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For a 'Swell' time, try a tugboat cruise on British Columbia's waterways

Maple Leaf Adventures is offering cruises along the British Columbia coast aboard a restored tugboat

Here’s a little tugboat that could: The aptly named Swell, a classic restored tug built in 1912, is making two inaugural voyages this spring as the newest member of Maple Leaf Adventures’ fleet.

Its first voyage, in April, takes place in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in British Columbia. Passengers on this five-day excursion will be part of the ship’s blessing ceremony and receive a commemorative bottle of wine. Highlights include cruising to various islands, hiking and wildlife viewing.

The Swell's second cruise, an eight-day voyage, covers Vancouver Island’s Inside Passage, a historic waterway that the vessel once plied as a tugboat. Highlights here include stops at remote islands and coastal communities as well as wildlife viewing.

The Swell can accommodate 10 passengers in five private cabins, all with bathrooms and showers. There is a salon and two deck lounges, one with a hot tub. The crew includes a gourmet chef, naturalist and wilderness guides.

Dates: April 20-24 and April 25-May 2

Price: From $2,150 plus tax for five days, to $2,275 for the eight-day cruise

Info: Maple Leaf Adventures, (250) 386-7245

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