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Atlantic Canada Explorer

12 Days FROM AUD 5,637

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Sail into spring on Canada’s east coast and explore Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saint-Pierre. Your vessel for 11 days will be the spacious and comfortable Ocean Endeavour. The diverse cultures that have influenced this area include Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish and French and wildlife possibilities include marine mammals, seabirds and wild horses. Those with an interest in history can delve into the diverse past of Atlantic Canada. As the Gulf Stream warms up this time of year so does the scenery and you will witness it via on shore excursions from the expedition ship.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACADACA

Location: Arctic

Ship: The Ocean Endeavour

CRUISE ITINERARY

Please make your own way to St John's Airport in Newfoundland Island for the early morning charter flight to Saint-Pierre. On arrival you will be
transferred to the port to embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. The colourful town of Saint-Pierre makes a charming beginning to our trip. Winding streets lined with shops, houses, and cafes bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

St John's - Saint Pierre

Today you call in at Cape Breton Island—a fiercely independent region of the province of Nova Scotia. Our destination is the fishing village of Chéticamp. The busy harbour rug-hooking museum, local shops and restaurants offer a taste of Acadian heritage in a thoroughly bilingual town.

Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is world-renowned for scenery and wildlife. We’ll be hoping for favourable conditions to hike the magnificent Skyline Trail.

Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island

In the struggle between English, and French colonial powers for control of what is now Canada, the French Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island played a pivotal role. Established in 1720, the fortifications were captured by the British in 1745, returned to the French, captured again in 1758 and then destroyed.

Reconstructed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site, offering a fascinating glimpse into military colonial Canada.

Historic Fortress of Louisbourg

Nova Scotia’s southwestern coast provides habitat for seabirds and marine mammals in abundance. We’ll be seeking opportune sea and weather conditions to observe the wildlife in this region.

South Nova Scotia

The rugged coastline of the Bay of Fundy is world-famous for its world-record high tides; here the waters of three rivers join the Fundy tides.

Along the southeastern shore of the bay lie peninsulas, mountains, and picturesque inlets. It is also home to some of the highest tides in the world, and is famed for marine mammals and seabirds. The area borders Nova Scotia’s French shore, where Acadian influence is strong. The founding of Port-Royal in 1605 by the French and their Mi’kmaq allies, and the conquest of Acadia by England in 1713, the region was hotly contested.

The Fundy Isles—Campobello, Grand Manan, and Deer Island—are an archipelago at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Their only land connection is via bridge to Lubec, Maine. Island residents can reach Canada without crossing the border only in summer— by two ferries.

The islands feature historic sites, including a park jointly run by Canada and the US. Birdwatching, marine mammals, and scenery—as well as the famous Fundy tides—round out the attractions.

Bay of Fundy - Days 5 - 7

The port of Lunenburg once harboured a fleet of sailing vessels, including the famous Bluenose. Old Town Lunenburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. British colonial town plans ignored topography, making for several very steep streets.

St. John’s Anglican Church, the Lunenburg Academy, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and dozens of shops, cafes, and galleries line the hilly streets of the splendid harbour town. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring its treasures!

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the endemic Ispwich sparrow, hundreds of grey seals, and the world-famous Sable Island horses.

Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. Our scheduled two days here allow us to maximize opportunities to explore the dunes, cruise the shores and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn firsthand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history.

Sable Island: Day 9 to 10

En route to Newfoundland, join our wildlife spotters on deck, watching for seabirds and marine mammals. We will be crossing The Gully, a Marine Protected Area where 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.

Our resource staff, scientists, historians, musicians, and artists will continue to engage us with workshops, presentations and entertainment. We’ll be immersed in the spirit of the East Coast all the way to St. John’s!

At Sea: The Gully Marine Protected Area
Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. St. John’s has been continually fished since 1498, making it North America’s oldest European settlement. Architecture, shopping, night life and cultural attractions make St. John’s a sightseer’s delight. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers in the port of St. John’s, disembark the Ocean Endeavour, and head onward to your next journey.
Disembarkation in St John's
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Pricing & date

Atlantic Canada Explorer from AUD 5,637
Departing Ending Duration
15 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020 12
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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Cabin accommodation on board the ship

    All onboard meals 

    One way charter flight St John's to Saint- Pierre

    Applicable taxes and credit card fees

    Complimentary expedition jacket 

    Special access permits and entry fees

    Port fees 

    All zodiac excursions and interactive workshops 

    Exclusions 

    Gratuities 

    Mandatory medical evacuation insurance 

    Additional expenses due to delays or itinerary changes 

    Possible fuel surcharges 

    Pre and post trip accommodation. 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.