In Office Visits Postponed

In accordance with the Ontario COVID-19 Public Health Measures, our offices will be closed for in person visits until further notice. We are still available to be reached by phone or email during our regular office hours.

Kingston: 613-384-0012 OR Belleville: 613-969-8884

Email: Info@mapleleaftours.com

We look forward to when we can safely welcome our clients back in office, until then, stay safe.

Kristine Geary & The Maple Leaf Tours Family

This is Us…HERstory

From the banks of the Mackenzie to the banks of Lake Ontario – it’s been a long and winding road.  

Growing up along the banks of the Mackenzie River in Norman Wells with my Indigenous mother, Edith, a trapper, and my brothers, it has been the ride of a lifetime.

My mom was taken away from her family as a child and sent to an Indian Residential School in Fort Providence then Grollier Hall in Inuvik, NWT. Mom met my Danish father who worked briefly for an oil company and then me and my brothers came along. I grew up on the land and attended Indian Day Schools in Norman Wells and Fort Good Hope, NWT. Being outdoors and around nature is in my nature. From helping Mom on the traplines in the winter on skidoo or dog sleds (rabbits on the snare lines), to helping skin moosehides, caribou hides and drying meat and fish as well as making Bannock – I did it all. We lived in a small shack on the banks of the Mackenzie, with no running water or plumbing. We hauled water from the river or snow in the winter for cooking, bathing, drinking. If you like, next time you see me, ask me to give you a sample of my moose call! I am a proud member of the Sahtu Dene. It wasn’t always that way, we were taught to be ashamed of who we were. I also lived in Destruction Bay, Yukon (Mile 1083 Alaska Highway. 3 hours North of Whitehorse, on beautiful Kluane Lake) and then later, Whitehorse. 

At 15, I  left the north to live with a paternal Uncle and Aunt in Kamloops, BC, my first experience outside of the North. As Rotarians, they introduced me to the Rotary Exchange program that took me to Italy for a year where and caught the travel bug! After becoming fluent in Italian, the following year I worked in Paris for a year as an Au Pair and became fluent in French as well. A chance meeting at an Italian marcato (marketplace) introduced me to a new friend from London, Ontario where I moved while I was waiting for a Visa for Austria where I hoped to visit and learn German.

Life however, had other plans, and I met my future husband and business partner, Shawn Geary. Shawn was the owner/operator of a Wholesale Warehousing Industries (WWI) office and I was hired to work in the office. Not long after, we moved to Kingston as Shawn was originally from Napanee. I worked two jobs, Office Manager for the Dermatology Clinic of Drs. Danby, Margesson, Blakeman and Sapra as well as The Bay, so Shawn could return to St. Lawrence College as a mature student. I worked to support us, all the while attending night classes at St. Lawrence College myself. During the college years, Shawn helped out by working part time as a butcher at A&P in the Frontenac Mall as well as driving part time for Ivan and Mary McCoy who owned McCoy Limousine Service on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. In 1987, Shawn and I were married and it was my honor to have Dr. Bill Danby give me away at my wedding. He remained a wonderful role model and mentor for many years until his passing. My role at the Dermatology Clinic grew to management and Shawn took a job at Royal Trust upon graduation. Then, one day my friend, Alberto, from Italy came to visit. He was arriving in Syracuse, N.Y. and we found that there was no transportation to transfer him to Kingston so Shawn & I seized an opportunity.  We decided that Shawn should leave the bank and we began CAN-AM Shuttle Service, a daily return passenger shuttle service from Kingston to Syracuse. I worked full time at the Dermatology Clinic during the day to and Shawn would drive the shuttle. At night we cleaned office buildings to help pay bills. When the McCoys decided to retire they contacted us to ask if they would be interested in buying McCoy Limousine Service. Having no money at the time, we used the cars as collateral to borrow some money from the bank, Dr. Bill Danby invested in me and Shawn’s father loaned some money by putting a mortgage on the family home, while Ivan McCoy took back the balance of the purchase price.  Over the years the business was moved from Portsmouth Avenue to Steve Fonyo Drive then to Midland Avenue  where our three daughters, Alison, Nicole and Danielle, were born. With me at the head of the Tour Division and Shawn running the Bus Department, the business continued to grow and in 2005, an office and garage facility was built at 566 Cataraqui Woods Drive in Kingston’s west end which we still jointly own. While continuing my full time management position at the Dermatology Clinic to inject needed funds into the growing business, my nights and weekends were spent planning new and exciting tours, cleaning the vehicles all the while raising my three girls and Shawn was away driving. Diving right into the tour and travel side of the business, I began adding overnight tours which expanded the business even further so the business was re-named McCoy Tours to continue to build on the McCoy brand that was becoming so well known. My tour division was so successful that we opened a second office in Belleville, Ontario about 80 Kilometers west of Kingston and Margaret is still there to greet our wonderful clients.

