Mighty Saint Lawrence

About the Experience

Sail the Gulf of St. Lawrence aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Mighty Saint Lawerence—and feel the beating heart of Canada’s history! We are excited to be partnering with Adventure Canada for a series of small ship expeditions. Each day, we’ll set out to hike, explore historic sites, visit local communities and cruise in a Zodiac!

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is the gateway to Canada’s history. On this voyage, we’ll tour three provinces—and the French island of Saint-Pierre! Springtime in the Gulf is brilliant for birds and whales. World-famous Percé Rock, stunning Saguenay Fjord, and Newfoundland’s south coast offer a spectacular backdrop.

Our multilingual guides love to share culture with Mi’kmaw, Algonquin, Québecois, Acadian, English, and Scots influences all aboard.

We’ll explore the history and culture of French Canada— welcome the music, dancing, stories, cuisine—the Gulf of St. Lawrence reveals its French heritage in so many ways. We’ll get a taste of Europe in Saint Pierre! For many people, the island of Saint-Pierre is a bucket-list item. Just off the coast of Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon remain a French overseas territory. The last of France’s colonial presence in North America, Saint-Pierre offers wonderful shopping, fine wine and cheeses, quirky cafes, and fine dining.

Spot whales and other sea life in the rich waters of the Gulf. Thirteen species of cetaceans are found in the waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The southernmost population of belugas feeds at the mouth of Saguenay Fjord. Even blue whales, the largest animals in the world, are found in the Gulf. Learn how to spot and identify whales from trained marine mammologists, spot seabirds such as gannets, puffins, razorbills, and auks!

Join us on our Mighty Saint Lawerence and find out what makes small-ship expedition travel so special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mighty Saint Lawrence

About the Experience

Sail the Gulf of St. Lawrence aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Mighty Saint Lawerence—and feel the beating heart of Canada’s history! We are excited to be partnering with Adventure Canada for a series of small ship expeditions. Each day, we’ll set out to hike, explore historic sites, visit local communities and cruise in a Zodiac!

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is the gateway to Canada’s history. On this voyage, we’ll tour three provinces—and the French island of Saint-Pierre! Springtime in the Gulf is brilliant for birds and whales. World-famous Percé Rock, stunning Saguenay Fjord, and Newfoundland’s south coast offer a spectacular backdrop.

Our multilingual guides love to share culture with Mi’kmaw, Algonquin, Québecois, Acadian, English, and Scots influences all aboard.

We’ll explore the history and culture of French Canada— welcome the music, dancing, stories, cuisine—the Gulf of St. Lawrence reveals its French heritage in so many ways. We’ll get a taste of Europe in Saint Pierre! For many people, the island of Saint-Pierre is a bucket-list item. Just off the coast of Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon remain a French overseas territory. The last of France’s colonial presence in North America, Saint-Pierre offers wonderful shopping, fine wine and cheeses, quirky cafes, and fine dining.

Spot whales and other sea life in the rich waters of the Gulf. Thirteen species of cetaceans are found in the waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The southernmost population of belugas feeds at the mouth of Saguenay Fjord. Even blue whales, the largest animals in the world, are found in the Gulf. Learn how to spot and identify whales from trained marine mammologists, spot seabirds such as gannets, puffins, razorbills, and auks!

Join us on our Mighty Saint Lawerence and find out what makes small-ship expedition travel so special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the beautiful city of Québec is the capital of the province of the same name. Predominantly French-speaking, Québec retains strong European influences in architecture, cuisine, and culture—and is truly a fascinating city to explore!

We meet in Québec City and travel by coach to the charming community of Tadoussac, where we will board the Ocean Endeavour.

 

DAY TWO: WHALE WATCHING

At the mouth of Saguenay Fjord, along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River estuary, saltwater meets freshwater. In the morning, we will explore Tadoussac, once an Innu sealing camp, later—in 1599—the site of the first trading post in what is now Canada.

In the afternoon, we’ll cruise Saguenay Fjord National Park, searching for the fin, minke, blue, and beluga whales known to frequent these nutrient-rich waters.

