Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway

This amazing 15-night cruise explores the most magnificent regions of Canada and Maine. Peruse the charming town of Eastport, before being treated to a delicious lobster dinner pulled fresh from the ocean and drizzled with butter and all the trimmings. Explore Lunenburg and admire the brightly painted buildings that embellish its scenic waterfront.

When on Prince Edward Island, let our local expert guide you through Green Gables, the setting for the popular novel, Anne of Green Gables. Be awed as you cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway sailing through the Thousand Islands adorned with stately mansions, fairytale castles, and historic lighthouses.

Discover the charming village of Percé and view the famous Percé Rock. Cruise into scenic Saguenay Fjord and feel the immensity of the forest-lined cliffs on either side of you. Before ending this captivating journey, enjoy the European old-world charm as you cruise to Quebec City and Old Montreal.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Portland, ME
Eastport, ME
Lunenburg, NS
Halifax, NS
Day of Cruising
Charlottetown, PEI
Îles de la Madeleine, QC
Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC
Baie-Comeau, QC
Saguenay, QC
Québec City, QC
Montreal, QC
Cruising the Thousand Islands
Kingston, ON
Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON

Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway

Explore the stunning landscapes of Canada and the scenic shores of Maine on this epic 15-night cruise. From the breathtaking beauty of Acadia National Park to the historic city of Montreal, experience the rich culture and natural splendor of this captivating region as you cruise in perfect comfort aboard the Pearl Mist.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, ME
  • Portland, ME
  • Eastport, ME
  • Lunenburg, NS
  • Halifax, NS
  • Day of Cruising
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Îles de la Madeleine, QC
  • Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC
  • Baie-Comeau, QC
  • Saguenay, QC
  • Québec City, QC
  • Montreal, QC
  • Cruising the Thousand Islands
  • Kingston, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Toronto, ON

Day by Day

Reverse itineraries available. Please contact your Cruise Specialist for your specific Day By Day agenda.

Portland, ME

Our custom Portland Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from the dock.  

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided exploration of Portland. Immerse yourself in the maritime heritage of Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea, as you view Longfellow’s boyhood home and the elegant Victorian Mansions that overlook the islands of Casco Bay. Stop at the famous Portland Head Light, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The excursion concludes at the ship, where your luggage will be waiting for you in your stateroom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise out of Portland Harbor as you begin your amazing journey with us. 
Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Please call 800-981-9146 for pricing and availability.

Day 1
Portland, ME

Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

Day 2
Eastport, ME

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-caning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Explore the idyllic downtown of Moose Island and enjoy this tranquil area of Eastport, unencumbered by crowds.

Historic Eastport Lobster Bake

Make your way to where a true "Downeast" lobster baker awaits you. Pulled fresh from ocean water, taste delicious Maine lobster drizzled with butter along with all the trimmings. For dessert, you won't want to miss one of Maine's local favorites, a mouth-watering piece of homemade blueberry pie.


Eastport Harbor by working Lobster Boat

Enjoy a Downeast Lobster & Seal Cruise on a genuine Maine lobster boat, The Lady H. Stop to watch a demonstration of Maine’s number one commercial fishery…. lobstering!  Pull actual lobster traps in the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay with a licensed lobster fisherman. Watch the Captain haul traps and see, touch and handle lobsters, crabs, starfish, scallops, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and more, after the traps are pulled into the boat. You may also see porpoise, whales, bald eagles, osprey, seals, and lots of other marine life all which make the bay their home. Experience our 26+ foot tides, travel through the “Old Sow” Whirlpool, the hemisphere’s largest whirlpool, and listen to tales of the sea from our experienced captain.  

Historic Eastport Walking Exploration

Enjoy a flat, leisurely walk-through Eastport’s historic downtown. Start at the working waterfront, where harbor fishing boats are out lobstering in the summer and scalloping in the winter. Take in views across Passamaquoddy Bay noting the extreme changes in the tide levels.  Stroll downtown Water Street as you learn about the great fire of 1886 that devastated the sardine industry. Stop to admire the lovingly restored historic buildings in this town which is undergoing a renaissance. Continue along Water St, past the WaCo Diner, Maine’s oldest diner (Est 1924). Pass the Sea Street building, a 30,000 square foot former sardine can manufacture company. Continue to the south end of downtown to enjoy the views of the International Bridge and Campobello Island, once the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Visit the Fisherman Statue and hear stories of the history of Eastport, including the British Occupation, and the history of the surrounding historic buildings.

Shackford Head State Park Hike

 After a brief overview of downtown Eastport, ride a short distance to Shackford Head State Park, enclosing 90 acres on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay. Hike along a trail through the woods to a rocky headland, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves. From this outlook, view Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, the town of Lubec, Maine, and the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head, as well as aquaculture pens where Atlantic salmon are raised. These park trails afford great opportunities for wildlife watching as well—with warblers and hermit thrushes in the woodland areas, and bald eagles, common terns, and spotted sandpipers along the shore. Ornithologists have documented 28 different bird species nesting on the headland.

Day 3
Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of its most historic and charming villages. Many of the downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which complement their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The picturesque Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.

