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Mighty Saint Lawrence

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Springtime in the Gulf is brilliant. Birders love the northern gannets, common murres, razorbills, puffins, and more. Be on the watch for whales—there are thirteen species of cetaceans in the Gulf. Geological wonders. World-famous Percé Rock. Saguenay Fjord. Newfoundland’s south coast. Layers of culture. Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Québecois, Acadian, English, and Scots influences. The multilingual guides love to share—immerse yourself in music, dance, arts, and crafts. Tour the Gulf of St. Lawrence aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Enjoy the sea breeze from a Zodiac. Feel the beating heart of Canada’s history!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Québec City | Tadoussac | Embark
Day 2 : Saguenay Fjord
Day 3 : Jardins De Métis | Reford Gardens
Day 4 : Havre-Saint-Pierre | Mingan Archipelago
Day 5 : Forillon National Park and Gaspé
Day 6 : Île Bonaventure National Park and Percé
Day 7 : Prince Edward Island
Days 8-9 : Magdalen Islands
Day 10 : Newfoundland's South Coast
Day 11 : Disembark in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

Highlights

  • Experience Québec’s unique history and culture
  • Search for the largest animal on earth, the blue whale
  • See one of the world’s largest gannet colonies of over 50,000 pairs
  • Photograph the famous red cliffs of the Magdalen Islands
  • Sail the Saguenay, spectacular feeding ground for marine and bird species

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Saint Lawrence River
  • Fjord du Saguenay
  • Forillon National Park
  • Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  • Havre-Saint-Pierre
  • Ile Bonaventure
  • Magdalen Islands
  • Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Quebec City
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Québec City | Tadoussac | Embark

Founded in 1608 by Champlain, the beautiful city of Québec is the capital of the province of the same name. Predominantly French-speaking, Québec retains strong European influences in architecture, cuisine and culture—and is truly a fascinating city to explore!

Meet in Québec City and travel by coach to the charming community of Tadoussac, where you will board Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 Saguenay Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the mouth of Saguenay Fjord, along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River estuary, salt water meets fresh water. In the morning explore Tadoussac, once an Innu sealing camp, later—in 1599—the site of the first trading post in what is now Canada.

In the afternoon cruise Saguenay Fjord National Park, searching for the fin, minke, blue, and beluga whales known to frequent these nutrient-rich waters.

Day 3 Jardins De Métis | Reford Gardens

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather permitting, visit the famed Reford Gardens, a National Historic Site. Scenic walks wind among 15 distinct gardens offering more than 3,000 species and varieties of flowers and plants. The expansive site includes art installations, sculptures, a museum, and a restaurant.

Day 4 Havre-Saint-Pierre | Mingan Archipelago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The spectacular natural sculptures of the Mingan Islands are formed of limestone, shaped by the action of the sea. At 50° N, these islands owe as much to the north as to the east for their character. Atlantic puffins and Arctic eiders vie for the attention of birders, while harp, harbour, and grey seals cavort in the waters. Not to be outdone, the flora of the islands is wildly diverse, including 450 plant species, 190 lichens and 300 mosses!

Day 5 Forillon National Park and Gaspé

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Gaspé Peninsula (Gaspésie), separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence from Baie de Chaleur. Here the remnants of the Appalachian Mountain chain form high cliffs, jutting above the treeline. Views of neighbouring seascapes are outstanding.

Forillon is an important bird and marine mammal habitat, with excellent hiking, including a walk to Canada’s tallest lighthouse. Grand-Grave National Heritage Site tells the story of the fishing families who once made their homes here.

Day 6 Île Bonaventure National Park and Percé

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, where you'll enjoy a Zodiac cruise of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island. Percé Rock is a huge natural arch within a mass of reddish limestone and sandstone, with a large sea stack at one end. Thousands of Northern Gannets and other seabirds nest at nearby Bonaventure Island.

Day 7 Prince Edward Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prince Edward Island is a realm of rolling hills, wooded glades, ocean coves, and famously red soil. Canada’s smallest province, often abbreviated to P.E.I. retains a slow-paced lifestyle in its small, rural settlements. The island gained international fame by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Call in at the province's iconic sites and visit Lennox Island Mi'kmaw First Nation.

Day 8-9 Magdalen Islands

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Though a part of Quebec, the Magdalens (Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence are closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Approximately 12,000 residents live on the archipelago. Dramatic red sandstone cliffs are among the most striking features of the Magdalen Islands. Overnight here and spend two days exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine and language of the islands. Look for handicrafts, seafood, and local wines and beers!

Day 10 Newfoundland's South Coast

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fjords, cliffs, and islands offer excellent Zodiac cruising territory—and hiking may be an option as well. Watch for puffins and other seabirds, and of course, keep a close eye out for whales.

Day 11 Disembark in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

  • 1 Breakfast
Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. Having traced Canada’s French history and culture, it’s appropriate that we wind up in France!

You will have an opportunity to explore the charming, colorful town of Saint Pierre. French food, wine and shopping await! There you will end your trip by joining the charter flight to St. John’s, NL.
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Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows with unobstructed view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven midship: picture windows, partially obstructed view, matrimonial, private bath, fridge - 190 sq.ft
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Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
  • The expertise and company of expedition staff 
  • Onboard educational presentations
  • Interactive workshops, evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming 
  • Fully stocked library
  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
  • Commercial flights 
  • Mandatory medical/evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day)
  • Visas (if required)
  • Physician's fees confirming you are fit to travel
  • Any medical charges incurred while aboard
  • Possible fuel surcharges
Charter Flight: Outbound only: Saint-Pierre, FR to St John’s, NL. Please add $495 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees.
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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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