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East Coast Canada's East Coast Fins and Fiddles || 10 nights

The islands of Canada’s Atlantic coast feature a rich and diverse culture, found in small fishing communities and remote out ports. The area is well known for its Celtic traditions and the music and cuisine of the region is celebrated the world over and wildlife encounters. Historically, this is one of the most fascinating places in North America.

Our exploration of Eastern Canada’s Maritime region starts and ends in Sydney, situated on Cape Breton Island and ends in the historic city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The region also offers a staggering abundance of wildlife, including prolific birdlife, numerous seal and whale species and we even encounter the fabled wild horses of Sable Island. Beaches and lagoons provide viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds and as we cruise towards the mouth of the St Lawrence River, we hope to see the great baleen whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale - as well as grey and harp seals. These rich feeding grounds act as a magnet for wildlife.

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Canada's East Coast Fins and Fiddles ||

Starting Rate: $3,195.00+

Number of Nights: 10

Departs from: SYDNEY, NS

Returns to: HALIFAX

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer in Residence
    Bicycling
    Education
    Enhanced Photography
    Family
    Fitness & Yoga
    Stand Up Paddle Boarding
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Zodiac Cruising

Available Dates:

2017
September 10 - 20 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Canada's East Coast Fins and Fiddles ||

A ship-based exploration allows us to visit places that are otherwise inaccessible or difficult to get to for land-based visitors.

Daily shore excursions with expert guides, a range of wonderful activities and an inspired dining menu make this an ideal way to experience this enchanting region of Canada.



Day 1

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the port town of Sydney, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the One Ocean Voyager / Akademik Sergey Vavilov...

Our adventure begins in the port town of Sydney, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the One Ocean Voyager / Akademik Sergey Vavilov. We board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh local lobster as we sail into the broad expanse of the Gulf of St Lawrence.




Day 2

Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

Sculpted out of sandstone, these islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront ...

Sculpted out of sandstone, these islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. The island’s gentle terrain is a cyclist’s paradise, while the sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding through sea arches and into sandstone sea caves is superb. Otherwise you might enjoy a whale-watching cruise in the zodiacs or head to the beach to soak up some sun – or build sand castles!




Day 3

Prince Edward Island

Today, we anchor just offshore Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here we can split off in several directions. A tour int...

Today, we anchor just offshore Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here we can split off in several directions. A tour into Charlottetown for those interested in a day in town is an option, or perhaps a visit to the celebrated location of Green Gables is an option? Or spend a few hours at the island’s famous Cavendish beach (with a mandatory sampling of Cows Ice Cream!) Another enticing option could be a leisurely bicycle ride along the Confederation Trail or the Coastal Drive. A round of golf on one of the islands celebrated golf courses, or a kayak paddle in Rustico Bay.




Day 4

Gaspé Peninsula | Quebec

At Bonaventure Island we drop the anchor near the town of Percé and explore the island by zodiac. This location has a rich natural, historic, and ...

At Bonaventure Island we drop the anchor near the town of Percé and explore the island by zodiac. This location has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Sculpted over time by the sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. The outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see location. Zodiac cruising, sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are all activities that can be undertaken here, weather permitting.




Day 5

Anticosti Island | Quebec

At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic...

At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, Anticosti Island is rich in marine wildlife. We plan to hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point.




Day 6

Gros Morne National Park

A boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and perhaps even a moose could all be encounter...

A boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and perhaps even a moose could all be encountered as we explore the park. The twisting mountain road to Trout River makes for a challenging bike ride with our guides or a paddle along the shore of Bonne Bay in the seak kayaks provide yet another memorable activity.




Day 7

Francois | Newfoundland

Known as an ‘out-port’, and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbor which is navigable year-round. Wh...

Known as an ‘out-port’, and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbor which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois harbor, we are first greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations anywhere on the coast of Newfoundland. Once past the light, the narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord amazes us.




Day 8

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon | France

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. The islands represent the sole remaining vestig...

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. The islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France’s once vast North American empire. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There's an excellent puffin colony here and, if weather permits, we cruise in the zodiacs to see these colorful birds.




Day 9

Louisbourg | Nova Scotia

We arrive at the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we drop anchor in front the Fortress of Louisbourg. For the history buffs, th...

We arrive at the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we drop anchor in front the Fortress of Louisbourg. For the history buffs, this location is a highlight of the voyage. We visit the fortress by zodiac spending several hours touring the historic buildings and learning from local guides. This afternoon, we return to the ship and set sail for the Grand Banks and mythical Sable Island.




Day 10

Sable Island

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with mor...

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants, a herd of wild horses and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic regions. Sable Island forms one of Canada’s newest national parks and we explore the long sand beaches. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on our in depth exploration of Canada's Atlantic provinces.




Day 11

Halifax

We sail back to mainland Nova Scotia, arriving into the Port of Halifax. We disembark in the morning and while some of us will head to the airport,...

We sail back to mainland Nova Scotia, arriving into the Port of Halifax. We disembark in the morning and while some of us will head to the airport, many may add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy this historic city and surroundings.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
September 10 - 20
2017
10 Akademik Sergey Vavilov $3,195.00+
One Ocean Suite
$8,995.00

Shackleton Suite
$7,495.00

Superior
$6,195.00

Twin Private
$5,195.00

Semi Private
$4,195.00

Triple Share
$3,195.00



All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

Sea Kayaking in Eastern Canada: USD695. On our Fins and Fiddles departures, Sea Kayaking is complimentary

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