Saga’s Nova Scotia and St Lawrence in the Fall cruise: what to expect

Ben Gibson / 19 March 2016 ( 07 December 2016 )

Saga Sapphire spends a whole month discovering a dozen Canadian ports on an itinerary designed to reveal the many facets of this stunning country, during the most beautiful time of year.

Saga’s Nova Scotia and St Lawrence in the Fall cruise offers the chance to discover some of Canada’s most extraordinary regions.

From Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to the maritime towns lining the St Lawrence River – a voyage full of beautiful, wild scenery, quaint towns and big cities.

See Canada in the Fall on an amazing cruise across the Atlantic Find out more here.

New ports of call

After arriving in St John’s, Newfoundland – Britain’s oldest colony and the kicking-off point for the British Empire – you’ll sail into a new port of call for Saga, St Pierre et Miquelon. 

This is a little piece of France, steeped in history and delightfully old fashioned, with no fast-food chains, no pollution and no traffic lights!

You’ll then be able to step ashore in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Seemingly untouched by time, this old fishing town is set within Mingan National Park, a haven for whales, seals and puffins. 

Then there’s Sept-Îles, where the rich history of the Innu Community offers an insight into the First Nation peoples who have called this area home for more than 4,000 years.

The Canadian fjords!

Say ‘fjords’ and you’ll probably think of Norway, but during a visit to Saguenay you can admire the Canadian’s very own. 

A majestic expanse of blue waters encircled by forest-topped cliffs, it’s a beautiful sight – especially at sunrise. But if you prefer your beauty sleep, fear not; optional excursions from Saguenay will reveal more of the fjord’s immense natural beauty.

After continuing eastward along the St Lawrence River, when the waters reach Quebec City they open out to form the largest and deepest estuary in the world.

Quebec is the hub of French-Canadian culture and packed with attractions such as the historic Haute-Ville and legendary Château Frontenac. And who can resist a full day to explore Montreal, a cosmopolitan mix of pavement cafés, gourmet restaurants, art galleries and a historic old quarter.

Culture buffs should head for the old Vieux-Montréal district, while shoppers can delight downtown with its amazing choice of malls, markets and boutiques.

You can then contrast the city with Montreal with its French-British roots, rich architecture and an eclectic blend of the traditional and modern – not to mention a real shopper’s paradise packed with boutiques, thrift shops and upscale department stores.

Finally, you won’t want to miss discovering the weather-beaten landscape of Nova Scotia from Halifax during a two-day visit – a vibrant city set beside one of the world’s finest natural harbours – which also offers some of Canada’s most striking scenery during the autumn season.

Discover Quebec and Atlantic Canada on a 14 night tour Find out more here.

The Annual Fall

By the time Saga Sapphire reaches the Canadian coast, autumn will have shaken the leaves into their annual ‘fall’, dusting the landscape with shades of russet reds, oranges and browns. 

It’s a truly spectacular sight, and the best time of year to appreciate the east coast’s picture-postcard scenery.

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