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Atlantic Canada Explorer

Springtime on Canada’s east coast is a time of bloom and bounty. Explore highlights of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Saint-Pierre—expedition style!

Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, Canada’s east coast comes alive in springtime. Trees and flowers burst into bloom, marine mammals are on the move, and seabirds flock in the thousands.

Centuries of overlapping culture—Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish, and French—have left their mark on the landscapes here. Rugged forts, quaint towns, rustic villages, and remote islands dot the coastlines.

With expedition stops in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s south coast, the Fundy Isles, and more, this tour includes lesser-known and hard-to-reach gems of Canada’s glorious east coast—and every stop is a highlight!

15 June, 2020 to 26 June, 2020 Make a booking request for Atlantic Canada Explorer, departing on 15 June, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 - Quad £ 3156 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 4, Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bathroom
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Category 2 - Triple £ 3788 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 4, Interior cabinm three lower berths, private bathroom
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Category 3 - Interior Twin £ 4894 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 5, Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bathroom. Available for sole use
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Category 4 - Exterior Twin £ 5921 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 4, porthole window, 2 lower berths, private bathroom
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Category 5 - Main Twin £ 6948 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 5, Picture Window, two lower berths, private bathroom
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Category 6 - Comfort Twin £ 7975 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 7, Picture windows (partially obstructed) two lower berths, privvate bathroom, refrigerator
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Category 7 - Select Twin £ 9002 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 5 and 8, large picture windows (partially obstructed) double bedded only, private bathroom, refrigerator
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Category 8 - Superior Twin £ 10029 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, twin or double bed, private bathroom, refrigerator
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Category 9 - Junior Suite £ 11056 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom
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Category 10 - Suite £ 12083 GBP pp (+ Discovery Fund Fee 250 USD pp)
Deck 7, picture window overlooking the bow, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom with bath
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Atlantic Canada Explorer itinerary:

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Day 1 Saint-Pierre, FR
Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. The colourful town of Saint-Pierre makes a charming beginning to our trip. Winding streets lined with shops, houses, and cafes bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America. You will arrive in Saint-Pierre from our charter flight, where you will be transferred to the Ocean Endeavour.
Day 2 Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island
Today we call in at Cape Breton Island—a fiercely independent region of the province of Nova Scotia. Our destination is the fishing village of Chéticamp. The busy harbour rug-hooking museum, local shops and restaurants offer a taste of Acadian heritage in a thoroughly bilingual town. Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is world-renowned for scenery and wildlife. We’ll be hoping for favourable conditions to hike the magnificent Skyline Trail.
Day 3 Historic Fortress of Louisbourg
In the struggle between English, and French colonial powers for control of what is now Canada, the French Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island played a pivotal role. Established in 1720, the fortifications were captured by the British in 1745, returned to the French, captured again in 1758 and then destroyed. Reconstructed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site, offering a fascinating glimpse into military colonial Canada.
Day 4 South Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s southwestern coast provides habitat for seabirds and marine mammals in abundance. We’ll be seeking opportune sea and weather conditions to observe the wildlife in this region.
Days 5 - 7 Bay of Fundy
The rugged coastline of the Bay of Fundy is world-famous for its world-record high tides; here the waters of three rivers join the Fundy tides. Along the southeastern shore of the bay lie peninsulas, mountains, and picturesque inlets. It is also home to some of the highest tides in the world, and is famed for marine mammals and seabirds. The area borders Nova Scotia’s French shore, where Acadian influence is strong. the founding of Port-Royal in 1605 by the French and their Mi’kmaq allies, and the conquest of Acadia by England in 1713, the region was hotly contested. The Fundy Isles—Campobello, Grand Manan, and Deer Island—are an archipelago at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Their only land connection is via bridge to Lubec, Maine. Island residents can reach Canada without crossing the border only in summer— by two ferries. The islands feature historic sites, including a park jointly run by Canada and the US. Birdwatching, marine mammals, and scenery—as well as the famous Fundy tides—round out the attractions.
Day 8 Lunenburg, NS
The port of Lunenburg once harboured a fleet of sailing vessels, including the famous Bluenose. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. British colonial town plans ignored topography, making for several very steep streets. St. John’s Anglican Church, the Lunenburg Academy, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and dozens of shops, cafes, and galleries line the hilly streets of the splendid harbour town. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring its treasures!
Days 9 - 10 Sable Island
A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the endemic Ispwich sparrow, hundreds of grey seals, and the world-famous Sable Island horses. Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. Our scheduled two days here allow us to maximize opportunities to explore the dunes, cruise the shores and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn firsthand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history.
Day 11 At Sea — The Gully Marine Protected Area
En route to Newfoundland, join our wildlife spotters on deck, watching for seabirds and marine mammals. We will be crossing The Gully, a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor suddenly drops a dizzying two and a half kilometres into a submarine valley. The Gully is one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada and its unique ecology has attracted the interest of many agencies, such as Parks Canada and Environment Canada. This is due to its significant coral communities, its diversity of both shallow and deep-water fish, and its many whales and dolphins. Our resource staff, scientists, historians, musicians, and artists will continue to engage us with workshops, presentations and entertainment. We’ll be immersed in the spirit of the East Coast all the way to St. John’s!
Day 12 St. John's, NL
Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. St. John’s has been continually fished since 1498, making it North America’s oldest European settlement. Architecture, shopping, night life and cultural attractions make St. John’s a sightseer’s delight. Make sure to be on deck as we sail through the Narrows to conclude our voyage by sea! We will say goodbye in the port of St. John’s, disembark the Ocean Endeavour, and head onward to our next journeys.
Please Note:
This is our proposed itinerary. It is highly probable that weather, sea, and ice conditions will not allow us to travel this exact route. Our Expedition Leader and the Ocean Endeavour's captain will determine our exact route day by day.

