Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

Visit 4 provinces in one trip on the Atlantic Island Odyssey

Unveil the hidden wonders of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Québec, and Prince Edward Island on a small-ship expedition cruise.

© Dennis Minty

Set foot on mystical Sable Island, home to grey seals, wild horses, and rare birds. Immerse yourself in Acadian culture in Chéticamp. Experience the charm of Francois, a picturesque fishing village in Newfoundland.

Uncover the vibrant streets of Charlottetown and the stunning cliffs of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Delve into the rich history of St. John’s—North America’s oldest city.

Francois newfoundland 2

© Dennis Minty

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2024 Atlantic Island Odyssey Map
  • Day 1: St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3–5: Sable Island, NS
  • Day 6: The Gully Marine Protected Area
  • Day 7: Cape Breton Island & Bird Islands
  • Day 8: Chéticamp
  • Day 9: Charlottetown, PEI
  • Day 10: Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC
  • Day 11: Francois, NL
  • Day 12: Saint-Pierre, France

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See World-Famous Wild Horses

Be among the lucky few to set foot on Sable Island, a sandbar as long as Manhattan, but only about a kilometre wide.

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.

Sable island wild horses chase

© Dennis Minty

Step into the Past and Savour the Present

Enjoy your free time while exploring Charlottetown. Wander through the historic downtown area, where the Charlottetown Conference took place and Canada's Constitution was born. Treat yourself to the best of local cuisine, including fresh seafood, produce, and craft beer, and experience the friendly charm of the locals.

Church in charlottetown

© Vladimir Rajevac

Revel in Acadian Culture

Spend the day exploring the robust Acadian heritage, culture, cuisine, and language of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Magdalen Islands).

Admire the striking red sandstone cliffs that, although a part of Québec, are in fact geographically closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Light house in magdalen islands

© Dennis Minty

Kick up a Jig at a Kitchen Party

Experience the warm hospitality and adventurous spirit of Francois, Newfoundland—a quaint and picturesque fishing village, with colourful homes and buildings that offer visitors a glimpse into Newfoundland's coastal lifestyle.

Francois board walk on sunny day

© Dennis Minty

Experience the joy of being out on the water

Get out onto the water daily in our large fleet of safe and stable Zodiacs. These boats take us where the action is—they can access even the most hard-to-reach fjords, channels, and beaches!

By Zodiac, we search for wildlife, explore natural and historic sites, visit welcoming communities, and meander dramatic coastlines.

Zodiac cruise along fishing post shore line

© Andre Gallant

Be part of a community of like-minded travellers

Meet interesting folks with similar interests and fascinating life stories, make new friends, and travel in great company. Learn more about the region with our onboard educational program. Enjoy film screenings, evening concerts, costume parties, and polar plunges.

Adventure canadas guests in conversation with expedition host Danny Catt

© Martin Lipman

Transform the Way You See the World

Wherever you journey with us, you can always expect the same great travel experience. Get close to nature and immerse yourself in culture. See stunning vistas and experience the joy of being out on the water.