Discover the History of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers with Our Shore Tours

Embark on a journey through history and natural beauty with our comprehensive shore tours along the St. Lawrence River. Our shore excursions are a highlight of any cruise, offering passengers the chance to explore fascinating attractions and learn about the rich heritage of this iconic waterway. Best of all, these tours are included in your cruise fare, ensuring a valuable and enriching experience without any additional cost.

Guided Tours for Maximum Enjoyment

Our shore tours are designed to provide maximum information and enjoyment for our passengers. Most of our excursions are guided, ensuring that you receive insightful commentary and historical context at each stop. Our knowledgeable guides bring the history of the St. Lawrence River to life, making each tour an engaging and educational experience.

Accessibility and Comfort

We understand the importance of accessibility and comfort for all our passengers. Our shore tours are thoughtfully designed to be suitable for seniors and those with limited mobility. Whether you’re visiting a living pioneer village or exploring a community museum, you can do so with ease and confidence, knowing that each excursion is crafted with your needs in mind.

Highlights of Our Shore Tours

1000 Islands History Museum in Gananoque

Cruises: All cruises

Step into the past at the 1000 Islands History Museum in Gananoque. This museum offers a captivating look at the region’s history, from its Indigenous peoples to its role in the War of 1812 and the development of the 1000 Islands as a premier destination. Artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays make this a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

Fulford Mansion in Brockville

Cruises: Upper River Expedition and Canadian Connection cruises

Explore the opulence of the Fulford Mansion, a stunning Edwardian home built in the early 20th century. This beautifully preserved mansion offers a glimpse into the life of George T. Fulford, the man behind the globally successful patent medicine “Pink Pills for Pale People.” Wander through its lavish rooms and manicured gardens, and imagine the grandeur of a bygone era.

Fort Wellington in Prescott

Cruises: All cruises

Immerse yourself in the military history of the St. Lawrence River at Fort Wellington in Prescott. This National Historic Site played a crucial role in the defense of Canada during the War of 1812. Tour the well-preserved fortifications, explore the barracks, and witness live demonstrations that transport you back to a time of conflict and resilience.

Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg

Cruises: Canadian Connection East, All Signature cruises, Upper River Expedition, Canada’s Capital cruises

Step back in time at Upper Canada Village, a living history museum that recreates life in a rural Canadian village during the 1860s. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past as you interact with costumed interpreters, watch traditional craftspeople at work, and stroll through the picturesque village setting. This immersive experience is perfect for history buffs and families alike.

Saunders Power Dam in Cornwall

Cruises: Canadian Connection West, Celebration of Spring, Fall Harvest & Colour

Marvel at modern engineering at the Saunders Power Dam in Cornwall. This impressive structure is a key component of the St. Lawrence Seaway and an important source of hydroelectric power. Learn about the dam’s construction, its role in power generation, and its impact on the surrounding environment and communities.

Emphasizing the History of the St. Lawrence River

Our shore tours are not just about sightseeing; they are about understanding the profound historical significance of the St. Lawrence River. From its strategic military importance to its role in trade and settlement, the river has shaped the destinies of nations and peoples. Our tours provide a deep dive into this rich tapestry of history, offering passengers a chance to connect with the past in meaningful ways.

Join us on a cruise along the St. Lawrence River and take part in our exceptional shore tours. Each stop is an opportunity to discover something new, enrich your understanding, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a history aficionado, a nature lover, or simply seeking a relaxing and informative getaway, our shore tours offer something for everyone. Book your cruise today and prepare to explore the wonders of the St. Lawrence River!