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Canadian Maritime and French Canada

Canadian Maritime and French Canada

At a glance

Duration: 11 days

Coverage: Portland, ME to Toronto, ON

From: $6,890

Season: May

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

Step back in time as you visit French-Canadian maritime ports. Marvel at natural wonders such as Saint John’s reversing rapids, the Rock of Percé, Acadia National Park, and magical Prince Edward Island, home of the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Portland, ME

Guests will board the M/V Victory I in Portland, Maine. Often called the San Francisco of the east, Portland is an unexpected epicurean wonderland. Founded in 1632, Portland is a study in contrasts between old and new. The Old Port waterfront features working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops. Nearby, the Western Promenade is a public park atop a bluff, offering river and mountain views. Its surrounding district, the West End, is full of Victorian-era homes, including the Victoria Mansion museum. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also the native son to this region.

Day 2 - Scenic Sailing of the Atlantic Coast

For our day of Atlantic sailing, we'll follow the path of the fishing trawlers who leave the northern extremities of the North American coast, heading out to sea. Unlike them, however, we'll hug the coast of Nova Scotia, passing storied harbors full of maritime history, picturesque coastal towns, and spectacular natural beauty. Elegant dining in two distinctive venues with free-flowing house wine, beer, and spirits will enhance your day at sea.

Day 3 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

We depart for our day exploring Halifax Our first visit is to picturesque Citadel, which was constructed in 1856 as an eight-pointed-star defense-structure to defend Halifax from invading forces. It is populated by the 87th Highlander regiment, who regularly perform re-enactments inside the square. The Halifax Museum of the Atlantic offers an exceptional glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, with an emphasis on small craft and the massive allied World War II convoys assembled in the inner Halifax harbour. On our way out of town, we drive past the Fairlawn Cemetery and hear the compelling story of how 100 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried in this city. We then we continue along the craggy shoreline for the 45 minutes drive to Peggy’s Cove, one of the loveliest maritime villages in Nova Scotia. Located in St. Margaret’s Bay, this active coastal village retains the character and flavor of an active residential community, with a vibrant fishing fleet, quaint multi-coloured homes and the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. Lunch will be taken in one of the local restaurants, after which there will be ample time to stroll through the community, explore the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and shop for typical Nova Scotia souvenirs in the local stores.

Day 4 - Scenic Sailing of the Atlantic Coast

Enjoy a day of scenic sailing of the Atlantic Ocean as we make our way towards Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, well-versed in the history, peoples, and natural wonders of the Canadian Atlantic region.

Day 5 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada's tiniest and most charming province, Charlottetown is famous for its red earth and white beaches. During our excursion, we’ll follow a trail through the same historic streets the delegates walked when they gathered in 1864 for the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. Then, we’ll drive along the North Shore to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy free time strolling along the shores of the bay before we return to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.

Day 6 - Gaspé Peninsula

Early this morning, we’ll arrive in the quiet, bayside town of Gaspé on the northeastern tip of Québec. Gaspé was claimed for France by Jacques Cartier who took refuge from a storm here in 1534. From this seaside town, we’ll take a scenic one-hour coach ride to Percé where we’ll board a boat and cruise to the Rock of Percé, a dramatic natural rock formation just off shore. Then we’ll continue to Bonaventure Island, a former mecca for poets and painters and home of 293 different bird species – including puffins, cormorants, murres, auks, black-legged kittewake, boreal chickadees, and one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world. Back on shore, time permitting, we’ll enjoy free time in picturesque Percé before returning to the pier and the ship.

Day 7 - Scenic Sailing of the Gulf of St Lawrence

Experience the extraordinary scale of the St. Lawrence seaway as we enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For centuries, the St. Lawrence River has served as an important route for trade and travel, connecting the Atlantic maritime traffic with the the world’s largest source of freshwater — the Great Lakes. The river spans 744 miles, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a day of beautiful vistas and serene sailing as we make our way through the Gulf towards the mouth of the river.

Day 8 - Québec City, QC

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of history, architecture, and activity. After a light breakfast, we’ll go ashore and immerse ourselves in the charm and character of Old Québec (Vieux-Québec), the last remaining fortified city north of Mexico. Our coach will take us to the Plains of Abraham, where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed the upper city and captured the town. Then onward to pretty Place Royale in the lower-town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We'll drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans. The afternoon is free for guests to stroll out of the port and visit the Petit Champlain. We suggest a trip on the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac to stroll the magnificent Dufferin Terrace.

Day 9 - Montréal, QC

The second largest city in Canada, Montréal takes its name from Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city with three distinct peaks. A UNESCO City of Design (one of only a few in the world) Montréal boasts over 50 national historic sites, including numerous churches, and a lively downtown arts and cultural scene. The official language of the city is French, though, at home, many speak a version of the language called Québécois French. In the morning, our exploration of this Montréal begins with an in depth coach tour of the city's top attractions and historical sites, including: Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, the Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, the atmospheric Old Port and Old Montreal quarters of the city. After lunch onboard, you will have an opportunity to visit this French speaking city on foot, using the shuttle service provided.

Day 10 - Scenic Sailing of St. Lawrence River

Delight in this day of cruising aboard the M/V Victory I as we navigate the St. Lawrence River. The spectacular coastline offers unrivaled natural beauties: dramatic cliffs, colorful foliage, historic cityscapes, vibrant with birds and marine life. Take in the changing views as you stroll the wooden decks, tuck into an inviting deck chair, or refresh with a meal or high tea in one of our sophisticated onboard restaurants.

Day 11 - Toronto, ON

Welcome to Toronto, the most multicultural diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. It’s estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world’s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I, and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Dates & Rates

Dates E D C B A AA Owner's Suite
May 15, 2018 $6,890 $7,660 $8,330 $8,760 $9,000 $9,440 $10,100

Sailings go in both directions, please contact us prior to making further plans.

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.


Canadian Maritime and French Canada itinerary map


Victory I

Victory IThe intimate 202-passenger M/V Victory I is a small and agile coastal cruising ship that can easily navigate canals, locks and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The M/V Victory I will take you on these journeys in style and grace, while you enjoy exquisite culinary delights, like regionally inspired dishes, created especially for you by our acclaimed chef, free-flowing non-premium wine and beer and an open bar with house spirits to enjoy throughout your cruise. View ship details...