By Day and By Night, Canada Shore Excursions Excite and Delight

The United States’ near north neighbor has an awesome reputation as a country that welcomes and celebrates visitors and that fact will be most apparent when you schedule Canada shore excursions on cruises that call on Canadian ports.

When cruising the east coast of Canada, shore excursions around the port city of Sydney, Cape Breton Island, offer a chance to delve into the island’s Scottish heritage, its friendly townspeople, and natural beauty. Tour the town of Baddeck and its charming boardwalk of shops and restaurants. Glimpse the heart and mind of one of its most famous Scottish townsmen at the Alexander Graham Bell Historical Site. Cruisers of all ages will love a musical excursion to see the World’s Largest Fiddle that stands at the Port of Sydney and plays a medley of tunes. Enjoy a joyful performance of singers, dancers, and expert fiddlers, all celebrating Celtic pride and tradition.

At Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada cruise excursions are geared to delightful discovery of fact and fable: Explore the town’s historic streets, where in 1864 a gathering of delegates led to the Confederation of Canada; stroll the enchanting Avonlea Village that replicates the fictional one created by Charlottetown’s own L.M. Montgomery in her classic children’s book, “Anne of Green Gables.”

As a cruise port of call, Quebec City is, in a word, “marveilleaux.” After all, its nickname is “the Paris of America,” and available shore excursions reflect city’s French roots, as well as a chance to learn about the area’s earliest settlers. Walk historic sites, including the Place Royale and Chateau Frontenac, a luxury hotel that’s Quebec’s most recognizable building. Enjoy a culinary experience in native-Quebec-style at a sugar shack. See the maple sugaring process from tree to table and feast on typical Quebeҫois fare.

When cruising the United States’ northeast coast, schedule New England shore excursions that show you the most iconic sights: On a guided Newport scenic drive, view the mega-mansions of the Gilded Age and discover how the pineapple became a symbol of American hospitality; trek the famous Cliff Walk. Thrill to the natural wonders of Bar Harbor’s Acadia National Park; snap pictures of the best lighthouses in Portland. Succumb to Boston’s charms on day or evening tours, by trolley, on foot, or on a duck tour. Hit the Freedom Trail to retrace the events that marked the beginnings of the United States; tour Salem, famous for its witch hunt trials, or savor a tasty tour of the Italian North End.

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