Today is Canada Day, and in honor of the holiday we’re highlighting how you can explore this vast and beautiful country with Holland America Line’s shore excursions on cruises to Alaska, Canada & New England and Pacific Coast.
If you want to feel like you’re visiting France without the jet lag, then during a Canada & New England cruise you should look no further than immersing yourself in these ports in Canada’s French-speaking province.
Explore the many contrasts of Quebec’s largest city with the “Old & New Montreal” shore excursion. During the tour, guests will visit the Notre-Dame, the Mont Royal towers and the Old Town, which offers one of North America’s most remarkable architectural ensembles with an enchanting concentration of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century buildings. The excursion also includes a panoramic drive through the downtown, which blends a rich historical past with cutting-edge modern architecture.
Founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City. Discover the city’s 400-year legacy with the “UNESCO Historic Sites” excursion that will take you to Château Frontenac, National Battlefields Park, Cap Diamant and more.
The quaint waterfront town of Saguenay is situated in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean — a stunning region named after Lake (or Lac) Saint-Jean and the Saguenay River. While at Saguenay get a comprehensive understanding of this port-of-call with the “Best Of Saguenay” shore excursion that takes guests to the Fjord Museum, Arthur Villeneuve’s Place and Le Chevrier du Nord Goat Farm.
BE ADVENTUROUS IN ATLANTIC CANADA
On Holland America Line’s Canada & New England cruises, guests also have the opportunity to explore Atlantic Canada, which is comprised of four provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Saint John, on the southern coast of New Brunswick, is Canada’s oldest incorporated city as well as the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Get a close-up view of this history by joining the “Saint John City Highlights” tour that will take you to Reversing Falls Rapids, the Old City Market, Martello Tower. Plus you’ll have the chance to view the beauty of the Bay of Fundy from Fort Howe, which overlooks this charming old port city.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Sydney is the largest city on Cape Breton Island, which is linked by causeway to the rest of Nova Scotia. Guests on “The Best of Cape Breton” full-day excursion will immerse themselves in the area’s history and culture. Travel through Sydney en route to the picturesque countryside where you’ll see the world’s largest fiddle, the famed Iona Highland Village, Membertou Heritage Park, Baddeck and St. Ann’s Bay.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax—Nova Scotia’s provincial capital—is defined by its maritime geography. Uncover the region’s landscapes on the “Iconic Towns Of Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay” excursion to visit some of the most quintessentially Canadian towns.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island and despite its modest size, the city has a number of impressive sites to be explored. See PEI’s main highlights on the “Best Of Prince Edward Island” which will take you on the Trans-Canada Highway leads to the impressive Confederation Bridge, the Anne of Green Gables Museum and to the red stone cliffs of Cavendish Beach.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Corner Brook, a small but bustling city, is on Newfoundland’s west coast and a big enticement for outdoor-adventure junkies due to the area’s rugged landscapes. While at Corner Brook, a must-do is the “Gros Morne National Park” shore excursion that takes you to one of Canada’s most well-known national parks. During the visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll dramatic geology that contains rock that is more than a billion years old.
THE BEST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
On Holland America Line’s Pacific Coast and Alaska cruises, guests will have the chance to delve into Canada’s British Columbia, a province of rain forests and fjord-like channels, where orcas swim and eagles soar overhead.
Once a sawmilling seaport, Vancouver has become a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and an ethnically diverse metropolis. On the “Northwest Exploration & Suspension Bridge” shore excursion you’ll go on a panoramic drive through the bustling downtown core of the city and then through the picturesque Stanley Park. From the park, guests will visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses a deep gorge carved by the Capilano River, and is 450 feet long. It is designed for walking use only, and you’ll feel the sway as you head towards the far side.
Of all the cities in Canada, Victoria may be the furthest from Great Britain, but it has the most British vibe. Explore one of the most picturesque cities in North America with the “Victoria Highlights” shore excursion where you’ll see the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains in the distance and an up-close look at the Royal British Columbia Museum, the British Columbia Legislature building and the Fairmont Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbor.
To learn about all of Holland America Line’s itineraries and cruises to Canada, visit hollandamerica.com or contact your trusted travel professional. Cheers to an amazing Canada Day!