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Iles de la Madeleine

Canada's East Coast Golf Expedition

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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On this unique and pioneer 8-day voyage, you can enjoy a blend of a unique cruise experience, full of wildlife encounters, visits to colourful fishing villages plus exciting off-ship excursions, while providing easy access to several of Canada’s most spectacular golfing locations. While golfers are off to the first tee, all non-golfers can enjoy a terrific range of activities, such as cruising in the zodiacs, hikes on shore, wildlife observation, cycle touring and even stand up paddle boarding – all in the company of an expert team of guides.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Embark
Day 2 : Inverness, Nova Scotia
Day 3 : Iverness
Day 4 : Les Iles de la Madeleine | Quebec
Day 5 : Morell | Prince Edward Island
Day 6 : Ingonish, Nova Scotia
Day 7 : Sable Island
Day 8 : Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Disembark

Highlights

  • See unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses
  • Explore several of Canada’s most spectacular golfing locations
  • Tour Sable Island, home of one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world
  • Enjoy a range of activities, such as Zodiac cruising, hiking and cycling

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Canadian Golf Course Iles de la Madeleine Hiking the rocky coastline of the Canadian Maritime A remote Arctic Community Arctic Fox Pups

Day 1 Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Embark

Your adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where you board uour expedition vessel, RCGS Resolute. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. Board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as you sail out past the lighthouse and along the beautiful coastline of Cape Breton.

Day 2 Inverness, Nova Scotia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Overnight  sail around the northern most point of Cape Breton and by morning we are anchored off the broad sand beach at Inverness, a small hamlet situated on Nova Scotia’s west coast. Excitement levels are high as you load into the zodiacs for the trip ashore with our golf bags. Cabot Links has long featured on the list of North America’s top golf courses. This classic, coastal layout is considered by many to be the finest links course outside of Scotland – the spiritual home of golf. Exposed to the winds of the Gulf of St Lawrence, the expansive layout presents a superb challenge for players of all abilities. Every hole offers an ocean view and it is impossible to not feel connected with the landscape. Six holes are located directly adjacent to the white sand beaches and rolling dunes. At the end of the round, choose to enjoy a refreshment in the clubhouse. Others might like to return to the ship for a soak in the hot tub, a relaxing sauna or massage.

Day 3 Iverness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Completed in 2016, the new 18 hole layout at Cabot Cliffs was added to the adjacent Cabot Links course. Combined, this 36-hole complex has been rated in the top 20 golf course destinations in the world. Co-designer of the course, Ben Crenshaw claimed this “was probably the finest location for any course” he had ever helped design. From tee to green, the dramatic par 3, 16th is the signature hole on the course, playing from one cliff edge to another with a 100ft drop to the pounding waves below. The green is surrounded on three sides by cliffs. It is quite possibly one of the most scenic golf holes in the world. Like the famous par 5 closing hole at Pebble Beach, the 18th at Cabot Cliffs plays along the coastline the entire length from tee to green. Couches and chairs rest behind the green where spectators can enjoy a drink, the view, and watch fellow players finish their round. Spirits are high as you return to the ship and head for the '19th hole' for a pre-dinner beverage to celebrate two fantastic golf days. 

Day 4 Les Iles de la Madeleine | Quebec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sculpted out of sandstone, these islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. Quebecois and Acadian culture runs strongly through the towns and villages of the islands, through local cuisine, craft and language. Having enjoyed several rounds of golf on truly challenging layouts, today enjoy the opportunity to play the simple nine hole course at L‘Etang-du-Nord. This is the only golf course on the island and offers beautiful coastal views. If you feel the need for a day away from the fairways, the island’s gentle terrain is a cyclist’s paradise. Sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on calm waters, through sea arches and into sandstone sea caves is superb experience. Perhaps you may choose to enjoy a whale-watching cruise in the zodiacs or head to the beach to soak up some sun and relax.

Day 5 Morell | Prince Edward Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Overnight sail south from the Magdalen Islands to Prince Edward Island. This is a very historic location, where in September of 1864, representatives from the British Colonies in North America met in Charlottetown to discuss Canada's Confederation. On July 1st, 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into being. Situated on the north coast facing the Gulf of St Lawrence is the small fishing and agricultural centre of Morell. Today we enjoy the challenge of another fabulous links-style course at Crowbush - a gorgeous championship layout which earned a 5-star rating by Golf Digest. This is undoubtedly the jewel in crown of Prince Edward Island’s renowned golf scene. Featuring deep pot bunkers, plenty of water hazards, knee deep rough in some locations and a constant sea breeze, this can be a tricky place to shoot a low score. Having completed your round, you can be welcomed back to the ship for a dinner of fresh Atlantic seafood as you navigate north-east overnight, heading once again for Cape Breton.

Day 6 Ingonish, Nova Scotia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By morning, return to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Anchor off the pretty hamlet of Ingonish – a cluster of five small communities on the famous Cabot Trail. Here lies one of the original golf courses in Cape Breton. Designed by the renowned architect Stanley Thompson, Highland Links was built in the 1930s as a 'golfing journey' of sorts, traversing through woods and on coastal land overlooking the ocean. The layout runs from a rocky promontory and is set entirely within the National Park and the 18 holes are completely isolated from each other. Flat lies are uncommon here and shot making will be tested. Cut from dense forest, the undulating terrain offers wonderful ocean glimpses and it is no surprise that Highland Links constantly ranks in Canada’s Top 10 best courses. Returning to the ship after a incredible day’s play, reflect on your exceptional days of golf on some of the most scenic courses in North America. As you weigh anchor at Ingonish and leave the coastal waters of Nova Scotia – there is one more highlight still to come.

Day 7 Sable Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, Sable Island has a storied past and is known as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year- round inhabitants, a herd of wild horses and one of the largest grey seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic regions. Sable Island forms one of Canada’s newest National Parks and we explore the long sand beaches. It is an incredibly remote location, hard to get to other than by ship. Leave the golf clubs in the bag and take your cameras ashore to capture the raw beauty of this remote location. After enjoying your shore excursions around Sable Island, celebrate your voyage and attend a special dinner attended by the ship’s Captain.

Day 8 Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail back to Cape Breton heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. Your fabulous trip comes to an end and reflects on the truly memorable courses that have challenged all golfers. Disembark in the morning and, while some of you head to the airport, many add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy the hospitality, culture and renowned seafood.

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Notes

This itinerary includes:
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada's Atlantic provinces
  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
  • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24 hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
This itinerary does not include:
  • 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all trips)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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