Atlantic Canada Explorer

About the Experience

Join our Atlantic Canada Explorer and witness summertime on Canada’s east coast, a time of bloom and bounty. Explore Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saint-Pierre—expedition-style —on the Ocean Endeavour! Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, Canada’s east coast comes alive in summer.

Centuries of overlapping culture—Mi’kmaw, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish, and French—have left their mark on the landscapes. Every stop is a highlight!

Immerse yourself in the diverse history of Atlantic Canada. From the St. John’s Narrows to the Fortress of Louisbourg; the East Coast offers history and culture par excellence! In a single trip by sea, you can check Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland off your bucket list—and visit Europe without ever leaving North America, with a stop in historic Saint-Pierre! See the legendary wild horses of Sable Island and experience the wonder of this famous wild area where the horses live protected and free, one hundred miles off the coast of Nova Scotia!

Appreciate the natural wonders of the East Coast on our Atlantic Canada Explorer! From the Gully Marine Protected Area to the stunning views from Cape Breton Highlands to the remote shores of Newfoundland’s south coast— Atlantic Canada offers stunning views, outstanding bird and marine mammal opportunities, and unique natural wonders at every turn!

 

SPECIAL GUEST: MARGARET ATWOOD

Since her childhood spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, Margaret has been a passionate conservationist and a tireless advocate for birds. A deep believer in the power of getting people out into nature, Margaret has been travelling as a staff member with Adventure Canada for twenty years. Join her on this voyage of discovery. As a special guest, Margaret delivers onboard presentations while enjoying the wonders of expedition travel!

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlantic Canada Explorer

About the Experience

Join our Atlantic Canada Explorer and witness summertime on Canada’s east coast, a time of bloom and bounty. Explore Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saint-Pierre—expedition-style —on the Ocean Endeavour! Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, Canada’s east coast comes alive in summer.

Centuries of overlapping culture—Mi’kmaw, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish, and French—have left their mark on the landscapes. Every stop is a highlight!

Immerse yourself in the diverse history of Atlantic Canada. From the St. John’s Narrows to the Fortress of Louisbourg; the East Coast offers history and culture par excellence! In a single trip by sea, you can check Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland off your bucket list—and visit Europe without ever leaving North America, with a stop in historic Saint-Pierre! See the legendary wild horses of Sable Island and experience the wonder of this famous wild area where the horses live protected and free, one hundred miles off the coast of Nova Scotia!

Appreciate the natural wonders of the East Coast on our Atlantic Canada Explorer! From the Gully Marine Protected Area to the stunning views from Cape Breton Highlands to the remote shores of Newfoundland’s south coast— Atlantic Canada offers stunning views, outstanding bird and marine mammal opportunities, and unique natural wonders at every turn!

 

SPECIAL GUEST: MARGARET ATWOOD

Since her childhood spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, Margaret has been a passionate conservationist and a tireless advocate for birds. A deep believer in the power of getting people out into nature, Margaret has been travelling as a staff member with Adventure Canada for twenty years. Join her on this voyage of discovery. As a special guest, Margaret delivers onboard presentations while enjoying the wonders of expedition travel!

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: ST.JOHN’S, NL

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

 

 

DAY TWO: AT SEA

We’ll be in full-on learning mode as our expedition team shares the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island. On deck, we’ll be watching for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich waters of the northwest Atlantic.

 

 

DAY THREE-FOUR: SABLE ISLAND, NS

A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the Ispwich Sparrow; the largest grey seal colony in the world, and the world-famous Sable Island Horses.

Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. We’ll maximize opportunities to walk the dunes, cruise the shores and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn first-hand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history.

 

 

DAY FIVE: MARINE PROTECTED AREA

The Gully is a Marine Protected Area where the seafloor plunges two and a half kilometres 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 our onboard researchers to appreciate the abundance of marine life!

 

 

DAY SIX: FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG

Built by the French in 1720, the fortifications at Louisbourg were captured by the British in 1745, later returned to the French, captured again in 1758 and then destroyed.

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

 

 

DAY SEVEN: BIRDS ISLAND

Conditions permitting, we’ll enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the Bird Islands, just off Cape Breton’s coast near Cape Dauphin. This critical seabird nesting and breeding area include the largest colony of Great Cormorants in Canada. We’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 EIGHT: CHETICHAMP

Today we call in at the fishing village of Chéticamp, on the western shore of Cape Breton Island. A busy fishing harbour, 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, we’ll hike the spectacular Skyline Trail.

 

 

DAY NINE: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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 TEN: SOUTH COAST NEWFOUNDLAND

The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips.

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. We’ll be on the watch for wildlife too. We’ll make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.

 

 

DAY ELEVEN: SAINT-PIERRE, FRANCE

Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France.

The colourful 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 TWELVE: ST. JOHN’S, NL

On the final day of our expedition, we sail back through the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbour. We will say our farewells in North America’s oldest city.

 

 

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OCEAN ENDEAVOUR

The Ocean Endeavour is our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel featuring twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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Cabin Category 10, Suite, Deck 7 Forward-Facing

  • Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 310 square feet

Cabin Category 9, Junior Suite, Deck 5

  • Picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Approximately 270 square feet

Cabin Category 9, Junior Suite, Deck 7 Forward-Facing

  • Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 290 square feet

Cabin Category 8, Superior Twin, Deck 5

  • Two picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Approximately 210 square feet

Cabin Category 8, Superior Twin, Deck 7 Forward-Facing

  • Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Approximately 180 square feet

Cabin Category 8, Superior Twin, Deck 7

  • Picture windows, partial obstruction
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 190 square feet

Cabin Category 7, Select Twin, Deck 5

  • Picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 190 square feet

Cabin Category 7, Select Twin, Deck 8

  • Oversize windows, partial obstruction
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 145 square feet

Cabin Category 6, Comfort Twin, Deck 4

  • Two porthole windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 175 square feet

Cabin Category 6, Comfort Twin, Deck 7

  • Picture windows, partial obstruction
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 135 square feet

Cabin Category 6, Comfort Twin, Deck 8

  • Picture windows, obstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 160 square feet
Cabin Category 5, Main Twin, Deck 5

  • Picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 115 square feet
  • $7495USD

Cabin Category 4, Exterior Twin, Deck 4

  • Porthole window, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 100 square feet

Cabin Category 3, Interior Twin, Deck 5

  • Interior cabin
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 120 square feet

Cabin Category 2, Triple, Deck 4

  • Interior cabin
  • Three lower berths
  • Two private baths
  • Approximately 200 square feet

Cabin Category 1, Quad, Deck 4

  • Interior cabin
  • Four lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 240 square feet