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Canada's Atlantic Maritimes

Trip Length 11 days

From $3,195

  • Embark on a fascinating expedition voyage through Newfoundland and the remote islands of Nova Scotia—one of Canada’s beautiful Maritime provinces
  • Experience historical port towns, peaceful flower-filled villages, and the region’s celebrated Celtic and French heritage
  • Spot a staggering abundance of wildlife, from Atlantic puffins and humpback whales to the fabled wild ponies of Sable Island

Explore the pristine beauty of enchanted Eastern Canada on this maritime voyage from Cape Breton through the stunning islands and villages of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Along the way, you’ll experience the scenic, windswept landscapes of Bonaventure Island and Sable Island—one of Canada’s newest national parks—and marvel at World Heritage-listed Tablelands of Newfoundland. You’ll be charmed by the region’s French and Celtic heritage, which dates back over 500 years, as you listen to folk fiddlers and enjoy hearty local fare. This ship-based expedition allows an in-depth look at many hard-to-access places, and it’s all achieved in a manageable 11-day timeframe. So join expert guides as you enjoy a range of wonderful activities, including many chances to spot the lovable Atlantic puffin.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic—and onto the Grand Banks.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 2: Explore Sable Island National Park Reserve

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a ship graveyard, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants, a herd of Sable Island ponies, and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic region. Sable Island is one of Canada's newest national parks and its long, sandy beaches are best explored on foot.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 3: Spot Atlantic puffins on Bird Island

Returning into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, we commence our exploration along the north-central coast of Cape Breton. Bird Island is home to a number of important species incIuding the great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and are known as an important feeding area for Cape Breton's population of bald eagles. We'll cruise in the zodiacs and hike onshore during our daily excursions, all in the company of our expert guides.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 4: Explore Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

We anchor just offshore Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here we can split off in several directions. A tour into Charlottetown for those interested in a day in town is an option, or perhaps a visit to Green Gables, or spend a few hours at the island’s famous Cavendish beach with a mandatory sampling of Cows Ice Cream. Another enticing option could be a leisurely bicycle ride along the Confederation Trail or the Coastal Drive. A round of golf on one of the islands celebrated golf courses, or a kayak paddle in Rustico Bay. You will be welcomed back to the ship for a dinner of fresh seafood as we move north to the Magdalen Islands.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 5: Discover the fishing villages of The Magdelen Islands

Sculpted out of sandstone, the remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, we'll encounter a wide diversity of bird life along the beaches and lagoons. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid-15th century, though it's thought indigenous Mi'kmaqs have been visiting for centuries to hunt walrus. Quebecois and Acadian culture runs strongly through the towns and villages of the islands, through local cuisine, craft and language. Enjoy the option to cycle, sea kayak, stand up paddle board, or a whale-watching cruise from the Zodiacs!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 6: Drop anchor at Bonaventure Island on the Gaspé Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island we'll drop the anchor near the town of Percé and visit the island by zodiac. Sculpted by time and the sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, and has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Its outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see location. AImost 300 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island. An afternoon visit to the community of Percé will provide a window into the rich fishing culture of French-Canada. Zodiac cruising, sea kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding are all activities that can be undertaken here, weather permitting.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 7: Hike the beaches of Anticosti Island

At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, we'll find the marine-life rich waters of Anticosti Island. Today, we'll plan to hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island and take a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point. We'll keep our eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals, which are frequent visitors to the island's waters.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 8: Explore the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park

Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Marne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of windswept spruce, sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point we are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation centre. From there, various guided walks take us into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park- a spectacular experience!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 9: Visit Francois, one of the most photogenic towns in Canada

The community of Francois (pronounced Frans-way) on the south coast of Newfoundland was settled in the late 1700s and has a rich fishing heritage. Known as an 'out-port' and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbor which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois harbor, we'll be greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations anywhere on the coast of Newfoundland. Once past the light station, we'll travel through a narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord. This is a spectacular location!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 10: Visit Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. They were first settled by the French in the early 17th century and, today, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France's once vast North American empire. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There's an excellent puffin colony here and, if weather permits, we'll cruise in the zodiacs to see these colorful birds. Tonight we'll enjoy a special dinner attended by the captain to mark the end of our voyage through the beautiful Maritimes.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 11: Sail back to Louisbourg

We'll sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. We'll disembark in the morning and, while some of us will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada's East Coast.

About our itinerary — Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's captain in conjunction with the expedition leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments  to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and sea conditions or to maximise our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have plenty of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

  • Breakfast

Sep 10 - 20, 2017 New Date Added!

Jul 04 - 14, 2018

Jul 14 - 24, 2018

pricing

2017 Pricing  (per person, in US$)
LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT - $500 off per person

$3,195 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$4,195 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$5,195 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$6,195 - Superior Cabin
$7,495 - Shackleton Suite
$8,995 - One Ocean Suite
 

2018 Pricing  (per person, in US$)

$3,395 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$4,395 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$5,695 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$6,395 - Superior Cabin
$7,795 - Shackleton Suite
$9,395 - One Ocean Suite
________________________________________________________

20% per person Deposit (non-refundable) to reserve a cabin.

Single Supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin prices or 2 times the Suite prices. (Singles cannot take over a Triple cabin.) If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will waive the single supplement fee.

Family package savings: Children 17 and under receive 25% price reduction. Youth 18 to 21 receive 20% price reduction. 

