Kevin Smith and Maureen Gordon, the owners and skippers of the Maple Leaf – a former longliner turned tourist ship will show you paradise on earth. Truly, their eco-friendly journey takes you to some of the most stunning locales, which includes the Great Bear Rain Forest and another eight on the way back.
At $2,600 Cdn you get a sailing experience, wildlife viewing, cultural exchanges with first nations, fishing and the perennial highlight of listening to whales through on-board stereo via hydrophone. For their deluxe trip the bill goes up to $6000. But it seems to be worth every penny as half of their passengers are referrals from previous travelers who must have had an enjoyable experience.
The highlight of this trip is the scenery, as the Maple Leaf skims by snow capped mountains, enormous trees and picturesque beaches. You also get to see whales, wolves and bears in their natural habitats. Smith calls it “low-impact tourism,” giving people an alternative holiday experience that is also eco-friendly.
The company “was designed to earn a living from nature without harming it,” said Smith.” Last year Maple Leaf Adventures was rated as one of the top adventure travel companies on earth by National Geographic, extolling its leadership in responsible ecotourism.