A Walk Through Old Town Lunenburg

Discover beautiful Lunenburg and all its splendor! Led by your guide, walk through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and North America’s best-preserved example of an 18th-century British colonial town. Stroll through this picture-perfect town as you listen to stories of the history, culture and architecture, dating back to the arrival of the first European settlers in 1753, mostly German, French and Swiss. Hear intriguing seafaring folklore and learn about Canada’s famous sailing schooner, the Bluenose

Highlights of Lunenburg & Mahone Bay

Enjoy the quaint beauty of two of Nova Scotia’s prettiest towns, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, on this seaside adventure. Begin with a short drive around the Lunenburg Harbor, where you will have the unique opportunity to photograph the town perched on the hill from a stunning angle, across the bay. Continue along to the community of Mahone Bay. Upon arrival, meet a local artist who will introduce you to the fine art of molding pewter. Learn all the stages of a design, from concept through wax carving to finished pewter. Tour the workshop, then watch as molten pewter is transformed into exquisite pieces of art. After learning the trick of the trade, pick up a tool and try your hand at a little wax carving yourself. Guests not wishing to participate can enjoy free time in Mahone Bay instead.

Head back to the summit of Lunenburg to the site of the well-known Lunenburg Academy, where you will commence a walking exploration of the town with your guide. Explore the "Old Town," a planned grid of narrow streets, compact lots, and houses with a unique architectural feature, known as the “Lunenburg Bump.”  Enjoy a visit to St. John’s Anglican Church, which has been a place of welcome and worship since 1753. As the second oldest church of English origin in Canada, as well as a Canadian National Historic Site, St. John’s is recognized as one of North America’s best examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture. Following a major fire in 2001, St. John’s has been fully restored and was re-opened in June of 2005.


Day 4
Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia’s capital is a historic community that still shows a striking resemblance to the Halifax of the 1800s when it was a key naval station in the British Empire. The Halifax Citadel, a military bastion that has been standing for over 250 years, was restored and is still active. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront celebrates the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native who became a Canadian shipping magnate and founded a successful steamship company. A highlight of the city is Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques in a subtly Bohemian setting.

Historic Halifax with Titanic Highlights

Aboard a double-decker bus, discover the historic streets of Halifax as your guide introduces you to one of North America’s most captivating cities. At your first stop, step into the Halifax Public Gardens, a tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax. These gardens encompass 17 acres of lush flowers, duck ponds, sparkling fountains, and Victorian footpaths. Continue your journey to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where you will follow your guide on a walk through the grounds as they bring to life the tale of the great ship Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage. Discover the true identities of the “unknown child” and J. Dawson, both recovered from the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These stories and more are part of a legacy that continues to fascinate visitors more than a century later. View the Historic Properties, an area on the Halifax waterfront, which is a collection of restored buildings, including stone warehouses built to hold privateers’ booty at the turn of the 18th century. Enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage.

Picture Perfect Peggy's Cove

Today is a journey you will remember all your life, as this excursion takes you through the city of Halifax enroute to the most popular site on the East Coast – Peggy’s Cove. Our voyage begins with breathtaking wooded coastal views along the Lighthouse Route as we make our way to the historic community of Peggy’s Cove. Hear how glaciers and constant pounding from ocean waves have shaped the world-renowned village’s granite shores. See the lighthouse that has been an inspiration for generations of writers, photographers, and painters, and the famous deGarthe Monument, which artisan William deGarthe carved in the coarse stone. Take time to explore the shops and galleries around this working fishing community, before returning along the St. Margaret’s Bay to Halifax.

Historic Halifax Walking Exploration

In a seaport that is overflowing with history and atmosphere, walking is the ideal way to explore the sites and tranquil gardens. Walk with your guide along the historic boardwalk and revitalized city center to discover the area the way it is seen best - on foot. Begin with a leisurely stroll from the pier to downtown Halifax, where you can explore the beautiful Public Gardens. Founded in 1866 and encompassing 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds, and sparkling fountains, these are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Enjoy the bustle of Spring Garden Road, lined with boutiques and cafés, as you walk past elegant Georgian and Victorian doorways which help the city retain its historic charm. Stroll through the lovely Grand Parade Square and see the oldest Anglican Church in Canada. Learn the history of Province House and City Hall, overlooked by the picture-perfect Old Town Clock perched on Citadel Hill.

Halifax Pedal Bus Adventure

Board a 14-passenger Pedal Bus for a fun way to get around town while traveling with others on a “bar” on wheels. Be treated to music, informative commentary, trivia with prizes, and three pub/restaurant stops with food and drink specials. For those who want to get a bit of light exercise, you may use your pedals. However, your vehicle has an electric motor, so pedaling is simply an option and riders of any fitness level can enjoy this experience.

Along the way, view The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax’s official Irishtown, The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the 110-year-old CSS Acadia, the only
ship still afloat to have survived the Halifax explosion over a century ago. On your route, you will also learn about The Halifax Explosion of 1917, the Titanic connection, Mi'kmaq land acknowledgement, and more.

