Seabourn Cruise

12-Day Canadian Autumn

 
 
12-Day Canadian Autumn
Starting from $6,499*

Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Ship: Seabourn Quest


Departure Date :

Sep 21 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Depart 05:00 PM
"Montréal, Canada is a city of contrasts, one that defies a simple description or a catchy tagline. It sits on the New World’s St. Lawrence River, yet it has an undeniable Old-World French flair. It is a historic city, founded in 1642, and the streets of Old Montréal are lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montréal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpieces—most notably those erected for Expo 67, including Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere. Montréal is at once the cultural capital of the Québecois and a decidedly global and cosmopolitan city, attracting migrants from around the world. The walls of its galleries and museums showcase leading artists from the province and the rest of Canada, while the city hosts festivals that feature the best international films, musicians and performers. Many of its restaurants serve traditional specialties—poutine, bagels and smoked meats; others are helmed by some of the continent’s most innovative chefs. Montréal is a vibrant urban center, with buzzing streets and attractions, yet crowned by peaceful, leafy Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also responsible for New York’s Central Park). Whichever of the city's many aspects appeals to you most, you are sure to be charmed by this unique city and find many things to do in Montréal. "
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Saint Lawrence River Cruising

 
 
Day Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, Canada
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
Long isolated near the Pointe aux Esquimaux on the St. Lawrence Gulf’s northeast shore, townsfolk here speak a dialect closer to Acadian French than other Quebecois. The Mingan Archipelago just offshore is a Parks Canada Reserve scenically dotted with bizarrely sculpted monoliths, studded with marine fossils and populated by colonies of puffins and razorbills. Visitors also enjoy whale watching, and insights into the Innu culture as revealed in the artworks decorating their picturesque church.
Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an incredibly diverse and complex marine and estuary ecosystem and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It’s a busy and productive part of the ocean that has unique species, some that live there year-round, and others, like whales, which travel long distances just to visit this special spot. The area is made up of freshwater from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes basin and the St. Lawrence River system emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean, where it combines with the cold Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream from the tropics.
Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
 
 
Day L Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada
Arrive 07:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
A husband and wife team of Norwegian archaeologists discovered the remains of a Viking settlement on this peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland in 1960. They were guided by a local fisherman, George Decker, to a group of mounds he thought were the remains of an old Indian camp. After excavation, the team was able to establish that the site was the first confirmed Viking settlement discovered in the New World, dating from approximately 1000 CE and believed to fulfill the description of Vinland cited in the ancient Greenland sagas. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, and is a National Historic Site of Canada. Nearby, Parks Canada has built Norstead, a faithful reproduction of such a Viking settlement, where visitors can visualize the daily life of settlers, and participate in activities such as axe-throwing, weaving and blacksmithing, as well as going aboard Snorri, an authentic replica of an early Viking ship that retraced the original sea route from Europe to Newfoundland.
L Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada
 
 
Day St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Arrive 01:00 PM
"Closer to London than it is to Canada’s west coast, the capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, has long looked east and across the Atlantic. It is the easternmost city in North America, excluding Greenland, and has its own time zone, a half-hour ahead of the rest of eastern Canada. Long before there was a permanent town, established around 1630, British fishermen would set up camp here in the summer. To this day the harbor remains the center of the city, with its oldest buildings and streets (including Water Street, the oldest street in North America) nearby. And although it was primarily fishing and whaling that drove the economy of St. John’s for centuries, today the oil and natural gas found beneath the ocean floor is increasingly important. The rest of St. John’s sits on hills around the harbor, which has led to frequent comparisons to San Francisco. The tallest, Signal Hill, is one of St. John’s most famous sights with its panoramic views. While the city shines at a distance, it is also in the details that it charms visitors, with its houses painted in jelly-bean hues and cozy restaurants and pubs that provide relief from Atlantic breezes. "
St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
 
 
Day St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Depart 05:00 PM
"Closer to London than it is to Canada’s west coast, the capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, has long looked east and across the Atlantic. It is the easternmost city in North America, excluding Greenland, and has its own time zone, a half-hour ahead of the rest of eastern Canada. Long before there was a permanent town, established around 1630, British fishermen would set up camp here in the summer. To this day the harbor remains the center of the city, with its oldest buildings and streets (including Water Street, the oldest street in North America) nearby. And although it was primarily fishing and whaling that drove the economy of St. John’s for centuries, today the oil and natural gas found beneath the ocean floor is increasingly important. The rest of St. John’s sits on hills around the harbor, which has led to frequent comparisons to San Francisco. The tallest, Signal Hill, is one of St. John’s most famous sights with its panoramic views. While the city shines at a distance, it is also in the details that it charms visitors, with its houses painted in jelly-bean hues and cozy restaurants and pubs that provide relief from Atlantic breezes. "
St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
 
