Adventure Canada

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Adventure Canada Highlights

  • Offers close encounters with Arctic wildlife
  • Unique exposure to Inuit culture and Canada's maritime communities
  • Itineraries to remote destinations not frequented by other cruise lines
  • Knowledgeable, local guides and naturalists who double as musicians
  • Adventure Canada News: Cruise Line Cancels St. Lawrence and Newfoundland Sailings

Adventure Canada Fleet (1)

Adventure Canada charters expedition ships on a seasonal basis. Ocean Endeavour has been the favored vessel for summer Arctic expeditions since 2014, replacing Sea Adventurer. The 198-passenger, 12,907-ton Ocean Endeavour was built in Poland in 1982 and is ice-class rated 1B for polar exploration. The most recent renovations took place in 2016. The ship features a pool, hot tub, saunas and gym. All cabins have a private bathroom and TV. Views are either through windows or portholes. Fifty cabins are interiors, including a quad and three triples for families or singles willing to share.

Adventure Canada occasionally charters other ships for specialty sailings, including Island Roamer, a 13-passenger, 68-foot ketch, used for trips to British Columbia's Haida Gwaii. The 100-passenger, all-suite Hebridean Sky, formerly known as Sea Explorer, was built in 1991 and cruises to Antarctica. That ship underwent a $10 million refit in 2016.


Adventure Canada expedition sailings to the Canadian Arctic are very much focused on wildlife, nature and local lore. Life onboard is casual, friendly and relaxed. You won't find anything remotely fancy or formal -- and forget about production shows. You're more likely to be invited to a sing-along or hilarious word game. The emphasis is on learning, with lectures on topics that range from the ecology of the poles to life in a Newfoundland outport, along with traditional Inuit games. Expect one or two shore trips by Zodiac each day, and accept that itineraries will be altered based on wildlife sightings, the changing weather and ice conditions.

Fellow Passengers

About 70 percent of passengers come from Canada, with the rest split between the U.S., Australia and Britain. The average passenger tends to be in his or her 60s, with many repeaters and a surprising number cruising solo. No doubt the offer of a limited number of cabins with no single supplement plays a key role. There are generally some family groups onboard as well, including small children or teens. Passengers are fit, well traveled and keen to learn about the region they are visiting.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Valberg
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