East Coast Wildlife Safari

Ioffe Cruise Ship
Ioffe
96 Passengers
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The islands of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces offer an abundance of birdlife and marine mammals, in addition to unique fishing and celtic cultures. Beaches and lagoons provide ample viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds and as we cruise towards the mouth of the St Lawrence River we hope to see Baleen whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale as well as grey seals and harp seals. In addition we will look for eagles along the beach and gannets fishing the waters. This is an area rich in wildlife and our onboard naturalists will be spotting and identifying the various creatures around us. Starting and ending in the historical town of Louisbourg on beautiful Cape Breton Island, this voyage offers a tremendous opportunity to explore this historic and beautiful region and we take every opportunity to discover the Maritimes in all their glory.  

As we sail the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, we will be accompanied by a Cape Breton fiddler and an East Coast musician with a focus on the musical culture of the small fishing communities. Really, no voyage in these waters could be accompanied by any less than this.

Day 1 — Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg of Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the Akademik Ioffe. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its very strategic maritime location.  During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America.

We will board the vessel in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse and onto the Grand Banks.

Day 2 — 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 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 and a herd of Sable Island ponies. Sable Island is now one of Canada’s newest national parks.

Day 3 — Bird Island

On the north central coast of Cape Breton, the Bird Islands are home to a number of important species including the Great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and are known as an important feeding area for Cape Breton’s population of bald eagles.

Day 4 — The Magdalen Islands (Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine)

Sculpted out of sandstone, the remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sculpted sandstone shorelines. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture, we see a wide diversity of bird life along the beaches and lagoons.

Day 5 — Bonaventure Island and the Gaspe Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island we drop the anchor near the town of Perce and visit the island by zodiac. One of the largest northern gannet colonies in the world, Bonaventure Island is protected under provincial park status in Quebec. We visit the colony, indulging in close up views of these majestic seabirds.

Day 6 — Anticosti Island

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 will plan to wander the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point.  We will be keeping our eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals as we enjoy this region.

Day 7 — Gros Morne National Park

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 – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point we are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation centre. From there, various guided walks take us into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park – a spectacular experience!

Day 8 — Francois

Francois (pronounced Frans-way) is a small, isolated community steeped in the traditions of the sea, perched on the edge of a beautiful fjord on the south coast of Newfoundland. We are welcomed ashore by members of the community and, if we hit it off, we may be invited to a dance at the community hall!

Day 9 — St Pierre et Miquelon

The island of St. Pierre, is a European enclave still under French control. 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

Day 10 — Louisbourg

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

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There is always a possibility of an added fuel surcharge if marine oil prices raise significantly.

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