In 2017, myself and Shawn parted ways both personally and professionally. The McCoy Group of companies was divided in half with me rebranding the tour company from McCoy Tours to Maple Leaf Tours as Shawn wanted to keep the McCoy name. Starting over as a single parent and a newly named company was exciting and terrifying. I worked endless hours to build back under a new name, Maple Leaf Tours, on my own. Long into the nights and every weekend, I laboured with the help of my entire team that came with me to Maple Leaf Tours. We came up with new and exciting getaways to new destinations. I expanded our Maple Leaf Tours to Europe with Betty leading our first group to Ireland and I launched an entire cruise division partnering with Norwegian Cruise Lines to develop both No Fly and Fly cruises around the world!

My heart is full of gratitude for my wonderful, loyal customers who have been by my side through it all. They continue to inspire me to work harder and plan wonderful adventures that help us make memories together. Many clients remember me taking my girls on our tours, some in baby carriers so I could nurse them while they were enjoying a musical theatre tour! We truly are a family, a Maple Leaf Tour Family. My Tour Directors treat my business like it is their own and they are by my side to support me every day.

Being a Certified Aboriginal Business by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has brought me great pride. I know my Mom is smiling down on me, knowing that I have accomplished so much, I feel her beside me every day, encouraging me. As I look to the future, I know that there are so many more roads to explore, exciting adventures that await, new friends to be met and happy memories to be shared.

Join us, won’t you?

Mahsi Cho. (You can take the girl out of the North but you can’t take the North out of the Girl.) 

Kristine (Chrissy to all my Aunties)

NEW COVID 19 POLICIES

Dear friends,


It’s been so long and we’ve been lonely too, we’ve missed you! Now that we are on the move again, it’s time to make new friends, share memories and begin to put the spark back into our lives! We’re ready to take you to the places you’ve longed to see or revisit. We’ve worked hard to implement new policies and procedures. You can read our complete commitment to safe and healthy travel below. We’re doing our very best to ensure your travel plans are safe with us. Let’s get together soon! Smiles, laughter and elbow bumps (yes, we said it!) await!!


Kristine and the entire Maple Leaf Tours family.

We’re getting ready for you!

We are proud to announce that Maple Leaf Tours has been awarded The Safe Travel Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council. This is based on worldwide industry protocols the WTTC has put together for every aspect of the hospitality and tourism sector. This stamp will allow travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Our Maple Leaf Tours team is working hard to make sure our return to travel is safe. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Kristine and the entire Maple Leaf Tours Team.

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With Glowing Hearts

Dear Friends,


We hope this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying our beautiful summer weather. It has been a long time coming but with the public health situation improving and with vaccination rates increasing, the time to re-connect will soon be upon us. Getting together with family, friends and those we hold so dear. We are happily looking forward to seeing everyone again. The connection, human connection, that we have all been missing for so long is almost at an end. Our shared experiences, travel memories, laughs, delicious meals and amazing people have filled our hearts. All of us are looking forward to sharing even more.


