Cruises to Canada and New England feature a lot of exciting and enriching ports.
Stretching from Newport, R.I., to Sept-Iles, Quebec, the natural coastline of the U.S. and Canada puts on a stunning show in both summer, when it glows in hues of green, through fall when the jewel tones take over. Ports are rich in maritime history and feature some of the most delicious seafood in the world.
The city of Quebec City in Canada is one of the most popular ports on the itinerary. It offers beautiful scenery, historic monuments and interesting activities, not to mention sites like the iconic Chateau Frontenac that is famously identified with the city. From walking tours to a bicycle adventure, guests will find an array of shore excursions to explore Quebec. The Historic Walk & Horse Carriage Ride enables guests to see all of the major sites, and enjoy a traditional carriage ride that takes you past several highlights.
When guest Sharon Johnson visited Quebec this fall, she decided to walk in the footsteps of a popular author:
Since reading Canadian author Louise Penny’s Agatha Award-winning mystery set in the old town of Quebec City, I have wanted to revisit Quebec. I wanted to see the crime scene and walk the streets that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache walked while out looking for clues or walking his dog.
We thought about climbing the stairs to the Upper Town. But Chris (Maasdam’s fabulous Port Shopping Ambassador) told us in his port talk on Quebec that when he did climb the stairs he stopped counting the steps at 181 and there were still a lot more stairs. So we took the funicular to the Upper Town. Interestedly, the building housing the funicular was originally the home of Louis Joliet.
Our two-hour walking tour visited many of the sites we had already visited. I was interested in finding Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church which was featured in “Bury Your Dead.” I knew that once I found the church that just around the corner I would find the Literary & Historical Society of Quebec in the Morrin Building (Quebec’s first prison). It was in the Lit & His Library that the crime was committed. We were welcomed by the librarian who pointed out the couch that Chief Inspector Gamache sat in while doing some personal research about the “Battle for Quebec.” She also pointed out the books on Champlain which were mentioned in the book. As for the actual site of the murder, we would have to take a tour of the library which we plan to do on our next visit to Quebec.
While guest Bill McCullough was visiting Quebec during his Veendam cruise, he also went out on foot to explore this fascinating city.
Quebec City is probably the best European style city in the America’s, sorry Victoria, B.C. If you are a walker, make sure you are up for a climb; the good stuff is up on a couple hundred foot hill. Make sure while up there you go into the outstanding churches. — Bill M.
Whether you choose to explore on foot, by bus or even on horse, Quebec is sure to leave a lasting impression.