Maritime Wildlife Adventure

Canadian Arctic Cruise

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

Summary : Explore Canada's Atlantic Provinces aboard an expedition vessel visiting Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland. Discover the seaside community of Sydney, Cape Breton, taking every opportunity to experience the Maritimes' potential for amazing encounters.  Embark on an expedition with historical culture, musical talent, a plethora of marine mammals and hundreds of thousands of seabirds making this voyage a true wildlife adventure.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Begin your adventure in the seaside community of Halifax and board your expedition vessel.

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 ship graveyard. 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. Cruise by Zodiac and explore its 40 kilometer long sandbar and unique climate. It can be one of the foggiest and windiest places in Canada, but also one of the warmest and most temperate.

Day 3 – 4
Bird Island / Magdalen Islands

Sculpted out of sandstone, these remarkable islands rise out of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Discover beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sculpted sandstone shorelines. Explore the coast and learn about the locals' unique cultural blend of fishing, sealing and Celtic music. Beaches and lagoons provide ample viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds.

Day 5
Ile Bonaventure, Gaspe Peninsula

Drop anchor and visit the island by Zodiac. Experience one of the largest northern gannet colonies in North America. Protected under provincial park status in Quebec, visit the colony and revel in close up views of majestic seabirds.

Day 6 – 7
Anticosti Island

Spend 2 days exploring the coastal waters and beaches of Anticosti Island, rich in marine wildlife due to its position at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Naturalists help identify baleen, Minke, and blue whales, as well as eagles, gannets and seals.

Day 8
Gros Morne National Park

Cruise into majestic Bonne Bay at the heart of Gros Morne National Park, where windswept spruce trees cover the cliffs soaring above the bay. Hike up to the National Park’s interpretation center accompanied by informative guides and explore the Tablelands, a UNESCO World Heritage geologic feature. As you gaze atop the lookout, keep an eye out for moose.

Day 9
Francois, Newfoundland

Visit a small community steeped in the traditions of the sea perched on the shores of a beautiful fjord with no road access. Meet members of the community and possibly enjoy a dance at the community hall.

Day 10
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

End your voyage in this French enclave within North America. Visit the town enjoying its European qualities before leaving for your journey home.

Notes

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.

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.

Sea Kayaking Option: $695 per person
Pre-booked option for up to 16 guests. 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. Provided equipment includes full Gore-Tex drysuits, kayak specific PFD's, neoprene booties, a waterproof deck bag, pogies and many other vital paddling accessories.

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. It must cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. 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.

Included:
Transfer from the meeting point in Halifax to the ship, and transfer from the ship to the airport in St.Pierre; educational presentations; experienced team of naturalists and resident photographer; Zodiac excursions; all meals and farewell captain's dinner, afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; onboard medical officer; use of multimedia station to download photos; use of foul weather gear sets – rain jacket with bib pants or SeaLine water proof backpack with Bushnell waterproof binoculars, both gear sets include Lacrosse gumboots.

Not Included:
All airfares; passport and visa fees; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; hotel accommodations; travel insurance; all gratuities; extra meals; items of a personal nature such as laundry, postage, drinks; medical expenses; optional activities and trips; kayaking supplement ($695 per person).