As travel begins a comeback, we are actively planning for the resumption of tours. We are beginning to plan a safe and gradual return to touring. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the “Safe Travels Stamp” by the World Travel & Tourism Council for adopting the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardized protocols (see below). We are implementing new health procedures to ensure your safety. Our team will be ready to make your Maple Leaf Tour safe, enjoyable and memorable.


In the coming weeks, we will be releasing new and exciting tours including European River Tours and extended stays. We will be doing what we do best, providing unparalleled vacations. These tours will be rolling out weekly so visit www.MapleLeafTours.com often for exciting releases!


Our office remains closed for in person visits for a little while longer but we remain available for you by phone 1-613-384-0012 or by email info@MapleLeafTours.com at your convenience.You have been dearly missed and we promise that we will always be here for you.


As we offer new, exciting journeys there will also be the wonderful and familiar destinations you have always wanted to visit. So, for now let’s start making plans together!

Stay tuned as we prepare to welcome you back with open arms!


Kristine, Julie, Megan, Margaret, Betty, Richard, Susan, Steve, Anne, Joanne, Debi, Paul, Bob, Alison, Nicole and Danielle

Meet the Maple Leaf Tours Team in the Video Below!

Wishing you a Happy Mothers Day!

Dear Mom’s,

I want to wish you a very Happy Mothers Day! If you are like me, you may be missing your mom this mothers day. Traditionally we use this day to celebrate the amazing women in our lives who have raised us, give each other hugs, drink a few glasses of wine and treat mom like a queen.

Know that no matter how far apart you may be that the love of a mother can stretch across oceans and mountains to reach you! I look forward to when we can travel again and make more memories with mom.

So raise a glass and cheers to them!

With Love to all Mom’s on your special day,

Megan

Wishing you a TOURiffic Spring!

Dear friends, 

This has been a time unlike any other. It has been a full year of pandemic ups and downs, lockdowns, stay at home orders, online learning, zoom calls and we are all missing each other so dearly. For us, just like you, it’s been a year of baking, eating, gardening, Tiger King, Netflix, social distancing, take out, just to name a few. We truly have been in this together and what a celebration awaits when we can once again eat, drink and be merry together! 

We have been keeping busy working and planning new and exciting tour programs so that when the time is right, we can return to what we love doing; travelling, sharing experiences together, making memories and hugging one another – oh, the hugs that await!   

These unprecedented times have allowed us to pause and reflect on what is important. We have been re-evaluating our tours, safety procedures and services so that when we welcome you back with open arms travel will be safer and better than ever. Our highest priority is always the safety of our clients and our team. We are working closely with our professional associations to developing new safety measures to ensure our tours are designed to be safe, comfortable and enjoyable. In this “new world” we are living in, you will notice some changes, but we promise you that once you are onboard, you’ll have the same wonderful experiences that you’ve always enjoyed.   

When we gradually begin to roll out carefully selected tours they will be close to home. We’ll be working closely with our trusted hospitality partner restaurants, hotels, attractions and theatres as they too begin the long re-opening process. We are hoping to expand to include the East Coast this fall as well as the Agawa Canyon Stream Trail Fall Colours tour. With excitement, we anticipate a full return to our Maple Leaf Tours by next spring. 

Our Tours will be flexible and new tours will be gradually added as we make our way together through this pandemic to come out on the other side. We expect our tours to be ever changing as we continue to follow various health requirements. Improvements are being made to our online booking system so you can comfortably book from your computer, iPad, laptop or phone when the travel bug lands softly, beckoning you to once again share adventures with us. To keep our team safe, we remain closed but are available during regular business hours by telephone(613) 384-0012 or email info@MapleLeafTours.com   

We have some exciting news to share!
We are excited to be launching our Maple Leaf Tours Travel Blog and you can follow us at  www.mapleleaftours.com/blog (or go to our website www.mapleleaftours.com and click on our Blog tab) for happy travel news from Kristine, Betty, Richard, Steve, Susan, Anne, Joanne, Debi and Paul!


