11 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise on Empress of the Seas from Montreal, Quebec Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord
The 11 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise from Montreal, Quebec visits St. John's, Newfoundland; St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory; Corner Brook, Newfoundland ; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saguenay, Quebec; Quebec City, Quebec; Montreal, Quebec. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - Montreal, Quebec
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - St. John's, Newfoundland
Day 5 - St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory
Day 6 - Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Day 7 - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Saguenay, Quebec
Day 10 - 11 - Quebec City, Quebec
Day 12 - Montreal, Quebec
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Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord
The Saguenay Fjord in Quebec, Canada
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Leaving from
Montreal, Quebec
Onboard
Empress of the Seas
Day Port
1
Montreal, Quebec
Departs at 4:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
St. John's, Newfoundland
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
5
St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory
From 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
From 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Sydney, Nova Scotia
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Saguenay, Quebec
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10 - 11
Quebec City, Quebec
From Day 10, 8:00 AM - Day 11, 2:00 PM
12
Montreal, Quebec
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Empress of the Seas
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Empress of the Seas, Aerial View, Bahamas and Caribbean Cruise Ship
Aerial View of Empress of the Seas Cruise Ship With Destinations in Nassau, Havana, and Cozumel
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Empress of the Seas

ADVENTURE MAXING MEETS ULTIMATE RELAXING

Stay active while soaking up views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Or unwind with a poolside movie or a visit to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. Empress of the Seas℠ is the perfect place to find adventure and your Caribbean chill.

RISE & DINE

All that exploring is bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, the options for next level noshing are endless. Five courses of gourmet goodness await at Chef's Table, while steakhouse favorites raise the bar at Chop's Grille℠. At Windjammer, you'll find a global array of options, all complimentary. And when the day winds down, the night heats up at Boleros.

BALLROOM STEPS & BOLD SETS

Get ready for some real scene stealers like Three, a grand multi-sensory production celebrating the golden days of show business, and Bailamos, a vibrant showcase of vocal ensembles and dynamic ballroom dancing styles.

Day 1: Montreal, Quebec

Day 1
Montreal
Quebec
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Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Things to do in
Montreal
Departs at 4:00 PM
Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.
Montreal, Quebec Saint Joseph Oratory
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Canada's largest church, in Montreal, Quebec

Holy Heights

Located in the city's heart, visit Mount Royal for the best city skyline, port and water views. Check out The Cross, which was first placed on Mount Royal in 1643. Today's installation is illuminated nightly. Mount Royal Park is popular year-round, and on Mount Royal's slope you'll find Saint Joseph's Oratory, Canada's largest church.
Montreal, Quebec Notre-Dame Basilica
The church interior of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec

Meander Old Montreal

Old Montreal is the city's historic district. There's plenty to do within its boundaries, such as taking a spin on Old Port Montreal's observation wheel; shopping locally at Marche Bonsecours; or visiting Notre Dame Basilica, one of Canada's most stunning churches. Built by 1824, it has vaulted blue ceilings with gold stars, a gold-detailed main altar and ethereal stained-glass windows.
Montreal, Quebec Botanical Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden, with Asian boats on a pond, in Montreal Quebec

Go Green

Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the world's largest, with over 200 bird species and 22,000 plant, flower and tree varieties. This includes bonsai, maple trees and cactus. There are several gardens to visit during your Montreal cruise, including the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens. In the summertime, the Botanical Garden also hosts events, concerts and festivals.
Montreal, Quebec Poutine
Poutine, a Quebecois meal of french fries and cheese curds with gravy, from a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec

Local Cuisine

Montreal is known for three things: smoked meats, bagels and poutine. For Montreal-style bagels, locals recommend visiting St-Viateur Bagel. Cruise to Montreal and check out La Banquise for poutine, as it's open 24 hours. Schwartz's Deli is Canada's oldest deli and serves world-famous smoked meats.
Montreal, Quebec Tote Bags
Tote bags with the Canadian flag for sale in a souvenir shop in Montreal, Quebec

Shopping

Artpop Montreal and L'Empreinte Gallery-Boutique both have gifts, crafts and souvenirs from Quebec's most talented designers. L'Empreinte stocks things such as contemporary jewelry, handmade musical instruments and home wares from 85 artists. Meanwhile, Artpop has handmade children's toys, Montreal sweaters and an assortment of cards.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Latin Fiesta

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head — or cheek to cheek — with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 4: St. John's, Newfoundland

