Easily one of my favorite stops on the Seabourn New England and Canada cruise. This island in the archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has astonishing views, breathtaking landscapes and a moody, almost eerie beauty. There were a few different excursions available on this port stop but Haley of Ready Set Jet Set and I opted for the landscape photo tour. Wow, was this the right decision. Even if you are not a photographer, I cannot recommend this enough. It’s the perfect way to take in the exquisite sights of the islands. Imagine light turquoise skies and water juxtaposing with the rich reds of the cliffs. While these photos bring me back, they really do not do Cap-aux-Meules justice.
We arrived in mid-September, right after a hurricane hit. It was chilly throughout the day but in the morning, it was misty with rain and brisk winds. My white sweater dress, suede over-the-knee boots and merino wool coat were perfect for keeping me warm. Layering in weather like this is a must so you can be warm without too much bulk. I know suede isn’t the best in rain, let alone on a sandy beach, but that’s a testament to how incredible these boots are. Upon getting back on board, I simply used a boot brush to remove the sand and my boots looked as good as new!
Our guide and photography instructor took us to these dunes. Google maps says it’s called Pointe-aux-Loups. Here we saw epic cliffs with vibrant red rocks. It’s a gorgeous contrast against the cream-colored sand and light blue water. I feel like we could have stayed here for hours and continued to discover new spots.
This cream sweater dress is a goodie I’ve had for a few years now. While it’s not the warmest out of them all, I love the way it fits and I can layer a cashmere tank or lightweight sweater underneath. It has a boxy, oversized fit, which I love for more casual looks. Plus, I love using a belt to cinch in the waist like I am here for a more refined silhouette. It comes in tons of colors and I have about four of them!
The last stop on our excursion was the Cap-aux-Meules lighthouse. A legend among sailors says a ghost-ship, manned by a crew and piloted by a shadowy steersman, which would leave after midnight from the island to ply the rocky shores looking for shipwrecks. The ship would convey the souls of the deceased mariners to Dead Man’s Island, always returning before dawn. No wonder the islands have a slightly eerie beauty. The lighthouse now stands to warn others to stay away.
As I mentioned earlier, the day started out misty and then midway that mist turned to rain. Luckily, before getting on our tender, I grabbed one of the umbrellas Seabourn had by the gate. This kept me dry in the rain and proved quite sturdy when it got incredibly windy by these cliffs. Plus, Seabourn offers water and sunscreen right when you get off the tender so you’re ready for the day.