Desolation Sound Sailing Adventure

About the Experience

Sail the spectacular British Columbia Coast on Canada’s prestigious classic schooner, the Maple Leaf. This epic journey gives you the best of the BC coast while learning to sail! Take the helm, navigate and work as a team with your fellow wild women! Hike, and beachcomb with local naturalist guides who will help to illuminate the natural world around you. Witness the idyllic scenery unique to BC.

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty” ~Rumi

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Desolation Sound Sailing Adventure

About the Experience

Sail the spectacular British Columbia Coast on Canada’s prestigious classic schooner, the Maple Leaf. This epic journey gives you the best of the BC coast while learning to sail! Take the helm, navigate and work as a team with your fellow wild women! Hike, and beachcomb with local naturalist guides who will help to illuminate the natural world around you. Witness the idyllic scenery unique to BC.

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty” ~Rumi

DAY ONE: ALL ABOARD

We board at Sidney where there will be an introductory orientation. We’ll then set Cruise to the Gulf Islands National Park reserves, walk the shores and experience the spectacular views and diversity of rare birds and marine life.

 

DAY TWO: GALIANO

Today we visit the beaches and old homestead at Cabbage and Tumbo islands. See the wildlife colonies at the Belle Chain Islets. We’ll sail up Galliano’s outer coast and cruise through Porlier Pass, Anchorage, and then the Inner Islands. There will be many opportunities to watch for seabirds in the nutrient-rich waters. An evening kayaking option is also available.

 

DAY THREE: SAIL THE GEORGIA STRAIT

Today we head to Dodd Narrows and sail the Georgia Strait! We’ll take a shore trip and anchorage to Hornby Island.

 

DAY FOUR: SAVARY SHORE

We set sail for Savary Island- a slender island with a spectacular white sand beach (dubbed “Hawaii of the north”) at the entrance of desolation sound. We’ll take a shore trip, cruising to seabird haven Mitlenatch for zodiac exploring and bird watching. Anchorage at Cortez Island.

 

DAY FIVE TO SIX: DISCOVERING DESOLATION SOUND

These two days are filled with cruising, anchorage, and shore trips in and around Desolation sound! You’ll see spectacular sites such as Prideaux Haven, Teakerne Arm on West Redonda Island, and Desolation Sound Marine Park.

 

DAY SEVEN TO EIGHT: MANSON’S LANDING MARINE PARK

Today we explore Toba inlet and further island groups in Desolation Sound. We’ll do an evening anchorage on Day 8 at Manson’s Landing Marine Park.

 

DAY NINE: FAIR WINDS AND FAREWELL

Our final cruise is to Campbell River where we can watch for wildlife, and say our goodbyes.


ABOUT THE SAILBOAT

A 92-foot schooner will be your home away from home as we sail through Desolation Sound. It features 4 double occupancy sleeping areas (accommodating up to 8 guests), an above-deck wheelhouse lounge, and a galley and dining lounge featuring a library. The ship has an all-female crew of 4-5. 

Sleeping Area: There are four sleeping areas, each with two bunks. A queen on the bottom and single bunk on top. If there are two solo travellers, the bags are put against the bottom wall, one sleeps on the bottom and one on the upper bunk. The 4 areas are in one large room with floor space between the two sides. Each area contains space for your belongings, brass reading lamps, fluffy duvets, and blankets. They have walls on two-and-a-half sides and thick, heavy curtains on the other one-and-a-half sides.

Bathrooms: There are two bathrooms that are shared by the guests. One converts into a shower, which is typically used 1 or 2 times on a trip this length (depending on water consumption).

Decks: Maple Leaf has lots of deck space, on which people may choose to sit and watch the coast’s scenery, chat with others, steer the ship, or have quiet time alone.

Her deck is divided into three distinct areas, at different heights:

  • The foredeck & bowsprit: for those who wish to “fly” over the ocean!
  • The well deck: A well-protected area for those who like to sit and read or watch the world go by.
  • The aft deck: where you can chat with the crew, sit and read, or stand by the helm.

Maple Leaf’s sails and 40,000-pound keel keep her steady, and her crew’s warmth and culinary delights keep your soul soaring!

 

 

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