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    Win a trip to Atlantic Canada worth over £8,000 @ Wanderlust

    Just say the words ‘Atlantic Canada’ and you can virtually feel the sea-spray on your face, hear the clank of jostling masts and smell the bracing air. The eastern coastlines of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Québec are steeped in maritime heritage, and very much places of the sea – as evidenced by everything from the traditions of their inhabitants to the colourful architecture along their shores. They are also a haven for wildlife, from puffins and gannets in thousands-strong colonies to curious seals and a whole host of whales.

    Consequently, it is a region best seen by ship. To sail between its lively ports, national parks and little-known islands is to get a real feel for maritime Canada. Win this nine-night expedition with Exodus Travels, and you could be doing just that.
    Wild waters

    Eastern Canada is magnetic to wildlife. Here, the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic and Gulf of St Lawrence meet, churning up nutrients: a feast for an enormous array of species. Several types of whales come to gorge on this super soup, so an expedition in this region might elicit sightings of breaching humpbacks, arcing minke and even the mighty blue – the planet’s biggest creature. Anticosti Island – a mysterious isle at the mouth of the St Lawrence – is a good place to keep a look out. Grey and harp seals are common companions in these waters too.

    Bird-lovers will be in their element. For instance, the well-named Bird Islands off Cape Breton are home to huge, squawking colonies of great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill and black-legged kittiwake; you might even see majestic bald eagles, swooping down to catch fish. Île Bonaventure, on Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula, is a protected reserve that can be visited by small Zodiac boats, allowing close encounters with one of the largest northern gannet colonies in the world, numbering over 120,000 birds. And on St-Pierre et Miquelon, a little-known island still under French control, there is a heaving puffin colony, where you can watch hundreds of the comical birds dashing around, their colourful bills crammed full of fish.
    People of the sea

    The landscapes of Atlantic Canada mirror the ocean itself: wild, windswept and untamed. There are vertiginous cliffs and strange, sculptural rock formations, perilous sandbars and marooned, unpopulated isles. Only a small population of resilient people live along this shore, their lives closely entwined with the sea, their towns dotted with bright clapboard houses and piles of lobster pots.

    For instance, visit the remote Îles de la Madeleines, in the Gulf of St Lawrence, to explore unique fishing communities, pretty harbours and spectacular ripples of sandstone. Meet up with the locals in Bonne Bay, deep in Gros Morne National Park, to hike up into Newfoundland’s dramatic Tablelands. And in tiny, isolated Francois, perched on the edge of an eye-watering fjord, be prepared: you might get invited to the local community hall dance.
    The perfect ship

    The sturdy Akademik Ioffe, an ice-strengthened Polar Adventure ship, is the perfect vessel for an Atlantic wildlife expedition. Stable and quiet, the Akademik Ioffe carries just 96 passengers, ensuring an intimate experience. This also means all guests can enjoy Zodiac excursions to get closer to the epic wildlife, landscapes and culture that make Atlantic Canada as essential as it is unique.

    Adventure tour operator Exodus Travels offers over 500 trips across 90-plus countries. For more information, call 0845 527 1436 or visit exodus.co.uk
    How to Enter

    Exodus Travels is offering one lucky Wanderlust reader and a companion an incredible nine-night Maritime Wildlife Adventure aboard the Akademik Ioffe, voyaging around Atlantic Canada. The prize includes flights, full-board accommodation, all transport and activities. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

    Q: The Latin name for the Atlantic puffin is: a) Fratercula arctica b) Uria aalge c) Sterna paradisaea

    Answer -a) Fratercula arctica

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