Louisbourg Lighthouse

Itinerary and Pricing

Small-Ship Expedition

Atlantic Canada Explorer

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Special Guest

Margaret Atwood


June 23 to July 4, 2022

From $3,995 to $15,295 USD

Save 15% until November 30, 2021

Applies to berth cost only.

In partnership with

Margaret atwood

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Explore with Margaret Atwood

Since her childhood spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, Margaret has been a passionate conservationist and a tireless advocate for birds. A deep believer in the power of getting people out into nature, Margaret has been travelling as a staff member with Adventure Canada for twenty years. Join her on this voyage of discovery.

Expedition Team, Experts, and Guides


Atlantic Canada Explorer 2022 Map
  • Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3–4: Sable Island, NS
  • Day 5: The Gully Marine Protected Area
  • Day 6: Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Day 7: Bird Islands & Cape Breton Island
  • Day 8: Chéticamp
  • Day 9: Prince Edward Island
  • Day 10: South Coast Newfoundland
  • Day 11: Saint-Pierre, France
  • Day 12: St. John’s, NL, Canada


  • St Johns v1

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    Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
    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.

    Photograph the charming houses of the Battery, always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for icebergs, whales, and seabirds as you sail!

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    Day 2: At Sea
    Learn Onboard

    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.

  • Sable Island Hourses Sand Dunes

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    Day 3–4: Sable Island, NS
    See World-Famous Wild Horses

    Be among the lucky few to set foot on Sable Island’s shores. 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. A sandbar as long as Manhattan but only about a kilometre wide, we'll maximize opportunities for you to explore according to the unique weather conditions here.

  • Whale Gully Marine

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    Day 5: The Gully Marine Protected Area
    Search for Whales and Dolphins

    Sail through the Gully, a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor plunges two and a half kilometres 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!

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    Day 6: Fortress of Louisbourg
    Tour a Living Museum

    Immerse yourself in re-enacted colonial history at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Learn about the many military tussles that took place here and wander through the halls of history at this reconstructed fort.

    You’ll delight in this lively glimpse into the early days of Canada’s settlement. Built by the French in 1720, the fortifications at Louisbourg were captured by the British in 1745, later returned to the French, captured again in 1758, and then destroyed.

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    Day 7: Bird Islands & Cape Breton Island
    Enjoy Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

    Take a Zodiac cruise at the Bird Islands, just off Cape Breton’s coast near Cape Dauphin, a critical seabird nesting and breeding area that includes the largest colony of great cormorants in Canada.

    Be on the lookout for black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills, Atlantic puffins, black guillemots, and perhaps Leach’s storm-petrels, too.

  • Cape Breton Vista

    Day 8: Chéticamp
    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 harbour, rug-hooking museum, shops, and restaurants that all offer a taste of 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. Cape Breton Island is a bastion of Gaelic music and culture, sometimes called “more Scottish than the Scots.”

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    Day 9: Prince Edward Island
    Visit Enchanting Communities

    Meander through historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, known as the Birthplace of Confederation. A charming town and the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Charlottetown offers access to all of PEI within a relatively short drive.

    You might also opt for possibilities to explore Green Gables—the fictional home of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous Anne—or Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation.

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    Day 10: South Coast Newfoundland
    Explore Scenic Coastlines

    Journey through the beautiful and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland, dotted with bays, coves, and a few remaining remote outport communities. A visit here will be a highlight of your trip!

    Admire outstanding geology and gorgeous botanical life. Spot plentiful birds, whales, and other wildlife as we make the most of every opportunity for Zodiac and land excursions.

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    Day 11: Saint-Pierre, France
    Savour European Shops & Cafés

    Indulge in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a charming 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.

    Wind through charming streets lined with shops, houses, and cafés that bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

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    Day 12: St. John’s, NL, Canada
    Wave a Fond Farewell

    Complete your journey by sailing back through the picturesque narrows and into St. John’s harbour. Say your farewells to Atlantic Canada in the cultural hotspot of North America's oldest city.

Pricing and Cabins

Canadian residents may opt to take advantage of Adventure Canada's in-house exchange rate and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars, if desired. Contact us for more details.


Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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  • Small-Ship Expedition

    Atlantic Canada Explorer

    Margaret atwood photo

    Special Guest

    Margaret Atwood


    June 23 to July 4, 2022

    From $3,995 to $15,295 USD

    Save 15% until November 30, 2021

    Applies to berth cost only.

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: St. John’s, NL, Canada

    Ends: St. John’s, NL, Canada

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • 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
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • 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


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    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2022 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

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    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2022 Ocean Endeavour expeditions (excluding Antarctica). Can be combined with the Early Booking Bonus, Free Single Supplement promotion, and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions