The Wild Coast of BC & Alaska by Tall Ship
This event is co-hosted by Maple Leaf Adventures and the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club. Proceeds benefitting CPAWS.
Who: Maureen Gordon, conservation economy advocate, expedition cruise crew member, and co-owner of Maple Leaf Adventures, an award-winning Canadian expedition cruise company.
The Show: Maureen will guide you on a 1-hour photo and video odyssey along the B.C. and Alaska coasts. You will learn about the natural history of this spectacular coastline, and nature’s engines that power it. The show includes stunning imagery of spirit bears, whales, and other wildlife as well as of coastal villages, fjords and beaches. You will also learn about conservation in the area, its benefits for adventure travel, and its challenges.
Why: Conservation-based tourism on the coast, especially in the Great Bear Rainforest, is growing. It provides a counterpoint to extractive or dangerous industries in the region and can work hand in hand with conservation science to provide a sustainable future for the area. The Great Bear Rainforest has a long and complex history of conservation battles, threats and wins. The area is heating up again with the proposal to lift the moratorium on oil tanker traffic through the wildlife-rich waters, a proposal that is opposed by the majority of British Columbians and all coastal First Nations. Maureen will also provide a thoughtful look at this conservation issue. Video and photo footage also includes remote wilderness areas on the coast that can only be reached by ship or seaplane. Information on the heritage schooner Maple Leaf and its tours available.
Cost: Entrance by donation with proceeds benefitting the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Suggested donation $10 / person.
Maple Leaf Adventures has provided conservation travel experiences aboard a classic sailing ship since 1986. With a reputation as one of Canada’s top sustainable tour operators, its multi-day excursions give guests one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most beautiful and rare places in the world, often in areas that were once under threat of destruction or in dire need of protection. As a long time practitioner of ecotourism, Maple Leaf Adventures pioneered travel in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island and has made significant contributions to conservation. National Geographic Adventure has rated Maple Leaf one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”.
The Grant MacEwan Mountain Club is a group of mountain base sports enthusiasts, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who value a sense of community in organized mountain hiking, climbing, skiing and cycling trips at every knowledge and fitness level.
The club was formed in 1978 by a small group of people interested in the safe pursuit of moutdoor activity, particularly in the mountain back country. Their focus was one of respect and concern for the natural environment. They took the name of a former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable J.W. Grant MacEwan, in recognition of that gentleman’s deep regard for the wilderness of Alberta. The club has grown steadily in size, and now averages well over 200 members. There are no special prerequisites to join, and there are activities available for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. The club offers a wide range of trips throughout the year, as well as courses, workshops and social events.