Summary : On this new voyage – a world first in expedition cruising – enjoy an active expedition filled with wildlife encounters, cycling, sea kayaking, guided hikes, and easy access to several of Canada’s most spectacular golfing locations. Canada's east coast Maritime provinces are home to some of the finest golf courses in North America. Golfers from around the world are drawn by the superb challenges offered and the magnificent coastal setting. Add the rich culture and history found in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and you have all the hallmarks of a great expedition. While golfers are off to the first tee, all non-golfers will be enjoying a terrific range of activities, such as cruising in Zodiacs, hikes on shore, wildlife observation, cycle touring, and even stand up paddle boarding – all in the company of expert guides.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Your adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where you will board your expedition vessel. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America.
Spend time exploring the community of Inverness, Nova Scotia. Activities may include cycling, sea kayaking, wildlife identification, photography, and/or guided hikes.
Today you will anchor off of Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here you will split off into several directions to participate in a variety of activities. Activities may include cycling, sea kayaking, wildlife identification, photography, and/or guided hikes.
Sculpted out of sandstone, Les Îsles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy meadows and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, you will encounter a wide diversity of bird and sea life. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid 15th century, though it’s thought indigenous Miíkmaqs had been visiting for centuries to hunt walrus. Quebecois and Acadian culture features strongly in the local cuisine, craft and language.
Today you will stop in Ingonish, a small community situated on the Cabot Trail. This area provides a stunning landscape and fantastic opportunities for a variety of activities.
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of miles 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, a herd of wild horses and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic regions.
Today you will sail back to Cape Breton, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. You will disembark in the morning and, while some of you will head 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 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.
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance. The travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter), luggage and personal effects, and personal liability. It is strongly recommended that you purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance. 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. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
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.
Important Voyage Logistics:
This trip commences in the historic port of Louisbourg (Cape Breton). Access is via Sydney (Nova Scotia). It is recommended that you arrive in either Sydney or Louisbourg at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure date. Group transfers from Sydney to Louisbourg are included the day before and the day of embarkation.
A range of guided bike excursion options are available. Bikes, helmets, high visibility vests, and guides are included.
Fitness & Yoga: Included
Offered a various times throughout the day, as well as by private schedule. Fitness and yoga instructors offer a full suite of active movement programs.
Oceanside golfing along Canada's Atlantic East Coast will be available. This varied expedition golfing program will allow you to experience unique cultures while sailing the Gulf of St. Lawrence towards three of Canada's eastern provinces Nova Scotia, PEI, and Quebec, all while golfing and wildlife viewing at your leisure.
The photographer-in-residence provides presentations, critiques, informal instruction, and a photographer Zodiac to assist with each passenger's photographic goals.
Sea Kayaking: Included
Limited to 16 passengers. Guests will be accompanied by three kayak guides. Both single and double kayaks are available. This activity requires previous experience and must be booked in advanced. There is no option to book once onboard. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and booking information.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Included
A fleet of stand up paddle boards are available for passenger use.
A range of guided hiking options are available for passengers, from contemplative, relaxing shore walks to two-to-three hour treks with challenging terrain.
Transfer from the airport to the hotel upon arrival; transfer to the ship on embarkation day; transfer from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; daily afternoon tea; 24-hour tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in the lounge and in all cabins (replenished daily); expertise of experienced expedition leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides, and photographers; daily shore excursions by Zodiac boat in small groups; optional activities including cycling, golfing, guided hikes, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding; educational presentations and talks by experts; access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up, and management; emergency-trained physician onboard every voyage; onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness center with personal trainer and massage options (additional charges apply for massage and spa treatments); well-stocked library with polar reference books; end of voyage video, photos, and take home USB; port fees and permits to access visited areas; and gear on loan (waterproof/windproof jacket, bib pants, insulated rubber boots, binoculars, and trekking poles). Subject to change without notice.
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; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Jocelyn Pride, © Tony Beck