Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Canadian East Coast Fins and Fiddles Expedition Cruise

  • 04 East Coast Canadian Provinces
  • 02 countries - Canada and France
  • 11 days of nature, music, maritime culture and fun

Immerse yourself in everyday 18th century life within a French fortress in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, then set sail into the North Atlantic on a small, ice- strengthened expedition cruise ship while savouring a fresh local lobster supper. Wake up to the mystique of remote Sable Island where wild horses run free on grassy dunes while grey seals bark from sandy shores at waters littered with 350 shipwrecks. Comical, colourful puffins flap through the salty air and countless gannets crowd a thriving colony. Scan the horizon for humpback, minke and blue whales. Explore Canadian history in genteel Charlottetown, PEI where Canada was born in 1867. Kayak or stand-up paddle board across glassy waters, cruise on a guided zodiac tour, or head ashore to hike or cycle. In Newfoundland and Labrador, sail alongside soaring fjord walls streaming with waterfalls in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drop in for wine and cheese at a petit outpost of France off Canada’s coast. Then along the coastlines of Iles-de- la-Madeleine and Anticosti Island in Québec, explore some salty fishing villages with quaint homes painted in rainbow colours – who knows, you might even find yourself dancing a jig with locals to fiery fiddle music at a kitchen party!

Why you should visit
  • Listening to the toe-tapping live tunes of a traditional Newfoundland folk musician on board.
  • Watching wild ponies prance across remote Sable Island, one of Canada’s newest national parks.
  • Gliding past Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine’s red sandstone cliffs topped with houses brightly painted to guide fishermen safely home.
  • Experiencing Nova Scotia’s robust Celtic culture from music and dance to cuisine and language.
  • Watching a humpback whale breach clear out of the water.
  • Honing your camera skills with the ship’s photographer-in-residence
  • Hearing the cries of tens of thousands of gannets nesting on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.
  • Enjoying the intimacy of small-ship cruising through dramatic landscapes like the fjords of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park.

Weather

East Coast Canadian weather is often breezy, cool but comfortable from late spring through early fall. Daytime temperatures range between 12C and 20C. Brief showers are not uncommon. Discover local weather information. Research local marine weather patterns.

Visitor information
When to go

Canada's East Coast Fins and Fiddles trips usually depart during the month of July.

Need to know
  • Extra activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, yoga and photography workshops are included in the rate
  • Windproof/waterproof jackets and bib pants, insulated rubber boots, water-resistant binoculars and a waterproof backpack are supplied
  • Trekking poles are available on shore
  • Bring a bathing suit: there is a Finnish sauna, hot tub and a seawater plunge pool on  board
  • Weather and sea conditions may require changes to the itinerary, including shore excursions.
Getting Here
  • Visitors generally fly into Sydney, Nova Scotia airport YQY.
  • Shuttles transfer guests on the 40-minute drive to the historic port of Louisbourg [http://louisbourg.ca] for the ship's departure.