If you're a fervid fan of author Margaret Atwood, come springtime you'll have an opportunity to go out to sea with the internationally acclaimed author.
Adventure Canada, a travel company headquartered in Missisauga, Ontario, has invited Atwood to be a special guest on the Atlantic Canada Explorer voyage. This isn't Atwood's first time at sea with Adventure Canada, having traveled with them numerous times since 2001 as a staff member and special guest.
The 12-day adventure in June is aboard the Ocean Endeavour, and includes three East Coast provinces: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Also on the itinerary is historic Saint-Pierre, a French island located off the coast of Newfoundland. Along with the isle of Miquelon, the two islands are the last pieces of French territory in North America.
Highlights of the cruise include the famous wild horses of Sable Island; Fortress of Louisbourg; Bay of Fundy; Lunenburg, home of the Blue Nose; and St. John's, Newfoundland.
Atwood, a two-time Booker Prize-winner, was recently named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Queen Elizabeth for her contributions to literature. While on board the Ocean Endeavour, the Ottawa native will give a special presentation on her latest book, The Testaments. It's the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. She will talk about the connection between The Testaments and some of the places on the Atlantic Canada Explorer itinerary, including the Bay of Fundy and Campobello Island.