5 Things To Do on Your Canadian Cruise
There is nothing quite as rustic as a Canadian cruise in the fall. The crisp air is still mild enough to snuggle under a blanket on the top deck and gaze up at the stars. Before the sunsets you will get spectacular views of the bright trees as they transition from green to yellow, orange and even purple, and don’t forget the picturesque lighthouses that line the coast of Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. But a cruise to Canada is not just about taking in the scenery, there are amazing things to learn and experience in this rugged country. Here are our top five experiences to have on a cruise to Canada.
- Relive a piece of your childhood at the house that was the inspiration and setting for the beloved children’s books about Anne of Green Gables. The Green Gables Homestead was built in 1872 by the aunt and uncle of the series’ author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. A visit to the house will also include a stop to the Anne of Green Gables Museum.
- Learn about the one million people who immigrated to Canada from 1928 to 1971 at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Just as New York’s Ellis Island was one of the major entry ports to America, this was the equivalent in Canada. The museum recounts the stories of some of these immigrants.
- Explore the Bay of Fundy, which rises and falls up to 50 feet twice a day. This amazing waterway also flows upstream twice daily because the powerful tides rise faster than the St. John River empties. The area around the Bay is one of the oldest in Canada with quaint covered bridges and lighthouses.
- As you sail toward Canada you will most likely stop in Bar Harbor, Maine. From here you should take a ferry to Cranberry Isles, which are a chain of five small islands that are only accessible by boat. They get their name because in the fall small pea-sized cranberries grow in bushes on the island. These tiny islands offer a nice relaxing getaway from the mainland with great views of Acadia National Park.
- Visit the Cabane à sucre du Quebec, one of many sugar shacks in the region. Here you’ll learn about the tradition of tapping maple trees and boiling down the sap to make syrup. This sugar shack has a fascinating museum on maple and serves traditional Québécois food including maple taffy pull. Quebec City is full of many awesome things to do, but be sure to save time to explore the interesting history and culture of this city where people speak French and English.
These are only a few of the many things to do on a Canadian cruise. We look forward to hearing what you think is a must do, so let us know in the comments section below and feel free to check out our great Canadian cruise deals.