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Mighty Saint Lawrence

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Join the Ocean Endeavour on this 10-day voyage to explore La Belle Provence! This cruise incorporates the stunning coastal regions of Quebec's North Shore, the Gaspe, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Magdalen Islands, and Saint-Pierre. Some of the best whale watching in Canada is concentrated between the high cliffs of Saguenay Fjord, while Forillon National Park and Île-Bonaventure Provincial Park offer spectacular wildlife opportunities. The Magdalen Islands’ mix of Acadian and English influences and a history of more than four hundred shipwrecks are among their unique features. Stop at Cape Breton, famed for its rocky shores, glacial valleys, and barren headlands. The last remaining outpost of New France, Saint-Pierre boasts fine wine, good cheese and French fashion—just off the coast of Newfoundland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Québec City | Tadoussac | Embark
Day 2 : Saguenay Fjord
Day 3 : Lower Saint Lawrence
Day 4 : Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Day 5 : Forillon National Park | Gaspé
Day 6 : Île Bonaventure National Park | Percé
Day 7 : Magdalen Islands, QC
Day 8 : Cape Breton Island, NS
Day 9 : Newfoundland's Southern Coast
Day 10 : Disembark in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France


  • 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
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Breton Island
  • Sail the Saguenay, spectacular feeding ground for marine and bird species
  • Photograph the famous red cliffs of the Magdalen Islands


Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Saint Lawrence River
  • Cape Breton
  • Fjord du Saguenay
  • Forillon National Park
  • Francois
  • Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  • Havre-Saint-Pierre
  • Ile Bonaventure
  • Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Parc National du Bic
  • Quebec
  • Quebec City
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Tadoussac


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Québec City | Tadoussac | Embark

One of the oldest European settlements in North America, Québec takes its name from the Algonquin word meaning ‘where the river narrows.’ The city that Champlain founded in 1608 was the capital of New France, and later, of British North America. Today, the proud capital of the province of the same name boasts the old-world charms of Vieux Québec, the world-famous Chateau Frontenac Hotel, and the only remaining intact citadel walls in North America. Cultural riches, superb cuisine, and an incredible view over the river make Québec City the perfect place to begin your voyage. A city tour is available for those who are interested in the morning.
Tadoussac was France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France, located at the confluence of the Saguenay and the Saint Lawrence Rivers. Originally established as an Innu settlement, it had become an important trading post by the seventeenth century, and was the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Canada. Today, it is celebrated for its vibrant local culture, dramatic scenery, and incredible whale-watching opportunities. The group meets mid-morning in Québec City for a briefing before embarking on a coach tour along the beautiful north coast of the Saint Lawrence en route to Tadoussac to embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 Saguenay Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Saguenay drains fresh water from Lac St. Jean, but the greater part of its volume is salt tidal water from the Saint Lawrence Estuary. The result is an ideal habitat for marine mammals including four species of whales—fin, minke, blue, and the famous (and endangered) Saguenay beluga population. Saguenay-Saint Lawrence Marine Park and Saguenay Fjord National Park both protect the region’s vast natural riches. 

Day 3 Lower Saint Lawrence

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore the south coast of the Lower Saint Lawrence, visiting the communities in the area. Excursions are weather-dependent, though the crew plans to stop at the famed Reford Gardens. The gardens are home to a sculpture park, art installations, and an enormous roster of unique floral walks and enclosures.

Day 4 Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

  • Ship
  • 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 gray 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 | Gaspé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Gaspé Peninsula, also known as Gaspésie, separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence from Baie de Chaleur. Dominated by high cliffs on the north shore, the Gaspé includes the contours of the Appalachian Mountain chain and offers amazing views from its highland regions, which jut above the treeline. 

The first National Park in Québec, Forillon is an important bird and marine mammal habitat. Forillon also preserves human history in the Grand-Grave National Heritage Site, telling the story of the fishing families that once made their homes here. The park contains Canada’s tallest lighthouse, as well as fortifications dating from the Second World War, when German U-boats threatened Allied shipping. 

Day 6 Île Bonaventure National Park | Percé

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is the formal name of the park at the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. But most Canadians are more familiar with its best-known feature, the awe-inspiring Percé Rock. The area’s flora and fauna are world-renowned, including famous colonies of northern gannets. The largest of these is on Bonaventure Island and comprises nearly 50,000 pairs. 
Named by Samuel de Champlain, Percé itself is an internationally famed marvel, a huge natural arch within a mass of reddish limestone and sandstone. A second arch collapsed in 1845, leaving a massive column at one end. Fin, minke, humpback, and blue whales ply the nearby waters of this magnificent coastal outpost.

Day 7 Magdalen Islands, QC

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Long frequented by Mi’kmaq people, likely walrus hunters, the Magdalen Islands (les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence were first sighted by Europeans when Jacques Cartier sailed among them in 1534. Today, although closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, they form a regional municipality of the province of Québec. 

However, the islands have a history distinct from that of mainland Québec. When the British expelled the Acadians from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Magdalene Islanders remained, and to this day take great pride in their Acadian heritage. There are also long-standing English settlements, and a percentage of the population can claim descent from survivors of the many shipwrecks that have occurred among the islands. Dramatic red sandstone cliffs are among the islands’ most striking features. 

Day 8 Cape Breton Island, NS

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today call in at picturesque Cape Breton Island, an island comprising rocky shores, rolling farmland, glacial valleys, barren headlands, mountains, woods, and plateaus. A day of memorable hiking and cultural experiences awaits you here.

Day 9 Newfoundland's Southern Coast

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Newfoundland’s South Shore is full of surprises, including vast stretches of virtually uninhabited wilderness. Fjords, cliffs and islands offer excellent Zodiac cruising territory and terrific birding. The ship may stop in any of several possible destinations depending on conditions.

Day 10 Disembark in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

  • 1 Breakfast
On a trip that traces the history and geography of New France, it’s appropriate that you wind up in France. The small islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon remain officially a part of the French Republic, despite their location only a few dozen kilometers off the shore of Newfoundland.

Have an opportunity to explore the charming, colourful town before transferring to your charter flight to that takes you to St. John’s, NL.

Optional extension:

One-Night Sailing: Voyage from Saint-Pierre, FR to St. John’s, NL
Spend the morning and afternoon touring the town of Saint-Pierre. In the early afternoon embark the Ocean Endeavour and sail across to St. John’s, NL on a one-night sailing. There are no landings, but you can enjoy a fun onboard program with music and entertainment, and have a chance to look for seabirds and marine wildlife en route to St. John’s.

Ocean Endeavour

Per person starting at
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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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)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 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.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
Junion Suite on board the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, 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.
Suite on the Ocean Endeavour
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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.


- 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:
  • Optional extension
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee
  • 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 (early afternoon arrival) on July 4, 2017. Please add $350 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees.


  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $350 Saint-Pierre, FR to St John’s, NL
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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