Canadian Connection 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.

“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.

Along its course you’ll experience the numerous attractions and extraordinary scenery of the Upper St. Lawrence. Quebec City, Canada’s showpiece, provides the venue for the beginning or end of your cruise.

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. En route you will discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville” and the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. Between Montreal and Quebec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflat home to myriad species of birds. You will pass the “Segnieury” areas, the prominent village cathedrals of Quebec, and witness the awesome cliffs stretching up to the historic Plains of Abraham.

Overnight Ports

1000 Islands Anchorage
Brockville
Upper Canada Village
Coteau Landing
Montreal
Trois Rivieres

Schedules

May 27, 2021 - Jun 2, 2021
Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021
Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 25, 2021
Aug 16, 2021 - Aug 22, 2021
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 7, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 7, 2021

Attractions

In Alphabetical Order

1000 Islands

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

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

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

Fulford Place Mansion

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

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

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

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

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 ? 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.

Itinerary

Day One

1730
Passenger boarding commences at Kingston - Brock St. Dock.
1800
Captain's Punch & Cheese Reception.
1830
Captain's Welcome Remarks - Safety Instructions & Crew introductions.
1850
Kingston Harbour tour bound for 1000 Islands anchorage.
1930
Empress Class Roast Prime Rib of Beef Buffet.
2115-2230
Cruise Director's "Fun with Trivia" and get acquainted party.
2230-close
Soft piano music on the player piano.

Day Two

0830
Weigh anchor to wander the 1000 Islands, Wanderer's Channel and Admiralty Group of Islands bound for Gananoque.
1000
Debark at Gananoque for a guided tour of the Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands.
1130
Depart Gananoque
1330
Cruise Millionaires' Row on US side. Sail past Boldt Castle and St. Laurens Statue enroute to Ivy Lea
1430
Comprehensive Safety Presentation and Crew Drill
1500
Debark at Ivy Lea for bus transfer to the 1000 Islands Tower
1630
Depart Ivy Lea bound for Brockville, Ontario
1830
Arrive Brockville
Evening
Relax or stroll along the park walkways
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Three

0900
Transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion
1130
Return to ship for departure to Prescott - site Windmill Point, the Blue Church, and Ogdensburg, N.Y.
1430
Debark at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site)
1600
Bus returns from Fort Wellington
1615
Depart Prescott bound for Upper Canada Village
Early Evening
Ship arrives Upper Canada Village, Crysler Park Marina
Evening
Relax and stroll the marina and grounds
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Four

0900
Miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagons to tour Upper Canada Village
1200
Transportation returns from the Village (1.5 miles)
1230
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
Evening
Free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal
Late Evening
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Five

0700
Depart Coteau Landing bound for Port of Montreal - Pass through Beauharnois Locks into Lake St. Louis
1100
Witness the continuing approach to Montreal
Pass through St. Catherine and St. Lambert locks - Harbour tour
1515
Debark at Port of Montreal for a 2 hour guided bus tour
1715
Free time before and/or after dinner to relax and enjoy the unique character of Montreal
Late Evening
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Six

0745
Depart Montreal bound for Trois Riviéres, Quebec
1430
Debark at Trois Riviéres for a brief bus tour en route to visit the Shrine at Cap de la Madeleine
1600
Return to Trois Riviéres and the ship
1630
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
1345
Witness the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City
Sail past Montmorency Falls and awe at the city's easterly approach from down river
1400
Arrive Quebec City / Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon)
1415
Disembarkation and farewells - Louise Basin, Quebec City

Meal Times

0700
Early morning coffee - Grand Saloon (or observation deck)
0730-0900
Breakfast (latest full breakfast serving - 0900)
1030-1100
Morning bouillon
1200
Lunch - early sitting (at the call of the bell)
1315
Lunch - main sitting (at the call of the bell)
1600-1630
Afternoon tea - Grand Saloon (or observation decks)
1730
Dinner - early sitting (at the call of the bell)
1915
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.