At the end of your journey, receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Day 5
Day of Cruising

Today is a day to truly relax without a care in the world. Revel in the bliss of the scenery that surrounds you from your private balcony. Enjoy fascinating enrichment presentations and festive onboard activities. Savor fine meals and cocktails. Relax in one of the many spacious lounges or enjoy a gentle breeze on the sun deck as you read a book or chat with new friends.

Day 6
Charlottetown, PEI

The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Explore Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, high among the list of favorite places to visit. The true architectural jewel of downtown Charlottetown is the majestic St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Adorned by three copper spires visible virtually anywhere in the city, the church adds to the Victorian splendor of the downtown core.

Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables

On the way to the Green Gables Farm, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Prince Edward Island while listening to your knowledgeable tour guide explain the Island’s unique culture and heritage. The Green Gables Farm and its surroundings are the settings for the popular Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery and one of the most notable literary landmarks in Canada.. Both those who are familiar with the books and who are not will enjoy exploring and learning the history of this circa-19th-century farmhouse.

Charlottetown Pedal Bus Adventure

Board a 14-passenger Pedal Bus for a fun way to get around town while traveling with others on a “bar” on wheels. Be treated to music, informative commentary, trivia with prizes, and three pub/restaurant stops with food and drink specials. For those who want to get a bit of light exercise, you may use your pedals. However, your vehicle has an electric motor, so pedaling is simply an option and riders of any fitness level can enjoy this experience.

Along the way, view St. Dunstan’s Basilica, a National Historic Site and the tallest building in Charlottetown; St. James Presbyterian Church, where three ghostly women ring the church bells, according to a 19th century legend; Government House (the birthplace of Canada) and more. At the end of your journey, receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

PEI Coast, Lighthouses & Cellars

Step back in time and get a glimpse into the fascinating history of Prince Edward Island as you travel along its breathtaking coastline. Led by your knowledgeable guide, learn about the area’s many lighthouses, which have outlasted generations, dating as far back as the early 1800s. These beacons of light were crucial for trade and commerce, vastly increasing the safety of the first mode of transportation used by early settlers. Each lighthouse has its individual day-markings and distinguishing flash patterns, so sailors can ascertain which headlight is ahead of them.

The first stop is at Point Prim Lighthouse. Built in 1846, this is Prince Edward Island's oldest lighthouse, standing 60 feet tall. Next, visit Wood Islands Lighthouse on the Northumberland Strait. At 50 feet tall, it began operations in 1876 to aid fishing boats around Wood Island and features an attached six-room, two story dwelling where the keepers once resided. The last to be manned on the island, Wood Island Lighthouse was automated in 1990.

Conclude your adventure at the Rossignol Estate Winery, which has a 45,000 bottle capacity and produces a variety of premium fruit and table wines made from local produce. Enjoy an unlimited wine tasting paired with Prince Edward Island cheeses. Try the 2015 Gold Medal winners - Marechal Foch, Cassis, Liberty Blossom, and L'Acadie Blanc, as well as Wild Blueberry and Blackberry Mead.

Historic Charlottetown Walking Exploration

Walk along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown, giving you a wonderful, historic overview of the province’s capital on this leisurely exploration. Your guide will meet you at the pier where your walking excursion will begin. During your city orientation, you will hear about the founding families and see some of their original homes, typically made of wood, sandstone, or brick. View Province House National Historic Site, where your guide will explain how Canada was formed as the result of a conference held in the building in 1864. That event led to Canada becoming a federation and when Charlottetown became known as the Birthplace of Canada. Your excursion concludes at the Charlottetown’s waterfront, where you may remain in town and do some further exploring on your own or walk back to the pier. 

Surf & Turf Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a cruise with dinner aboard Isola Solaretto, the world’s FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise boat. A Canadian Heritage Vessel from the famous 1967 Montreal Expo(World’s Fair), the boat undertook an 8 year, $1.3Mrenovation to become North America’s largest solar-powered boat.

On this a slow and gentle journey, admire the beautiful scenery of Charlottetown Harbor through large open windows.  Four TV screens and an onboard sound system enable guests to enjoy live audio and visual commentary. Be treated to Island Blue Mussels, Caesar Salad, a rib eye and lobster dinner, as well as fresh baked dessert and tea/coffee.
Sights along the way include the marinas of Charlottetown, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Irish Settlers Monument, Government House (the birthplace of Canada), the armories and cannons of Victoria Park, and Fort La Joie/Fort Amherst. You will also hear maritime folklore and learn about the expulsion of the Acadians, the history of fishing lobster, mussels and oysters in PEI, farming potatoes in PEI, the Confederation Bridge, Anne of Green Gables, as well as the history of and technology used on Isola Solaretto. There will be trivia and prizes throughout your journey and every rider will receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Charlottetown Solar Harbor Cruise

Enjoy a cruise aboard Isola Solaretto, the world’s FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise boat. A Canadian Heritage Vessel from the famous 1967 Montreal Expo (World’s Fair), the boat undertook an 8 year, $1.3M renovation to become North America’s largest solar-powered boat.

