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. Experience the scenic windswept landscapes of Bonaventure Island and Sable Island and marvel at World Heritage-listed Tablelands of Newfoundland. Be immersed in the charm of regional French and Celtic heritage as you listen to folk fiddlers and delight in hearty local fare. This delightful trip includes a range of activities, including many chances to spot the lovable Atlantic puffin!
Embark on a fascinating expedition through Newfoundland and the remote islands of Nova Scotia
Explore historic towns, peaceful flower-filled villages, and the region's celebrated Celtic and French heritage
Experience magical wildlife, from Atlantic puffins and humpback whales to fabled wild ponies
Begin in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia with time to explore the Fortress of Louisbourg. Board the expedition ship in the late afternoon and settle into your cabin before gathering with your expedition team and trip mates. Enjoy a welcome dinner of fantastic local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse into the North Atlantic.
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, visit an infamous island with a storied history as a ship graveyard - more than 350 ships have fallen 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. Explore by foot and watch for the wild ponies.
Commence exploring along the north-central coast of Cape Breton, visiting Bird Island. It is home to a number of important species including the great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake, and is a feeding area for local bald eagles. Board Zodiac boats in groups of 10-12 with an expert naturalist who provides insight and interpretation. Have the option to cycle, kayak, or paddle board alongside an expert guide.
Anchor offshore Prince Edward Island in the early morning with the option to split off into several directions today. Tour the town of Charlottetown, visit 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 is a leisurely bicycle ride along the Confederation Trail or the Coastal Drive. Golfing and kayaking are also available. Be welcomed back to ship with a fresh seafood dinner.
Take in the beauty of islands sculpted out of sandstone and home to unique fishing communities. These remote areas include beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. Experience traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, and encounter diverse bird life along the beaches and lagoons. The area has been home to indigenous people for centuries - enjoy this culture through local cuisine, craft and language. Have the option to cycle, kayak, paddle board, or whale watch.
Anchor near the town of Perce and visit the island by Zodiac. Sculpted by time and sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, and has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Almost 300 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island. The town of Perce provides a window into the rich fishing culture of French-Canada.
Travel to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, where river and Arctic waters combine creating a rich and abundant ecosystem. Hike along beaches and cruise along cliffs by Zodiac. Observe many species of wildlife here including shorebirds, seabirds, and seals. Keep an eye out for whales in the area!
Sail into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Marne National Park. Cliffs soar up out of the water, covered in green blankets of windswept spruce. Head ashore at Woody Point and hike to the excellent interpretation center. From there, take guided walks of various fitness levels to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. Expect spectacular views of the park.
Enter Francois harbor, being greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations anywhere on the coast of Newfoundland. Continue on through a narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord. This is a spectacular location leading to one of the most photogenic towns in Canada. Visit this community and learn about its rich fishing heritage.
Head to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon 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. Walk down the streets taking in the vibe of a provincial French town, and have option to see a puffin colony. Finish a beautiful day with a special dinner, attended by the captain, to mark the end of our voyage.
Sail back to Cape Breton heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. Disembark and either head to the airport or stay in Cape Breton, one of gems of Canada's East Coast.
We can help you book in advance to secure a spot on this sell-out trip. Only two departures per year!
We choose ships and operators that maintain a high level of commitment to safety, people, value, quality, environment, well-being, and customer service.
All extra activities are included in the trip cost. No extra activity fees.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Cultural excursions to historic towns and settlements, expert guides, wildlife experiences, hiking, Zodiac cruising, kayaking (included in trip price), paddle boarding, cycling.
Stylish and well-appointed expedition ships offer a comfortable and safe way to explore the Canadian Maritimes. Enjoy healthy cuisine and wellness services onboard.
Mild, coastal summer conditions. Daytime temperatures range from 55°- 72°F. Fog and precipitation can happen at any time.
If you are not driving yourself to Louisbourg, plan to arrive in Sydney, Nova Scotia the day before the trip begins. Hotel not included, but we can reserve for you.
On the morning of Day 1, there will be a group transfer (45 minutes) from the Cambridge Suites in Sydney to Louisbourg.
After breakfast on the last day, group transfers are provided to both the Sydney airport and Cambridge Suites. Plan your outbound flights from Sydney for after 12:00pm.
The ship will be navigating in mostly protected waters and some open waters. No rough conditions are expected. But if you are concerned, we recommend that you bring seasickness medication.
Large variety of options at buffet breakfasts and buffet lunches. Dinners include plated entree choices (including vegetarian,) appetizers, and desserts. Full-bar onboard payable with an onboard account.
Yes, each guest will have use of a complimentary rental package including a quality waterproof/windproof jacket, bib-pants, and insulated rubber boots. Includes binoculars, a waterproof backpack, and a walking stick.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"We always dreamed of exploring the Atlantic Maritime Provinces, and this trip provided the perfect opportunity. A wonderful shipboard experience, great mix of activities at every landing site, and a perfect blend of wildlife and small villages and historic sites."
MT Sobek Guest, Canada's Atlantic Maritimes
"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."
MT Sobek Guest, Canada's Atlantic Maritimes