Tall Sails and Ales Tour

Best for the Sailing Set

Mar 14, 2012
Outside Magazine
Sails and Ales Tour

Sails and Ales Tour    Photo: Mark Sissons

Gulf Islands, British Columbia
October 25-30, 2012

A six-day sailing journey on a 1904 schooner through British Columbia’s Gulf Islands sounds pretty good. Add beer and it sounds downright unbeatable, at least for those people not prone to seasickness. Such is the idea of Maple Leaf Adventures ($2,254; mapleleafadventures.com), which teamed with brewing historian Greg Evans to design the special tour for beer aficionados. Along the way, Evans leads field trips to remote island breweries to meet brewmasters, taste some 50 microbrews, and wash it all down with delectable local seafood. Meanwhile, spot porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, and eagles as the boat weaves in between dozens of wild, forested islets.

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