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Narwhals & eagles & polar bears, Oh my! Canada's sweeping frigid landscapes extend from the northern border of the USA the way to the Northwest Passage & Baffin Island in the Arctic province of Nunavut,  approaching the North Pole.  From the Atlantic, you can access Newfoundland and Labrador, where you can get to know the windswept landscapes, native people, and Viking history of eastern Canada. Explore Quebec like never before, as you navigate along the Mighty St. Lawrence River, or explore British Colombia in the southwest of Canada which borders Alaska. No matter where you decide to go, contact one of our Canada travel experts for a custom made itinerary of the best of Canada.
 
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland$1899520Sep 11, 2023Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join this 20-day itinerary in the exploration of the Arctic Circle through the legendary Northwest Passage, searching …
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Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge$45434-8Jun 1, 2023Explore the wilderness of British Columbia from the luxurious Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge on a flexible itinerary. This seven-home luxury …
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Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin$1649517Jul 30, 2023On this compelling 17-day Arctic cruise aboard the game-changing new vessel, Ultramarine, passengers retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin …
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Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic$1649517Aug 28, 2023Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland’s stunning west coast aboard the Ultramarine on a 17-day adventure cruise. Participate in …
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Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands$1149512Aug 19, 2023Join a 12-day adventure cruise around the Canadian High Arctic aboard the Ultramarine. See the unique wonders and the breathtaking environment at the …
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Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage$79959Aug 13, 2023During this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Ultramarine you will discover the great sea route known as the Northwest Passage at the top of the …
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Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge$45434-8Jun 1, 2023Explore the wilderness of British Columbia from the luxurious Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge on a flexible itinerary. This seven-home luxury …
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Polar Bear Migration Fly-in$123048Oct 12, 2023Get as close to polar bears in the wild as possible so that you can literally walk with them in their natural environment. Join this 8-day Arctic …
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Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari$156088May 15, 2023Experience the classic spring floe edge 8-day safari where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight …
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Baffin Island Dive Safari$180427May 15, 2023Experience the most exhilarating 7-day diving adventure in the company of the Arctic's leading scuba diving experts. Settle into a safari-style base …
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Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island$131137Aug 3, 2023Discover the remote and rugged beauty of the Arctic on this 7-day tour of Baffin Island. Experience the long Arctic summer days from the comfort of …
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Taste of the Arctic Summer$36614Jul 28, 2023Discover the charm of Canada's hidden jewel, the marine city of Iqaluit. On this 4-day Arctic tour, explore the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park by …
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Guided Northern Lights Getaway$34054Dec 2, 2022Discover the best of the aurora season and Iqaluit’s top highlights and attractions on a 4-day guided stay in the True North, Nunavut's capital. On …
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Hiking the Canadian Rockies$22258Jun 17, 2023From Jasper National Park to Banff and Yoho National Parks, this 8-day trekking tour takes you through breathtaking vistas that only the most …
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Arctic Char Fly Fishing$2012010Jun 29, 2023This 10-day Arctic vacation, located at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, offers exceptional fly-fishing opportunities and close encounters with the …
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High Arctic Muskoxen & Polar Bear Photography$1598510Aug 10, 2023Join this 10-day tour to capture Arctic muskoxen and polar bears. Experience the wildlife of Arctic Watch and Somerset Island in a small, …
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With 10 diverse provinces and three northern territories, this country on top of the world has fascinating human culture & history and even more fascinating wilderness and wildlife. A trip through the wild and wonderful Canadian countryside might acquaint you with opportunities to:
  • Watch wildlife. As you navigate the ice fields or trek across the landscape, you could see breaching blue whales, beluga whales, snow white polar bears, seals, and a stunning variety of birds. 
  • Dive in the biodiversity of the Baffin Sea, where polar bears, narwhals, jellyfish, and other spooky underwater creatures haunt the submarine icebergs.
  • Explore the vast landscapes on ATVs. 
  • Paddle around beautiful inlets on kayaks and explore magnificent fjords of Newfoundland and Labrador via motorized dinghies. 
Cruise Beyond Canada

Many of our cruises visiting Canada visit other coutries as well.

Several Alaskan small ship cruises begin in British Colombia before cruising north to Alaska's Inner Passage. 

The Arctic Ocean has been a major international shipping route for centuries connecting the Pacific Ocean with the North Atlantic via the Northwest Passage.