On this a slow and gentle journey, enjoy coffee and tea as you admire the beautiful scenery of Charlottetown Harbor through large open windows. Four TV screens and an onboard sound system enable guests to enjoy live audio and visual commentary. 

Sights along the way include the marinas of Charlottetown, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Irish Settlers Monument, Government House (the birthplace of Canada), the armories and cannons of Victoria Park, and Fort La Joie/Fort Amherst. You will also hear maritime folklore and learn about the expulsion of the Acadians, the history of fishing lobster, mussels and oysters in PEI, farming potatoes in PEI, the Confederation Bridge, Anne of Green Gables, as well as the history of and technology used on Isola Solaretto. There will be trivia and prizes throughout your journey and every rider will receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Charlottetown Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle. Enjoy self-exploration of the Charlottetown Port Area, as well as Great George Street in downtown Charlottetown.

Day 7
Îles de la Madeleine, QC

Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America. Located in the geographical center of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Isles are made up of about a dozen islands, six of which are linked by sand dunes. Highlights of the area include beautiful red cliffs, rolling hills, 180 miles of honey-colored sand, and the brightly colored fishermen’s houses which dot the landscape.

The Magdalen Islands Culture and Heritage Excursion

Discover the beauty of the Magdalen Islands on this guided excursion to some of the best sites and attractions that Madeleine has to offer. Stop at Havre aux Maisons, an area with many examples of traditional local architecture. Featured are simple houses and barns painted in a variety of bright colors, influenced by the Acadian, French, and New England origins of many of the Islanders. Visit the extraordinary South Dune Beach where you can walk through its amazing red sandstone underground caves that have been sculpted by the sea. Visit Fumoir d’Antan, a typical smokehouse, which brings to life this last vestige of what was once a very important industry. Discover a whole new way of looking at sand at the Sand Artisan Museum, before traveling to the north coast of the island which boasts spectacular steep, jagged cliffs and the Cap-Hérissé Lighthouse.

A Taste of the Islands

During the excursion, discover the beauty of the Magdalen Islands as you visit a variety of sights and attractions. Travel through the villages of Cap aux Meules, Fatima, Étang du Nord, Havre Aubert, and Havre aux Maisons, with several stops. Explore the Îles de la Madeleine Archipelago, an exotic miniature paradise featuring a treasure trove of tasty, tempting locally produced foods, and where the warmth and generosity of the inhabitants are legendary. During the Flavours Circuit, meet with several local producers and discover the passion and love that they have for their work, including the Pied de Vents Cheese Factory and a local apple orchard, the only one located on the archipelago.

Day 8
Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC

The deep water port of Gaspé is notable for having been the first stop of Jacques Cartier to claim the land for France which is why it is often referred to as the “Birthplace of Canada.” The town is proud to have a magnificent stretch of water in Gaspé Bay, which is considered to be the second largest natural bay in the world. Visit the picturesque Percé, a charming village which also borders Percé Rock, the dominant natural feature of the area.

Whale Watching in Forillon Park

The waters of the Bay of Gaspé are home to eight different whale species. Aboard a zodiac, accompanied by your local guide, these observe giant mammals and learn about the environment in which they live. Depending on the season and the food available, you may see blue whales (the largest mammals in the world), spectacular humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoises, and seals.

The Best of Percé

Explore this fascinating site that has attracted visitors since the 1930s. With its magnificent landscapes and diverse activities, Percé lures admirers of art and culture.

Begin your journey at the Pic de l’Aurore lookout, a breathtaking vantage point to admire the stunning natural beauty of the Gaspé Peninsula and take magnificent photos. From this elevated perch, visitors can soak in panoramic views of the rugged coastline, dense forests, expansive ocean, and the iconic Percé Rock. Enjoy a guided exploration of the St-Michel church, one of the jewels of the architectural heritage of Percé. Featuring pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and intricate decorative details, its architecture is reminiscent of medieval European cathedrals. 

Travel to Côte Surprise for another wonderful photo opportunity. A captivating stretch of coastline, this destination if renowned for its dramatic and unexpected beauty, from towering cliffs adorned with lush vegetation to hidden coves and pristine beaches. It is also another vantage point from which to view Percé Rock. Take a coffee break at Buvette Thérèse, followed by time to explore the many souvenir shops, art galleries, and handicraft boutiques of Percé on your own.

After, enjoy time to explore Percé on your own. Discover Percé’s rich historical and architectural heritage. Peruse the many souvenir shops, art galleries, and handicraft boutiques, which offer a wide variety of local and regional crafts and products. You will also enjoy a croissant and a cup of coffee at a local café. 

Best Of Gaspé & Forillon National Park with Micmac Interpretation Center

On this guided excursion, explore Gaspé, its surroundings and the magnificent Forillon National Park. Begin in the park at Fort Peninsula, an old lookout and vestige of the Second World War, serving as a strategic defense point, protecting the region's coastline.

Next travel Cap-Bon-Ami Sea Cliffs located at the northern side of the Forillon Peninsula for an excellent photo opportunity. Carved by the force of the sea over thousands of years, these dramatic cliffs are a testament to the power and beauty of nature and also serve as vital habitats for diverse marine and bird species.

