Eastern Canada and New England Cruise Highlights
Thinking about a fall cruise? The coastline of New England, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the banks of the Saint Lawrence River beckon, for reasons far beyond the region’s traditionally colorful fall foliage.
Montreal, Quebec, on the Saint Lawrence River, is a popular stop on many Canada/New England cruises (some passengers are surprised and pleased that an ocean liner can venture so far from the ocean). Take a tour of the city’s charming Old Town, which may feel more like Paris than anywhere else in North America. The Underground City complex offers great shopping and connections to a variety of attractions, but if the weather is fine you may prefer to visit the Atwater or Jean Talon markets to pick up gifts, mementos and sweet treats. For a beautiful view, hike to the top of Mont Royal, situated in the middle of the city.
Also on the Saint Lawrence, Quebec City is truly unique. The historic part of town is surrounded by the only remaining fortified walls north of Mexico. Look up to see the towering Chateau Frontenac, an incredibly grand hotel originally built for passengers of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Hop on the funicular railway for an excitingly steep ride and great view of the city and river; watch the changing of the guard at the Citadel, an old fort still occupied by troops; and sample poutine, a French Canadian dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and fresh cheese curds.
Charlottestown is the largest community in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Stroll the city’s waterfront and parks, play a round of golf, or set sail to fish for lobster. Prince Edward Island National Park fronts the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with red sand beaches, an extensive system of sand dunes, and protected areas for endangered birds. The park also includes Green Gables, the farmhouse that inspired the beloved Anne of Green Gables novels.
Colorful leaves and bright blue skies make fall a fabulous time to cruise Canada and New England. But, if fall colors aren’t a necessity, you can cruise the region as early as mid-May and as late as the end of October. Itineraries range from four or five days to two weeks or longer. Your choice of embarkation ports is diverse, too, stretching all along the East Coast. To choose your itinerary, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
Fresh seafood is just one of the many treats you'll experience along a coastal New England or Canada cruise. You can even help catch it yourself!
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