Shore Excursions: Explore Canada and New England

Shore Excursions: Explore Canada and New England


Fall foliage season in Canada and New England is in full swing, and right now ms Maasdam, ms Eurodam and ms Veendam are there exploring the region. What better way to see the emerald, golden and ruby hues of the foliage than from the deck of a cruise ship. Reaching from New York to Gaspe, Quebec, it’s one of the most popular sailing itineraries Holland America Line offers. If you’re not snapping photos from the ship, why not go ashore and see this beautiful area up close? The best way to see all that the region has to offer is on a shore excursion, and there are plenty to choose from. From active and adventurous to relaxed and refined, there’s something for everyone.

Guest Kathy Lovin took a Canada & New England cruise this summer and sent these fabulous shots from two of her favorite shore excursions.

Here’s a shot of a great memory on our shore excursion “Ultimate Anne of Green Gables Experience” to the Anne of Green Gables home on Prince Edward Island. It’s a photo of a tree in Lover’s Lane on the property, where folks have scratched their initials over the years.


We also took your shore excursion “Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake” in Bar Harbor which included a traditional lobster bake! My favorite part: the blueberry tart, made with local fruit.


On her recent cruise, Mariner Sharon Johnson decided to take the “Peggy’s Cove with Lobster Lunch” tour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, to see all that this beautiful and historic city had to offer.

The first stop on our tour was the Halifax Citadel, also called Fort George after George II of England. The prominent sights of Halifax seen from the hill were the area destroyed by the Halifax Explosion, the Halifax Harbor Bridge and the Old Town Clock.

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On our way down Citadel Hill, we made a stop to visit the Halifax Public Gardens. In the heart of the gardens is the newly restored bandstand which was originally built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The bandstand is surrounded by pretty beds of traditional Victorian annuals.

Sharon in front of the Bandstand in Halifax Public Gardens.

Sharon in front of the Bandstand in Halifax Public Gardens.

Just as we arrived at Peggy’s Cove the rain started. Naturally, the weatherman had to be right when we were about to have a picnic lunch before photographing Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. I finally decided to take photographs of the famous lighthouse before it was time for us to leave.


On our way back to Halifax, we passed the house of a local author who has written a novel about the girl that Peggy’s Cove is named after. He has decorated his house with pictures illustrating his story about Peggy.

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Both the Lobster Bake and Anne of Green Gables tours are ranked among the most popular for Holland America Line in Canada and New England, as is “The Best of Halifax: Top 10” tour. Sharon captured the guide waiting for guests to take them to Peggy’s Cove, the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried, Nova Scotia Crystal, the Citadel and more.


What types of shore excursions do you enjoy? Do you like to dive into the history, see the most popular landmarks or go on a culinary tour dining on the region’s specialties? In Canada and New England, you won’t be disappointed, no matter which tour you select.


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  1. Kathy Lovin September 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for using some of my photos! The New England and Canada cruise is so fantastic. I’d recommend that itinerary to anyone. See you on another cruise!

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