Visit Cap-Desrosiers Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Canada, located in the northern area of Forillon National Park. Its towering structure offers visitors a glimpse into the region's seafaring past and provides stunning panoramic views of the coastline.

Venture to the Micmac Interpretation center. Led by your guide, learn about the culture and history of the Aboriginal community in Gaspé. Here you can sample Bannock and maple syrup, with free time to explore the onsite boutique.

Gaspe Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle and explore downtown Gaspe on your own. Shop at the unique local shops and taste the local flavor at area restaurants.

Day 9
Baie-Comeau, QC

Located in the Manicouagana Peninsula on the St. Lawrence Estuary, Baie-Comeau is rich in sandy beaches with picturesque views of the archipelago of islands that are inhabited by harbor seals and various species of seabirds. Explore its natural wonders and fall in love with the magnificent backdrop of clear waters and the wild beauty of boreal forests.

The Treasures of Baie-Comeau

Learn about the rich religious and cultural heritage, as well as the strong character of the hearty souls living in this remote paradise. The journey starts at a forest interpretation center known as Village Forestier d’Antan, a typical lumberjack village. Typical buildings, period objects, and old photographs demonstrate a lumberjack’s living conditions and way of life of this period. Taste a sample of a typical lumberjack meal. Do you know that a lumberjack meal turned around 2000 calories at that time?

Visit the town’s famous hotel, Manoir Baie-Comeau, a hotel with all the charm of an old French colonial manor. Enjoy tea and cake on the terrace which is open to spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Travel to Saint-Amelie Church for a guided exploration of the church's magnificent fresco paintings, stained glass windows, and pink granite of Quebec’s North Shore. Finally, there will be a short exploration of Baie-Comeau’s heritage area, including Place La Salle, a quaint commercial artery, with sites of historical interest, as well as souvenir shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants.

Parc Nature Pointe-Aux-Outardes

With over six miles of trails, Parc Nature offers many scenic landscapes to explore, showcasing eight different ecosystems including sand dunes, boreal forest, a salt marsh, and beach. During this guided excursion, admire the beauty of a lower estuary, featuring seabirds, birds of prey, and more, along banks of Rivière aux Outardes as it flows into the magnificent St. Lawrence River.  Enjoy free time at the interpretation center and stop at the gift shop.

Historical Walk Through Baie Comeau

Begin your journey at Place La Salle, a quaint commercial artery with souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and a microbrewery.  Visit St. Amélie’s Church, featuring Quebec’s North Shore pink granite. Admire its 1,500 square meters of fresco paintings, 5 times more than the Sistine Chapel. It also bears 30 stained-glass windows representing characters from the Bible, and a magnificent Casavant organ. Learn about the Italian artist Guido Nincheri and how, during that period of creation, his wrongfully imprisoned saga put his fresco’s work on hold. 

Travel to St. Andrew Anglican Church, a unique Anglican Church built in 1937 and the first church in the Baie-Comeau area.  In the Tudor style, with its imposing oak trim and lovely stained-glass windows, discover the main window depicts local forest animals. Continue to the Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood. Stop at the famous Manoir of Baie-Comeau, where you will be treated to cake and tea as you enjoy the spectacular view of the Saint Lawrence River. Built in 1937 by Robert Rutherford McCormick, the manor burned to the ground in 1965. Thirty nine years later, in 2004, the QNSL paper company rebuilt it on the same site, using stone instead of wood. Today it is a hotel with all the charm of an old French colonial manor. After the excursion, guests may stay in town or return to the ship.

Manic-2 Dam: A Technology That Changed the World

Visit one of the world’s largest hollow-joint gravity dams, big enough to fit a Boeing 747 in one of the dam’s hollow-joints. It was here that Hydro-Québec operated the first 735,000-volt line in the world in 1965. This line has now become the international standard for high-voltage transmission, linked to a generating station powerful enough to supply electricity to a city of 250,000 people. 

Visit the Georges-D’Or Pavilion, which holds an actual turbine, as well as an exhibit hall, and a multimedia room explaining the construction and operation of the dam. View a 30-minute video about one of the station’s powerful generators and understand why each of the 8 turbines weighs more than 100 elephants!

Conclude with a brief exploration of Baie-Comeau’s heritage area and its beautiful natural setting. Starting with Place La Salle, discover this quaint commercial artery, host to site of historical and social interest for the past 78 years. In this cultural hub, you’ll find souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and a microbrewery. Admire the magnificent scenery and Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood.

Gaspe Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle and explore downtown Gaspe on your own. Shop at the unique local shops and taste the local flavor at area restaurants.

Day 10
Saguenay, QC

The villages along the Saguenay can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is by boat. One of the most popular whale watching spots is where the St. Lawrence River meets the Saguenay Fjord. The thriving natural conditions here support a permanent colony of a thousand or more whales. Beautiful views of the length of the fjord are found at Cap Trinite, a cliff that rises above the channel with a 33-foot statue of the Virgin Mary surveying the scenery from the lowest ledge.

