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.
In Alphabetical Order
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.
Pass through Eisenhower and Snell Locks (U.S.A.)
Pass through St. Catherine and St. Lambert locks - Harbour tour
Sail past Montmorency Falls and awe at the city's easterly approach from down river
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.