Exit Welland Canal at Port Weller
Enter St Marys Falls Canal
Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, as well as its largest city, though it has fewer than 35,000 residents. Despite its modest size, the city has an impressive number of Victorian houses and great parks waiting to be explored. For Canadians, it is perhaps most famous as the Birthplace of Confederation. It was here, mostly at Province House, that an 1864 conference led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada. Nearby Prince Edward Island National Park is home to white-sand beaches and hiking and biking trails—plus fans can see the house and farm that inspired the beloved book Anne of Green Gables.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic, Halifax—Nova Scotia’s provincial capital—is defined by its maritime geography. It's a spirited mix of world-class history and nautical-themed museums alongside bunkers and fortresses, plus striking public art, funky shops and excellent pubs serving up folk music (and good pints).
Explore the waterfront where steamships once anchored to drop off arriving immigrants. Savor the culinary scene for fresh seafood and Nova Scotia specialties—the city has street vendors and casual joints and upscale eateries. The lush greenery, rocky coastline and charming villages just outside Halifax are worth the trip from downtown.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City. Older than Jamestown, its original fortifications remain intact. The historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to religious orders that date back to the 17th century while the Place-Royale would look familiar to Samuel de Champlain, even with its gift shops and cafés. The British took control of New France by 1760, but more than 95 percent of Québec City's population still speaks French as its first language. As you visit historic sites and dine at restaurants that serve Québec’s distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable thriving culture.