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11 Day Fins and Fiddles Expedition Cruise

11 Days / 10 Nights | From $5985

Day 1: Arrive in Louisbourg, NS

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The adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where you board the expedition vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. On the cruise, enjoy a dinner of fresh, local lobster as you sail out past the lighthouse into the North Atlantic.


Day 2: Sable Island, NS

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Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometres 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 grey 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Cape Breton, NS

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Return to Cape Breton and continue the exploration of this beautiful island by stopping in Englishtown. You have a few options in this area. You encounter Atlantic puffins and razorbills on Bird Island, which you explore by zodiac. The seaside community of Englishtown is also a fascinating location featuring numerous points of interest. The Gaelic College in Cape Breton is a short bus ride away from the beach where you disembark, and provides an interesting diversion. There are opportunities to launch the sea kayaks, enjoy a stand-up paddle board excursion in the placid waters, or a cruise in the zodiacs. Other activities to enjoy include on-shore hiking and gentle cycle touring.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: North Rustico, PEI

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In September of 1864, representatives from the British Colonies in North America met in Charlottetown to discuss Confederation. On July 1st, 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into being. Today, we anchor off 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 Green Gables, or spend a few hours at the island’s famous Cavendish beach with a mandatory sampling of Cows Ice Cream. Other enticing options 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Gulf of St. Lawrence, QC

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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 meadows and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, encounter a wide diversity of bird and sea life. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid-15th century, though it’s thought indigenous Miíkmaqs had been visiting for centuries to hunt walrus. Quebecois and Acadian culture features strongly in the local cuisine, craft and language. 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 are 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!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Bonaventure Island, QC

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At Bonaventure Island, the anchor drops near the town of Percé and you 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 this location a highlight. Almost 300 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island. An afternoon visit to the community of Percé will provide a window into the rich fishing culture of French Canada. Zodiac cruising and sea kayaking are activities that can be undertaken here, weather permitting.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Anticosti Island, QC

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At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, where the river water mixes with Arctic waters and the more temperate Atlantic waters, lies Anticosti Island. Hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island, then take a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point. You will likely observe several species of shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals, which are frequent visitors to the island's waters. Bald eagles soaring along the shoreline, deer in the woods and whales just offshore are all common sights in this location.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Gros Morne National Park, NL

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Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of tuckamore forest – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point you are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation centre. From there, various guided walks take you into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park! A boreal wetland landscape featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and perhaps even a moose, could all be encountered as you explore the park. The twisting mountain road to Trout River makes for a challenging bike ride with the guides, or a paddle along the shores of Bonne Bay is another great option.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Community of Francois, NL

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The community of Francois on the south coast of Newfoundland was settled in the late 1700’s. Francois’ rich fishing heritage also included operation of a whale factory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known as an ‘out-port’, and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbour which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois’ harbour, you are first greeted by one of the few remaining manned light stations on the coast of Newfoundland. Once past the light, the narrow opening leading into the steep-walled rocky fjord will amaze you. This is a spectacular location and for many, a highlight of the trip.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France

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Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. The islands were first settled by the French in the early 17th century and today are 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, you can cruise in the zodiacs to see these colourful birds. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain to mark the end of the voyage through Canada’s spectacular Atlantic Provinces.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Depart Louisbourg, NS

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You sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. You will disembark in the morning and, while some will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.


Tour Includes: 10 nights on board a small expedition ship, sightseeing and attractions as listed, 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.


  • Canada's Atlantic Fishing Communities
  • Celtic Traditions, Music and Cuisine
  • Wild Horses of Sable Island
  • Seal and Whale Viewing
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Sea Kayaking, Cycling and Hiking
  • Photographer in Residence
  • Fitness and Yoga Lessons
  • Guided Shore Excursions
  • Small Ship Expedition Cruising
  • Zodiac Cruising


Important Note: Valid Passport required to travel on this tour as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is a part of France.

11 Day Fins and Fiddles Expedition Cruise
Style: Tour of Distinction Start: Louisbourg
Days: 11   End: Louisbourg
Start End Code Double/Twin Single
2-Jul-19 12-Jul-19 ECFF01-19 $5,985.00 $8,840.00
Pricing is per person
USD (does not include 5% tax)
Note: Pricing based on Twin Private Cabin, other categories available upon request. Our TwinShare program is not available for this tour.

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