Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Ocean Expeditions’ East Coast Wildlife Safari

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Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia © Russell G. Campbell

Canada’s Atlantic Provinces Reinvented with One Ocean Expeditions’ East Coast Wildlife Safari

Polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions, is introducing a new 10-day expedition cruise in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada visiting Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland and the French territory of Saint Pierre et Miquelon, launching in July 2015.

Starting in Louisbourg on the southeast coast of Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia, the 10-day journey will showcase the unparalleled beauty, rich marine life, fishing and Celtic cultures of otherwise inaccessible outports and islands of the Maritime East Coast. The East Coast Wildlife Safari is a visual, musical and educational feast for travellers wanting to experience quintessential Canada.

Highlights of the voyage will include the shipwrecks and wild ponies of Sable Island and Canada’s newest National Park, Bird Island; Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, the iconic Bonaventure Island, and the culturally rich Gaspe Peninsula and Anticosti Island. This departure will also take guests to the spectacular Gros Morne National Park and the isolated marine community of Francois, as well as crossing the French border at St-Pierre et Miquelon, before returning to Louisbourg.

Akademik Ioffe

Abundant birdlife and marine mammals, beaches and lagoons provide excellent viewing opportunities, while the Akademik Ioffe cruises toward the mouth of the St Lawrence River. Home to humpback, minke, beluga and blue whale, the St Lawrence offers a plethora of wildlife. Birders will delight in the eagles, puffins, and thousands of northern gannets in their natural habitats. The onboard naturalists will spot and assist in species identification. Resident photographers will help guests to capture this unique experience. Local musicians will share their talents and cultural insights into this musically rich region.

The 9 nights /10 day East Coast Wildlife Safari takes place, 7 to 16 July, 2015. Prices start from US$7195 per person sharing a twin cabin including all meals and accommodation on board, zodiac excursions and landings, ship transfers and foul weather gear. Flights are not included.

One Ocean Expeditions creates adventures unlike any other. The 2015 Canadian Arctic expedition cruise program offers something for everyone. Starting with the 9-night East Coast Wildlife Safari, followed by 11-nights ‘Off the Beaten Track’ offering a range of adventure options on Baffin Island and the west coast of Greenland; a 10-night Arctic Circle in Focus Photographic Symposium; and One Ocean Expeditions signature voyage, a 12-night cruise through the Northwest Passage. Each voyage offers educational components with top scientists and educators whilst custom activities and adventures remain a top priority.