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Atlantic Canada Explorer

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Sail around Canada’s East Coast, exploring lesser-known gems on this expedition ship!


Cruise along Canada's Atlantic Coast and get to know the treasures in store for you. Check Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Newfoundland off your bucket list—and visit Europe without ever leaving North America, with a stop in historic Saint-Pierre and be among the lucky few to have experienced the wonder of the famous wild horses of Sable Island.


  • Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island
  • See the wild horses of Sable Island
  • Visit the French Island of St. Pierre
  • Learn the rich history and culture of Prince Edward Island
  • Explore the rugged coast of Newfoundland
  • Revel in the Acadian culture of Quebec's Les-Iles-de-la Madeleine

Summertime is the perfect time to explore Canada’s east coast. Explore the highlights of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Saint-Pierre from the deck of our state-of-the-art adventure cruise ship! Marine mammals flock to the waters offshore and wild horses gallop across the meadows of Sable Island. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, summer opens up the towns and rustic villages that dot the unspoiled coastline. This tour is an exciting mix of culture, wildlife and amazing scenery and an excellent introduction to Canada's Atlantic coast.

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Zodiac boat
Availability June
Duration 12 days
Departs From St. John's, NL
Minimum age No limit
Difficulty Easy / Moderate Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 198
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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  • International number: +1 778 348 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

Availability (2024):
June 27 - July 8, 2024

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What's Included

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  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Photo Equipment Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Wind jacket / wind pants
  • Rain gear rubber boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat & gloves
  • Camera & binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses & water bottle
  • A full packing list will be supplied upon booking

Not Included

  • Commercial and charter flights to and from St. John's
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation
  • Flight from St. Pierre to St. John's on the last day can be added for an additional cost

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Find out more details about the tour and its highlights


Man pushing a boat

Summertime in eastern Canada introduces visitors to the wildlife and culture of this multifaceted region. Explore Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Sable Island, PEI  and their heritage of Acadian, Mi’kmaq First Nation, English, Scottish, Irish, and French cultures!

st john aerial view above harbor
Begin Your Adventure
Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure and sail out of the historic port, looking out for Signal Hill as you exit the world-famous Narrows.
The charming houses of the Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for icebergs, whales, and seabirds as you sail!
Cruise Ship Ocean Endeavour
Learn On Board

Listen to stories of the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island as you sail towards its sandy shores.

Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get your binoculars ready to watch for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich waters of the northwest Atlantic.
See World-Famous Wild Horses

Be among the lucky few to set foot on Sable Island, a sandbar as long as Manhattan, but only about a kilometer wide.

See the world-famous Sable Island wild horses, the largest grey seal colony in the world, and its many varieties of birds—including the endemic Ipswich Sparrow.

Hike the island’s sand dunes, take a Zodiac cruise along its shores, and learn first-hand about its fascinating human history.

Due to the unique weather conditions here, we’ll maximize opportunities for you to explore.
Search for Whales and Dolphins

Sail through the Gully, a marine protected area where the sea floor plunges two and a half kilometers into a submarine valley; it’s one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada.

Learn about the significant coral communities and diversity of shallow and deep-water fish here, which draw whales and dolphins.

Join our onboard researchers out on deck to scan the waves for exciting sightings and to appreciate this abundance of marine life!
cape breton in canada
Enjoy Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

Immerse yourself in Cape Breton Island's natural history, from its diverse habitats and wildlife to its rugged landscape formed by geological forces. Explore the island's unique cultural landscape, shaped by Mi'kmaq, Scottish, and Acadian people. Discover the island's boreal forests and wetlands, home to majestic moose, black bears, and bald eagles.

Take a Zodiac cruise around Bird Islands, a critical seabird nesting and breeding area with Canada's largest colony of great cormorants. Watch for black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills, Atlantic puffins, black guillemots, and even Leach's storm petrels.
Cheticamp seaside view in canada
Hike the Cape Breton Highlands

Call in at the fishing village of Chéticamp on the western shore of Cape Breton Island. Enjoy the busy fishing harbor, rug-hooking museum, shops, and restaurants that all offer a taste of true Acadian heritage.

