Cruising in Canada and New England

The north east of America and in particular New England, are considered to be some of the most beautiful and traditionally American regions of the US, if you link it with its neighbour Canada a cruise in this region has it all.  There are cities; Historic Boston with its Freedom Trail and the French influence of Quebec and Montreal, there’s scenery; with the Valleys of Nova Scotia, beautiful beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and the traditions of the Innu nation at Sept-Îles.  An added bonus for those who choose to cruise in the autumn is the opportunity to witness the outstanding beauty of New England in the fall, one of the best times to visit.

Although a cruise in the fall is great cruising starts here in the spring, so take your pick from a wide range of operators who operate in the area from some of the smaller companies to the large cruise operators. Itineraries range from 7 to 14 nights and here are just a few of the highlights of a cruise in this area.

  • Quebec City.  You could quite easily be in France, but it’s Canada and the locals or Québécois are proud of it. Feast on butter croissants and jam overlooking the château on the river, walk along the tree lined avenues and listen to the locals talking in another language.  Why not take one of the excursions of the area that takes in the nearby Montmorency Falls, these falls are higher than Niagara.
  • Baie-Comeau is a great place to visit if you want to learn about nature as well as a Maison de la Faune or House of Fauna it boasts the new Centré Boréal.  The centre is home to a man-made glacier where visitors can walk through the glacier and experience its temperature, sound and movement.
  • Gaspe is where visitors can visit some of the small fishing villages dotted along the rugged coastline or perhaps choose to venture out into the 800 square miles of preserved parkland with herds of elk and caribou and many different types of eagle.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Peggy’s Cove and many others form part of the area’s outstanding rugged coastline.  Other attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg a restored German village and Halifax itself with the ramparts of its citadel and the Titanic museum.
  • Bar Harbour, Maine.  This is an area rich in beauty with the Acadia National Park; donated by the Rockefeller family, and a place where once the rich and famous came for their summer retreat.  For that touch of nostalgia take a horse drawn carriage ride through the park or try and authentic ‘Downeast’ lobster bake.

There are so many opportunities on a cruise from Canada to New England, it encompasses everything from city to wilderness from fun on the beach to shopping in exclusive boutiques, it really is unbeatable.

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