Craftman Road

Take a scenic drive to the Touverre Workshop to enjoy a glass blowing demonstration. Watch in awe as Giuseppe Benedetto, a glassmaker and sculptor, uses his highly sophisticated technique to perform one of the oldest and most difficult art forms to master, practiced in Egypt and Syria thousands of years ago. Today, this master craftsman creates top-of-the-line decorative objects such as whales, fruits, lamps, perfumers, and more. His creations integrate art with architecture, producing limited-series sculptures which incorporate granite, glass, aluminum, bronze, or steel, which demonstrate contrasts in strength and fragility.

Next, cross the street to visit the Fine Stone Cutting Economuseum. Witness the fascinating transformation steps of lapidary work necessary to create original handmade jewelry. Admire magnificent amethyst geodes, local and worldwide minerals, and fine stones. Assist with a live stone polishing demonstration in this newly built workshop attached to one of Saguenay’s first buildings, the Saint-Alexis Presbytery (1868).

Finally, stop at the Alpaga Bersi farm which is home to 31 alpacas and 2 llamas living freely in large pastures. Learn the characteristics of this good-natured animal, from the collection of his fiber to the finish product. Also known as the Gold of the Andes, this luxurious natural fiberis light, warm, resistant, hypoallergenic, and extremely soft. Visit their shop which features several products made with alpaca fiber, such as sweaters, scarves, tuques, socks, mittens and more, hand-knitted by regional artisans. 


Wine & Cheese in Blueberry Country

Visit the interpretation center of the Fromagerie Boivin. While tasting some samples of cheese, hear the history of this family enterprise which produces about 2.3 million kilos of cheese yearly.

Continue through Chicoutimi to Jonquière. On the scenic drive overlooking the Saguenay River, view the Little White House that miraculously survived the Flood of 1996 and the Pulp Mill. Founded in 1898, the mill played an important role in the development of the area. Also noted as the first French Canadian owned Pulp Company, the mill produced a high-quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. You will also pass the Rio Tinto Aluminum Factory in Jonquière.

During a stop at the Domaine Le Cageot, learn all about the history of blueberries in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean while enjoying a delicious blueberry pastry accompanied by a cup of blueberry tea. After, you will have the opportunity to taste some wines made of blueberries and other little fruits. Discover other artisanal berry products available for purchase, such as wine, vinegar dressing, jam, jelly, syrup, honey, chocolate, and more!

Ecotourism Adventure

Discover the beauty of Quebec’s great boreal forests during this unique and authentic experience at the Contact Nature Ecotourism site. Be greeted by your naturalist who will lead you on a stroll along a scenic trail by the Mars River. Learn about the surrounding natural environment, the site’s sampling activities, local fauna and flora, as well as the animals that inhabit the area. Along the way, admire breathtaking landscapes including an amazing canyon that stretches out before you. Discover the lifestyle and land use practices of the indigenous peoples, including aboriginal traditions, customs and culture.

Day 11
Québec City, QC

Québec City is nestled beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, where enchanting old stone houses cozy up to great religious institutions built from the same stone. The old city is a sheer delight for history buffs with a diversity of architectural styles reminiscent of those in England and France. Walk along the streets of Old Québec, and enjoy the magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques.

Historic Québec with Montmorency Falls

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of never-ending sights. You will discover the charm and character of the Old Town as you explore the historic and natural landmarks, including:

  • Dufferin Terrace, Château Frontenac – Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here you will have a spectacular view of the St.-Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains.

  • Place-Royale – This beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture is the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. It is also the location of the oldest standing catholic church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. 

  • National Battlefields Park –  Also known as the Plains of Abraham, the park was the site of the historic battle where the French surrendered to the British in 1759.  

  • Cap-Diamant – Located in National Battlefield Park, a photo stop opportunity will be made at Cap-Diamant which was named after the shiny stones explorer Jacques-Cartier mistook for diamonds.   

  • Grande-Allée – Your route will take you along the Grande-Allée, the Champs-Élysées of Québec lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and boutiques to the Hôtel du Parlement, an imposing Second Empire style building overlooking the city. 

  • Montmorency Falls – A photo stop will be made at the Montmorency Falls where you will enjoy the breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of natures as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St.-Lawrence River.


Old Québec Walking Exploration

Your experienced guide will make the history of Québec come alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town named a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1985. Discover nearly four centuries of history in this living museum, which is the only walled city in North America. Along the way visit:

  • Place-Royale - The typical stone buildings surrounding this historic square were once the homes of wealthy merchants.  

  • Petit-Champlain Street - Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, specialty shops and outdoor cafés as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, and street performers.

  • Funicular - From Lower Town to Upper Town, you will enjoy a short funicular ride to reach the Château Frontenac.

  • Château Frontenac - Perched on a hill overlooking the St.-Lawrence River, the castle-like Château is the best-known landmark in Québec.  

  • Dufferin Terrace - Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620.