We also now have a Pinterest page at www.Pinterest.ca/mapleleaftours1 so you can look at our exciting tour ideas that we are thrilled to share with you. And finally, we have an awesome YouTube channel where you can watch amazing footage of the incredible destinations we visit!  www.YouTube.com You’ll see the wonderful videos of the European River Cruises that are in the works for 2022 and beyond and many more!  

As the vaccine rollouts take shape we are watching the updates and as such, we will make further announcements when we have accurate information. We understand that everyone will be ready to return to travel at different times, at your own pace, depending on your comfort level. We will be here waiting for you when that time comes.

We miss you dearly and can’t wait for the day when we can be together again.

Until then, take good care and be kind to one another.

Hugs from all of us, Kristine Geary and the entire Maple Leaf Tours team

#SafeTravels

Maple Leaf Tours is delighted to announce it has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols–so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Interim TIAO President & CEO, Carol Greenwood said “Congratulations to Maple Leaf Tours on obtaining your SafeTravels Stamp. Tourism businesses across Canada are looking to help citizens rediscover their country and the Safe Travels Stamp is an excellent way to aid in ensuring the consumers feels safe and comfortable when doing so. When they see the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ has been awarded to the destination or business, they will know that they are upholding the highest standards of health and safety and demonstrating they are adhering to the global health protocols issued by the WTTC.”

COVID-19 Update

June 19, 2020

Dear friends,  

As we move into summer with sunshine filled days and warm nights, we are thinking of you. We are sending our love as we continue to remain positive and look to the future with optimistic hearts. At a time where we would usually be getting ready to travel and share new adventures we find ourselves having to dream of new journeys that await us. Our world is still fragile and we are all patiently doing our part to help in the healing. Bravo for being so awesome! 

We want to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone that is helping to support so many local small businesses that are struggling during this very difficult time. Takeout meals, curb side pickups or delivery orders – it is true, it takes a village! We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful country and in communities that support and care for one another. We can never thank our essential workers enough for all they do to keep us safe every day. 

Our Maple Leaf Tours team have been using this time to discover new and fun pastimes! Betty has taken up the trampoline becoming a child again playing with her grandchildren. Richard is giving Mike Holmes a run for his money as a project pro! We love that Margaret has just discovered Netflix and we are all eagerly sending her our favourite series and movies to watch! Kristine is watching Mark Cullen videos trying to become a master gardener and is failing miserably but instead trying constantly to keep Lincoln out of the flowerbeds! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful Father’s Day and although we can’t be together to celebrate, a phone call, text or video will help keep us close at heart. It is a difficult time being apart from our loved ones and when the time is right we shall cherish every special moment that we can spend together, knowing how valuable they are. So for now, let’s take heart in small joys and await the time when we can hold each other again. Aren’t hugs the best?   

Even though our offices remain closed indefinitely, we are always working remotely and are here to help you in any way we can. You can reach us by phone 613-384-0012 from Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm or by email info@MapleLeafTours.com. We are posting new, updates and photos on our website as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages if you want to follow along with the fun! We sure miss you and it’s one way we can keep in touch. 

As we continue through these uncertain times, there will be good days, bad days, funny days, scary days, play days, work days, holidays and HEYdays! It is important to remember that we are not alone. We are all experiencing this together and if you would like to chat or ever need someone to talk to, we are here for you. We are only a phone call away and would be happy to hear from you. It is important that we are here for one another and try to help where ever and whenever we can, however we can. 

We think of you often and remember our wonderful shared travels and experiences. We can hardly wait for you to join us for more adventures to make unforgettable memories. Until then, be kind to one another and yourself. With much love,
 

Kristine  
Alison, Nicole, Danielle, Megan, Julie, Margaret,Betty, Bob, Joanne, Anne, Richard, Steve, Susan