Atlantic Canada Explorer reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This is our proposed itinerary. It is highly probable that weather, sea, and ice conditions will not allow us to travel this exact route. Our Expedition Leader and the Ocean Endeavour's captain will determine our exact route day by day.
Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. St. John’s has been continually fished since 1498, making it North America’s oldest European settlement. Architecture, shopping, night life and cultural attractions make St. John’s a sightseer’s delight. Make sure to be on deck as we sail through the Narrows to conclude our voyage by sea! We will say goodbye in the port of St. John’s, disembark the Ocean Endeavour, and head onward to our next journeys.
En route to Newfoundland, join our wildlife spotters on deck, watching for seabirds and marine mammals. We will be crossing The Gully, a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor suddenly drops a dizzying two and a half kilometres into a submarine valley. The Gully is one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada and its unique ecology has attracted the interest of many agencies, such as Parks Canada and Environment Canada. This is due to its significant coral communities, its diversity of both shallow and deep-water fish, and its many whales and dolphins. Our resource staff, scientists, historians, musicians, and artists will continue to engage us with workshops, presentations and entertainment. We’ll be immersed in the spirit of the East Coast all the way to St. John’s!
A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the endemic Ispwich sparrow, hundreds of grey seals, and the world-famous Sable Island horses. Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. Our scheduled two days here allow us to maximize opportunities to explore the dunes, cruise the shores and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn firsthand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history.
The port of Lunenburg once harboured a fleet of sailing vessels, including the famous Bluenose. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. British colonial town plans ignored topography, making for several very steep streets. St. John’s Anglican Church, the Lunenburg Academy, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and dozens of shops, cafes, and galleries line the hilly streets of the splendid harbour town. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring its treasures!
The rugged coastline of the Bay of Fundy is world-famous for its world-record high tides; here the waters of three rivers join the Fundy tides. Along the southeastern shore of the bay lie peninsulas, mountains, and picturesque inlets. It is also home to some of the highest tides in the world, and is famed for marine mammals and seabirds. The area borders Nova Scotia’s French shore, where Acadian influence is strong. the founding of Port-Royal in 1605 by the French and their Mi’kmaq allies, and the conquest of Acadia by England in 1713, the region was hotly contested. The Fundy Isles—Campobello, Grand Manan, and Deer Island—are an archipelago at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Their only land connection is via bridge to Lubec, Maine. Island residents can reach Canada without crossing the border only in summer— by two ferries. The islands feature historic sites, including a park jointly run by Canada and the US. Birdwatching, marine mammals, and scenery—as well as the famous Fundy tides—round out the attractions.
Nova Scotia’s southwestern coast provides habitat for seabirds and marine mammals in abundance. We’ll be seeking opportune sea and weather conditions to observe the wildlife in this region.
In the struggle between English, and French colonial powers for control of what is now Canada, the French Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island played a pivotal role. Established in 1720, the fortifications were captured by the British in 1745, returned to the French, captured again in 1758 and then destroyed. Reconstructed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site, offering a fascinating glimpse into military colonial Canada.
Today we call in at Cape Breton Island—a fiercely independent region of the province of Nova Scotia. Our destination is the fishing village of Chéticamp. The busy harbour rug-hooking museum, local shops and restaurants offer a taste of Acadian heritage in a thoroughly bilingual town. Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is world-renowned for scenery and wildlife. We’ll be hoping for favourable conditions to hike the magnificent Skyline Trail.
Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. The colourful town of Saint-Pierre makes a charming beginning to our trip. Winding streets lined with shops, houses, and cafes bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America. You will arrive in Saint-Pierre from our charter flight, where you will be transferred to the Ocean Endeavour.
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Map for Atlantic Canada Explorer
Ocean Endeavour, the ship servicing Atlantic Canada Explorer

Ocean Endeavour

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 137m

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built: 1982 - refurbished 2010 & 2014

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

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• Set foot on remote Sable Island, home of the world’s largest colony of grey seals and a legendary herd of wild horses

• Visit three provinces and the French island of Saint-Pierre

• Hike the Skyline trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

• Visit beautiful Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage SiteImmerse yourself in history at Fortress Louisbourg

• Visit New Brunswick’s historic and beautiful Fundy Isles
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