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Explore the islands of Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces, starting and ending in Nova Scotia. Rich and diverse culture is found in the small fishing communities and remote out ports, in an area well-known for its Celtic traditions, music, and cuisine. The region also offers a staggering abundance of wildlife, including prolific birdlife, numerous seal and whale species, and the fabled wild horses of Sable Island. Beaches and lagoons provide viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds, while humpback, minke, and blue whale as well as gray and harp seals can be viewed at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Daily shore excursions with expert guides, a range of wonderful activities, and an inspired dining menu make this an ideal way to experience this enchanting region of Canada. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 2 : Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
Day 3 : North Shore, Prince Edward Island
Day 4 : Bonaventure Island
Day 5 : Anticosti Island, St. Lawrence River
Day 6 : Gros Morne National Park | Woody Point, Newfoundland
Day 7 : Francois, Newfoundland
Day 8 : Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France
Day 9 : Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Day 10 : Sable Island National Park
Day 11 : Halifax, Nova Scotia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit remote fishing ports and local communities rich in culture and history
  • Indulge in the local cuisine of the region, including world-famous lobster
  • Watch for whales at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River
  • Explore the area as an adventurer - kayak, hike, paddle board, and cycle

Ship

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Anticosti Island
  • Francois
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  • Halifax
  • Ile Bonaventure
  • Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Louisbourg
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Sable Island
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sable Island wild horses Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park Northern gannet colony Gaspesie Peninsula Hiking the rocky coastline of the Canadian Maritime

Day 1 Sydney, Nova Scotia

Your adventure begins in the port town of Sydney, Nova Scotia, where you board your expedition vessel, the One Ocean Voyager / Akademik Sergey Vavilov. This historic port town was a center for early coal mining and industry and was also an important staging route for World War II ship convoys to Europe. Today it is home to a community of around 32,000 residents and is the 'capital' of Cape Breton. Board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh local lobster as you sail into the broad expanse of the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Day 2 Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sculpted out of sandstone, these islands in 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, encounter a wide diversity of bird and sea life. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid 15th century, though it’s thought indigenous Miíkmaqs had 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. The island’s gentle terrain is a cyclist’s paradise, while the sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding through sea arches and into sandstone sea caves is superb. Otherwise you might enjoy a whale-watching cruise in the zodiacs or head

Day 3 North Shore, Prince Edward Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In September of 1864, representatives from the British Colonies in North America met in Charlottetown to discuss Confederation. On July 1st, 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into being. Today, anchor just offshore Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here you 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 the celebrated location of Green Gables is an option? 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 are welcomed back to the ship for a dinner of fresh Atlantic seafood.

Day 4 Bonaventure Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Bonaventure Island drop the anchor near the town of Percé and explore the island by zodiac. This location has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Sculpted over time by the sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. The outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of northern gannets, make this location a highlight. Almost 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 provides 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.

Day 5 Anticosti Island, St. Lawrence River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, where the river water mixes with Arctic waters and the more temperate Atlantic waters, lies Anticosti Island. Plan to hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point. You may observe several species of shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals, which are frequent visitors to the island's waters. Bald eagles soaring along the shoreline, deer in the woods, and whales just offshore are all common sights in this location.

Day 6 Gros Morne National Park | Woody Point, Newfoundland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of tuckamore forest – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point you are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation center. From there, various guided walks take you into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park! A boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows, and perhaps even a moose could all be encountered as you explore the park. The twisting mountain road to Trout River makes for a challenging bike ride with your guides or a paddle along the shores of Bonne Bay is another great option.

Day 7 Francois, Newfoundland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The community of Francois on the south coast of Newfoundland was settled in the late 1700s. Francois’s rich fishing heritage also included operation of a whale factory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known as an ‘out-port’, and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbour which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois harbour, you are first greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations on the coast of Newfoundland. Once past the light, the narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord amazes you. This is a spectacular location and for many, a highlight of the trip.

Day 8 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Saint-Pierre et 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 are 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, cruise in the zodiacs to see these colourful birds. Tonight enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain to mark the end of your voyage through Canada’s spectacular Atlantic provinces.

Day 9 Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where the ship drops anchor in front the Fortress of Louisbourg. 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. The fortress was destroyed by the British in the 1760’s and has been partially rebuilt and turned into a living history museum portraying life in the fortress in the 1740s. For the history buffs, this location is a highlight of the voyage. Visit the fortress by zodiac spending several hours touring the historic buildings and learning from local guides. This afternoon, return to the ship and set sail for the Grand Banks and mythical Sable Island.

Day 10 Sable Island National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, 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 wild horses, 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 regions. Sable Island forms one of Canada’s newest national parks and you explore the long sand beaches. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on your in-depth exploration of Canada's Atlantic provinces.

Day 11 Halifax, Nova Scotia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail back to mainland Nova Scotia, arriving into the Port of Halifax. Disembark in the morning and while some of you head to the airport, many may add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy this historic city and surroundings.

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Main Deck Triple Cabins
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Triple Share
Deck 3. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day) and one upper berth. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, and two portholes.
Twin Semi Private Cabins
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Twin Semi-Private
Deck 4. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins) and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
Twin Private Cabins
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Twin Private
Deck 3, 4 and 5. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and tall wardrobes with internal shelving storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
The Superior Cabins.
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Superior
Deck 3. Two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have portholes that can be opened.
Shackleton Suites
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Shackleton Suite
Deck 4 & 5. One double bed, one sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities. Large window that can be opened.
One Ocean Suite
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One Ocean Suite
Deck 5. One double bed, one sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow.

Notes

- Single Supplement: 1.5x for twin and superior cabins and 2x for suites. Single supplement is not available in the triple cabin category.

- Child and Youth Prices: 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in full-time education.

*All guided activities are included in the price from kayaking and biking to stand up paddle-boarding.*

Please Note: Specific sites visited depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary may be updated throughout the voyage to take advantage of favorable conditions.

This family-friendly itinerary includes:
• ‘Hands on’ activities in the field, with binoculars and cameras
• A mini lab in which specimens can be viewed under a microscope
• Social events including a movie night with popcorn and a games night
• On-deck identification of wildlife
• Special talks on wildlife, photography and history
• Child-friendly menu options
• Membership to One Ocean Expeditions’s ‘Young Explorers Club’
• Embroidered badge and certificate
• Tailored pre-departure information

This expedition includes:
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada's Atlantic provinces
  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping
  • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea 24 hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc).
  • Resident photography guide available to assist
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books 
  • An activity program that includes stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking and cycling options on shore
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
This expedition does not include:
  • Any internartional or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified unless in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)


* This voyage operates domestically within Canada and is subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST).

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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