"Ahhh! The end of a wonderful trip. Painting, hiking, and relaxing exceeded all expectations! Thank you for great memories." - Bruce Heming, Strathmore, Alberta
"My first trip on the Maple Leaf – what a magical, relaxing, joy-full time at sea! The sweet rhythm that emerges in this setting is wonderful. The peace of the Gulf Islands is remarkable and the feeling of being so taken care of is so special. Thank you Maple Leaf crew, thank you artist-mates, thank you Gulf Islands, thank you Salish Sea, thank you Maple Leaf – I am so glad to know the amazement of travelling this way and the calibre of Maple Leaf trips, specifically!" - Kimberly Snider
"A truly remarkable and magical experience. How much better can it get! Good food, good art, good scenery, and great weather." - Glen Heming, Surrey, BC
"This has been our fourth (yes, 4th!) trip on the Maple Leaf. Each one seemed like the best trip ever. This one is no exception: it was wonderful in every way. The walks were beautiful and never strenuous. The crew again, was ‘the best ever’. James, the captain, was not only efficient, but acted as an excellent host. His mate Sean was as nice a person as you could hope to meet – helpful in every way. The chef, Andrew, – Oh, the chef! He was the best ever, anywhere. We are impressed. And Mark, well we all know that we came here this time to learn Art from him. And we did! Thank you to everybody! We’ll have deep, fond memories of you all, including the trip companions." - John and Natasha Wilson, Edmonton, AB
"Thanks for a wonderful trip guys! It was even better than imagined! This ol' cowboy will definitely be returning to sea!" - Joe Jacobson, Pincher Creek, AB
"Captain James, Sean, Kendra, and Briony - thank you for the wonderful experience in the Gulf Islands. Exploring the Islands and exploring sketching and watercolours - what a magnificent combination! Perhaps we'll be able to have a reunion trip on our private yacht sometime in the future! Many thanks." - Deanna Henry, Victoria, BC
"What a privilege to be on the beautiful Maple Leaf; an experience I am sure all of us will treasure forever. We all enjoyed being pampered by the attentive and friendly captain and crew. They were patient with our clumsy yet to be perfected sailing skills and we learned so much about sailing, the awe-inspiring surroundings & wildlife. Shawn did a wonderful job and fed us royally. We can't believe our luck with the warm & sunny autumn weather and were thrilled to experience cormorants, seals, sea lions, and porpoises rushing to accompany us on our last day. Thank you for an incredible time!"
- Karin Richter and Frances Ekvall, Calgary, AB
"What a grand time and so much looked after by all the crew. I will have wonderful lasting memories of this trip. Thanks so much."
- Ingrid Vincent, Calgary, AB
"I have a new appreciation for the coast having grown up here and been away for far too long. The whole trip was fabulous and the crew were absolutely terrific! Thinking now about the Queen Charlottes trip."
- Lyla Couzens, Calgary, AB
"To the Maple Leaf: This has been a truly amazing trip. You have shared with us your passion for nature. We have seen these beautiful Gulf Islands in a way that I never thought possible. We have shared memories that will last a lifetime. Good food, good friends, and great art. Thank you. " - D. Gelinas, Victoria, B.C.
"Thanks to the crew of the Maple Leaf for a great adventure!"
- Larry Cromwell, Calgary, AB
"This was an exciting and wondrous adventure into nature’s pallet. As a girl born in the interior of BC, I could only imagine what this part of my province was really like. I now have had a taste of this rugged country, feeling so much that it was and is being cared for our future generations to enjoy and appreciate as much as I have over the past 7 days. Thank you all, Maple Leaf crew for your wonderful presence and care and professionalism throughout this week. I definitely will be seeing you again."
- Ingrid Vincent, Calgary, Alberta
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