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
$3,395 to $9,395
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.
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.
Overnight you will have sailed south from the Magdalen Islands to Prince Edward Island. This is a very historic location, where in September of 1864, representatives from the British Colonies in North America met in Charlottetown to discuss Canada's Confederation. On July 1st, 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into being. Situated on the north coast facing the Gulf of St Lawrence is the small fishing and agricultural centre of Morell. Today you will enjoy the challenge of another fabulous links-style course at Crowbush—a gorgeous championship layout which earned a 5-star rating by Golf Digest. This is undoubtedly the jewel in crown of Prince Edward Island’s renowned golf scene. Featuring deep pot bunkers, plenty of water hazards, knee deep rough in some locations and a constant sea breeze, this can be a tricky place to shoot a low score. Having completed your round, you will be welcomed back to the ship for a dinner of fresh Atlantic seafood as you navigate north-east overnight, heading once again for Cape Breton.
By morning, you will have returned to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Anchor off the pretty hamlet of Ingonish—a cluster of five small communities on the famous Cabot Trail. Here lies one of the original golf courses in Cape Breton. Designed by the renowned architect Stanley Thompson, Highland Links was built in the 1930s as 'golfing journey' of sorts, traversing through woods and on coastal land overlooking the ocean. The layout runs from a rocky promontory and is set entirely within the National Park and the 18 holes are completely isolated from each other. Flat lies are uncommon here and shot making will be tested. Cut from dense forest the undulating terrain offers wonderful ocean glimpses, it is no surprise that Highland Links constantly ranks in Canada’s Top 10 best courses. Returning to the ship after a incredible day’s play, we reflect on our exceptional days of golf on some of the most scenic courses in North America. As we weigh anchor at Ingonish and leave the coastal waters of Nova Scotia—there is one more highlight still to come.
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, Sable Island has a storied past and is known 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. Sable Island forms one of Canada’s newest National Parks and you will explore the long sand beaches. It is an incredibly remote location, hard to get to other than by ship. Leave the golf clubs in the bag and take your cameras ashore to capture the raw beauty of this remote location. After enjoying shore excursions around Sable Island, celebrate your voyage and attend a special dinner attended by the ship’s captain.
Sail back to Cape Breton heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. Your fabulous trip comes to an end today as you reflect on the truly memorable courses that have challenged all golfers. Disembark in the morning and, while some of you will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy the hospitality, culture and renowned seafood.
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. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
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