LABRADOR AND TORNGAT MOUNTAINS
Fascinating historic locations and remote wilderness accessible only by ship
LABRADOR AND TORNGAT MOUNTAINS
TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NP, CANADA
12 DAYS 23 JUL - 03 AUG 2018

This voyage links several fascinating historic locations on Canada’s east coast, including a Viking settlement, a French-built fortress, several remote mission locations and isolated fishing ports. We journey northwards from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes and into the higher Arctic latitudes.

Tour Highlights
  • VIKING SETTLEMENT
  • HIGHER ARCTIC LATITUDES
  • REMOTE MISSION LOCATIONS
  • ANCIENT CANADIAN SHIELD
  • BREATHTAKING TORNGAT NP
  • EXCEPTIONAL NACHVAK FJORD

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NP, CANADA

  • When
    :

    JULY, AUGUST

  • What
    :

    NATURE AND WILDLIFE

GROS MORNE NP

Carved by colliding continents and grinding glaciers Gros Morne NP is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will find unique geology and exceptional scenery.

LOUISBOURG

The Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site of Canada. The original settlement was made in 1713 and became one of North America’s busiest 18th century seaports, the largest of it’s kind.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nova Scotia, transfer to your hotel.

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, it was fortified in 1713 by the French due to its strategic maritime location. We board the ship in the late afternoon.

We are anchored off the tiny fishing community of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. Our zodiacs take us ashore and we are transferred by bus for our visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands.

This incredible location is noted for its exceptional scenery, where the Earth’s mantle is exposed – pushed up over millions of years by the movement of tectonic plates.

Today tells a story a thousand years in the making. We board the zodiacs for a short cruise to the rocky shoreline. A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of
Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Battle Harbour marks our arrival into the province of Labrador. We venture ashore to explore the restored fishing, whaling, commercial buildings found in this remote community. The colourful buildings make for fantastic photographic subjects amid the backdrop of breathtaking
coastal views.

The ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the exposed portion of the Earth’s crust) cradle the small coastal hamlet of Hopedale. This remarkable geological feature, estimated to be up to 4-billion-years-old greets us as we sail through narrow channels and weigh anchor off Hopedale.

Today we enjoy a visit to the historic town of Hebron and the Moravian missionaries, considered one of the most historically significant mission-built structures in the entire province. We will hope to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut Government ambassadors, who have been
looking after the historic site for years. They have a fascinating story to tell.

We will visit Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve, featuring breathtaking fjords, remnant glacial systems and stunning landscapes. The Inuktitut word Torngat, means “place of spirits” and it represents a spiritual connection to the Inuit spirit world.

Polar bears hunt seals as they  migrate to and from their calving grounds. There are some terrific hiking opportunities here to explore the area on foot and along the shoreline in the zodiacs. Wildflowers are spectacular when in bloom and bears feast on local berries.

Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometres. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 meters above us at several points. Many species migrate through the area during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal species may be encountered including ring, hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, while larger species, including fin and humpback, tend to stay offshore. An outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects.

We visit the northern Button Islands before sailing into southern Davis Strait. Named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612, the islands are in the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf.

This action makes it a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals.

Today we will sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island.
Here we are on the lookout for both polar bears and walrus that live around the island in an uneasy truce. We enjoy our final zodiac cruise here and tonight we reflect on the last 10-days of exploration while enjoying a sumptuous farewell dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship.

During the night the ship will negotiate the narrow channels of Frobisher Bay on the way to our disembarkation point, Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut.

We bid farewell to our crew and disembark the ship by zodiac and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Ottawa.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    ROOM / CABIN TYPEPER PERSON
    Twin / Triple ShareUSD 3,695
    Twin / Twin SemiUSD 4,695
    Twin / Twin PrivateUSD 6,295
    Twin / SuperiorUSD 6,795
    Twin / ShackletonUSD 8,295
    One Ocean SuiteUSD 9,895
    Charter FlightUSD 995
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