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Adventure Canada, Mighty Saint Lawrence

Mighty Saint Lawrence (2016)

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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, Magdalene Islands, and Saint Pierre. Keep your eyes out for the plentiful marine mammals who inhabit this region, as well the numerous bird species. This trip offers the perfect combination of wildlife viewing and cultural exploration as you venture into a region noted for its mix of Acadian, English, and French histories.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Quebec City, Quebec
Day 2 : Fjord du Saguenay, Quebec
Day 3 : Lower Saint Lawrence
Day 4 : Forillon National Park / Gaspé
Day 5 : Île Bonaventure National Park / Percé
Day 6 : Prince Edward Island
Day 7 : Cape Breton Island, NS
Day 8 : Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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 - 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 (AC)

Places Visited

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


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Adventure Canada, Mighty Saint Lawrence Hiking in the Saguenay Fjord Adventure Canada, Mighty Saint Lawrence Adventure Canada, Mighty Saint Lawrence A Gannet making its landing

Day 1 Embark in Quebec City, Quebec

One of the oldest and loveliest 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 boasts the old-world charms of Vieux Quebec, 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 the perfect place to begin your voyage!

Day 2 Fjord du Saguenay, Quebec

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to Aboriginal cultures for thousands of years, the Saguenay Fjord’s first European visitor was Jacques Cartier in 1532. The Saguenay drains fresh water from Lac St. Jean, but the majority of its volume is salt tidal water from the St. Lawrence Estuary. The result is ideal habitat for marine mammals, including four species of whale: fin, minke, blue, and the famous (endangered) Saguenay beluga population. Saguenay-St. 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 Forillon National Park / Gaspé

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  • 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 eastern tip 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 who once made their homes here. The park contains Canada’s tallest lighthouse, and fortifications remaining from the Second World War, when German U-boats threatened Allied shipping.

Day 5 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. 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 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 6 Prince Edward Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Canada’s smallest province in both size and population, Prince Edward Island is known by several other names, including “Garden of the Gulf” (for its lush agricultural lands) and the “Cradle of Confederation” (referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864). It is a realm of rolling hills, wooded glades, ocean coves, and famously red soil. The island’s landscape has a strong bearing on its inhabitants, and Prince Edward Island — often abbreviated as PEI — retains a slow-paced, old-world flavor in its small, rural settlements. The island was made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (and its sequels), and to this day the Cavendish farmhouse described in the book is a popular destination for visitors.

Day 7 Cape Breton Island, NS

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  • 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 8 Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Long frequented by Mi’kmaq people, the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence were first sighted by Europeans when Jacques Cartier sailed among them in 1534. Today, although closer to Nova Scotia and PEI, they form a regional municipality of the province of Quebec. However, the islands have a history distinct from that of mainland Quebec. When the British expelled the Acadians from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Magdalen 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.

Pack ice has historically surrounded the Islands during winter, leading to near-total isolation for months at a time. Besides fishing, shipping, salt mining and tourism, sealing on the pack ice has been a traditional source of income and subsistence for Islanders.

Day 9 Newfoundland's Southern Coast

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You could be forgiven for not knowing the French history of Newfoundland: sections of the island’s coastline changed hands multiple times, and the remaining communities have in general come a long way since they were unequivocally French. The name of the tiny outpost of Francois, for example, is pronounced locally as ‘Fransway.’ Accessible by boat only, this charming fishing village is surrounded by spectacular cliffs and offers a glimpse of a way of life that has largely disappeared.

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.

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 we 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.

Disembark in charming Saint Pierre. Stay to enjoy the fine wine and cheese, excellent coffee and pastries, and contemporary French fashions independently or transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

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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.


- 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:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

Charter Flight: Outbound only: early afternoon arrival Saint-Pierre, FR to St John’s, NL June 10, 2016
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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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