All Shore Excursions Included

1000 Islands

This cruise will take you to witness the island paradise and natural and man-made charm of the archipelago. The intimate size of the Canadian Empress allows her to get up-close and present you with an unprecedented look of this region. Nature lovers will be in a land of awe, sighting wild life along the shores from island to island.

1000 Islands Boat Museum

Located on the waterfront in Gananoque, Ontario, The Thousand Islands Boat Museum is a hands-on Museum where history becomes something that can be touched, built, and experienced. The Museum includes a Boatbuilding Shop, a Children’s Activity Center, and Exhibit Galleries. The main buildings house operations and programs, while the Museum’s collection of antique boats are showcased on the docks as live exhibits. The Museum also hosts festivals and events. The vision of the museum is to bring the heritage of the St. Lawrence River, the 1000 Islands, and the magical spirit of the region to life.

1000 Islands Tower

The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique attraction and will show you the best of what the area has to offer. From its observation deck you can see for a radius of about 40 miles ? quite a panoramic vista from 400′ above the St. Lawrence River. Running continuously, the elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first (glass enclosed) of three observation decks and provides visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity.

Brockville Museum

The Brockville Museum is a historical landmark. The land on which the house stands was first deeded to Daniel Jones in 1790, one of the area’s early settlers. In 1824, Isaac Beecher, who had arrived from the United States, bought the Daniel Jones property. Beecher owned the house until his death in 1870.

The property was sold in 1897, to the Central Canada Coal Company, which retained possession until 1976 when the City of Brockville, with assistance from the Brockville and District Historical Society, purchased the house and its surrounding property.

June 1981, the Beecher House doors were opened to the public. The Museum grew steadily in membership, expanded its programs for children and adults, exhibits continued to change with the growing collection. Soon the physical space of Beecher House could no longer meet the growing needs of the Museum.

In the early 1990s, the Museum expanded into a new addition which included a Carriage Hall, a classroom, costume room and an upper gallery which houses the archives, theatre and more exhibits.

Over the years since the first opening its doors, the Museum’s exterior has also seen improvements with the addition of beautifully tended flower beds as well as a sheltered patio for all to enjoy.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Located on a former military air base, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum focuses on aviation in Canada from its beginnings in 1909 to today. Your journey through Canada’s aviation and space history will traverse the early days of flight to the future of space exploration.

Carillon Lock

The lock at the Carillon Lock and Power Station is an impressive piece of engineering. Built between 1959 and 1964 this complex lock is a power station, powerhouse-dam and navigation lock in one. The lock alone is 188 feet long and 45 feet wide. It has a normal draught of nine feet. Downstream, on the Montreal side, the chamber of the lock is closed by a massive drop-gate, which is 67 feet high and 45 feet wide. It weighs more than 182 tons. Upstream, towards Montebello, the chamber is closed by a gate with two leaves. Each gate is 28 feet wide and 19 feet high. The average flow rate at Carillon is 2,000 cubic metres of water per second. To put that in perspective, if the river was carrying gasoline rather than water it could fill 40,000 automobiles per second! Think about that the next time you pull in


The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is an historic village situated on a 100 acre site which is distinctive in its portrayal of the ways in which industrialization and mechanization were changing everyone’s way of life. It is committed to preserving the rich architectural heritage of the early 1900’s. Among other things you’ll see a train station built in 1908 and owned by the Grand Trunk Railway, a 1904 Presbyterian Church, a one-room schoolhouse typical of Eastern Ontario which housed children from grades 1 through 8; and Watson’s Garage, the oldest surviving example of an original Imperial Oil station, a working sawmill and an early radio shop.

Fort Wellington

The first Fort Wellington was built during the war of 1812 high above the St. Lawrence River at Prescott. The second Fort Wellington, still standing today, was built as a result of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837-38. Although not very large, Fort Wellington is an excellent example of the French style of military engineering which became popular in the 18th century. At that time, fortifications of stone were no longer able to withstand the heavy artillery which armies were carrying, so military engineers substituted earth ones which could easily absorb the impact of cannonballs. These fortifications were easy to build and to maintain, as the ramparts were formed from the earth removed in the exaction of the ditch. Today, Fort Wellington is a national historic site, and is now administered by Parks Canada.

