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Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural masterpieces. The Old Port Exchange, with its cobblestone streets lined with shops and galleries, is the core of a cultural revival that extends to the Arts district on Congress Street, centered around a stunning museum and art school. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland. “Often,” he wrote in My Lost Youth, “I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea …”
Bar Harbor, ME
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over a 100 years. Explore Mt. Desert Street, a national historic district, and be amazed by the beauty of the homes of the rich and famous. Join a shore excursion to Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled habitat. Later, admire the working waterfront which marks the beginning of the Shore Path, an enticing stroll along the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor’s biggest “cottages.”
Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and appealing villages. Many of its downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which compliment their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of the Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.
Nova Scotia’s capital is an historic community featuring the Halifax Citadel, where the city’s role is made clear as a key naval station in the British Empire circa 1800. Stroll down Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques set among a mildly Bohemian street scene. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native, who founded the Cunard Steam Ship Company to carry the royal mail and along the way established an ocean dynasty.
The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous, lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, is high among the list of favorite places to visit. Experience state-of-the-art exhibits at Founders Hall, an interactive museum that describes the history of Canada. 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.
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, FR
St. Pierre is a tiny piece of Europe close to St. John’s Newfoundland where French culture can be experienced on a small scale. Saite-Pierre & Miquelon is France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore the lovely and charming French community. Every spring whales migrating to Greenland are visible off the coast. Wildlife is most abundant on on this island and its counterpart to the south, the island of Langlade.
Îles de la Madeleine, QC
Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America.
Perce is a small, charming village on the tip of the Gaspe; Peninsula in Quebec. Famous among its points of interest is Perce Rock, a natural tourist attraction stretching its fifteen hundred foot length just offshore. A compelling presence, altering its appearance as the light changes, the rock exercises a potent fascination on all who see it. It can be reached on foot at low tide, the best way to appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs, which are nearly 300 feet high in places. A broader perspective on this marvel can be achieved from the top of Mount Sainte-Anne.
Matane is a small town on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River at the mouth of the Matane River. Along its banks are a marina and a boardwalk, appropriately named La Promenade des Capitaines, which offers a stunning view of the town and presents its maritime history on informative panels. Matane was visited by many renowned figures, such as Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. French colonization started in 1795 but the Micmac population was there long before that.
Located at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, Tadoussac was France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France and an important trading post in the seventeenth century, making it the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Quebec, and the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas.
Saguenay Fjord, QC
The villages along the Saguenay Fjord can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is from the water. Where the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay meet is one of the most popular whale-watching spots in Canada. The thriving natural conditions in the estuary support a permanent colony of a thousand 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.
Quebec City, QC
Quebec 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. Walk along the streets of Old Quebec, which is lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques and will lead you to the Musée de la Civilization. Here you will see four centuries of life and the emotions of the settlers who developed this area remarkably and clearly evoked