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Mighty St Lawrence

11 Days FROM USD 4,090

Overview

COMBINATION DISCOUNT: Book this tour with Atlantic Canada Explorer to receive 25% off*

Discover the incredible history of Canada's coastal provinces on this remarkable 11 day journey. Experience the beauty of Canadian spring as you cruise through incredible locations from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the stunning backdrops of Saint Pierre. Encounter vast colonies of seabirds and watch for seals and whales in the nearby waters. A combination of rich history and incredible natural wonders, discover the authentic beauty of Canada.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACADMSL

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Canadian Arctic

Ship: The Ocean Endeavour

Flights: Charter flight Saint Pierre to St Johns included in cruise price

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Discover the spectacular Perce Rock, famous all over the world, the nearby island of Bonaventure is known for its vast seabird colonies. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of of the region from seabirds including gannets, puffins and razorbills to whale species including belugas and perhaps even the rare sighting of a blue whale. 

  • Experience the beauty of the quaint island of Saint Pierre, the last of the French Colonies in North America, Saint Pierre offers fine dining, quirky cafes and wonderful shopping.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Québec takes its name from the Algonquin word meaning ‘where the river narrows.’ The city that Champlain founded in 1608 is one of the oldest in North America. The former capital of New France is now the capital of Canada’s largest province. Quebec still retains strong European influence in architecture, cuisine and culture.

Today, we'll travel by coach to the charming community of Tadoussac where we will meet the Ocean Endeavour. This pleasantly walkable community is ours to explore. With over four hundred years of history to discover and hospitable hosts to help, our embarkation point is a perfect way to kick off our St. Lawrence adventure.

Quebec City and Tadoussac

At the mouth of Saguenay Fjord, salt water meets freshwater. Fin, minke, blue, and beluga whales are all found in the uniquely rich waters. We’ll be on the lookout for marine mammals and birds as we cruise Saguenay Fjord National Park!

Saguenay Fjord

Weather permitting, we’ll visit the famed Reford Gardens, a National Historic Site. Scenic walks wind among 15 distinct gardens offering more than 3,000 species and varieties of flowers and plants. The expansive site includes art installations, sculptures, a museum and a restaurant.

Reford Gardens

The Gaspé Peninsula (Gaspésie), separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence from Baie de Chaleur. Here the remnants of the Appalachian Mountain chain form high cliffs, jutting above the treeline. Views of neighbouring seascapes are outstanding.

Forillon is an important bird and marine mammal habitat, with excellent hiking, including a walk to Canada’s tallest lighthouse. Grand-Grave National Heritage Site tells the story of the fishing families who once made their homes here.

Forillon National Park

Awe-inspiring Percé Rock is the most famous feature in Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.

Named by Samuel de Champlain, Percé Rock is a huge natural arch within a mass of reddish limestone and sandstone. A second arch collapsed in 1845, leaving a massive column at one end.

Fin, minke, humpback, and blue whales, seals, and seabirds are among the species we hope to see. Bonaventure Island is home to 50,000 nesting pairs of Northern Gannets!

Bonaventure National Park

The Gulf of Saint Lawrence is a diverse and complex marine and estuary ecosystem, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Made of up freshwater from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes basin, and the St. Lawrence River, the gulf’s waters also combine with the cold Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream from the tropics. All these merge to create the perfect conditions for an incredible diversity of life.

People have relied on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence for thousands of years. Indigenous communities, and later, European settlers, depended on it for food, transportation, commerce, and a source of culture.

Gulf of Saint Lawrence - Days 6 and 7

Canada’s smallest province in both size and population, Prince Edward Island is known by several other names, including “Garden of the Gulf” (for its lush agricultural lands) and the “Cradle of Confederation” (referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864). It is a realm of rolling hills, wooded glades, ocean coves, and famously red soil. The island’s landscape has a strong bearing on its inhabitants, and Prince Edward Island—often abbreviated as PEI—retains a slow-paced, old-world flavour in its small, rural settlements. The island was made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables—and to this day, the Cavendish farmhouse described in the book is a popular destination for visitors.

Prince Edward Island

Dramatic red sandstone cliffs are among the most striking features of the Magdalen Islands. Though a part of Quebec, the Magdalen Islands (les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

When the British expelled the Acadians from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Magdalen Islanders remained. Acadian heritage is evident in the culture and cuisine of the islands. Look for handicrafts, seafood, and local wines and beers!

Magdalen Islands

Fjords, cliffs, and islands offer excellent Zodiac cruising territory—and hiking may be an option as well. We’ll be watching for puffins and other seabirds, and of course, keeping a close eye out for whales.

Newfoundlands South Coast

Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. Having traced Canada’s French history and culture, it’s appropriate that we wind up in France!

You will have an opportunity to explore the charming, colourful town of Saint Pierre. French food, wine and shopping await! There you will end your trip by joining our charter flight to St. John’s, NL.

Saint Pierre
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Pricing & date

Mighty St Lawrence from USD 4,090
Departing Ending Duration
05 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 11

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board 
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac 
    All port fees, park entry fees and special permits
    Nikon camera training program
    Complimentary expedition jacket for use during duration of voyage.

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Gratuities for staff and crew
    Beverages (other than tea and coffee) 
    Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • No single supplement on limited cabins cat 3 to 7. Contact us for more details

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and sea conditions.

  • Departure date, season and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Ocean Endeavour in the Arctic works closley with the First Nations communities by direct employment and is a part of a Discovery Fund. Every customer contributes directly to the Fund when they purchase a trip to the Arctic. The Fund covers issues like habitat enhancement, youth outreach, community support and charity projects. The Scientist-in-residence program offers spacem time and resources aborad The Ocean Edneavoru for parcticing scientists and researches. Passenger contributions to the citizen science program is also facilitate onboard. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE