The Canadian Empress weaves a comfortable connecting link through the magnificent 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway to the rich French culture of Quebec.

Discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of "Loyalist Brockville", and the unique living community of Upper Canada village.  Enroute you will navigate the incredible International St. Lawrence Seaway and its locks to Quebec City.


Kingston to Quebec City
6 nights, 7 days

“What river is this?” asked Jacques Cartier of his Indigenous guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence River.

“A river without end,” the Indigenous guide replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering variety of one of the world’s great rivers.

As you cruise downriver in the safety and comfort of the Canadian Empress,  you will experience the numerous attractions and extraordinary scenery of Upper Canada and the Thousand Islands. As your journey continues east into the province of Quebec, you will see and experience the cultural divide between English Canada and French Canada.

Quebec City, Canada’s showpiece, provides the venue for the end of your river cruise vacation. Here you can experience the world charm and grace of “Old” Europe. You will encounter Quebec City’s unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Quebec (the only walled city in North America) with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham; and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac.

Highlights of this cruise: Explore the islands and bays of the Thousand Islands, learn the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville”, and experience the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. On the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflats that are home to myriad species of birds. You will also pass the “Segnieury” areas, the prominent village cathedrals of Quebec, and witness the awesome cliffs stretching up to the historic Plains of Abraham.

For a more detailed itinerary, please contact:  Christine Ward, Great Escapes, 204-885-7261


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