Autumn is a great time to go traveling in many places throughout the US and Canada and you can be treated to some spectacular changes in nature during your trip. Last year I was lucky enough to be whisked away for my birthday on a cruise through Canada and New England during Autumn, and it was absolutely wonderful. I have always been a fan of cruises but this one has to be my fondest memory to date, the cruise packed in so much in such a short space of time, and I would recommend it to anyone. Would you try a Canada cruise holiday? Not sure? Here are some more details to help you make up your mind.
What You Will See
Itineraries will vary depending on how long you go away for, assuming that you go for a long cruise of 10-14 days, you can expect to take in cities such as Montreal and Quebec, as well as many small port towns in between.
Along the way there are some beautiful places where you will stop, all very different and all with plenty of places to explore. These were my top picks.
Halifax – Nova Scotia
You will have a full day to explore the capital of Nova Scotia where you can visit the Canadian Immigration museum, take the kids on a traditional tugboat ride or simply walk along the scenic coastline, with its rugged cliffs and old lighthouses, dining on some freshly caught salmon and lobster.
Saint John – New Brunswick
I love the surprises that cruises take you on and that is how I would describe our day trip to Saint John, just of the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Fascinatingly, this is the highest tidal range in the world, and we learned that such is the pressure of this area of the ocean, it caused a river to flow backwards! Here you can enjoy some time on land relaxing or alternatively head out on a kayak for a lobster cook-out excursion.
I really fell in love with Quebec and its French influence, an interesting blend of cultures and histories coming together as one. We actually spent 2 nights in the city, a perfect break from sailing for such a long time. My favorite spot here in Quebec was Montmorency Falls, just outside of the city, which are actually higher than Niagara.
- The best time for this kind of cruise is either the summer or autumn months, both of which can get very cold out at sea so make sure that you have plenty of layers.
- Plan your stops ahead of time, there are some great day tours to vineyards, kayak tours and cooking days out which you can take. these get booked up quickly so be on the front foot.
- Don’t forget that you can find fjords here in Canada, if this is an experience which you would love to try then be sure to pick a cruise which includes the Saguenay Fjords as part of the itinerary.
Why not do something different this autumn and go for a magical cruise through Canada?