The Canadian Maritimes

  • 8 days aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Sail to Viking settlements, French islands, and colorful fishing hamlets from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.

Expedition Details

 

Trace the footsteps of Vikings, European explorers, and inventors on a special voyage with Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of the National Geographic Society Gil Grosvenor. Aboard our flagship, the National Geographic Explorer, explore Cape Breton Island, the remote isles of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the rugged and spectacular coast of Newfoundland.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the dunes, sandstone cliffs, and Acadian culture of the Îles-de-la Madeleine.
  • Dock at coastal fishing villages and small islands like the French outpost of Saint-Pierre.
  • Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Gros Morne National Park, with its scenic waterfalls and fjords, and the remains of the 11th-century Viking village at L’Anse aux Meadows.
  • Venture into the historic Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island before a tour of the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — U.S./St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Settle into the National Geographic Explorer, and take to the sea.
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Day 2 — St. Pierre, France

Our first landfall is Saint-Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Gil Grosvenor first traveled here in 1967 with his father on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Explore this picturesque French fishing enclave and stop at a scenic whale watching lookout.
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Day 3 — Louisbourg and Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Visit the reconstructed 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg before docking in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, a founding member of the National Geographic Society, built his summer home and conducted much of his research. With Bell's great-grandson Gil Grosvenor, enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum with the opportunity to hold historic artifacts. Today we also visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and the French fought.
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Day 4 — Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to dunes that stretch for many miles, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. The caves, sea arches, and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago and still lingers today. Weather permitting, set off into the green hills on a hike, or explore the islands by bicycle.
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Day 5 — Gros Morne National Park

Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with our geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics.
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Day 6 — L'Anse aux Meadows

In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived.
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Day 7 — Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's eastern coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores by Zodiac and kayak today. Back on board, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and the wildlife that have made this island home.
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Day 8 — St. John's

Glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, perched at the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or visit the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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National Geographic Expert

Gilbert Grosvenor

Gilbert GrosvenorGil Grosvenor has served National Geographic since 1954, first as a writer and photographer, then as the editor of National Geographic magazine, president of the Society, and, until 2010, as chairman of the board. Gil was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. He was the fifth generation of his family to serve as National Geographic president and his great-grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell, was the Society's second president.

Gil helped design this itinerary based on his experience sailing the same waters with his father, Melville Bell Grosvenor, on assignment for National Geographic magazine for an article in the September 1967 issue.

Gilbert will join the following departures:

Sep 11 - 18, 2014
Sep 11 - 18, 2015

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Sep 11 - 18, 2014 (waitlist only)
2015
  • Sep 11 - 18, 2015 (waitlist only)

Please note: The 2014 departure will have guests arrive in St. John's and fly by private charter to Saint-Pierre on Day 1 where they will embark and spend the following day in Saint-Pierre.

Expedition Cost

2014
2014
Category 1 $7,320
Category 2 $7,760
Category 3 $8,050
Category 4 $8,540
Category 5 $10,070
Category 6 $11,750
Category 7 $13,450

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2014, add $1,930 in Category 2 and $2,020 in Category 3. For a single cabin in 2015, add $2,020 in Category 2 and $2,120 in Category 3.

International airfare to/from St. John's is not included in the expedition cost.

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