Canadian Connection Cruise - West

Quebec City to Kingston
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 upriver in the safety and comfort of the Canadian Empress,  you will experience the sights and sounds of French Canada, while retracing the original route of the first explorers to Canada. As the journey reaches Montreal, you will enter the first locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway, before passing to Eastern Ontario. Along the way, you will experience firsthand the cultural divide between the old Lower Canada and British Upper Canada, culminating in the extraordinary scenery of historic Upper Canada and the Thousand Islands. 

Quebec City, Canada’s showpiece, provides the venue for the beginning 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

Quebec City
Trois Rivieres
Lachine, a borough of Montreal
Upper Canada Village
Brockville
Gananoque

Schedules

June 10, 2022 - June 16, 2022
July 17, 2022 - July 23, 2022
Aug 14, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022
Aug 30, 2022 - Sept 5, 2022
Sept 29, 2022 - Oct 5, 2022
May 24, 2023 - May 30, 2023
June 9, 2023 - June 15, 2023
July 12, 2023 - July 18, 2023
Aug 13, 2023 - Aug 19, 2023
Sept 5, 2023 - Sept 11, 2023
Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023

Attractions

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.

Thousand 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.