Mighty Saint Lawrence, 11 Days
SMALL-SHIP EXPEDISHION: JUNE 1 TO JUNE 11, 2022
Starts: Quebec City, QC, Canada
Ends: Saint-Pierre, France
Flights: Saint-Pierre, France to St. John’s, NL, Canada. Afternoon arrival. Price: $495 USD
- DAY 1: Quebec City & Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada
Begin Your Adventure
Welcome to Quebec — the vibrant capital of the province with the same name. Predominantly French-speaking, Quebec retains strong European influences in architecture, cuisine, and culture.
Meet the rest of your like-minded travel companions in the morning then journey by coach to the charming community of Tadoussac to board the?Ocean Endeavour.
- DAY 2: Saguenay Fjord
Search for Whales and Dolphins
Explore the community of Tadoussac, once an Innu sealing camp and later, in 1599, the site of the first trading post in what is now Canada.
Take a Zodiac cruise of Saguenay Fjord National Park, searching for the fin, minke, blue, and beluga whales known to frequent these nutrient-rich waters.
Here at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River estuary, this brackish waterway teems with marine life.
- DAY 3: Jardins De Métis / Reford Gardens
Take A Botanical Tour
Visit the famed Jardins de Metis, a National Historic Site also called Reford Gardens.
Meander the scenic pathways that wind among fifteen distinct gardens offering more than 3.000 species and varieties of flowers and plants.
Explore this expansive site to its fullest, including the art installations, sculptures, museum, and restaurant.
- DAY 4: Havre-Saint-Pierre, Mingan Archipelago
Marvel at Limestone Sculptures
Stand in awe at the spectacular natural sculptures of the Mingan Islands, formed of limestone and shaped by the action of the sea, then wander amongst this incredible landscape.
Keep your binoculars at the ready for the Atlantic puffins and Arctic eiders vying for your attention, while harp, harbour, and grey seals cavort in the waters.
Make note of the wildly diverse flora of the islands, including 450 plant species, 190 lichens, and 300 mosses!
- DAY 5: Forillon National Park and Gaspe
Hike Stunning Sea Cliffs to Canada's Tallest Lighthouse
Take in a hike best suited to your own pace — whether that’s a leisurely stroll or an energetic trek—through these remnants of the Appalachian Mountain chain in Forillon National Park.
Keep an eye out for birds, marine mammals, and other wildlife. Walk to Canada’s tallest lighthouse and visit Grande-Grave National Heritage Site, which tells the story of the fishing families who once made their homes here.
Soak in the scenery of these stunning sea cliffs jutting above the treeline. Here, the Gaspésie (Gaspe Peninsula), separates the mouth of the Saint Lawrence estuary from the Baie de Chaleur.
- DAY 6: Ile Bonaventure National Park / Perce Rock
Enjoy Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising
Visit Parc National de l’Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce while enjoying a Zodiac cruise.
Learn about the geology of world-famous Perce Rock, a huge natural arch of reddish-gold limestone and sandstone with a large sea stack at one end.
Marvel in the sight of thousands of northern gannets and other seabirds that nest at nearby Bonaventure Island.
- DAY 7: Prince Edward Island
Visit Enchanting Communities
Meander through historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, known as the Birthplace of Confederation.
A charming town and the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Charlottetown offers access to all of PEI within a relatively short drive.
You might also opt for possibilities to explore Green Gables—the fictional home of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous Anne — or Lennox Island Mi’kmaq First Nation.
- DAY 8–9: Magdalen Islands
Revel in Acadian Culture
Spend two days 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, though a part of Québec, are in fact geographically closer to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Meet some of the 12.000 or so friendly residents who call this archipelago home and be sure to browse the shops and restaurants for handicrafts, seafood, and local wines and beers!
- DAY 10: Newfoundland’s South Coast
Explore Scenic Coastlines
Journey through the beautiful and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland, dotted with bays, coves, and a few remaining remote outport communities.
Admire outstanding geology and gorgeous botanical life.
Spot plentiful birds, whales, and other wildlife as we make the most of every opportunity for Zodiac and land excursions.
A visit here will be a highlight of your trip!
- DAY 11: Saint-Pierre, FR
Savour European Shops & Cafes
Indulge in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a charming finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon — an official territory of the French Republic.
Wind through charming streets lined with shops, houses, and cafes that bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.
End your expedition with a charter flight or an overnight sailing to St. John’s, NL, a cultural hotspot and North America's oldest city.
- 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
- Commercial & charter flights
- Program enhancements/optional excursions
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharges
- Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation and administrative fee