 
Day Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Arrive 09:00 AM Depart 04:00 PM
The tiny archipelago of St. Pierre et Miquelon is a territorial overseas collectivity of France, just 16 miles from the coast of Newfoundland, but nearly 2,400 miles from continental France. The islands were unoccupied when a Portuguese explorer stumbled on them in 1520. But by the time Jacques Cartier claimed them for France in 1536 they were already being visited by Basque and Breton fisherman exploiting the fertile fishing grounds of the Grand Banks. The intermittent dominion and tenuous but tenacious history of the islands is explained at L’Arche Museum in St. Pierre. Suffice it to say that the British and the French quarreled over and ceded control between themselves for centuries. However the population remains mostly descendants of Basque, Breton and Norman fishermen. They speak a metropolitan, rather than Canadian form of French, and their customs, foodways and personalities are firmly Gallic. Stroll the sloping streets, marveling at the vividly colored houses with bright, contrasting trim. The economy of the islands has traced the roller-coaster path of the fishing industry, with a healthy surge during the American era of Prohibition, when whisky and wine smuggling thrived. Lashed by the North Atlantic winds and chilled by the cold Labrador Current, the islands have a severe beauty enhanced by panoramic seascapes. The tiny island of Ile aux Marins is being rehabilitated into an open-air museum recalling the traditional life of the fishermen. Miquelon Island, and its conjoined sister Langlade were once separate by a channel, called the Mouth of Hell, which claimed over 600 shipwrecks before Nature closed the gap with a sand isthmus. Jaunty red-and-white lighthouses add photogenic accents. The official currency is the Euro, and though Canadian dollars are widely accepted, change is given in Euros. In the museum, a place of distinction is set aside for the only guillotine ever used in North America. It was imported from Martinique in 1889 to dispatch a murderer and then retired.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
 
 
Day Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
Arrive 10:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
This island in the archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offers scenic fishing villages and wind- and water-sculpted coastlines of eerie beauty. The church of St. Pierre at Laverniere was constructed from the wreckage of ships that foundered on the offshore shoals. A lighthouse now warns others away.
Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an incredibly diverse and complex marine and estuary ecosystem and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It’s a busy and productive part of the ocean that has unique species, some that live there year-round, and others, like whales, which travel long distances just to visit this special spot. The area is made up of freshwater from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes basin and the St. Lawrence River system emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean, where it combines with the cold Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream from the tropics.
Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
 
 
Day Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Arrive 08:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM
"Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The Québec City historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still home to religious orders and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. Its Place-Royale would look familiar to the explorer Samuel de Champlain, even with its modern attractions of gift shops and cafés. On the Plains of Abraham, you can walk the battlefield where, in 1759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe. The British took control of all of New France within a year of that 1759 battle, but even so French culture still lives on here in Québec City. More than 95 percent of Québec City's population speaks French as its first language, though it's easy to sightsee and navigate the city in English. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century. "
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
 
 
Day Trois-Rivieres, Canada
Arrive 06:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
Located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, where the Saint-Maurice River meets the Saint Lawrence, this community was the one of the earliest colonial outposts of the French in Canada. The Old Town has many historic buildings, including the Ursuline Convent built in 1697. The Old Prison is a fascinating tour, guided by ex-prisoners, it tells the history of this notorious institution built in 1822 and only closed in the 1980s. The Forges du Sainte-Maurice was the origin of the Canadian iron and steel industry, and the nearby Sanctuary of Notre Dame du cap is one of North America’s most important religious pilgrimage sites.
Trois-Rivieres, Canada
 
 
Day Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Arrive 07:00 AM
"Montréal, Canada is a city of contrasts, one that defies a simple description or a catchy tagline. It sits on the New World’s St. Lawrence River, yet it has an undeniable Old-World French flair. It is a historic city, founded in 1642, and the streets of Old Montréal are lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montréal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpieces—most notably those erected for Expo 67, including Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere. Montréal is at once the cultural capital of the Québecois and a decidedly global and cosmopolitan city, attracting migrants from around the world. The walls of its galleries and museums showcase leading artists from the province and the rest of Canada, while the city hosts festivals that feature the best international films, musicians and performers. Many of its restaurants serve traditional specialties—poutine, bagels and smoked meats; others are helmed by some of the continent’s most innovative chefs. Montréal is a vibrant urban center, with buzzing streets and attractions, yet crowned by peaceful, leafy Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also responsible for New York’s Central Park). Whichever of the city's many aspects appeals to you most, you are sure to be charmed by this unique city and find many things to do in Montréal. "
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 
 
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