Day 4
St. John's
Newfoundland
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St. John's, Newfoundland,  Cliffside Homes
Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
Things to do in
St. John's
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Set against the backdrop of the wild Atlantic sea, St. John's is defined by animated locals, colorful houses and its own brand of folk music. In the capital of Newfoundland — the island of fishing villages, kitchen parties and bakeapple jam — you can marvel at historic landmarks dating back to John Cabot's voyage in 1497, before you hit the town to join in the lively pub scene. Hungry for nature? Cruise to Newfoundland to hike the 80 miles of walking trails, or hit the waters outside the harbor to catch a glimpse of icebergs and humpback whales.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Humpback Whale
A humpback wale splashing its tail

Hit the Bay

Icebergs, humpback whales, puffins... Get out onto the Bay for an exhilarating tour of aquatic life. Or tour the islands that make up the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, where you'll see birds galore, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres and the largest puffin colony in North America.
Insider tip
Make sure you're on Newfoundland time, which is in one of the few half-hour time zones in the world.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Harbor View From Signal Hill
View of St. John's harbor through some trees from Signal Hill

Put On Your Walking Shoes

It's a hilly affair, whether you choose to hike the trails or the streets — St. John's boasts over 75 miles of walking trails within city limits. Marvel at the ancient rock cliffs that rise from the St. John's harbor, or amble along the North Head Trail and pick wild blueberries at Signal Hill.
Insider tip
St. John's is a city of hills, so don't forget your walking shoes.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Group Toasting Beers
A group of friends toasting beers

Quench Your Thirst

You're in for a toe-tapping good time if you head to historic downtown St. John's. You'll find over two dozen pubs, clubs and bars on George Street. Locals keep the party alive while you get down to an Irish jig, the blues, dance music, country or good old rock n' roll.
Insider tip
The city has a storyteller around every corner — strike up a conversation with the lively locals.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Steamed Mussels
A bowl of steamed mussels

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own, with unique items like scrunchions (crispy pork rinds) and toutons (fried dough served with mollasses). Try braised rabbit fritters or local blue mussels. Head to the Quidi Vidi district, where you'll find a local farm-to-table restaurant and a brewery featuring lager made from 25-thousand-year-old icebergs.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Jewelry
Assorted necklaces on a cloth

Shopping

Head to Water Street and take a piece of St. John's with you. Heritage Shop goodies include labradorite jewelry, carvings, knitwear and preserves. Get onboard Canada cruises and make your way to Quidi Vidi and check out the Plantation, a destination shopping experience where you can visit artisans in their studios as they work and sell their wares.

Day 5: St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory

Day 5
St. Pierre and Miquelon
French Territory
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Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Things to do in
St. Pierre and Miquelon
From 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A little bit of France lives right here in North America, in an archipelago of islands named St. Pierre and Miquelon. French language, French culture and that delectable French food abound from the moment you set foot onshore, located just off the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland. These tiny islands survive on rich fisheries and have a history of capture and invasion, handed back and forth between Britain and France for centuries. During the American Prohibition era, Al Capone and Bill McCoy used these islands for their rum-running operations. Every cliff, pier and street corner has a story to tell, and there are plenty of opportunities to soak up those stories when you visit.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Whale Watching
Saint Pierre Miquelon Whale Watching

Soak Up Some Nature

St. Pierre and Miquelon thrive on rich sea life in the surrounding waters. Fish, seabirds and marine mammals combined with the stunning water views and rugged terrain result in thrilling water excursions around the islands. Birdwatchers will want to venture to Grand Colombier, a tiny nature reserve island, home to puffins and many of the archipelago's migratory birds. The marine wildlife adventure sets out from St. Pierre in search of seals, birds, whales and other wildlife in the rich waters around the islands.
Insider tip
The time zone in Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a half-hour off from Newfoundland, however, it is close enough that the time on your cell phone may show as Newfoundland time.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Rocky Hill Pond
Saint Pierre Miquelon Rocky Hill Pond

Stretch Your Legs

Whether you're more inclined to take a relaxing stroll or a more vigorous and adventurous hike, the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon have plenty of stunning views and beautiful, out-of-the-way paths. The Diamant hike is a 75-minute walk around a beach-lined peninsula on St. Pierre island. For a longer adventure, the walk to Étang du Télégraphe takes just over two hours and goes through the interior of the island to a lovely pond. Maps are available at the Tourism Bureau.
Insider tip
This very European culture enjoys the tradition of resting at lunch. Expect shops to be closed on Sundays and from noon to 2 p.m. throughout the week.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Cathedral Foothills
Saint Pierre Miquelon Cathedral Foothills

