Sable Island Cape Breton Newfoundland and Magdalen Islands

Trip Overview

Departures

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Duration

12 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Cultural
Hiking
Small-Ship Expedition
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Easy

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An Atlantic Island Odyssey

Explore craggy shorelines and French culture on this epic adventure where we visit four of Canada’s provinces and a little bit of Europe all in one trip (St. Pierre and Miquelon is a colorful French archipelago south of Newfoundland). The trusty Ocean Endeavour is our floating home, and we venture out by Zodiac to count puffins, kittiwakes and razorbills along the coast. Shore landings give us a chance to stretch our legs on hikes of varying challenge levels, or sip a café au lait with a side of local music.

Culture Meets Untamed Wilderness

It’s Wild Out There

Together, we track the renowned wild horses of Sable Island over sand dunes that also shelter over 350 bird species, while the shoreline is dotted with curious gray seals. We visit Bird Island, a birder’s utopia, and home to North America’s largest colony of great cormorants. Stay alert on deck as we cruise, on the lookout for the blows of minke or pilot whales, and join other citizen scientists to record wildlife sightings in the Gully Marine Protected area, which is the largest underwater canyon in the Western North Atlantic. 

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I was charmed by the entire experience, from meeting one of my favorite authors, Margaret Atwood, to kayaking in a fjord, and SO much more! Full disclosure, I ate bacon every morning for breakfast—something I would never do at home—and did not gain weight! Must be some kind of magic in the North Atlantic air…”

Elizabeth K.

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

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    Itinerary

    • Day 1

      St. John’s, Newfoundland

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    • Day 2

      At Sea

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    • Days 3–5

      Sable Island

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    • Day 6

      Marine Protected Area

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    • Day 7

      Bird Islands

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    • Day 8

      Chéticamp

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    • Day 9

      Prince Edward Island

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    • Day 10

      Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

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    • Day 11

      Francois, Newfoundland

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    • Day 12

      Saint-Pierre, France

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    What’s Included

    • checkmark icon Passage aboard the expedition ship Ocean Endeavour
    • checkmark icon All onboard meals (even if you have seconds)
    • checkmark icon Accommodation on the vessel (cabin categories 1–10 are subject to availability)
    • checkmark icon A steely team of expert expedition staff
    • checkmark icon Guided activities to stretch your legs and mind
    • checkmark icon Sightseeing and community visits
    • checkmark icon All Zodiac excursions
    • checkmark icon Educational programming onboard, interactive workshops and evening entertainment 
    • checkmark icon A professional camera trial program for all skill levels
    • checkmark icon Complimentary expedition jacket and rubber boots
    • checkmark icon A handsome contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund that supports local youth outreach, community support and habitat projects
    • checkmark icon A Wild Women Expeditions Host
    • checkmark icon Special access permits, entry and park fees
    • checkmark icon Port fees, applicable taxes and the time of your life
    What’s Excluded
    • Charter Flight from Saint-Pierre, France to St. John’s, Newfoundland
      Additional fee for 2024: $495 USD
    • Gratuities
    • Personal Expenses
    Please Note:

    Upon booking, a charter flight arrangement will be made for you by Wild Women Expeditions and added to your trip’s final balance.

    All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

    Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice and sea conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

    Trip Add-Ons 

    Kayaking

    $800 USD Per Person

    Join us for this rare opportunity to experience magical places by water. Our qajaq (Inuit for “kayak”) program will bring you through pristine waters, near marine life and along a historic coastline. Limited space is available per departure, and an application process is required for this activity. Some kayaking experience is required. 

    *Price based on 2024 departure date.

    Bicycle Rentals

    Explore the stunning Arctic landscape on two wheels. A fleet of Kona mountain bikes is available for rent during set times throughout each expedition. Cycling excursions are only available in predetermined community visits, and passengers will be notified when they are available one to two days in advance of the excursion of the daily recap. 

    *Prices may vary based on departure dates.

    The Ship & Cabins

    The Ocean Endeavour

    The Ocean Endeavour is a 198-passenger ice-strengthened vessel with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic and medical clinic offer complete peace of mind. The ship has several lounge areas, a library and multiple viewing decks, where you can relax by yourself or with your newfound crew.

