Atlantic Canada Explorer

From St John's to St John's
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Tour Description

Sail into spring on Canada’s east coast and explore Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saint-Pierre.

Explore the rich history and culture of Canadas Atlantic coast, influences in this area include Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish and French. Visit historic sites and local towns like the Fortress of Louisbourg, Charlottetown, and the fishing village of Chéticamp. Perhaps even visit the fictional home of Anne of Green Gables. There will be stunning and remote coastlines to enjoy, while wildlife possibilities abound. See the world-famous Sable Island horses, take a zodiac exploration around the Bird Island off Cape Breton, looking for seabirds like Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Atlantic Puffins.

Delve into nature and history on the Atlantic Canada Explorer onboard the spacious and comfortable Ocean Endeavour.  As the Gulf Stream warms up this time of year so does the scenery and you will witness it via on shore excursions from your expedition ship.

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" You can check Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland off your bucket list—and visit Europe without ever leaving North America, with a stop in historic Saint-Pierre on this comfortable cruise" Tara, Team Viva

Visit Sable Island, which is basically a sandbar, to see the largest grey seal colony in the world and see famous Sable Island wild horses in their natural environment.

Hike the magnificent Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and zodiac cruise to look out for puffins and other wildlife.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
St John's

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 2
Atlantic Ocean

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 3-4
Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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 5
The Gully Marine Protected Area

The Gully is a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor 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 on board researchers to appreciate the abundance of marine life!

Day 6
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 7
Bird Islands & Cape Breton 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 includes 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 8

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 9
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, —fictional home of the famous Anne—, and Lennox Island Mi’Kmaq First Nation.

Day 10
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 11
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 12
Disembarkation in St. John’s Newfoundland’

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

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin accommodation on board the Ocean Endeavour
  • Included Copy 20 All onboard meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Team of expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing and community visits
  • Included Copy 20 Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Included Copy 31 No solo supplement (select cabins), 30% discount for under 30 year olds, family friendly
  • Included Copy 7 Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Included Copy 20 Port fees and applicable taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Special access permits and entry fees
  • Included Copy 20 All guided activities, zodiac excursions and interactive workshops
  • Included Copy 20 Evening entertainment
  • Included Copy 31 Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, visas, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal expenses
Ocean Endeavour | Antarctic Cruise Ship

200 Passengers


  • Included Zodiac excursions to explore remote coastlines and shores
  • Included See the legendary wild horses of Sable Island
  • Included Wildlife observation: seals, puffins, whales...
  • Included Hiking - if the weather allows hike spectacular Skyline Trail.
  • Included Visit three provinces of Canada and the French island of Saint-Pierre
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12 days

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$3,995 USD

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Based on a quad cabin

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