A Taste of the Isles of Orleans

Delight your taste buds as you indulge in the flavors of the Île d'Orléans!  Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of traditional rural Québec. Located along the St. Lawrence River and in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, the views of the surrounding countryside and skyline of Québec are spectacular. First settled by the French over 350 years ago, the Island is a veritable open-air museum, boasting more than 600 heritage buildings.  As the first colonists cultivated the land, they became self-sufficient as fishermen, blacksmiths, carpenters, saddlers, tanners, shipbuilders, and captains. Stop to taste several local products, including sweet delicacies made from fresh fruit from the region, wines, and nougat and learn how they are cultivated.

  • Winery – Learn about viniculture in Québec, techniques for cultivating the vines, and winemaking methods. 
  • Sweet Fruit Flavor Shop – Discover how berries are processed to make jam and treat yourself to a taste.
  • Nougat Shop – In Saint-Pierre, meet the maker and taste delicious, sweet hand-crafted delicacies, including nougats, meringues, and fruit jellies. 

Day 12
Montreal, QC

Montreal, known for its dynamic cultural scene, is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and the most bilingual city in North America. Appointed a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, the city features a diversity of architecture, from 18th century Victorian-style stone buildings to modern, ultra-sleek skyscrapers. Visit Mont Royal (the “mountain”), a park which towers high above the city, before heading downtown to explore elegant boutiques, department stores, and shopping complexes.  Discover Old Montreal, an area that displays some of North America’s most remarkable architecture with a concentration of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century buildings.

Montreal Highlights

Discover Montréal’s cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of the old and new on this overview of the city via motorcoach. Stop on Mount Royal for a panoramic view of Montréal and visit Notre-Dame Basilica. Explore Old Montréal, the Financial District, Westmount and its opulent residences, as well as Montréal's universities. 

  • Notre-Dame Basilica - Led by a guide, explore this masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture built between.1824 and 1829. Admire paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrating biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history. 
  • Old Montréal - One of the largest historic districts in North America, learn about the origins and growth of this colony as you marvel at the unique architecture. Pass the unique waterfront park of the Old Port which attracts more than 5 million visitors a year.
  • The Golden Square Mile - At the heart of Montréal is this unique cosmopolitan center . Admire lovely Victorian architecture, museums, shops, and restaurants, all set amidst the backdrop of Montréal’s fast-paced business district.

A Walk Through Old Montreal

Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, pass the charming waterfront district, and explore the splendid architecture of one of the oldest cities in North America. Discover the history as you learn about the fortifications, the seigniorial system, and religious institutions inherited from the French and English Regimes. Visit the first Financial District, known as Montréal's Wall Street, located in the heart of Old Montréal, on Saint-Jacques Street. Among the many Victorian buildings are the Bank of Montréal and the Royal Bank, City Hall, the historic and new Courthouses, Place Jacques Cartier, an area of café terraces, old world charm, and Joie de vivre.

Jean-Talon Market & Botanical Garden

Discover this famous market, the biggest outdoor market in North America. Located in Little Italy, a captivating neighborhood full of tasty hangouts and local gems, the market is the ideal place to buy fresh local produce, remarkable cheeses and meats from regional producers, authentic international discoveries, flowers, gourmet cookbooks, and other products exclusive to Québec. Be charmed by the wonderful smells, the colorful stalls and the culinary diversity of this Montréal institution.

Next visit The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the grandest in the world, boasting 10 exhibition greenhouses, 30 gardens and more than 26,000 floral species. Its five-acre Dream Lake Garden is the largest Chinese garden outside of Asia. Also, of special interest is the remarkable collection of bonsais and orchids. After a brief narration by your guide, you will have free time to explore the gardens on your own. You can choose to visit the exhibition greenhouses, the Japanese Pavilion, the Chinese Garden or the Arboretum.

Day 13
Cruising the Thousand Islands

As we journey to Kingston, witness breathtaking views of the region’s scenic landscapes as you relax on the sun deck of the Pearl Mist. Enjoy our award-winning onboard enrichment programs presented by the area’s finest historians, naturalists, and entertainers.

Day 14
Kingston, ON

Home to Ontario's oldest public market, Kingston is a walkable city, where hidden alleyways showcase antique markets and quaint restaurant patios. Spend time perusing one of the many art galleries of the city, including the Agnes Etherington Art Center, featuring collections of modern and historic works of art. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you can plan an afternoon at the Marshlands Conservation Area, located in Kingston’s west end. Enjoy fresh air, tranquil sounds, and any wildlife you might spot along the way as you walk the Rideau Trail. Kingston also hosts a variety of wineries, where you can part in tastings.

Great Lakes Museum & SS Keewatin

Step aboard the last remaining passenger steamship "liner" left in the world. Aboard the 1907 built S.S. Keewatin, explore the passenger, crew and cargo areas of this unique vessel with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Great Lakes Museum, a national historic site. Discover the many galleries which feature the original Victorian steam engines used to operate the dry dock, a naval reserve exhibit featuring the art of Grant Macdonald, and a selection of ship models and maritime art.  

Kingston Trolley Exploration

Guests will begin their experience at the Kingston Visitor Information Centre, walking distance from the ship. Board the trolley which will make 10 different stops across Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district. Guests will have the option to hop on/hop off at any of these stops or to stay on board for a narrated tour.

