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The port town of Lunenburg on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Fins & Fiddles Expedition Cruise

The port town of Lunenburg on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Veer off from typical tourist hotspots and turn your attention to Atlantic Canada, a mystic region that marches to its own tune. Get to know the country's Atlantic Fishing Communities, including their Celtic tradition and wild landscapes, on this ultimate cruising expedition that starts and ends in the port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
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Experience Zodiac Cruising, seal and whale viewing, kayaking, cycling and hiking across coastal landscapes.

Discover the beauty of St. Lawrence River, the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, and the UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park.

Discover the unique tradition, culture and landscapes of Canada's Atlantic Fishing Communities.

Enjoy 10 nights of small ship expedition cruising aboard the impressive Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

Eschew your usual kind of holiday with this unique cruising expedition across Atlantic Canada - where old world cultures blend well into the sea. Begin in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, cruising past the iconic lighthouse until you arrive in Sable Island located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometres from the coast. Delight in the sight of wild horses and migratory bird species roaming across the island before heading to Cape Breton to discover the awesome Atlantic puffins and razorbills on Bird Island. Anchor off Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. You may choose to visit Charlottetown, bike along the Confederation Trail, or paddle in Rustic Bay. From the Gulf of St. Lawrence continue to Bonaventure Island, Anticosti Island, and the UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park. Explore the World Heritage-listed Tablelands or paddle along the shores of Bonne Bay before your journey to the Community of Francois in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Continue to the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon situated off the south coast of Newfoundland before sailing back to Louisbourg.

This cruising holiday is available on the 19th and 29th of July 2020.
Valid passport required to travel on this tour as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is a part of France.

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10 nights on board a small expedition ship
Sightseeing and attractions as listed
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Activities and attractions covered in this package:

  • 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


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Day 1

The adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where you will board the expedition vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Tonight, enjoy as you sail out past the lighthouse into the North Atlantic.

Day 2
Sable Island

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometres from the coast, lies Sable Island which is 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cape Breton

Today, you will sail to Cape Breton and explore this beautiful island stopping in Englishtown. You have a few options in this area. You will encounter Atlantic puffins and razorbills on Bird Island, which you explore by zodiac. The Gaelic College in Cape Breton is a short bus ride away from the beach where you disembark. There are opportunities to launch the sea kayaks or to enjoy a stand-up paddle board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
North Rustico

Today, you will anchor off Prince Edward Island near the town of North Rustico. From here, the group can split off in several directions. You may tour Charlottetown. Other enticing options include a leisurely bicycle ride along the Confederation Trail or the Coastal Drive, a round of golf, or a kayak paddle in Rustico Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Gulf of St. Lawrence

The islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, there's a wide diversity of bird and sea life. The island’s gentle terrain is a cyclist’s paradise, while the sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding through sea arches are superb.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Bonaventure Island

At Bonaventure Island, the anchor drops near the town of Percé and you will explore the island by zodiac. The 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. Zodiac cruising and sea kayaking are activities that can be undertaken here, weather permitting.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Anticosti Island

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. 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

Sail into majestic Bonne Bay. 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! 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

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 station, 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

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. 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 farewell dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

Today, you will sail back to the historic port of Louisbourg. You will disembark in the morning and your tour will end.


Additional information

Official language
French & English
Canadian Dollars
10 nights
from AUD10,662
per person, twin share
19 & 29 July 2020
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Important notes

Valid passport required to travel on this tour as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is a part of France.


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