Canada's Atlantic Maritimes

Overview

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

  • Arrive: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • Depart: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Group Size: 1-96 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Nova Scotia

    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.

  • Day02

    Explore Sable Island National Park Reserve

    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.

  • Day03

    Spot Atlantic Puffins on Bird Island

    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.

  • Day04

    Explore Prince Edward Island

    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.

  • Day05

    Discover the Magdelen Islands

    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.

  • Day06

    Drop Anchor at Bonaventure Island

    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.

  • Day07

    Hike the Beaches of Anticosti Island

    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!

  • Day08

    Explore the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park

    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.

  • Day09

    Visit Enchanting Francois

    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.

  • Day10

    Stroll on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Islands

    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.

  • Day11

    Sail Back to Louisbourg

    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.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableJul 02 - 12, 2019
  • AvailableJul 10 - 20, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

We can help you book in advance to secure a spot on this sell-out trip. Only two departures per year!

Reason #02

Enjoy the camaraderie and company of other guests who share a history of travel with MT Sobek, and exchange stories of MT Sobek trips!

Reason #03

All extra activities are included in the trip cost. No extra activity fees.

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Cultural excursions to historic towns and settlements, expert guides, wildlife experiences, hiking, Zodiac cruising, kayaking (included in trip price), paddle boarding, cycling.

  • Lodging

    Stylish and well-appointed polar expedition vessels offer a luxurious way to explore Canada's Atlantic Maritimes.

  • Climate

    Mild, coastal summer conditions. Daytime temperatures range from 55°- 72°F. Fog and precipitation can happen at any time.

FAQ

  • When and where do I arrive?

    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.

  • How do I get to the ship in Louisbourg?

    On the morning of Day 1, there will be a group transfer (45 minutes) from the Cambridge Suites in Sydney to Louisbourg.

  • When and where do I depart?

    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.

  • Will I get seasick?

    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.

  • What are meals like?

    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.

  • Do you provide waterproof jackets and boots?

    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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jul 02 - 12, 2019
  • Available
    Jul 10 - 20, 2019

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2019
$4,895.00 Price per person

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from an experienced team of naturalists and guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • Welcome drink and farewell drink
  • Complimentary foul weather gear rental (jacket, bib pants, gumboots, waterproof bag)
  • All necessary kayaking gear for optional kayaking program
  • Group transfer from meeting location to the ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from the ship to the airport on disembarkation day

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Inbound airport transfer
  • Optional tips to your ship staff and expedition team
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, internet access cards, laundry
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "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."

    Helen R.

    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."

    Steve S.

    MT Sobek Guest, Canada's Atlantic Maritimes

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