Get an Earful of History

Evidence of rum runners, wars and indigenous peoples weave together to tell a fascinating history of a place that is quite unique. Museums, like the Heritage Museum, bring the islands' history to life with relics and storytellers. Local shops, such as La Maison du Cadeau, offer home decorating goods, gourmet foods and souvenirs that show the islands' history as part of their rich culture, and allow you to bring some of that culture back home.
Insider tip
Wind, rain and fog are common on the islands. Dress in layers to acclimate to changes in weather.
Saint Pierre Local Seafood Being Grilled
Saint Pierre Local Seafood Being Grilled

Local Cuisine

Saint Pierre is a fishing town, and seafood is king. Prepared by chefs trained in the French tradition, the freshest of fish is sure to delight you. If you prefer something other than seafood, handmade crepes and pastries might be more to your liking.
Saint Pierre Local Shopping Lavender Soap and Essential Oil
Saint Pierre Local Shopping Lavender Soap and Essential Oil

Shopping

Bring a bit of France home with you. You'll find your favorite French perfumes, soaps and skincare products, along with those you've been longing to try. Tie on a French scarf, and then seek out your favorite treats. French bread, French chocolates, French cheeses, French wines — all the delicacies of French food are available here on these tiny islands.

Day 6: Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Day 6
Corner Brook
Newfoundland
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Corner Brook, Newfoundland Aerial Coastal View
An aerial view of the coast of Newfoundland
Things to do in
Corner Brook
From 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Surrounded by the Blomidon Mountains, Corner Brook is the ultimate outdoor playground. Captain James Cook might have beaten you to the punch when he arrived here in 1767, but there's no such thing as a bad time to discover this fjord's end sheltered in the Bay of Islands off the West Coast of Newfoundland. The locals are warm, the water is cold, and the fun factor is high. Hike, paddle, boat, bike, fish and sightsee your way through scenic Humber Valley, and experience the towering cliffs and waterfalls of Gros Morne National park.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland Ziplining
Two people ziplining over a forest

Go Flying

Adrenaline junkies won't be disappointed on Marble Mountain. Take in the majestic Steady Brook Gorge and Falls while you zip-line hundreds of feet in the air. If nine zip lines aren't enough, challenge yourself with an aerial course that includes three obstacles suspended up to 50 feet above the ground.
Insider tip
Want a less structured day? Rent a car for a few hours and take a scenic drive.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland Small Boat On Beach
A small boat on a beach in Newfoundland

Reel One In

You're not leaving with anything less than a 15-pounder when your guide helps you wrangle a two-handed rod on the Lower Humber. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to set their sights on that 40-pound-fish story of a lifetime.
Insider tip
Tourists in Newfoundland are often known as "come-from-aways.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland People Hiking Through A Cave
People hiking through a cave

Go Spelunking

Strap on some snow shoes, and let your tour guide outfit you for a trail trek you won't soon forget. With caves called Dinosaur Teeth and Rat's Crawl, you know you're in for a memorable experience. Spooky stories included.
Insider tip
Wondering what to answer when asked if you're "gutfounded?" It's the local term for "hungry.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland Touton With Molasses
Toutons with molasses poured on top

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own. Try toutons, a local fried-dough pancake, with molasses for a sweet start to the day. Head to a local steakhouse for prime cuts, maple-glazed scallops or cod tongues (actually a cut from the fish's neck) with pork scrunchions, small bits of crisped pork fat that add flavor and crunch. Or treat yourself to a traditional Jiggs Dinner, a hearty meal of salted beef, potatoes and vegetables.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland Honey Shop
An assortment of honey at a shop

Shopping

You're in for unique finds in Corner Brook. Just off the main drag on Main Street, you'll find quirky concept boutiques dedicated to local goods. Pick up Newfoundland wildflower honey, handspun wools, pottery, soap and jewelry. Snag some moose antler accessories or local sea buckthorn oil.

