Canadian Connection Cruise - East

Kingston to Quebec City
6 nights, 7 days

“What river is this?” asked Jacques Cartier of his Indigenous guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence River.

“A river without end,” the Indigenous guide replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering variety of one of the world’s great rivers.

As you cruise downriver in the safety and comfort of the Canadian Empress,  you will experience the numerous attractions and extraordinary scenery of Upper Canada and the Thousand Islands. As your journey continues east into the province of Quebec, you will see and experience the cultural divide between English Canada and French Canada.

Quebec City, Canada’s showpiece, provides the venue for the beginning or end of your river cruise vacation. Here you can experience the world charm and grace of “Old” Europe. You will encounter Quebec City’s unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Quebec (the only walled city in North America) with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham; and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac.

Highlights of this cruise: Explore the islands and bays of the Thousand Islands, learn the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville”, and experience the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. On the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflats that are home to myriad species of birds. You will also pass the “Segnieury” areas, the prominent village cathedrals of Quebec, and witness the awesome cliffs stretching up to the historic Plains of Abraham.

Canadian Connection Cruise

Overnight Ports

1000 Islands Anchorage
Upper Canada Village
Coteau Landing
Trois Rivieres


May 19, 2022 - May 25, 2022
June 4, 2022 - June 10, 2022
July 11, 2022 - July 17, 2022
Aug 8, 2022 - Aug 14, 2022
Aug 24, 2022 - Aug 30, 2022
Sept 23, 2022 - Sept 29, 2022


In Alphabetical Order

Thousand Islands Bridge

1000 Islands

This cruise will take you to witness the island paradise and natural and man-made charm of the archipelago.

1000 Islands Tower

1000 Islands Tower

The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique attraction and will show you the best of what the area has to offer.

Fort Wellington

Fort Wellington

The first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott.

Fulford Place Mansion

Fulford Place Mansion

Fulford was able to purchase 14 acres of waterfront property in Brockville, Ontario.

Montreal Sightseeing

Montreal Sightseeing

A complete City tour, taking in many points of interest, including Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture.

Notre Dame du Cap Shrine

Notre Dame du Cap Shrine

Featuring a lake about the size of a football field with an island in the middle always dressed with flowers.

Seaway Locks

Seaway Locks

All locks on the Seaway are similar in size. In width they are 80 feet; the depth over the sill is 30 feet; and the length - that is breast gate to fender - is 766 feet.

Thousand Islands Heritage Center

Thousand Islands Heritage Center

On Gananoque's waterfront there's a grand Victorian building designed in the tradition of the late 19th century two storey "grand cottage" with its expansive verandahs and a "widow's walk" lookout tower.

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village ? parts of it formed with buildings moved from flooded lands ? is a living museum community that recreates the life, work, and development of the early settlements along the upper St. Lawrence River valley.


Day One

Passenger boarding commences at Kingston - Brock St. Dock.
Captain's Punch & Cheese Reception.
Captain's Welcome Remarks - Safety Instructions & Crew introductions.
Kingston Harbour tour bound for 1000 Islands anchorage.
Empress Class Roast Prime Rib of Beef Buffet.
Cruise Director's "Fun with Trivia" and get acquainted party.
Soft piano music on the player piano.

Day Two

Weigh anchor to wander the 1000 Islands, Wanderer's Channel and Admiralty Group of Islands bound for Gananoque.
Debark at Gananoque for a guided tour of the Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands.
Depart Gananoque
Cruise Millionaires' Row on US side. Sail past Boldt Castle and St. Laurens Statue enroute to Ivy Lea
Comprehensive Safety Presentation and Crew Drill
Debark at Ivy Lea for bus transfer to the 1000 Islands Tower
Depart Ivy Lea bound for Brockville, Ontario
Arrive Brockville
Relax or stroll along the park walkways
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Three

Transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion
Return to ship for departure to Prescott - site Windmill Point, the Blue Church, and Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Debark at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site)
Bus returns from Fort Wellington
Depart Prescott bound for Upper Canada Village
Early Evening
Ship arrives Upper Canada Village, Crysler Park Marina
Relax and stroll the marina and grounds
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Four

Miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagons to tour Upper Canada Village
Transportation returns from the Village (1.5 miles)
Depart Crysler Park Marina bound for Coteau Landing, Quebec
Pass through Eisenhower and Snell Locks (U.S.A.)
Early Evening
Ship arrives Coteau Landing, Quebec
Free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal
Late Evening
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Five

Depart Coteau Landing bound for Port of Montreal - Pass through Beauharnois Locks into Lake St. Louis
Witness the continuing approach to Montreal
Pass through St. Catherine and St. Lambert locks - Harbour tour
Debark at Port of Montreal for a 2 hour guided bus tour
Free time before and/or after dinner to relax and enjoy the unique character of Montreal
Late Evening
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Six

Depart Montreal bound for Trois Riviéres, Quebec
Debark at Trois Riviéres for a brief bus tour en route to visit the Shrine at Cap de la Madeleine
Return to Trois Riviéres and the ship
Self-guided walking tour material of the historic "Old City" available for those interested - time permitting
Late Evening
Big Band sounds & vocals (new & old) - dancing

Day Seven

0645 Approx
Depart Trois Riviéres early morning
Witness the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City
Sail past Montmorency Falls and awe at the city's easterly approach from down river
Arrive Quebec City / Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon)
Disembarkation and farewells - Louise Basin, Quebec City

Meal Times

Early morning coffee - Grand Saloon (or observation deck)
Breakfast (latest full breakfast serving - 0900)
Morning bouillon
Lunch - early sitting (at the call of the bell)
Lunch - main sitting (at the call of the bell)
Afternoon tea - Grand Saloon (or observation decks)
Dinner - early sitting (at the call of the bell)
Dinner - main sitting (at the call of the bell)

Activities on Board

Shuffle Board, Parlor Games, Kite Flying

All times are approximate. This itinerary is subject to change without notice or incurring obligation. Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.