$10,265.00 (double occupancy)
This expedition includes the chance to visit two national parks, several different settlements, and some intriguing cities. While the vastness of this immense region may prove unsettling for visitors, the cheerful and friendly manner of the region’s inhabitants, the Inuit, will quickly put you at ease. Enjoy learning more about the fascinating history of the people that have lived here for thousands of years, and the people living here today.
Canada's coastline cruise starts in Newfoundland. St. John’s is the oldest and easternmost city in North America. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways, the city is full of character. We recommend that you explore this historic town, with its striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, before you embark on your adventure of Newfoundland and Labrador
Even though Paris is around 2,500 miles away, the people living in St. Pierre and Miquelon are very proud to be French. The islands are part of the French Republic and are, in fact, the country’s oldest overseas territory. Today, you can enjoy a taste of the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates, and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets!
Enjoy a day at sea. There will be lectures on various topics, or you can spend some time on deck enjoying the wildlife we’ll see on our journey.
The Gros Morne National Park is one of the highlights of a trip to Newfoundland. The landscape, with its deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches, and spectacular fjord system, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moose, caribou, foxes, black bears, ptarmigans, and eagles are commonly seen here. A visit to the higher regions of this ancient landscape will be unforgettable.
Between 1550 and the early 17th century, Red Bay was a center for Basque whaling operations. During the whaling heyday up to 2,500 whalers came on 50 ships from France and Spain for the whale-hunting season. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you feel like going treasure hunting while we are here, local legend has it that the infamous pirate Captain Kidd hid some of his treasure in the ‘Pond on the Hill’.
In L’Anse aux Meadows, you’ll find the first known evidence of European presence on the American continent. It is here that a Norse expedition built a small camp around 1,000 years ago. In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists started excavating in this area and discovered the fascinating remains of this Viking camp. In 1979, L’Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp, you can see original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.
Located on the edge of the Labrador Sea, Battle Harbour is a nature lover’s paradise. For two centuries, it was the economic and social center of the southeast Labrador coast. Today, it is a wilderness adventure destination, where you can encounter whales, dolphins, seabirds, Arctic foxes, icebergs, and spectacular island scenery on one of our hikes or boat tours.
We will spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking along the trails and the countless miles of wilderness to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures, and traditions of the area at the numerous historic sites we will visit.
One of the places we may visit is Red Bay. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We may also visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world. This small, isolated town has a population of just 300 and cannot be accessed by road. However, it is accessible by ship all year around, and in wintertime via snowmobile. We offer several outings here: You can explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat or go fishing, riding, or whale watching. We may also visit Hopedale, originally the Inuit settlement of Agvituk, meaning ‘the place of the whales’, and Hebron, a former Moravian mission and the northernmost settlement in Labrador.
The spectacular wilderness of Torngat Mountains National Park comprises 3,700 square miles in the Northern Labrador Mountains.
The peaks of the Torngat Mountains National Park are dotted with remnant glaciers. The landscape was formed during the last ice age and features steep fjord systems rising up to nearly 3,000 feet directly out of the sea. It is truly rough and wild.
Today, the Inuit people continue to use this area for hunting, fishing, and traveling throughout the year. Torngait means ‘place of spirits’, and the Torngat Mountains have been home to the Inuit and their predecessors for 7,000 years, as we can see from archaeological sites in the area.
You might get to see polar bears hunting seals along the coast, the Torngat Mountain and George River caribou herds crossing paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds, or any number of moose, foxes, wolves, and black bears that are native to the park.
Your adventure ends in Quebec’s Arctic region – an immense, pristine territory lying north of the 55th parallel. Experience the Nunavik Inuit’s corner of the world, and take the opportunity to see the distinctive characteristics of their cultural and linguistic heritage, art, and history, as well as traditional clothing and tools before you fly to Montreal.