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Explore the top-rated Canada small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Toronto, Beechey Island, Pond Inlet, Vancouver, BC, and Quebec City, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Canada small ship cruises start at $3,650 for a trip of 8 to 30 days in 2023. Tell us about your dream Canada small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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First views of Baffin Island
$9,995
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High Arctic Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit Beechey Island
  • Hike on Devon Island
  • Enjoy a cultural welcome at Pond
  • Watch Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the tundra
Starts / Ends:
Resolute Bay / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Tallurutiup Imanga, a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik; try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and …
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Midnight sun light, Ilulissat
$13,995
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Into the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit ancient sites and villages
  • Meet the stunning Arctic wildlife
  • Experience Inuit culture first hand
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / Kugluktuk
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard the ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour. On this 17-day journey, experience quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, cross the Davis Strait, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. …
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Stunning Niagara Falls
$5,790
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Great lakes of North America

Toronto - Milwaukee - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Admire Milwaukee's architecture
  • Explore the five Great Lakes
  • Learn about Native American history
  • Discover the Niagara Falls
  • Engage with Smithsonian Journeys
Starts / Ends:
Mackinac Island / Toronto
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discoverthe Great Lakesamidst the splendid colors of early autumn. This8-day journey departs from cosmopolitan Toronto, on the shore ofLake Ontario.Canada’s largest city charms you with its museums, parks, and gardens.Le Bellotthen sails the canal connecting Lake Ontario andLake Erie. …
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Beautiful artic mountains at sunset.
$8,995
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Greenland & Wild Labrador

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by sea
  • Visit the capital Nuuk
  • Hike Torngat Mtns National Park
  • Search for polar bears & eagles
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / St. John's
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary 15-day sailing trip showcases staggering geographic diversity. Set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across the Davis Strait in Canada, visit …
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A bear catches a fish as it swims upstream
$5,730
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Voyage to Great Bear Rainforest: Native Culture & Wildlife in the Land of the Spirit Bear

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Venture
  • Kayak across Great Bear
  • Look our for Kermode bears
  • Swim at hot spring pools
  • Experience unique landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Ketchikan / Ketchikan
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail into northern British Columbia's tiny, meandering fjords and enter the domain of the endangered Spirit Bear. Also known as a Kermode bear, it is a subspecies of the North American black bear that is found exclusively in the Great Bear Rainforest's pristine wildness. The forest is …
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Arctic puffins
$10,770
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The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

St. John's - St. John's - 10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Venture into L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Explore Gros Morne National Park
  • Look for moose, seabirds and whales
  • Discover eastern Canada's beauty
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Venture into the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows, the only widely accepted site of trans-Atlantic Viking establishment and very early Norse exploration. See WWII harbor defenses, and visit the only North American island that remains under French control, an outpost of its era …
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Hatley Castle, Victoria
$4,170
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Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Venture
  • Learn the histories of First Nation
  • Search for killer whales
  • Enjoy a private evening event
  • Kayak and hike the wildlife coasts
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the powerful wilderness and warm charm of the Pacific Northwest over a wide-ranging week in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia on an 8-day sailing expedition aboard National Geographic Venture. Explore remote islands and sail through channels that teem with sea life and visit …
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Musk Ox roaming the Northwest Passage
$12,095
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Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Experience the Canadian Arctic
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy flightseeing and heli landing
Starts / Ends:
Calgary / Calgary
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Hiking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
On this exciting itinerary, follow the natural guides of sea and ice to showcase the region’s cultural, historic and geographic treasures, aiming to approach the farthest stretches of this rugged, rarely visited landscape.Ultramarine’sunprecedented range of adventure options, including …
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Zodiac cruising on Sunneshine Fjord, Baffin Island
$8,195
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Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage

