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Québec/Newfoundland and Labrador

Exploring the Mighty Gulf of St. Lawrence

Program No. 21823RJ
Discover unique cultural and natural wonders in the world’s largest estuary, learning about this special region through expert-led hikes, exciting excursions and informative lectures.

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At a Glance

The Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada’s virtual inland sea, beckons with stunning coastal regions, enigmatic islands, rich history from First Nations to today’s resolute residents of remote villages, and an abundance of wildlife. Share the camaraderie of this exciting Road Scholar adventure aboard a ship built for exploring.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the world’s largest estuary, a place of extraordinary ecological richness and distinctive human and natural history.
  • Experience the unique history and culture of Atlantic Canada, from stunning landscapes and hiking opportunities to potential wildlife sightings.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Breton Island, famed for it's rocky shores, glacial valleys, and barren headlands.

General Notes

The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions. The program is limited to 24 participants and the Ocean Endeavour holds 198 passengers.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Last Imaginary Place
by Robert McGhee
Franklin's Lost Ship: Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus
by John Geiger & Alanna Mitchell
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez
The Voyage of the Narwhal
by Andrea Barrett
Arctic Dreams and Nightmares
by Alootook Ipellie
Across the Top of the World
by James Delgado
Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga
by William F Fitzhugh
Native peoples of Quebec. Michel Noel, Redaction
by Sylvain Harvey
The Future of the Arctic
by Charles Emmerson
Who Owns the Arctic: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North
by Michael Byers
The Right to Be Cold: One Women's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet
by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Paper Stays Put: A Collection of Inuit Writing
by Robin Gedalof
The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole
by Pierre Berton
In Order to Live Untroubled: Inuit of the Central Arctic, 1550-1940
by Renee Fossett
Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset
by Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson, and Minnie Aodla Freeman
True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
by Bruce Henderson
Uqalurait: an Oral History of Nunavut
by John Bennett and Susan Rowley, eds.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
by E.C. Pielou
Dead Reckoning: the Untold Story of the Northwest Passage
by Ken McGoogan
Gossip: a Spoken History of Women in the North
by Mary Crnkovich ed.
Canada's Relationship With Inuit: A History of Policy and Program Development
by Sarah Bonesteel
Ghosts of Cape Sabine: the Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition
by Leonard F Guttridge
Across Time and Tundra: the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic
by Ishmael Alunik
The Legend of Kiviuq as Retold in the Drawings of Nancy Pukirnak Aupaluktuq.
by Nancy Pukirnak Aupaluktuq; Preface by Diane Webster
From Magic Words to Word Processing: A History of the Inuit Language
by Louis-Jacques Dorais
Arctic Eden
by Jerry Kobalenko
Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik the New York Eskimo
by Kenn Harper
Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram
by Charles Johnson
Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
by John Geiger & Owen Beattie
What We Know About Climate Change
by Kerry Emanuel
The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World
by Hugh Brody
The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the Northwest Passage
by Andrew Lambert
The Last Gentleman Adventurer
by Edward Beauclerk Maurice
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(2) Review left 6/26/2022

After two years in dry dock, the ship was not Ready for Prime Time. It was the Ocean Endeavor’s first cruise since the pandemic, the crew really tried to correct the problems as they were identified and based on comments made from fellow passengers who had traveled with Adventure Canada before, this was not the normal experience. However, as a first-time traveler with Adventure Canada, this is my experience. For three days, water intermittently came up from the drain in my bathroom covering the floor. The Plumber explained it was an old ship and some areas of the pipe couldn’t handle the volume of water from everyone’s shower. After three days of them trying to fix it and the water turning brownish, I requested and got moved to another room. The new room had a toilet that leaked, but the plumber fixed it the same day. Both Cabin temperatures were consistently over 75 degrees and stuffy. The ceiling vent just didn’t provide enough fresh air. When they tried to fix it, I was told that travelers on the top floors complained it was too cold. With only one cooling system, they had to keep some rooms hotter so that top rooms weren’t cold. The sound system in the rooms and Lounge were not always working correctly. The food was very good and I got to try a lot of new items. The first couple of days there were long wait times for the meals to arrive and the food was often cold. They switched to a buffet, which worked better. But because of a few COVID cases. they rightfully switched to the waiters getting the food from the buffet, which resulted in some cold food again and frequent wrong orders. The lectures were interesting and the zodiac trips fantastic. I would have loved to sit in a sauna, after being outside, but as far as I know they never worked. Bottom line, I felt like I was on a shakedown cruise where the performance of the ship and crew were being tested and the problems worked out. I would recommend waiting till the company gets back up to their normal standards

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If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.