Louisbourg Lighthouse

Itinerary and Pricing

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

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

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
    The Adventure Begins

    Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sailing out of the historic port, Signal Hill keeps watch as we exit the world-famous narrows. The charming houses of the Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for icebergs, whales, and seabirds as we sail!

  • Onboard 1

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: At Sea
    Onboard Learning

    We’ll be in full-on learning mode as our expedition team shares the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island. Get your binoculars ready out on deck, where we’ll be watching for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich waters of the northwest Atlantic.

  • Sable Island Hourses Sand Dunes

    © Michelle Valberg

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

    A sandbar as long as Manhattan—but only about a kilometre wide—Sable Island is home to many varieties of birds, including the Ispwich Sparrow; the largest grey seal colony in the world; and the world-famous Sable Island horses.

    Unique weather conditions prevail at Sable Island. We'll maximize opportunities to walk the dunes, Zodiac cruise the shores, and view the wildlife. We’ll also learn first-hand about Sable Island’s fascinating human history.

  • Whale Gully Marine

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 5: The Gully Marine Protected Area
    Whale Watching

    The Gully is a Marine Protected Area where the sea floor plunges two and a half kilometres into a submarine valley. The Gully is one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada. Significant coral communities make for a diversity of both shallow and deep-water fish, which draw whales and dolphins.

    Join our on board researchers to appreciate the abundance of marine life!

  • Fortress Of Louisbourg Aerial

    Day 6: Fortress of Louisbourg
    Re-enacting Colonial Military History

    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.

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

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    © Dennis Minty

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

    Conditions permitting, we’ll enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the Bird Islands, just off Cape Breton’s coast near Cape Dauphin. This critical seabird nesting and breeding area includes the largest colony of great cormorants in Canada. We’ll also be looking for black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills, Atlantic puffins, black guillemots, and perhaps Leach’s storm-petrels.

    Cape Breton Island is a bastion of Gaelic music and culture, “more Scottish than the Scots.” Its rugged highlands and wind-swept coasts are home to the world-famous Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

  • Cape Breton Vista

    Day 8: Chéticamp
    Acadian Culture & Hiking

    Today we call in at the fishing village of Chéticamp, on the western shore of Cape Breton Island. A busy fishing harbour, rug-hooking museum, shops, and restaurants offer a taste of Acadian heritage.

    Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is world-renowned for scenery and wildlife. If weather permits, we’ll hike the spectacular Skyline Trail.

  • Prince Edward Island 2

    Day 9: Prince Edward Island
    Community Visits

    Historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is known as the Birthplace of Confederation. A charming town and the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Charlottetown offers access to all of P.E.I. within a relatively short drive.

    Optional excursions will include a visit to Green Gables—fictional home of the famous Anne— and Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation.

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    © Dennis Minty

    Day 10: South Coast Newfoundland
    Exploring Scenic Coastlines

    The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips.

    There are many choices of unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. Along the coast, the geology is outstanding and the plant life is gorgeous. We’ll be on the watch for wildlife, too. We’ll make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.

  • Saint Pierre people 1

    © Dennis Minty

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

    Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France.

    The colourful town of Saint-Pierre makes a charming finale to our trip. Winding streets with shops, houses, and cafes bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

  • St Johns v2

    © Dennis Minty

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

    On the final day of our expedition, we sail back though the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbour. We will say our farewells in the cultural hotspot of North America's oldest city.

Pricing and Cabins


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

  • 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