9 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Experience the Canadian Arctic
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy flightseeing and heli landing
Starts / Ends:
Calgary / Calgary
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Nature and wildlife are the guides on this voyage as you explore the region’s diverse treasures. The Arctic’s stark beauty offers an unforgettable backdrop, while the cruise’ world-class team provides the knowledge and insight to help you connect with the region’s unique …
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Bald eagles resting
$10,465
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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Quest
  • Explore the San Juan Islands
  • Observe a traditional performance
  • Learn about the local cultures
  • Search for humpback whales
  • Kayak Misty Fjord’s waters
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the National Geographic Queston a 14-day in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, and Alaska. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to discover the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast …
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A Bald Eagle catches a fish.
$9,802
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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Venture
  • Explore San Juan and Gulf Islands
  • Observe a moving First Nations
  • Visit Glacier Bay National Park
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board National Geographic Venture on this 14-day cruise to linger in the temperate rainforests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to explore the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska.Take advantage of a sighting of a pod of orcas or linger …
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Views aboard the ship
$17,095
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Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Greenland and Canadian Arctic
  • Explore colorful Greenland villages
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Toronto / Toronto
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
OnUltramarine, guests benefit from two twin-engine helicopters that will provide spectacular views of the Arctic landscape, the most extensive portfolio of adventure options in the industry, more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than any other expedition ship its size, and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs …
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Sable Island
$4,495
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Sable Island, Cape Breton, Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands: Atlantic Island Odyssey

St. John’s - Saint-Pierre - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • View the wild horses of Sable Isl.
  • See the rare Ipswich sparrow
  • Photograph rare plant species
  • Visit the world’s largest grey seal
  • Seek marine mammals in The Gully
Starts / Ends:
St. John's / Saint Pierre
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the crew of the Ocean Endeavour on a unique 12-day journey to Sable Island. Sable Island’s wild horses are world-famous, but there’s so much more to this remote sand island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The world’s largest colony of grey seals breeds here, as do the rare …
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The Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park
$8,995
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Newfoundland and Wild Labrador: A Torngat Mountains Adventure

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Explore Saint-Pierre, France
  • Discover Newfoundland's South Coast
  • Experience Battle Harbour
  • Wander through Labrador Coast
Starts / Ends:
Saint Pierre / Iqaluit
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day cruise through picturesque Saint-Pierre, France, and set sail on the Ocean Endeavour for a South Coast Newfoundland adventure. Explore Gros Morne National Park, step back in time at Battle Harbour, and immerse yourself in Inuit culture in Nain. Thrilling Zodiac cruises and hikes …
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Amazing blue water and ice in Greenland
$21,095
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Northwest Passage

Toronto, ON - Calgary, AB - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Discover Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Explore Devon Island
  • Visit Beechey Island
  • Spot iconic Arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Toronto / Calgary
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The icy and labyrinthine channels of the legendary Northwest Passage have enchanted explorers and adventurers for centuries. Get a glimpse into the world that captivated early explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen, and Larsen by exploring a portion of the fabled Northwest Passage. Visit the final …
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A polar bear wanders onto an iceberg in Greenland
$35,795
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Complete Northwest Passage

Toronto, Canada - Anchorage, - 30 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Discover Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Explore Sisimiut
  • Visit Sillem Island
  • Spot iconic Arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Toronto / Anchorage
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The icy and labyrinthine channels of the legendary Northwest Passage have enchanted explorers and adventurers for centuries. Get a glimpse into the world that captivated early explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen, and Larsen by exploring a portion of the fabled Northwest Passage. Visit the final …
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The Gully -Sable Island
$13,810
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Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes – with Smithsonian Journeys

Toronto - Boston - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Visit Québec and Lunenburg
  • Discover the art of Montréal
  • Explore the beauty of nature
  • Enjoy musical performances
Starts / Ends:
Toronto / Gloucester
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the unforgettable 15-day cruise exploration offered by Le Bellot and enjoy the  vast, unspoiled expanses of Canada and the North American coast. Your journey starts in Toronto. Enjoy a magnificent sail along the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario. Head to the two emblematic cities: …
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Whale watching in Alaska
$4,050
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Vancouver to Seward - Port to Port

8 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Muse
  • Explore Vancouver
  • Discover Inside Passage
  • Experience Ketchikan
  • Explore Icy Strait Point
Starts / Ends:
Vancouver, BC / Seward
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day cruise from Vancouver to Seward aboard the Silver Muse, through Canada and Alaska, starting in Vancouver. Enjoy city views from the Vancouver Lookout Tower, explore art galleries, and savor Chinatown's cuisine. Sail the Inside Passage, witnessing Alaska's beauty. Arrive …
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