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Cruise to view the wild horses of Sable Island in Nova Scotia


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Cruise around the famous Sable Island in Nova Scotia and view the world famous wild horses and other wildlife. The wild horses are what the island is known for but there’s so much more to this remote sand island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The world’s largest colony of Grey seals breeds here, as do the rare Roseate Tern and the endemic Ipswich Sparrow, among many birds of note. Amid the island’s 42 km of beaches, dunes and bogs you’ll find a plethora of plants: from iris, to sundew, to wild berries in abundance. Whales and sharks ply the nearby waters. 

Sable Island’s history includes shipwrecks and salvage; sealing and walrus hunting; rescue and research. Still, the horses remain the island’s most charismatic residents. Free to roam, they represent one of the world’s last wild equine populations. Now protected as Canada’s 43rd National Park, Sable Island offers an island adventure unlike any other. 

ATTENTION SINGLE TRAVELLERS: This cruise welcomes solo travellers. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travellers for no additional cost.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

June

DIFFICULTY
Easy
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
118
GUIDE INFORMATION

Joining us on board will be a remarkable team of naturalists, historians, photographers, musicians and local guides, who will impart their knowledge and experience on the natural world and local culture, and give life to times past. 

 

RESTRICTIONS

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at water level (assistance is provided).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Arrival flights to the starting point and departure flights from the last community, personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.), additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes, staff gratuities, mandatory medical evacuation coverage/optional travel insurance, possible fuel surcharges.

Comments: Price does not include your contribution of $250 towards local conservation/cultural initiatives or your sponsoring museum, gallery or affinity group. 

TRANSPORTATION

Tours begin and end in St. John's, Newfoundland.

WEATHER

Temperatures will range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsuis during the day.

REGION
Nova Scotia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Educational program and pre-departure materials, all shore and Zodiac excursions, transfers between piers and applicable airports, service charges, embarkation taxes and port fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm coat, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long pants, wind jacket, wind pants, rain gear, rubber boots, hiking boots, hat, gloves.  Full clothing listed supplied upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The cruise takes place aboard the Ocean Endeavour. 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. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day is included. Meals are prepared fresh daily by the on-site chef and are served in the dining room three times a day. You have the choice of buffet style dishes or you can order off the menu, which changes daily. Snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available in the forward lounge throughout the day.

Jul 05, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017
$2595.00 / per person - USD
Category 1. Quad cabin. Deck 4. Interior cabin. Four lower berths. Private bath. Quad occupancy.

$3395.00 / per person - USD
Category 2. Triple cabin. Deck 4. Interior cabin. Three lower berths. Private bath. Triple occupancy.

$4195.00 / per person - USD
Category 3. Deck 5. Interior twin cabin. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$5195.00 / per person - USD
Category 4. Deck 4. Exterior twin cabin with porthole. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$6195.00 / per person - USD
Category 5. Deck 5. Main twin cabin with picture window. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$7295.00 / per person - USD
Category 6. Deck 7. Comfort twin cabin with picture window. Two lower berths. Private bath, refrigerator. Double occupancy.

$8295.00 / per person - USD
Category 7. Deck 8. Top twin deck cabin with picture window, matrimonial bed and refrigerator. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$9295.00 / per person - USD
Category 8. Deck 5 & 7. Superior twin cabin with picture window, twin or matrimonial bed, refrigerator. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$10295.00 / per person - USD
Category 9. Deck 5 & 7. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk refrigerator, matrimonial bed. Private bath. Double occupancy.

$11295.00 / per person - USD
Category 10. Deck 7. Suite cabin with picture window overlooking the bow. Sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed. Private bath. Double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
All prices are in US dollars. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger. If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, cancellation charge is 65% of cruise cost. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.

Jul 05, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017

Day 1

St. John's Newfoundland

We meet in St. John's, Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a a world-famous harbor, St. John’s has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement. 

We join our vessel here.

Day 2

At Sea

Our presentation series will kick into full swing. Enjoy and engage with our expert resource staff as they delve into the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island. 

While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for marine mammals and seabirds in this rich region of the North Atlantic. 

Day 3

Day 3-6: Sable Island

Sable Island is the legendary location of hundreds of shipwrecks. The island is home to a population of feral horses, the rare Ipswich sparrow, seals, and seabirds in abundance. We’ll have a chance to meet some of the island’s handful of human inhabitants and learn about this unique habitat first-hand.

In the four days we will spend exploring Sable Island, expect to be dazzled by a natural habitat unlike any you have ever seen. The herd of wild horses for which the island is famous is a true highlight: we will observe them at their wildest as they race among the dunes. The sandy shores afford unmatched opportunities for Zodiac cruising, and you may expect to delight in observing the curious local seal population as we do so.

The historic sites of Sable Island—the old shipwrecks and abandoned settlements—are of particular interest, as the island’s shifting sands hide and reveal different landscapes each day. This ecosystem is in true flux: the vegetation and habitats, as well as the human relics, are at the whim of the ever-changing dunes and we will spend our days exploring before the winds rise and hide all evidence of our passage.

Day 7

At Sea

At sea today, we will be crossing The Gully, a Marine Protected Area approximately two hundred kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia and to the east of Sable Island. Here, 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.

As on our other days at sea, our resource staff will be on hand to deliver dynamic presentations. Out on deck they will assist passengers in spotting the myriad seabirds and marine mammals for which this area is famous.

 

Day 8

Saint-Pierre, FR

Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The island’s 6,500 residents are of varied descent including French, Basque, Breton, and Norman. Saint-Pierre’s architecture reflects its history: an eclectic collection of colours and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys. We will have time for a tour of the city and independent exploration in the surrounding area. Take advantage of this day in France to enjoy some wine and cheese, and unwind in a tiny slice of old Europe nestled into the North American coast.

Day 9

St. John’s, NL

After sailing through the Narrows, we will say our farewells and begin the process of departure. Staff will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.