    Ship Specifications

    Capacity: 198 passengers

    Crew: 124

    Registry: Bahamas

    Ice Class: 1B

    Length: 137 metres (450ft)

    Breadth: 21 metres (19ft)

    Draft: 5.8 metres (19ft)

    Cruising Speed: 15 knots

    Safety Features: 6 fully enclosed lifeboats and 8 life rafts. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull and the lifeboat and life raft capacity exceeds SOLAS requirements with at least 25% additional capacity above the number of people on board.

    Food on Board

    Enjoy open-seating meals in the roomy Polaris Restaurant, surrounded by ocean views. Adventure Canada staff mingle and share their expertise over meals. Breakfast and lunch include a wide variety of tasty and healthy choices. Globally inspired a la carte suppers offer options to suit every taste, including fish and vegetarian options. Desserts, made fresh daily, are a highlight! Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice. Early-bird breakfast, afternoon tea, late-night snacks, and treats round out the offerings. And tea, coffee, and cookies are always available!

    Life on Board

    Life aboard Ocean Endeavour is as relaxed or as engaged as you want it to be. The onboard spa, library, hot tub, sauna, gift shop, multiple lounges, and viewing areas offer comfort and ease. Our programming is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the regions we visit. Presentations, workshops, entertainment, and special events complete the excursions. From dances to polar plunges, from lounge concerts to theme parties, we love to have a great time together!

    Choose Your Cabin

    Below are details about the cabin options available. Most cabins are shared with one of your new Wild Women friends. However, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to be paired with your travel companion or receive one of the few solo rooms.

    Cabin Category 7

    Select Twin
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 190 square feet

    Cabin Category 6

    Comfort Twin
    • checkmark icon Two porthole windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen tv
    • checkmark icon Approximately 175 square feet

    Cabin Category 5

    Main Twin
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 115 square feet

    Cabin Category 4

    Exterior Twin
    • checkmark icon Porthole window, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 100 square feet

    Cabin Category 3

    Interior Twin
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 120 square feet

    Cabin Category 2

    Triple
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Three lower berths
    • checkmark icon Two private baths
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 200 square feet

    Cabin Upgrades

    While we have reserved the cabin options above, you may have the option to book a different cabin for an additional cost, subject to availability.

    Cabin Category 10

    Suite
    • checkmark icon Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
    • checkmark icon Private bath with full tub
    • checkmark icon Refrigerator
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 310 square feet

    Cabin Category 9

    Junior Suite
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Sitting area
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 270 square feet

    Cabin Category 8

    Superior Twin
    • checkmark icon Two picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Sitting area
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 210 square feet

    Cabin Category 1

    Quad
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Four lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 240 square feet

    Trip Details

    The Ocean Endeavour

    While you’ll be with the Wild Women group, this isn’t an exclusive Wild Women Expeditions or 100% women-only trip. The Wild Women group size can range from 10 to 40 women, but there will be other passengers along for the journey. In addition, the staff and crew of the Ocean Endeavour, a 198-passenger ship, will also be co-ed.

    Our Expedition Cruise Partner’s Client Portal

    Approximately three to four months prior to departure, you will receive an email with a unique URL link to our partner’s information portal. Please carefully and thoroughly complete these forms with your current personal and medical information, dietary preferences or requirements and other information as requested.

    Your Guide to the Arctic

    Click HERE for a more in-depth guide to all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including what you can expect on this expedition, the packing list, and arrival and departure details.

    Arrival and Departure

    This expedition starts in St. John’s, Newfoundland (airport code: YYT) and finishes in St.John’s Newfoundland (airport code: YYT).

    The Wild Women Way

    If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

    How We Support You

    Ready for a big adventure? On this trip we brave the elements, hike uneven coastal terrain and have several Zodiac transfers (from the ship to Zodiac and from Zodiac to shore). Yes, it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on the strength you didn’t know you had and tap into your inner explorer.

    Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

    What the Trip Entails

    • checkmark icon Entering and exiting the Zodiacs
    • checkmark icon Maneuvering around tight spaces
    • checkmark icon Walking on uneven terrain
    • checkmark icon Being on a boat for an extended period of time
    • checkmark icon Due to strong currents, there may be moderate movement on the vessel while navigating (most passengers are not affected) 
    • checkmark icon If you choose to go on the kayaking excursions, some kayaking experience is required
    • checkmark icon Please note that Wild Women small ship expeditions are not 100% Wild Women exclusive or women-only. Staff, crew and fellow passengers on the Ocean Endeavour will be co-ed
    • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Easy (Some physical activity included. Trips are the most leisurely with an average of 1-4 hours of physical activity each day.)
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