Sable Island’s wild horses are world-famous, but there’s so much more to this remote sand island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The world’s largest colony of grey seals breeds here, as does the rare roseate tern and the endemic Ipswich sparrow, among many birds of note. Amid the island’s forty-two kilometres of beaches, dunes, and bogs you’ll find a plethora of plants: from iris, to sundew, to wild berries in abundance. Whales and sharks ply the nearby waters.
Sable Island’s history includes shipwrecks and salvage; sealing and walrus hunting; rescue and research. Still, the horses remain the island’s most charismatic residents. Free to roam, they represent one of the world’s last wild equine populations and their spirited antics are truly a sight to behold. Now protected as Canada’s forty-third national park, Sable Island offers an experience unlike any other.
• View one of the world’s last wild horse populations
• See the rare Ipswich sparrow in its sole breeding ground
• Photograph Sable Island’s many rare and beautiful plant species
• Visit the world’s largest grey seal colony
• Seek out marine mammals in The Gully, a Marine Protected Area
We meet in St. John's—Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John’s has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement.
We will arrive in St. John’s ready to explore and will offer a city tour to those interested in the afternoon. Afterwards, we will rendezvous at the docks and board the Ocean Endeavour to begin the adventure proper; passengers will meet the staff and crew, and prepare to leave the harbour. Sailing out of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed; Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows as we head for open water, passing Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America.
Our presentation series will kick into full swing today as our expert resource staff delves into the fascinating history and ecology of Sable Island. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for marine mammals and seabirds in the rich Northwest Atlantic.
Sable Island is the legendary location of hundreds of shipwrecks. The island is home to a population of feral horses, the rare Ipswich sparrow, and seals and seabirds in abundance. We'll have a chance to meet some of the island's handful of human inhabitants and learn about this unique habitat first-hand.
In the four days we will spend exploring Sable Island, expect to be dazzled by a natural habitat unlike any you have ever seen. The herds of wild horses for which the island is famous are a true highlight: we will observe them at their most raw and untamed as they race among the dunes. The sandy shores afford unmatched opportunities for Zodiac cruising, and you may expect to interact with the curious local seal populations as we do.
The historic sites of Sable Island—the old shipwrecks and abandoned settlements—are of particular interest, as the island’s shifting sands hide and reveal different landscapes each day. This ecosystem is in true flux: the vegetation and habitats, as well as the human relics, are at the whim of the ever-changing dunes and we will spend our days exploring before the winds rise and hide all evidence of our passage.
At sea today, we will be crossing The Gully, a Marine Protected Area approximately two hundred kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia and to the east of Sable Island. Here, the sea floor suddenly drops a dizzying two and a half kilometres into a submarine valley. The Gully is one of the most prominent undersea features in eastern Canada and its unique ecology has attracted the interest of many agencies, such as Parks Canada and Environment Canada. This is due to its significant coral communities, its diversity of both shallow and deep-water fish and its many whales and dolphins.
As on our other days at sea, our resource staff will be on hand to deliver dynamic presentations. Out on deck they will assist passengers in spotting the myriad seabirds and marine mammals for which this area is famous.
Explore exotic Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The island’s 6,500 residents are of various descents including French, Basque, Breton, and Norman.
Saint-Pierre’s architecture reflects its history: an eclectic collection of colours and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys. We will have time for a tour of the city and independent exploration in the surrounding area. Take advantage of this day in France to enjoy some wine and cheese, and unwind in a tiny slice of old Europe nestled into the North American coast.
After sailing through the Narrows, we will say our farewells and begin the process of departure. Staff will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.
Weather and sea conditions will be a vital component of our Sable Island programs. Landings will only be possible when sea conditions are safe and may not occur daily. Terrain on Sable Island may be challenging and a good level of mobility is required to participate.
Deck 4, Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bathroom
Deck 4, Interior cabinm three lower berths, private bathroom
Category 3 - Interior Twin
Deck 5, Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bathroom.
Available for sole use
Category 4 - Exterior Twin
Deck 4, porthole window, 2 lower berths, private bathroom
Deck 5, Picture Window, two lower berths, private bathroom
Category 6 - Comfort Twin
Deck 7, Picture windows (partially obstructed) two lower berths, privvate bathroom, refrigerator
Deck 5 and 8, large picture windows (partially obstructed) double bedded only, private bathroom, refrigerator
Category 8 - Superior Twin
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, twin or double bed, private bathroom, refrigerator
Category 9 - Junior Suite
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom
Deck 7, picture window overlooking the bow, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom with bath
Discovery Fund Fee: 250 USD pp
Vessel Type: Expedition
Passenger Capacity: 198
Built: 1982 - refurbished 2010 & 2014
Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.
Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.
The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).
Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!
Deck plan varies for the trips to Antarctica
30% Off for 30 and Under on Sable Island aboard Ocean Endeavour
From St. John’s to St. John’s - 9 days.
Aboard Ocean Endeavour.
5 July 2017.
Saving: US$778.5 - US$3 388.5
Discounted Rates: US$1 816.5 - US$7 906.5
Standard Rates: US$2 595 - US$11 295
SAVE 30% ON BERTH COST FOR TRAVELLERS UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE.
This discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Promotion subject to availability, contact us for further details.
No Single Supplement on Sable Island aboard Ocean Endeavour
Sable Island’s wild horses are world-famous, but there’s so much more to this remote sand island off the coast of Nova Scotia.
From St. John’s to St. John’s - 9 days.
Aboard Ocean Endeavour.
5 July 2017.
Saving: US$2 097.5 - US$4 147.5
Discounted Solo Rates: US$4 195 - US$8 295
Standard Solo Rates: US$6 292.5 - US$12 442.5
FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! SINGLES GET THEIR OWN CABIN AT NO ADDITIONAL COST! For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of single cabins in category 3 through to category 7. There is no single supplement fee for these cabins. Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. This promotion is available on certain cabin categories—call for details and availability.