Fulford Place Mansion

Home to Senator George T. Fulford and family between 1900 and 1987. Through the successful marketing of “Pink Pills for Pale People”, Fulford was able to purchase 14 acres of waterfront property in Brockville, Ontario and commissioned American Architect Albert Fuller to design a home capable of reflecting his success. The Fulford family donated the Mansion and its opulent decor to The Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1991. Contained within this 35 room Mansion is a diverse and elegant collection of original furnishings. Take a step back into a more spacious and gracious setting and enjoy some of the refinements that some of our most distinguished dignitaries once enjoyed.

Fur Trade Museum

Located to the west of the Island of Montréal, the Fur Trade Museum at Lachine is a testimony to the culmination of the fur industry in the Montréal region in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The museum building, an old stone warehouse, dates from 1803. Alexander Gordon, ex-clerk and stockholder of the North West Company had it built to store trading goods and furs. In 1833, the warehouse became the property of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Today, this unique warehouse houses an exhibition that enables visitors to relive the Montréal fur epic.

Montreal Sightseeing

A complete City tour, taking in many points of interest, including Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. St. Joseph’s Oratory, atop of Mount-Royal, it is one of the world’s most visited shrines. Old Montreal, located between the River and downtown, this historical part of the City and its Old Port will put you into close contact with the past life of a major metropolis in North America. You will also see, The French Quarter, McGill University and we will stop for a photo opportunity from a scenic lookout on top of Mt. Royal offering a striking view of the downtown area and the St. Lawrence River.

Moses-Saunders Power Dam

The Moses-Saunders Power Dam, short for Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam, is a dam on the Saint Lawrence River straddling the border between the United States and Canada. It is located in between Massena in New York and Cornwall in Ontario.

The dam supplies water to two adjacent power stations. Constructed between 1954 and 1958, the dam created Lake St. Lawrence and is part of a larger project called the St. Lawrence Seaway. Aside from providing significant amounts of renewable power, the dam regulates the St. Lawrence River and affords passage for the navigation of large vessels.

Notre Dame du Cap Shrine

The grounds are beautiful. They feature a lake with an island in the middle. The lake is about the size of a football field and the island is always dressed with flowers. The lake is the focal point of a candlelight procession that takes place each evening after the nine o’clock Mass. When the candlelight procession reaches the lake a tableau takes place on the little island. Usually the tableau is about the gospel of the day or some event in the life of Christ or Mary the mother of Christ.

Omega Park

Nature is an infinite source of inspiration. A visit to Omega Park encourages the observation of earth and nature and all its wonders. In the comfort and safety of a utility bus, you will explore 10 kilometers of the beautiful, natural landscape of a Laurentian forest coming face-to-face with many species of Canada’s wild animals including wolfe, bear, moose, elk and buffalo to name a few.

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. Ships can be raised or lowered from 45 feet to 49 feet depending on the season of the year.

The Iroquois lock is different than the other locks on the Seaway in that water is admitted by partially opening the upper or lower lock face. The other six locks are filled and emptied through sluices at the bottom of the lock.

Smyth's Apple Orchard

This is a family-run business that had its beginning in the mid-1800’s. Situated on more than 120 acres and boasting more than 30,000 trees, you could safely say this family knows apples. It is situated at historical Dundela, Ontario, Canada where two monuments commemorate John McIntosh who discovered an apple tree in his back yard.

Through careful attendance and grafting by his son Allen the native apple grew in popularity and was appropriately named the McIntosh Red.

McIntosh orchards throughout the world originated from this single tree.

Related Cruises

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. It’s the Arthur Child Heritage Museum of the Thousand Islands, the center-piece of the Historic 1000 Islands Village, constructed on the site of the original main station for the Thousand Islands Railway.The main floor exhibit area features boats from the collection of The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, N.Y. The second floor presents, dioramas, videos and interactive displays which interpret the history, lives and times of the 1000 Islands region.

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. It is representative of rural eastern and Upper Canada from 1784 to 1867 when agriculture was fundamental to the province’s existence. Small emerging villages and towns were largely service and market centers for an agricultural economy. There was little division between urban and rural life. Even in towns many families kept a cow, raised fowl and grew a garden. It was this type of society that Upper Canada represents. When you enter into the village you step back into the past; you’ll be in a community that might have existed 150 years ago. There’s the 1840 woolen mill powered by a spinning water turbine. That machinery turns faithfully and you can see wool become blankets. Horses, shod in the blacksmith’s shop, power wagons and carts used in the village. To tantalize you further the heady smell of freshly baked bread will lure you to the bakery. The skilled craftsmen and women who work in this village will tell you about their work. They, and the guides in every building, can help bring nineteenth century life into focus. All of the structures and their contents have been restored with painstaking accuracy. It’s a fascinating and comprehensive account of the past.