Earlier this year, we wrote about the new ship that Adventure Canada will be getting for the 2015 cruise season: the 198-guest Ocean Endeavour. Now, it’s time to talk about the itinerary that will welcome her into service: the Mighty St. Lawrence.

Adventure Canada's 2015 Mighty St. Lawrence Itinerary sails from Quebec City to Saint Pierre, in Saint Pierre et Miquelon.

Adventure Canada’s 2015 Mighty St. Lawrence Itinerary sails from Quebec City to Saint Pierre, in Saint Pierre et Miquelon.

Departing June 14, 2015, this itinerary marks Adventure Canada’s return to La Belle Province of Quebec, gateway to historic Quebec City and the start of the fabled St. Lawrence Seaway that leads into the Atlantic Ocean. The full itinerary:

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The Ocean Endeavour leaves from Quebec City, within sight of the historic Chateau Frontenac. From there, she sails into Saguenay Fjord before entering the Lower St. Lawrence River on Day 3. This is particularly noteworthy as some of the best whale-watching in all of Canada can be found between the cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord, which itself is one of the best feeding grounds for marine and bird species.

Anticosti National Park is larger than Prince Edward Island, yet largely uninhabited. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Anticosti National Park is larger than Prince Edward Island, yet largely uninhabited. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

On Day 4, Ocean Endeavour calls on Mingan Islands National Park. On Day 5, it’s time to visit Anticosti Island. On Day 6, Forillon National Park. If you haven’t heard of any of those before, don’t worry: that’s the entire point. This isn’t your average Canadian Maritimes cruise; Adventure Canada has designed an itinerary that goes where the big ships can’t. In fact, wave to them as they sail past, blissfully unaware of the treasures that they’re missing out on.

Anticosti Island, in particular, is quite noteworthy. It’s larger than Prince Edward Island, but very sparsely populated. In ancient seafaring times, it was known as the “Cemetery of the Gulf” due to the number of wrecks off its shores. Today, you can go hiking in the complete wilderness on this pristine island.

The reddish shores of the Magdalene Islands are explored on Day 8 of Adventure Canada's Mighty St. Lawrence itinerary. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The reddish shores of the Magdalene Islands are explored on Day 8 of Adventure Canada’s Mighty St. Lawrence itinerary. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The Magdalene Islands, visited on Day 8, are also noteworthy for their famous red cliffs. Explorer Jacques Cartier was the first European to visit Magdalene, which up until the 20th Century were completely cut off from the outside world during the winter months due to the thick ice pack that tended to form around them. In the heat of June, however, ice is no longer a concern for Ocean Endeavour.

The voyage ends in Saint Pierre, France – part of Saint. Pierre and Miquelon, the only remnant of New France that remains under French control. Located just south of Newfoundland, Saint Pierre is home to approximately six thousand residents and is located nearly four thousand kilometres from Brest, France, but just 25 kilometres from Newfoundland. Because it is difficult to reach, Adventure Canada has arranged for a charter flight between Saint Pierre and St. John’s, Newfoundland at an extra cost of $295 per person.

Adventure Canada has secured the 1982-built Ocean Endeavour - formerly Kristina Katarina - to operate their expedition adventures in 2015. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

Adventure Canada has secured the 1982-built Ocean Endeavour – formerly Kristina Katarina – to operate their expedition adventures in 2015. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

Ocean Endeavour represents an upgrade from the cozy, comfortable Sea Adventurer that Adventure Canada uses for their Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise programmes this year. Formerly Kristina Cruises’ Kristina Katarina, she recently underwent a major refurbishment program that has left her interiors looking like a boutique hotel. Ten categories of staterooms and suites are complemented by three bars and lounges, a sauna, day spa, open and covered pool deck with swimming pool and a hot tub, as well as a special “mud room” for storing outdoor gear and equipment.

The large amount of open deck space aboard Ocean Endeavour, coupled with a total of three lounges, will give guests more options during their expedition sailings. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

The large amount of open deck space aboard Ocean Endeavour, coupled with a total of three lounges, will give guests more options during their expedition sailings. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

Expedition voyages along the St. Lawrence Seaway are quite rare; expect this one to sell out quickly!

More information on this exciting itinerary can be found by visiting the Adventure Canada website.

 

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