Day 7: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 7
Sydney
Nova Scotia
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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Louisbourg Lighthouse
The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Things to do in
Sydney
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The sight of the world's largest fiddle welcomes you to Sydney, Nova Scotia. In this enclave on Cape Breton Island, metropolitan charm meets down-home hospitality. Originally founded by Loyalists spooked by the American Revolution, Sydney remains a haven — but today, it's one replete with golf courses, a hearty music scene and the world-famous Cabot Trail. Step back into the 18th century while you walk among the town's classically inspired buildings and dramatically steepled churches. Cruise to Nova Scotia and stroll the boardwalk, indulge your inner lover of learning at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, and end your day toe-tapping to Celtic beats.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Antique telephone
An antique black and gold telephone

Answer the Call

Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which overlooks the inventor's summer home in Baddeck. Learn how Bell achieved invented only the telephone but also the world's fastest boat, Canada's first powered airplane flight and advanced recording technology. Marvel at his artifacts, films and family photographs.
Insider tip
The town center and Charlotte Street are only a five-minute walk from port.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Fort Louisbourg
Close up view of the exterior of Fort Louisbourg

Dance Like It's 1744

Visit the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The largest reconstructed French fortified town in North America is alive with music, dancing, cooking and military drills. Don't leave without sipping the Fortress Rum, sold in traditional bottles and sealed in wax.
Insider tip
The currency is the Canadian Dollar, but some shops accept U.S. currency, too.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Historic Log Cabin
A historic log cabin in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Celtic Sojourn

Gaelic may not be your first language, but it's worth the trip to Highland Village in the Bras d'Or Lakes region to hear the melodic sounds of Celtic culture. Traditional music, stunning vistas and friendly farm animals backdrop 11 period buildings, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Baked Salmon Dish
A baked salmon fillet with a side salad on a black plate

Local Cuisine

It's all about fresh and local. Head to one of the many pubs along the downtown waterfront for maple-glazed Atlantic salmon or a lobster dinner. Be sure to try the island's signature mussels before you go. Wash it all down with a mug of Sydney's favorite beer from Big Spruce Brewing.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Local Wool
Bins with local wool

Shopping

It's an artisan extravaganza in Sydney. Head to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for affordable hand-crafted lamb's wool apparel, leather, glass and art. Get on Canada cruises to pick up some raw local lambswool or sheep's wool to take home and work with yourself.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.

Day 9: Saguenay, Quebec

Day 9
Saguenay
Quebec
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Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Chicoutimi Riverfront
Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Things to do in
Saguenay
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saguenay, Canada is reminiscent of a sleepy New England town; with a church standing tall in its skyline, rolling hills, the Saguenay River flowing by and golden trees come fall. A former mill town, this French-Canadian city was only formed in 2002 by amalgamating the townships of Chicoutimi, Jonquiere, La Baie and Laterriere. The new city is most well-known for its Saguenay Fjord, which formed during the Ice Age and is the most southerly fjord in the Northern Hemisphere. When visiting Saguenay with your cruise, see its number one attraction and its pine-studded soaring cliffs from the comfort of a cruise.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Saguenay Fjord
View of the Saguenay Fjord with trees, in Saguenay, Quebec

Find the Fjord

Saguenay Fjord is the reason so many people visit Saguenay annually. See the fjord's soaring rocky and pine tree-lined cliffs on either a guided sea kayak tour or a local cruise. If you want to stay on dry land, the next best thing is learning more about the fjord's landscape and history through Musee du Fjord's exhibitions. The museum is also home to an aquarium, where you can handle starfish and sea cucumbers in the touch pool.
Insider tip
Always bring a jacket for exploring the fjord, no matter the season, winds can be strong here.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Pulperie de Chicoutimi
La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, located in an old mill surrounded by a large park, in Saguenay, Quebec

Pulp Fiction

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum is located in an old mill and surrounded by a large park. It houses over 26,000 objects. Its permanent exhibitions include displays on the Canadian painter, Arthur Villeneuve and the Chicoutimi Pulp Company. The latter features multimedia and interactive displays on the company that shaped Saguenay. During the summer, the museum also hosts theatrical and comedy performances, and free Music Monday concerts.
Insider tip
There are parks, a ski-able mountain and other historic attractions within short driving distance of Saguenay.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Petite Maison Blanche
La Petite Maison Blanche, the little white house that withstood a disastrous flood and became a symbol of perseverance, in Saguenay, Quebec

Blast From the Past

If this isn't enough, Saguenay has two other historical attractions. The Petite Maison Blanche (small white house) Museum is a Saguenay landmark that survived one of Canada's worst natural disasters — a flood in 1947. Today it's a museum with exhibitions on three floors, as well as a souvenir shop. Then there's Val-Jalbert Historical Village, which resembles a 1920s pulp mill town. It's complete with historic buildings, like a convent school and general store, as well as costumed townsfolk.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Blueberry Crepes
Homemade crepes served with fresh blueberries and powdered sugar on a cast iron skilled, from an eatery in Saguenay, Quebec

Local Cuisine

When exploring Quebec, you must try a crepe. Lambert Crêperie has both sweet and savory options, which include everything from homemade chocolate ganache to duck confit. Otherwise, build your own burger at Rouge Burger Bar. It also serves traditional French dishes like moules frites (mussels and fries) and tartare.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Ceramic Bowls
Variaous ceramic bowls for sale in Saguenay, Quebec

Shopping

Called the Route Des Artisans, you can follow a trail that includes 90 small businesses that sell products in nine different fields, including wood, ceramics and textiles. Any purchase would make a unique Saguenay souvenir during your Quebec cruise. Alternatively, stop by the gift shop when visiting La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.

