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Wildlife Safari: Nova Scotia & Newfoundland

Canadian Arctic Cruise

  • Akademik Ioffe
  • Research Ship
  • 96 Capacity
  • 10 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Embark on a journey of exploration—witness the remote beauty of windswept islands, observe the abundant bird and marine life that inhabits these shores, and embrace the region's history as you visit points of historical interest. The islands of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces offer an abundance of birdlife and marine mammals, in addition to unique fishing and Celtic cultures. As you sail the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you will be accompanied by a Cape Breton fiddler and an East Coast musician with a focus on the musical culture of the small fishing communities. Travel aboard an expedition vessel ideally suited for cruising the Arctic seas. Experience the perfect blend of seabird colonies, wildlife exploration and historical insight while voyaging these exceptional islands of Newfoundland’s magnificent wilderness. Sail into Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography


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Day 1
Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Your adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg of Nova Scotia, where you board the expedition vessel, Akademik Ioffe. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its very strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. Board the vessel in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as you sail out past the lighthouse and onto the Grand Banks.

Day 2
Sable Island

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants and a herd of Sable Island ponies. Sable Island is now one of Canada’s newest national parks.

Day 3
Bird Island

On the north central coast of Cape Breton, the Bird Islands are home to a number of important species including the Great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and are known as an important feeding area for Cape Breton’s population of bald eagles.

Day 4
The Magdalen Islands (Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Sculpted out of sandstone, the remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sculpted sandstone shorelines. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture, witness a wide diversity of bird life along the beaches and lagoons.

Day 5
Bonaventure Island and the Gaspe Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island, drop the anchor near the town of Perce and visit the island by zodiac. One of the largest northern gannet colonies in the world, Bonaventure Island is protected under provincial park status in Quebec. Visit the colony, indulging in close up views of these majestic seabirds.

Day 6
Anticosti Island

At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, Anticosti Island is rich in marine wildlife. Plan to wander the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point. Keeping your eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals as you enjoy this region.

Day 7
Gros Morne National Park

Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of tuckamore – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point you are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation center. From there, various guided walks take you into the World Heritage listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park – a spectacular experience!

Day 8

Francois (pronounced Frans-way) is a small, isolated community steeped in the traditions of the sea, perched on the edge of a beautiful fjord on the south coast of Newfoundland. You're welcomed ashore by members of the community and, if you hit it off, may be invited to a dance at the community hall!

Day 9
St Pierre et Miquelon

The island of St. Pierre is a European enclave still under French control. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There's an excellent puffin colony here and if weather permits, cruise in the zodiacs to see these colorful birds. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner, attended by the Captain, to mark the end of your Maritime adventure.

Day 10

Sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. Disembark in the morning and while some of us will hustle to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.


Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Medical Documentation: Once you have booked your voyage to the Polar Regions, you will be required to complete a Medical Information Form. This form must be completed, signed and returned no later than 90 days prior to departure.

Activities: The mild climate of the Maritimes allows for a range of off ship activities and excursions. Explore on shore by bike and enjoy numerous hiking opportunities, paddle board pristine coves and bays, or swim in some of the best locations in the Maritimes. Sea kayaking is also popular and offers a great way to view wildlife in close proximity. Professional photographers will be on hand to lead shore excursions with a focus on image composition and camera techniques. Some activities require advance registration. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Sea Kayaking Option: Included
Pre-booked option. If you have experience sea kayaking and are interested in doing this activity during the expedition, you will need to book this option prior to departure from home. You cannot book this activity once onboard. There is a separate document for sea kayakers that you will need to review beforehand.

Mandatory Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance which must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter) and personal liability. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if requested by expedition staff. The expedition team reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.

Accommodations onboard; meals; complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day; shore excursions; adventure activities; services of guides and naturalist staff; access to multimedia room and download stations; use of onboard expedition rubber boots; use of wet weather gear; transfers as applicable.

Not Included:
International airfare; charter airfare where applicable; pre- and post-cruise hotel nights; passport and visa fees; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; travel insurance; all gratuities; extra meals; items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks; medical expenses; optional activities and trips.

PHOTOS: © Boris Wise, © Daisy Gilardini