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Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, Canada’s east coast comes alive in springtime. Trees and flowers burst into bloom, marine mammals are on the move, and seabirds flock in the thousands. Centuries of overlapping culture—Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish, and French—have left their mark on the landscapes here. Rugged forts, quaint towns, rustic villages, and remote islands dot the coastlines. With expedition stops in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s south coast, the Fundy Isles, and more, this tour includes lesser-known and hard-to-reach gems of Canada’s glorious east coast—and every stop is a highlight!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. John's, Canada | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-4 : Sable Island
Day 5 : The Gully Marine Protected Area
Day 6 : Historic Fortress of Louisbourg
Day 7 : Bird Islands & Cape Breton Island
Day 8 : Ch├ęticamp
Day 9 : Prince Edward Island
Day 10 : South Coast Newfoundland
Day 11 : Saint-Pierre, France
Day 12 : St. John's, NL | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg and learn about its history
  • Cruise the South coast of Newfondland and look for marine wildlife
  • Discover the charming Sable Island and walk along its sanddunes
  • Hike the Skyline trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Cape Breton
  • Louisbourg
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Sable Island
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • St. John's
  • The Gully Marine Protected Area

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A stone house off the coast of Canada Walking through vast arctic landscapes. Spectacular Canadian views Always having adventures together! Beautiful River Views
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Day 1 St. John's, Canada | Embark

Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sailing out of the historic port, Signal Hill keeps watch as you exit the world-famous narrows. The charming houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for icebergs, whales and seabirds as you sail!

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll be in full-on learning mode as your expedition team shares the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island. On deck, watch for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich waters of the northwest Atlantic.

Day 3-4 Sable Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the endemic Ispwich sparrow, hundreds of grey seals, and the world-famous Sable Island horses.

Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. Our scheduled two days here allow us to maximize opportunities to explore the dunes, cruise the shores and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn firsthand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history. 

Day 5 The Gully Marine Protected Area

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Gully is a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor plunges two and a half kilometers into a submarine valley. The Gully is one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada. Significant coral communities make for a diversity of both shallow and deep-water fish, which draws whales and dolphins.

Join your on board researchers to appreciate the abundance of marine life!

Day 6 Historic Fortress of Louisbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the struggle between English, and French colonial powers for control of what is now Canada, the French Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island played a pivotal role. Established in 1720, the fortifications were captured by the British in 1745, returned to the French, captured again in 1758 and then destroyed. 

Reconstructed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site, offering a fascinating glimpse into military colonial Canada.

Day 7 Bird Islands & Cape Breton Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Conditions permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the Bird Islands, just off Cape Breton’s coast near Cape Dauphin. This critical seabird nesting and breeding area includes the largest colony of Great Cormorants in Canada. You’ll also be looking for Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots and perhaps Leach’s Storm-petrels.

Cape Breton Island is a bastion of Gaelic music and culture, “more Scots than the Scots.” Its rugged highlands and wind-swept coasts are home to the world-famous Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Day 8 Ch├ęticamp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, call in at the fishing village of Chéticamp, on the western shore of Cape Breton Island. A busy fishing harbor, rug-hooking museum, shops and restaurants offer a taste of Acadian heritage.

Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is world-renowned for scenery and wildlife. If weather permits, hike the spectacular Skyline Trail.

Day 9 Prince Edward Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is known as the Birthplace of Confederation. A charming town and the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Charlottetown offers access to all of PEI within a relatively short drive.

Optional excursions will include a visit to Green Gables, —the fictional home of the famous Anne—, and Lennox Island Mi’Kmaq First Nation.

Day 10 South Coast Newfoundland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities. Visits here are often a highlight of the trip.

There are many choices of unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. Along the coast, the geology is outstanding, and the plant life is gorgeous. Be on the watch for wildlife too and make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.

Day 11 Saint-Pierre, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France. The colorful town of Saint-Pierre makes a charming finale to our trip. Winding streets with shops, houses, and cafés bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

Day 12 St. John's, NL | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
On the final day of your expedition, sail back though the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbor. Say your farewells in North America's oldest city.
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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, three 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, two 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, two 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 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.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
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.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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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
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 9
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Junior Suite - Category 9
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.
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 10
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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
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