 

DAY THREE: A BOTANICAL TOUR

Weather permitting, we’ll visit the famed Reford Gardens, a National Historic Site. Scenic walks wind among fifteen distinct gardens offering more than 3,000 species and varieties of flowers and plants. The expansive site includes art installations, sculptures, a museum, and a restaurant.

 

DAY FOUR: LIMESTONE SCULPTURES

The spectacular natural sculptures of the Mingan Islands are formed of limestone, shaped by the action of the sea. At 50° N, these islands owe as much to the north as to the east for their character. Atlantic puffins and Arctic eiders vie for the attention of birders, while harp, harbour, and grey seals cavort in the waters.

Not to be outdone, the islands’ flora is wildly diverse, including 450 plant species, 190 lichens, and 300 mosses!

 

DAY FIVE: STUNNING SEA CLIFFS

The Gaspé Peninsula (Gaspésie) separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence estuary from Baie de Chaleur. Remnants of the Appalachian Mountain chain form stunning sea cliffs here, jutting above the tree-line.

Forillon National Park is an important habitat for birds and marine mammals, with excellent hiking, including a walk to Canada’s tallest lighthouse. Grande-Grave National Heritage Site tells the story of the fishing families who once made their homes here.

 

DAY SIX: BIRD WATCHING & ZODIAC CRUISING

Today we’ll visit Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, where we’ll enjoy a Zodiac cruise of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island.

Percé Rock is a huge natural arch within a mass of reddish limestone and sandstone, with a large sea stack at one end. Thousands of northern gannets and other seabirds nest at nearby Bonaventure Island.

 

DAY SEVEN: COMMUNITY VISITS

Prince Edward Island is a realm of rolling hills, wooded glades, ocean coves, and famously red soil. Canada’s smallest province, often abbreviated to P.E.I., retains a slow-paced lifestyle in its small, rural settlements. The island gained international fame by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

We’ll call in at the province’s iconic sites and visit Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation.

 

DAY EIGHT + NINE: SANDSTONE CLIFFS

Though a part of Québec, the Magdalens (Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence are closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Approximately 12,000 residents live on the archipelago. Dramatic red sandstone cliffs are among the most striking features of the Magdalen Islands.

We will overnight here and spend two days exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine, and language of the islands. Look for handicrafts, seafood, and local spirits!

 

DAY TEN: EXPLORING SCENIC COASTLINES

Fjords, cliffs, and islands offer excellent Zodiac cruising territory—and hiking may be an option as well. We’ll be watching for puffins, seabirds, and other wildlife and, of course, keeping a close eye out for whales.

 

DAY ELEVEN: EUROPEAN FLAVOUR

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

We will have an opportunity to explore the charming, colourful town of Saint-Pierre. French food, wine, and shopping await! Here we end our expedition and join our charter flight to St. John’s, NL.

 

 

OCEAN ENDEAVOUR

 

The Ocean Endeavour is a 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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CABINS

 

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
  • $11,445 USD

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
  • $11, 445 USD

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
  • $11,445 USD

Cabin Category 7, Select Twin, Deck 5

  • Picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 190 square feet
  • $10, 345 USD

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
  • $10, 345 USD

Cabin Category 6, Comfort Twin, Deck 4

  • Two porthole windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 175 square feet
  • $9,245 USD

Cabin Category 6, Comfort Twin, Deck 7

  • Picture windows, partial obstruction
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator
  • Approximately 135 square feet
  • $9,245 USD

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
  • $9,245 USD

Cabin Category 5, Main Twin, Deck 5

  • Picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 115 square feet
  • $8,145 USD

Cabin Category 4, Exterior Twin, Deck 4

  • Porthole window, unobstructed view
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 100 square feet
  • $7,045 USD

Cabin Category 3, Interior Twin, Deck 5

  • Interior cabin
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Approximately 120 square feet
  • $5,945 USD

Cabin Category 2, Triple, Deck 4

  • Interior cabin
  • Three lower berths
  • Two private baths
  • Approximately 200 square feet
  • $4,745 USD

Cabin Category 1, Quad, Deck 4

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

 

 

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