Hike the spectacular Skyline Trail at nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park, world-renowned for its wildlife and scenery of rugged highlands and wind-swept coasts.
Step into the Past and Savour the Present

Enjoy your free time while exploring Charlottetown. Wander through the historic downtown area, where the Charlottetown Conference took place and Canada's Constitution was born. Treat yourself to the best of local cuisine, including fresh seafood, produce, and craft beer, and experience the friendly charm of the locals.

You could also opt for a guided cultural tour at Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation. Learn the art of crafting beaded jewelry and woven baskets, make traditional bannock bread, and listen to stories passed down through generations.
Revel in Acadian Culture

Spend the day exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine, and language of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Magdalen Islands).

Admire the striking red sandstone cliffs that, although a part of Québec, are in fact geographically closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Meet some of the 12,000 or so friendly residents who call this archipelago home and be sure to browse the shops and restaurants for handicrafts, seafood, local wines, and beers!
Kick up a Jig at a Kitchen Party

Experience the warm hospitality and adventurous spirit of Francois, Newfoundland—a quaint and picturesque fishing village, with colorful homes and buildings that offer visitors a glimpse into Newfoundland's coastal lifestyle.

Explore the town, and hike to stunning lookout points and waterfalls. A day in Francois will stimulate your soul and remind you of the importance of good neighbors, stories, and music.

After a day of adventure, head to the community hall for an oversized kitchen party with treats, drinks, and dancing. Rediscover a bit of your own spirit, through the essence of Newfoundland's culture in this charming and resilient community.

Wave a Fond Farewell

Say your farewells to Atlantic Canada in the colorful town of Saint-Pierre, a delightful finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland, lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic.

Take a glimpse at the charming colorful houses with wooden balconies and narrow cobblestone streets as you disembark and head on your bus tour to the airport for your charter flight to St. John's, NL.


Our vessel for this voyage is the Ocean Endeavour. A 1B ice-class sailing boat with a maximum of 198-passengers and is outfitted with 20 Zodiac boats, our ship is perfect for expedition cruises. Facilities include a top deck observation room, swimming pool, outdoor dining, sauna spa, library, and top-class navigation equipment. Our three onboard lounges are excellent public spaces for our educational seminars, workshops, and entertainment. Launched in 1982, she’s been upgraded many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137-m (450-ft) length and 21-m (69-ft) breadth, the Ocean Endeavour is the pride of our cruises in Canada and beyond.

Learn more about the Ocean Endeavour.


No Single Supplement! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as private cabin to single travelers at no additional cost.

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).

Prices and Availability

Availability (2024):

  • June 27 - July 8

Category 1. Quad cabin. Deck 4. Interior cabin. Four lower berths. Private bath. Quad occupancy.
Price: $4495 per person / USD.

Category 2. Triple cabin. Deck 4. Interior cabin. Three lower berths. Private bath. Triple occupancy.
Price: $5495 per person / USD.

Category 3. Deck 5. Interior twin cabin. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $6795 per person / USD.

Category 4. Deck 4. Exterior twin cabin with a porthole. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $8095 per person / USD.

Category 5. Deck 5. Main twin cabin with picture window. Two lower berths. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $8795 per person / USD.

Category 6. Deck 7. Comfort twin cabin with picture window. Two lower berths. Private bath, refrigerator. Double occupancy.
Price: $9495 per person / USD.

Category 7. Deck 8. Top twin deck cabin with picture window, matrimonial bed, and refrigerator. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $10,295 per person / USD.

Category 8. Deck 5 & 7. Superior twin cabin with picture window, twin or matrimonial bed, and refrigerator. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $10,795 per person / USD.

Category 9. Deck 5 & 7. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk refrigerator, matrimonial bed. Private bath. Double occupancy.
Price: $11,795 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.
Price: $12,795 per person / USD.

Payment Details

Deposit, Taxes and Discounts

  • A $2000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.


  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellation from date of booking to 121 days before Departure Date
    Penalty: $1,000 USD per person per Cruise held as a Future Travel Credit
    Refund: Balance paid less penalty


  • Cancellation from 91 to 120 days before Departure Date
    Penalty: 65%  
    Refund: 35%   


  • Cancellation 90 days or less before Departure Date 
    Penalty: 100%   
    Refund: 0%