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Polar Expedition Ship

The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B), and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

Amenities

One dining room with unreserved seating. 
Theatre-style presentation room. 
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
Clinic with licensed doctor. 
Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

"Great variety of locations: uninhabited islands, historical sites, excellent birding areas and small towns and villages. A nice balance of spray in your face zodiacs and first rate cruising." Steve Shapiro   

  • Embark on a fascinating expedition voyage through Newfoundland and the remote islands of Nova Scotia—one of Canada’s beautiful Maritime provinces
  • Experience historical port towns, peaceful flower-filled villages, and the region’s celebrated Celtic and French heritage
  • Spot a staggering abundance of wildlife, from Atlantic puffins and humpback whales to the fabled wild ponies of Sable Island

Explore the pristine beauty of enchanted Eastern Canada on this maritime voyage from Cape Breton through the stunning islands and villages of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Along the way, you’ll experience the scenic, windswept landscapes of Bonaventure Island and Sable Island—one of Canada’s newest national parks—and marvel at World Heritage-listed Tablelands of Newfoundland. You’ll be charmed by the region’s French and Celtic heritage, which dates back over 500 years, as you listen to folk fiddlers and enjoy hearty local fare. This ship-based expedition allows an in-depth look at many hard-to-access places, and it’s all achieved in a manageable 11-day timeframe. So join expert guides as you enjoy a range of wonderful activities, including many chances to spot the lovable Atlantic puffin.

 

reviews

"Great variety of locations: uninhabited islands, historical sites, excellent birding areas and small towns and villages. A nice balance of spray in your face zodiacs and first rate cruising." Steve Shapiro   

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic—and onto the Grand Banks.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 2: Explore Sable Island National Park Reserve

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a ship graveyard, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants, a herd of Sable Island ponies, and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic region. Sable Island is one of Canada's newest national parks and its long, sandy beaches are best explored on foot.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 3: Spot Atlantic puffins on Bird Island

Returning into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, we commence our exploration along the north-central coast of Cape Breton. Bird Island is home to a number of important species incIuding the great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and are known as an important feeding area for Cape Breton's population of bald eagles. We'll cruise in the zodiacs and hike onshore during our daily excursions, all in the company of our expert guides.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 4: Explore Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

We anchor just offshore Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here we can split off in several directions. A tour into Charlottetown for those interested in a day in town is an option, or perhaps a visit to Green Gables, or spend a few hours at the island’s famous Cavendish beach with a mandatory sampling of Cows Ice Cream. Another enticing option could be a leisurely bicycle ride along the Confederation Trail or the Coastal Drive. A round of golf on one of the islands celebrated golf courses, or a kayak paddle in Rustico Bay. You will be welcomed back to the ship for a dinner of fresh seafood as we move north to the Magdalen Islands.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 5: Discover the fishing villages of The Magdelen Islands

Sculpted out of sandstone, the remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, we'll encounter a wide diversity of bird life along the beaches and lagoons. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid-15th century, though it's thought indigenous Mi'kmaqs have been visiting for centuries to hunt walrus. Quebecois and Acadian culture runs strongly through the towns and villages of the islands, through local cuisine, craft and language. Enjoy the option to cycle, sea kayak, stand up paddle board, or a whale-watching cruise from the Zodiacs!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 6: Drop anchor at Bonaventure Island on the Gaspé Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island we'll drop the anchor near the town of Percé and visit the island by zodiac. Sculpted by time and the sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, and has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Its outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see location. AImost 300 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island. An afternoon visit to the community of Percé will provide a window into the rich fishing culture of French-Canada. Zodiac cruising, sea kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding are all activities that can be undertaken here, weather permitting.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 7: Hike the beaches of Anticosti Island

At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, we'll find the marine-life rich waters of Anticosti Island. Today, we'll plan to hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island and take a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point. We'll keep our eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals, which are frequent visitors to the island's waters.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 8: Explore the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park

Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Marne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of windswept spruce, sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point we are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation centre. From there, various guided walks take us into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park- a spectacular experience!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 9: Visit Francois, one of the most photogenic towns in Canada

The community of Francois (pronounced Frans-way) on the south coast of Newfoundland was settled in the late 1700s and has a rich fishing heritage. Known as an 'out-port' and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbor which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois harbor, we'll be greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations anywhere on the coast of Newfoundland. Once past the light station, we'll travel through a narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord. This is a spectacular location!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 10: Visit Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. They were first settled by the French in the early 17th century and, today, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France's once vast North American empire. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There's an excellent puffin colony here and, if weather permits, we'll cruise in the zodiacs to see these colorful birds. Tonight we'll enjoy a special dinner attended by the captain to mark the end of our voyage through the beautiful Maritimes.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 11: Sail back to Louisbourg

We'll sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. We'll disembark in the morning and, while some of us will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada's East Coast.

About our itinerary — Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's captain in conjunction with the expedition leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments  to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and sea conditions or to maximise our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have plenty of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Polar Expedition Ship

The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B), and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

Amenities

One dining room with unreserved seating. 
Theatre-style presentation room. 
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
Clinic with licensed doctor. 
Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 10 - 20, 2017 New Date Added!

Jul 04 - 14, 2018

Jul 14 - 24, 2018

pricing

2017 Pricing  (per person, in US$)
LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT - $500 off per person

$3,195 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$4,195 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$5,195 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$6,195 - Superior Cabin
$7,495 - Shackleton Suite
$8,995 - One Ocean Suite
 

2018 Pricing  (per person, in US$)

$3,395 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$4,395 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$5,695 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$6,395 - Superior Cabin
$7,795 - Shackleton Suite
$9,395 - One Ocean Suite
________________________________________________________

20% per person Deposit (non-refundable) to reserve a cabin.

Single Supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin prices or 2 times the Suite prices. (Singles cannot take over a Triple cabin.) If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will waive the single supplement fee.

Family package savings: Children 17 and under receive 25% price reduction. Youth 18 to 21 receive 20% price reduction. 

Activity Level Easy
Trip Length 11 days

From $3,195

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