Canadian Connection West

Quebec City to Kingston
6 nights, 7 days

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

“A river without end,” the Indian 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

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

Schedules

Jun 2, 2021 - Jun 8, 2021
Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Jul 25, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021
Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021
Sep 7, 2021 - Sep 13, 2021
Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 13, 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 Quebec City
1800
Captain's Punch & Cheese Reception
1830
Captain's Welcome Remarks - Safety Instructions & Crew introductions.
1850
Depart the harbour to cruise the City's waterfront
1930
Empress Class Roast Prime Rib of Beef Buffet
Harbour cruise, Montmorency Falls and the beauty of Quebec City at night, complimentary liqueurs
2200
Return to port - piano music on the player piano & lounge services

Day Two

0700 or earlier
Depart Quebec City bound for Trois Riviéres
Shipboard activities
Post Lunch
Comprehensive Safety Presentation & Crew Drill
1515-1615
Debark at Trois Riviéres for a brief bus tour en route to the Shrine at Cap de la Madeleine
1630-1715
Return to Trois Riviéres and the ship
Self-guided walking tour material of the Old City for those interested - time permitting
Evening
Cruise Director's "Fun with Trivia" and get acquainted party
2230-close
Soft piano music on the player piano

Day Three

0630
Depart Trois Riviéres bound for Montreal
Shipboard activities
1515
Debark at Port of Montreal for a 2 hour guided bus tour
1830
Depart Montreal to enter the Seaway Lock system and overnight at Lachine
Evening
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Four

0730
Depart Lachine bound for Upper Canada Village
Pass through Beauharnois Locks (2) Lower and Upper
Shipboard activities
1600
Pass through Eisenhower & Snell Locks (U.S.A.) into Lake St. Lawrence
Early Evening
Ship arrives Upper Canada Village, Crysler Park Marina
Evening
Relax and stroll the marina and grounds
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Five

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 marina bound for Prescott - pass through lock at Seaway Control Dam Iroquois
1600
Debark at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site)
1730
Bus returns from Fort Wellington
1745
Depart Prescott bound for Brockville
1915
Arrive Brockville, "The City of the 1000 Islands" for overnight
Evening
Relax and stroll along the park walkways
Fun-loving entertainment

Day Six

0915
Transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion
1115
Bus returns from Fulford Mansion to the ship
1130
Depart Brockville bound for Millionaires' Row and turn-about at Rock Island light - bound for Ivy Lea
1530
Debark at Ivy Lea for bus transfer to 1000 Islands Tower
1700
Return to ship and overnight at Ivy Lea
Evening
Big Band sounds & vocals (new & old) - dancing and listening pleasure

Day Seven

0815
Depart Ivy Lea bound for Gananoque, Ontario
1000
Debark at Gananoque for tour of the Heritage Centre of the 1000 Islands
1130
Depart Gananoque - meander through the Admiralty Group of the 1000 Islands
1345
Tour Kingston waterfront
1400
Arrive Kingston / Closing Ceremonies (Grand Saloon)
1415
Disembarkation and farewells - Brock St. Dock, Kingston

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.