Day 10 - 11: Quebec City, Quebec

Day 10 - 11
Quebec City
Quebec
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Quebec City, Quebec, Aerial View
Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
Things to do in
Quebec City
From Day 10, 8:00 AM - Day 11, 2:00 PM
Quebec City blends old-world eye candy with fresh attitude from modern boutiques and coffee shops to cutting-edge music festivals. Set upon the mighty St. Lawrence River, the city holds more than four centuries of history, a vibrant contemporary art scene and an abundance of gastronomic discoveries. Step back in time and explore the Old City. Pass through imposing stone walls and walk cobblestone streets — you'll notice a range of architectural styles, from Baroque to art deco. With Quebec City cruises you can experience a sugar rush at one of the many boulangeries. Then, walk it off with a visit to the iconic Chateau Frontenac towering over the Quebec capital.
Quebec City, Quebec, Basilica of Sainte Anne De Beaupre
View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.
Insider tip
Although French is the official language here, English is widely spoken.
Quebec City, Quebec, Poutine Dish
A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialties, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.
Insider tip
Attempts to speak en Francais are wholeheartedly appreciated. Try "bonjour" to greet shopkeepers and service staff and "merci" to say thank you.
Quebec City, Quebec, Riyak Plaza Buildings
Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.
Quebec City, Quebec, Chef Holding A Pie
A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.
Quebec City, Quebec, Storefront
A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, specialty chocolates, maple syrup and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

Day 12: Montreal, Quebec

Day 12
Montreal
Quebec
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Montreal, Quebec Aerial View Of City
Aerial view from above Montreal's city center and its landmark buildings, Montreal, Quebec
Things to do in
Montreal
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.
Montreal, Quebec Saint Joseph Oratory
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Canada's largest church, in Montreal, Quebec

Holy Heights

Located in the city's heart, visit Mount Royal for the best city skyline, port and water views. Check out The Cross, which was first placed on Mount Royal in 1643. Today's installation is illuminated nightly. Mount Royal Park is popular year-round, and on Mount Royal's slope you'll find Saint Joseph's Oratory, Canada's largest church.
Montreal, Quebec Notre-Dame Basilica
The church interior of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec

Meander Old Montreal

Old Montreal is the city's historic district. There's plenty to do within its boundaries, such as taking a spin on Old Port Montreal's observation wheel; shopping locally at Marche Bonsecours; or visiting Notre Dame Basilica, one of Canada's most stunning churches. Built by 1824, it has vaulted blue ceilings with gold stars, a gold-detailed main altar and ethereal stained-glass windows.
Montreal, Quebec Botanical Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden, with Asian boats on a pond, in Montreal Quebec

Go Green

Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the world's largest, with over 200 bird species and 22,000 plant, flower and tree varieties. This includes bonsai, maple trees and cactus. There are several gardens to visit during your Montreal cruise, including the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens. In the summertime, the Botanical Garden also hosts events, concerts and festivals.
Montreal, Quebec Poutine
Poutine, a Quebecois meal of french fries and cheese curds with gravy, from a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec

Local Cuisine

Montreal is known for three things: smoked meats, bagels and poutine. For Montreal-style bagels, locals recommend visiting St-Viateur Bagel. Cruise to Montreal and check out La Banquise for poutine, as it's open 24 hours. Schwartz's Deli is Canada's oldest deli and serves world-famous smoked meats.
Montreal, Quebec Tote Bags
Tote bags with the Canadian flag for sale in a souvenir shop in Montreal, Quebec

Shopping

Artpop Montreal and L'Empreinte Gallery-Boutique both have gifts, crafts and souvenirs from Quebec's most talented designers. L'Empreinte stocks things such as contemporary jewelry, handmade musical instruments and home wares from 85 artists. Meanwhile, Artpop has handmade children's toys, Montreal sweaters and an assortment of cards.

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