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Tall Sails & Ales Tour

Canada, North America

from $2,390* per person 6 Days October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Maple Leaf Adventures 12 people max
  • Sidney airport, bc, canada
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
For a twist on the typical beer tour, join B.C.'s Tall Sails & Ales Cruise and discover the rich flavours and colourful history of the province's micro-brewing industry.

Arguably as diverse as wine in their flavours, the 50 fine beers included on this tasting tour introduce you to the range of options, from the crisp, cold Swans' Arctic Ale to the chocolate creaminess of Gulf Islands Brewery's Saturna Island Extra Stout.

Add to that the guidance of B.C. brewing experts, succulent food prepared to match the brews, and the spectacular beauty of sailing the Gulf Islands and you've got a world-class tour.

Beer Tasting Tour - an island brewery There is plenty to satisfy the educated beer aficionado as well as the traveler interested in local culture and nature.

On this 5-night or 6-night cruise under the sails of the historic tall ship Maple Leaf, you will sample the best micro-brews of B.C. and visit breweries that range in size from a luxe brewpub to a bucolic Gulf Islands brewery housed, suitably, in a barn-like building.

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Canada, North America

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1
Board at Sidney, B.C., 2 p.m.
Cruising Gulf Islands and Saanich Inlet
Beer tasting and lecture 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 Samsun Narrows
Salt Spring Island shore walk, history of "Lady Godiva" and Salt Spring land preservation
Cruising to Nanaimo
Nanaimo History
Pairing food and beer
Private brewery 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 and tastings (Nanaimo area)
Lunch and tour at Crow & Gate Pub (historical significance)
Cruising to Galiano Island Anchorage: Galiano Island

Day 4
Off the Beaten Track: Wildlife and Secret Islets
Includes wildlife viewing, cruising, shore walks, optional kayaking
Natural history information
Anchorage: Saturna Island

Day 5
Scenic shore walk, Saturna Island
Sailing in Boundary Pass, with possible wildlife viewing
Gulf Islands Brewery tour and tastings
Dinner aboard with Salt Spring Island feast
Anchorage: Salt Spring Island.

Day 6
Breakfast and farewell preparations
Disembark, noon, at Sidney.

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