Many cruises include Canada's Baffin Island with Greenland, and some cruises also include Iceland and Norway.
Getting to various destinations in Canada:
Our expeditions to Canada visit both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, travel through the glaciated Arctic tundras, and even weather the famed Northwest Passage. So how do you know where to begin your trip? We can help you figure that out, but here are some starters to help you plan... If you are traveling to –
  • Nunavut and ​Baffin Island, you will normally fly to Ottawa and transfer to your final destination on a domestic Canadian flight. 
  • British Columbia, you can either take the train from other destinations in Canada or fly directly into the Victoria International Airport.
  • Newfoundland & Labrador (Sable Island, Torngat Mountains), you can fly directly into St. John's International Airport. If you are already in Nova Scotia on another Canada tour, you can catch a ferry straight to Newfoundland to enjoy a bit more of the scenery.
  • Northwest Passage, you will either start in Greenland, Nunavut, or Ottawa, all of which have international airports.
  • St. Lawrence River, you'll start in Quebec and transfer to your boat for the start of your river cruise of this mighty waterway. 
  • Canadian Maritimes, you can start in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, also famous among Canadian and St. Lawrence Seaway cruises.
Best Canadian Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Silversea Cruises - offers fourteen all-inclusive packages to Canada and New England. Autumn is the greatest season to take in the explosion of seasonal color. From Quebec to Massachusetts, Rhode Island to the rocky beaches of Nova Scotia, navigate the region's magnificent coastlines aboard the small ships Silver WhisperSilver Shadow, and Silver Cloud, perfect for accessing the off-the-beaten-track ports that other ships cannot reach. 
  • Ponant - has six cruises that visit the second-largest country in the world. While Arctic Canada is ideal for the curious contemporary traveler searching for isolated lands, the Great Lakes offer a fantastic Indian summer. A cruise onboard Le Bellot and Le Dumont-d'Urville on the Saint Lawrence River or the western Canadian coast guarantees an unparalleled getaway, with excellent natural sites and pleasant urban explorations. 
  • American Queen Voyages - offers Eastern Canada and New England cruises that call on popular Canadian ports like Halifax and Quebec City and highlight New England attractions such as the mansions of Newport, Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, or historic Boston. Guests see rugged coastlines guarded by lighthouses, quaint villages, and fishing boats bobbing in picturesque harbors aboard the comfort of modern riverboat American Countess™.
  • Aurora Expeditions - explore the frigid and winding Northwest Passage, a route that enthralled explorers like Franklin, Amundsen, and Larsen for generations. A voyage on the Greg Mortimer along the Northwest Passage offers the chance to experience the archipelago of islands and channels that form Canada’s High Arctic region.
  • Hurtigruten - sails from San Diego to Vancouver on the Pacific and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Boston on the Atlantic. Uncover an old Viking settlement and meet rural people in Newfoundland and Labrador on another itinerary aboard MS Fram.
  • Adventure Canada - highlights the Atlantic Canada Explorer, Mighty Saint Lawrence, and Newfoundland expeditions. The spacious, ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. 
  • Lindblad Expeditions - sail among islands of unsurpassed beauty and discover living history from Vikings to European explorers on a 9-day circumnavigation of Newfoundland aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Quark Expeditions - provides Canadian High Arctic expedition options exploring the Northwest Passage. The newest addition to its fleet, the 199-guest Ultramarine, equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, spacious suites, wellness amenities, and numerous outdoor wildlife viewing spaces. 


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Canada Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?
US citizens only need a valid US passport to travel to Canada. While a visa is not required for most other countries, you will need to visit https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization, which costs CA$7. 

Is tipping customary in Canada?
Tipping between 15-20% on restaurant bills and giving taxi drivers and other service workers a small tip is a cultural expectation in Canada. It is a courteous way to show gratitude and helps supplement what are frequently very low wages (which is how Canada keep prices lower). We always leave the decision of how much to tip (if at all) up to the individual travelers, but it is a cultural norm in Canada.

What is the internet access like in Canada?
If you're in cities and towns, you will probably have good access to fast, wireless internet. Many of our Canada expeditions do visit some of the more remote regions of the Arctic, and in these areas and while cruising, it is possible that you will not have internet for several days while we are out of range. Otherwise, Canada's internet is reliable.

Can I use my cell phone while in Canada?
Check with your operator if you have activated mobile roaming  for Canada on your phone before leaving home. You will get good cellular coverage in cities and throughout most of southern Canada. However, since most of our itineraries venture into the depths of Canada's remote wilderness and Arctic regions, far from any cell towers, it's likely that you will not have service for some or most of your trip.

Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Canada has 110V power with the same sockets as those in the United States. If you are traveling from another part of the world, you will need a power adapter/ converter to use the outlets.

What are the toilets like in Canada?
You will find standard flush toilets throughout most of Canada.
 
Approximately what will it cost for (in USD):
Public transportation - $1.70
Coffee - $1.28
Dinner - $15.00
Takeout food - $4.00

Can I drink the water in Canada?
Yes, you can drink tap water in Canada. Try to be environmentally friendly by re-filling your water bottle rather than buying new plastic ones.

What is the most common way of paying for things in Canada?
Canada has the Canadian Dollar, which normallly trades less than the US dollar. You will be able to pay with your credit card in almost all businesses in the major cities and tourist destinations, and ATM access is pretty easy. You should still have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.

Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
You should always purchase travel insurance! We have more information on one of our recommended providers here.
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