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Price: $3,595 USD per person
(based on Cabin Category 1, Quad, Deck 4 on June 1, 2022 departure date)
Solo cabins with zero single supplement based on availability
Savings: 15% - Early Booking Bonus
Departure Date: June 1, 2022
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- Explore the unique history of New France
- See hundreds of thousands of seabirds nesting at Bonaventure Island
- Cruise Percé Rock by Zodiac for unbeatable views
- Seek the thirteen species of cetaceans found in the Gulf of Saint Lawerence
- Visit three provinces—Québec, PEI, and Newfoundland—and the French island of Saint-Pierre
- Learn about Mi'kmaw people on a community-hosted visit to Lennox Island
- Discover the rich cultural heritage and stunning red sandstone cliffs of the Magdalen Islands
- Immerse yourself in the rich culinary traditions of French Canada through Adventure Canada's Taste of Place culinary program
Photo: Forests, Flora, and hundreds of bird species fill Forillon National Park in Gaspe.
Expedition Costs Include:
- 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 *Team of expedition staff
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees
- Predeparture materials
- Educational program
- Nikon Camera Trial Program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- All shipboard meals
Expedition Costs Do Not Include:
- Commercial & charter flights
- Program enhancements/optional excursions
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance *Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharges
- Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation and administrative fee
Photo: Map of Mighty Saint Lawrence Itinerary
Mighty Saint Lawrence Itinerary:
Day 1: Quebec City & Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada
Founded in 1608 by Champlain, the beautiful city of Québec is the capital of the province of the same name. Predominantly French-speaking, Québec retains strong European influences in architecture, cuisine and culture—and is truly a fascinating city to explore!
We meet in Québec City and travel by coach to the charming community of Tadoussac, where we will board Ocean Endeavour.
Day 2: Saguenay Fjord
At the mouth of Saguenay Fjord, along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River estuary, salt water meets fresh water. In the morning we will explore Tadoussac, once an Innu sealing camp, later—in 1599—the site of the first trading post in what is now Canada.
In the afternoon we'll cruise Saguenay Fjord National Park, searching for the fin, minke, blue, and beluga whales known to frequent these nutrient-rich waters.
Photo: Humpback whale feeding in Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac
Day 3: Jardins De Metis / Reford Gardens
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.
Day 4: Havre-Saint-Pierre, Mingan Archipelago
The spectacular natural sculptures of the Mingan Islands are formed of limestone, shaped by the action of the sea. At 50° N, these islands owe as much to the north as to the east for their character. Atlantic puffins and Arctic eiders vie for the attention of birders, while harp, harbour, and grey seals cavort in the waters. Not to be outdone, the flora of the islands is wildly diverse, including 450 plant species, 190 lichens and 300 mosses!
Day 5: Forillon National Park / Gaspe
The Gaspé Peninsula (Gaspésie) separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence estuary from Baie de Chaleur. Remnants of the Appalachian Mountain chain form stunning sea cliffs here, jutting above the tree-line.
Forillon National Park is an important bird and marine mammal habitat, with excellent hiking, including a walk to Canada’s tallest lighthouse. Grande-Grave National Heritage Site tells the story of the fishing families who once made their homes here.
Photo: Forests, Flora, and hundreds of bird species fill Forillon National Park in Gaspe
Day 6: Ile Bonaventure National Park / Perce
Today we'll visit Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, where we'll enjoy a Zodiac cruise of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island. Percé Rock is a huge natural arch within a mass of reddish limestone and sandstone, with a large sea stack at one end. Thousands of Northern Gannets and other seabirds nest at nearby Bonaventure Island.
Day 7: Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is a realm of rolling hills, wooded glades, ocean coves, and famously red soil. Canada’s smallest province, often abbreviated to P.E.I. retains a slow-paced lifestyle in its small, rural settlements. The island gained international fame by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. We'll call in at the province's iconic sites and visit Lennox Island Mi'kmaw First Nation.
Days 8-9: Magdalen Islands
Though a part of Quebec, the Magdalens (Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence are closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Approximately 12,000 residents live on the archipelago. Dramatic red sandstone cliffs are among the most striking features of the Magdalen Islands.
We will overnight here and spend two days exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine and language of the islands. Look for handicrafts, seafood, and local wines and beers!
Photo: Red sandstone cliffs take spectacular shapes in the Magdalen Islands
Day 10: Newfoundland's South Coast
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.
Day 11: Saint-Pierre, France
Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of the French Republic. We will have an opportunity to explore the charming, colourful town of Saint-Pierre. French food, wine and shopping await! There we end our expedition by joining our charter flight to St. John’s, NL.
Optional One-Night Sailing:
Spend the morning and afternoon touring the town of Saint-Pierre. In the early afternoon you will embark the Ocean Endeavour and sail across to St. John’s, NL on a one-night sailing. We will not have any landings, but will enjoy a fun onboard program with music and entertainment, and have a chance to look for seabirds and marine wildlife en route to St. John’s. $400USD per person.
Photo: Kayak program in Newfoundland
Qajaq (Kayak) with Us:
Adventure Canada’s Qajaq program provides a quiet, fun and relaxing way to reconnect with the marine environment. The Qajaq (the proper phonetic spelling of “kayak”) was invented by Inuit and is a feat of engineering whose design remains unchanged after thousands of years. Join us in a unique way through our qajaq program. Kayaking has become an increasingly popular mode of exploration. Paddling in pristine waters, near marine life, in the wilderness, or along a historic coast will overwhelm even the most seasoned adventurer. It is a rare opportunity, for few have experienced these magical places by qajaq. We offer safe, fun and unforgettable moments at water level. Limited space is available. Please book in advance, prior to departure, to avoid disappointment!
Price: $750 USD per person
Max Adventurers: 12
Fitness level: moderate fitness level, some kayaking experience required.
* We guarantee a minimum of two kayak excursions in this price. The fee will be pro-rated in case we are unable to offer a minimum of two excursions.
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