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The Canadian Maritimes - Celebrating 125 years

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Embark on a rare expedition and join an exceptional community aboard National Geographic Explorer on an 8-day circumnavigation of the island of Newfoundland that includes an exploration of outlying islands in the Canadian Maritimes. Join a historic celebration of 125 years of National Geographic on this special Canadian small ship cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada / Fly to Staint-Pierre, France
Day 2 : Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Day 3 : Iles De La Medeleine, Quebec
Day 4 : Gros Morne National Park
Day 5 : L'Anse aux Meadows
Day 6 : Exploring Eastern Newfoundland
Day 7 : St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 8 : Disembark in St. John's


National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Baddeck
  • Cape Breton
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  • L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Labrador
  • Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Louisbourg
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Quebec
  • St. John's


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

A view from the cliffs of Gros Morne National Park. A humpback whale breaches from Alaskan waters Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica Elk feeding on the lush grass. A bald eagle rests off the shore

Day 1 Arrive in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada / Fly to Staint-Pierre, France

Arrive in St. Johns and fly by private charter to Saint-Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory and embark the National Geographic Explorer. Your guest speaker Gil Grosvenor first traveled here in 1967 on assignment for National Geographic. (D)

Day 2 Louisbourg & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Today visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and French fought. Later, visit the village of Baddeck, where Alexamder Graham Bell build his summer home - now the centerpiece of a beautiful park and museum. Explore Bell's life, guided by his great grandson, Gil Grosvenor. Enjoy an optional "white glove" touir of the Bell Museum and have the oppotunitiy to hold historic artifacts. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Iles De La Medeleine, Quebec

A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to dunes that stretch for many miles, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. The caves, sea arches, and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Visit La Grave, site of the islands’ first settlement, and stroll the shores where fishermen once laid out their cod to dry—now lined with cafes and boutiques. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago, and still lingers today. Set off into the green hills on a hike, or explore the islands by bicycle. Weather permitting, enjoy a lobster bake on the beach with local musicians this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Gros Morne National Park

Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with your geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics. Then continue to Western Brook Pond, a pristine, glacier-carved fjord cut off from the sea. (B,L,D)

Day 5 L'Anse aux Meadows

In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, discover tiny fishing villages tucked into coves and inlets along these stunning shores. Back on board, gain insight from your ship's experts into the civilizations and wildlife that have made this island home. (B,L,D)

Day 7 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

St. John's is set on a natural harbor at the most easterly point of North America. Sail through the harbor narrows in the early morning as you approach the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and have the day to explore the surrounding sites. Explore St. John's with a full day of options: tour the city visiting Cape Spear and Signal Hill, discover the botanical gardens or visit the Rooms Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Disembark in St. John's

After breakfast, disembark in St. John’s and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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