Stops include: 

  • City Hall – Admire this symbol of civic pride and governance in the heart of the city.
  • Fort Henry – Learn about military history through well-preserved fortifications and engaging exhibits.
  • Market Square – Visit a vibrant array of shops, eateries, and events in the heart of downtown Kingston.
  • Pumphouse and Marine Museum – Discover Kingston's rich maritime heritage with its collection of historic vessels and exhibits.
  • Murney Tower – Explore this limestone fortification which provides panoramic views of Kingston and insight into its military past.
  • Bellevue House – Get a glimpse into the life of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, in a charming historic setting.
  • Penitentiary Museum - Delve into the intriguing history of Kingston Penitentiary, once one of Canada's most notorious prisons.
  • Queen's University – Walk the grounds of this prestigious academic institution, enriching Kingston with its historic campus and innovative research.
  • Downtown Kingston - Enjoy a mix of historic architecture, trendy boutiques, and lively entertainment venues. 


Fort Henry Experience

Explore life in 1867 at Fort Henry. Witness military performances, discover over 30 historic rooms, and enjoy views of the beautiful St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Your guided exploration will showcase life in 1867, when a garrison of soldiers was living at Fort Henry. After, continue exploring on your own. View the additional museum rooms, including the Barrack rooms, the first fort of 1812, artillery and weapon displays, and the use of Fort Henry as an internment camp at various stages in its history. 

Demonstrations occur throughout the day in the historic Parade Square, where guests are encouraged to sit and enjoy. Visit the new Commissariat Store to purchase our homemade bread, cinnamon buns, pretzels, cookies and more, all baked in Fort Henry’s historic ovens by interpretive bakers.

Kingston Penitentiary Exploration

Step inside the walls of Canada’s oldest penitentiary, built in 1833. Explore the living and working areas, some dating back to the 1830s. View a general population cell range, a short-term segregation unit, the programs wing, the metal shop, the recreation yard, and more. Visit the Regional Treatment Centre, an entirely separate second institution found within the walls of Kingston Penitentiary. Throughout your excursion, you will hear personalized accounts from former Correctional Service Canada staff about the history and daily routines of the penitentiary, including stories of escapes, riots, and everything in between.    

Military Communications Museum

Learn the role that military communications and electronics have played for over more than a century. This twenty-thousand square foot gallery is devoted to not only telling the story of members of the Military Communications and Electronics Branch, both past and present, but also the Royal Canadian Electronic and Mechanical Engineers. Explore the displays which depict the history of Canadian military communication and illustrate how the development and application of communications technology by the highly skilled troops has been both groundbreaking and lifesaving.  

Day 15
Toronto, ON

Explore Toronto, first established as a Native American settlement and French fur trading post and now a vibrant metropolitan area. Within its impressive skyline, there are several cultural hotspots including art galleries, museums, and performance centers. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro-style abounds.

Toronto City Exploration with CN Tower

Toronto is the hub of Canada, abounding in culture and history, with many amazing attractions such as the famous Gothic Revival style mansion Casa Loma, and Ripley's Aquarium. Explore this capital city of Ontario, led by your private guide, who will provide interesting, historical, and entertaining commentary on a drive through Chinatown, the financial district, and many other wonderful destinations. Stop at the CN Tower, designated a “Wonder of the Modern World,” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.This remarkable building stands tall as one of Toronto’s most recognizable symbols. Completed in 1976, it held the title of the world's tallest free-standing structure and tallest tower until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It remains one of the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere and a remarkable feat of engineering. 

Distillery District Walking Exploration

Led by expert guides, learn the fascinating story of Gooderham and Worts, once the world’s once largest distillery. Constructed between 1859 and 1861, the distillery complex included and a brick malthouse, kilns, warehouses, shops, and offices and was an outstanding example of Victorian industrial design. Learn how this 19th-century center was transformed into the modern day Distillery District. Along the way, explore some of the best hidden Distillery District spots and photo locations.

Day 16
Toronto, ON

Enjoy breakfast on board, before departing the ship. As you journey home, reflect upon your incredible voyage along the Canadian Maritimes and the St. Lawrence Seaway and the friends you made along the way.

Pearl Mist

Cruise in unparalleled comfort aboard the Pearl Mist Cruise Ship, accommodating up to 210 guests, as you journey to the most captivating destinations.

Every corner of the Pearl Mist ship, from the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining areas, has undergone a stunning transformation. Expect fresh color palettes, luxurious textiles, new furniture and carpets, and captivating regionally inspired artwork.

Every space aboard the ship has been completely reimagined, incorporating themes that expertly highlight the local historical, cultural, and geographical influences characteristic to the regions Pearl Mist sails.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sun decks, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed dining room offering panoramic views.

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Category R

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship, allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views. Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room.

Category K

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are conveniently located on the 4th deck level of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, offering fresh air and natural light.

Category H

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.

Category G

Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.

Category SGB

Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances, large opening windows, and private balconies offering panoramic views.

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