and scientists along the coast to give you a topqualityexperience.Peak Wildlife, Nature, CultureEach trip is in a peak area for nature, wildlife andwww.MapleLeafAdventures.comRated the “Trip of a Lifetime” by Frommer’s Canada
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (ship, mask), Spence Partlo (float home)Private Family Friends Trips“You’ve not only met myexpectations - you’veexceeded them.“People speak of ‘the trip of alifetime’ and on behalf of myfamily I would like to say ourdays together have been that.”- Skip Elworthy, Ontario“That was my first time to HaidaGwaii! It was the best trip I’veever been on! Even better thanDisneyland!– Samantha Patrick, age 8, B.C.Looking for DifferentDates?We have several trips in summertimeset aside for family/friends privatecharters. They are outlined here.If you’d like to go at a different time,you can reserve one of our otherscheduled trips. See each trip brochurefor details.Advance planning is required!t Private Trips 2011Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Is.Rated the #1 national park in N. Amercia by National GeographicThis archipelago of 140 islands is home to abundantmarine life and the powerful Haida culture. Whales,seabirds, and other marine mammals are numerous.Rainforests tower over the remote beaches.Hot springs and sailing are highlights. And visits toHaida village sites, modern and ancient, are unforgettable.See brochure for details, maps, and photos.• July 30 - Aug. 7, Aug. 8 - 16, 9 days/8 nights• $36,400 + sustainability fee & tax for 6-8 people.• For additional people, contact us.Whales & TotemsThere is a special place to which the family lines ofnorthern resident killer whales return each year. Itis the Broughton Archipelago, a network of 200+islands and protected channels beside BC’s fjords.The area is also popular with other cetaceans: dolphins,porpoises, humpback and minke whales.On this trip you’ll sail and cruise the channels, viewand listen to the whales, visit remote floating communities,walk the rainforest, and visit First Nationsvillage sites, new and old, including a private guidedtour of U’mista cultural centre. See brochure fordetails, maps, and photos.• Aug. 20-26, Aug. 28-Sep. 3, 7 days/6 nights• $26,600 + sustainability fee & tax for 6-8 people.• For additional people, contact us.Desolation SoundDesolation Sound is one of the world’s most popularcruising areas. Hundreds of sun-warmed islands liein a protected sea between Vancouver Island and thesnowy peaks of the Coast mountain range. Hiking.swimming, beachcombing, sailing, fishing and wildlifeviewing are all highlights of trips in Desolation Sound,as is the opportunity to visit island villages that arehome to artists and craftspeople.Ask about combining this trip with a Whales & Totemstrip for a “best of” adventure cruise.• Aug. 20-26, Aug. 28-Sep. 3, 7 days/6 nights• $26,600 + sustainability fee & tax for 6-8 people.• For additional people, contact us.Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change
Photo credits: Kevin Smith, Brian Falconer (ship, mask), Spence Partlo (float home)Private Family Friends Trips“You’ve not only met myexpectations - you’veexceeded them.“People speak of ‘the trip of alifetime’ and on behalf of myfamily I would like to say ourdays together have been that.”- Skip Elworthy, Ontario“Thank you so much. This hasbeen an amazing trip and it willstay with me forever.”- Amy Loewen, age 13, Manitoba“It was the best trip I’ve everbeen on! Even better than Disneyland!– Samantha Patrick, age 8, B.C.“We’re so grateful for thiswonderful experience! We’llcarry you and Maple Leaf in ourhearts for the rest of our lives.”- Lydia & Patrick McKenzie, Floridat Private Trips 2011Alaska Adventure CruiseCruise Alaska’s fjords and island archipelagos onyour family’s private adventure ship, the 92-footschooner Maple Leaf. This trip includes the bestof Alaska’s natural wonder and cultural history:glaciers and icebergs, whales and other marinemammals, bear viewing, grand Alaskan rainforests,historic towns and culture, and plenty of time forcruising, beachcombing and sailing.See brochure below for details and maps.• July 29 - Aug 5, 9 days/8 nights• Cdn $36,400 for up to 8 passengers.• Up to 2 additional passengers $2000 each• Depart: Prince Rupert, BC Return: Ketchikan, AKLooking for DifferentDates?We have several trips in summertimeset aside for family/friends privatecharters. They are outlined here.If you’d like to go at a different time,you can reserve one of our otherscheduled trips. See each trip brochurefor details.Advance planning is required!Maple Leaf AdventuresPO Box 8845, Stn. Central,Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z1 Canadatoll free 1-888-599-5323local 1-250-386-7245www.MapleLeafAdventures.comTrip price is in Canadian dollars. Prices/dates subject to change