Be­fore I hopped

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on a plane and started my jour­ney to Canada’s East Coast, I knew a lit­tle about the re­gion — ma­jor cities, land­marks, na­tional parks, those sorts of things — but I’d never been there. The “Fins and Fid­dles” trip with One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions changed that, ob­vi­ously, but in the most un­ex­pect­edly amaz­ing and re­ward­ing ways. I was look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Sable Is­land, even though I ex­pected it to be noth­ing more than a sand­bar. But it was far more than that. The sheer amount of wildlife on the is­land blew me away, from the world’s largest breed­ing colony of grey seals to birds such as the roseate tern, and the horses, of course — you can’t see horses like that any­where else on the planet. I think part of what made stop­ping in places such as Sable Is­land, the Mag­dalen Is­lands and Gros Morne Na­tional Park so mem­o­rable was the va­ri­ety of ways I was able to ex­plore them. I got to learn about and see the in­cred­i­bly di­verse land­scapes, wildlife and cul­tures of the re­gion while bik­ing, hik­ing, kayak­ing, stand-up pad­dle­board­ing and go­ing on Zo­diac cruises. Yes, you’re on a ship, but these ex­pe­ri­ences al­low you to ex­plore even far­ther, to have more free­dom. When we sailed into Bonne Bay by Gros Morne Na­tional Park, we used stand-up pad­dle­boards to get up close to a wa­ter­fall. That sort of flex­i­bil­ity gives you an ex­pe­ri­ence you just can’t get on a cruise with 5,000 other peo­ple.

‘ You can’t see horses like that any­where else on the planet.’

— Ben Wood­ward Win­ner of the 2017 Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic Chal­lenge, pas­sen­ger aboard the One Ocean Nav­i­ga­tor, 2017

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