Fred Olsen 2018 cruise
Canada In the Fall (Black Watch)
Depart 22nd September 2018 – 26 nights
Canada comes to life in the fall, so join Black Watch to immerse yourself in astonishing autumnal beauty, with chances to explore colourful landscapes and discover photo opportunities galore.
After whetting your appetite for what’s to come on your Canadian exploration in rugged Killybegs – situated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – you’ll cross the Atlantic to St John’s. The countryside views on offer from Signal Hill in St John's are not to be missed, especially at this time of the year. A call into Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is followed by a stop in historic Charlottetown. You'll be perfectly placed to explore the rich forests of Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail, bursting with autumn splendour. You will then have the chance to bask in the small-town charm and ambience of Baie-Comeau, before Port Saguenay serves as your gateway to the beautiful Saguenay Fjord National Park. Sailing of the Saguenay River comes next as you head for classical Quebec City, where the icons of the UNESCO-listed Old City, such as the grand Château Frontenac and Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec await. For another display of spectacular fall foliage, take a tour to the Laurentian Mountains – one of the best places to observe Canada’s natural beauty.
Be sure to have your camera to hand as you call into Trois-Rivières, starting point for taking in the pristine lakes and vibrantly coloured woodlands of La Mauricie National Park. A day in stylish Montreal follows, affording time to marvel at the city’s mix of traditional and contemporary architectural highlights, including the Olympic Tower and Basilique Notre-Dame. A stop at Havre St Pierre to experience the rural lifestyle and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Mingan Archipelago is followed by a day in Corner Brook – your final Canadian call. Here you could follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps and explore the stunning coastline; or opt to tour to the UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park for your last chance to ‘leaf peep’ Canada’s vibrant autumn colours. En route back to Liverpool you’ll enjoy one last highlight, calling into Northern Ireland’s attraction-packed capital, Belfast.
Depart Liverpool late pm.
In Killybegs you can pass the hours watching the fishing boats and net menders, or catch a glimpse of the seals in the harbour. Enjoy the Maritime and Heritage Centre, or the beauty of rural Donegal on a tour.
The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich and colourful history. St. John’s offers a blend of old world charm, interesting architecture, historic landmarks, beautiful countryside and fishing villages in the local area.
Since 1947, explorers, adventurers, pirates and all manner of seafarers have found their way into St. John's spectacular harbour, although the first permanent settlers were the British in the mid 18th century.
To this day, St. John's is still loved by locals and visitors alike, and for wildlife and nature lovers in particular, it is the perfect holiday destination. There are several tours that take place on a daily basis, designed to provide visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see indigenous wildlife such as puffins and whales and the other natural wonders of St John’s. There are plenty of trails to walk at your leisure and a unique city centre to explore, complete with museums, art collections, murals and more.
Elsewhere there is plenty to seek out and enjoy too, including the Downtown district - which is where the best food, entertainment and shopping is found - and Signal Hill - one of Canada's National Historic Sites - which offers incredible views of St. John's and the surrounding areas.
In Halifax - the capital of Nova Scotia - see the old fort, the Maritime Museum, and the art gallery, or relax in one of the pretty parks. Alternatively, take a stroll through the tiny Peggy's Cove, with its bustling fishing harbour and lobster fishery.
Halifax - a vital part of Canada's infrastructure - is home to a major economic centre and many government and public sector companies are based in here, including the Department of National Defence. Praised for its quality of life, Halifax is seen as city for the future, a vibrant city that represents modern Canada.
The urban city centre is home to a number of landmark buildings, from tall apartment blocks and office towers to iconic & historic town clocks, Halifax’s architecture will suit all tastes. Halifax is also host to a number of parks, museums, galleries, sporting venues and performance venues to visit and explore. Point Pleasant Park is particularly popular due to its seaside location, while the new central library is well worth a visit.
The historic district of Charlottetown is charming; a home to many pretty 19th century buildings. The 1864 Conference which led to the formation of the Canadian Confederation was held in Charlottetown’s Province House. If you take a wander, you’ll find on most street corners there are storyboards to tell you the story of the town and its role in Canada’s history.
Home to the Province House that hosted the Canadian Confederation Conference in 1864, Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canada. A charming, historic city, Charlottetown serves as a shrine to the nation, representing the best that Canada has to offer.
Combining historic buildings and monuments with various elements of modern life, Charlottetown is a haven for all. Cafes, restaurants, shops, golf courses and more sit amongst some incredible 19th century architecture to create a unique blend of past and present culture. Visit The Guild and watch a musical, take a boat tour to the historic waterfront or relax at the spa. Whatever your mood, Charlottetown always has something to offer.
Baie-Comeau is one of Canada’s hidden gems, a small, yet attraction packed city with plenty to see and an interesting history and heritage to explore.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Saint-Lawrence River and smothered with forests, this busy industrial city supplies Quebec with large quantities of hydroelectricity from the impressive Manicouagan Reservoir dam and produces large quantities of paper and aluminium that’s exported worldwide.
As you journey further into the city centre, away from the busy industrialised areas near the port you discover a calm, peaceful city where quaint cafes and pretty theatres await you. Arguably the city’s greatest attraction is the delightful old-town district, known as Vieux-Poste. Established in 1889, the old-town was formerly the village of Saint-Eugène-de-Manicouagan and is home to a couple of interesting churches: the Anglican church of St Andrew is built of oak and boasts a couple of superb stained-glass windows, as does the pink granite Sainte-Amélie Church.
Whilst in Saguenay a popular lace for Quebecois to visit for outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking – be sure to explore the Saguenay Fjord National Park, with a cruise along this stunning waterway or a visit to the Fjord museum. The mouth of the Fjord is home to billions of krill – attracting various whale species.
Known mostly for its electricity generation and its timber and bauxite exportation, Saguenay is fast becoming one of Canada’s most interesting and exciting tourist destinations. A popular getaway for Quebecois, Saguenay is boasts impressive hiking trails and beautiful waters that lend themselves to activities such as kayaking and ice fishing.
The city’s shallow, Krill filled river is irresistible to the native Beluga whales, so visitors are presented with one of the best whale watching opportunities in the area. There are beautiful fjords to explore, beaches, marinas, ski resorts and a whole lot more.
Saguenay and all its natural beauty is one of Canada’s true wonders.
Perched atop a cliff that swoops down to the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is the only walled city on the American continent north of Mexico. Shore Tours give great insights into this incredible city, and also the change to engage with the natural beauty of the magnificent Montmorency Falls.
Quebec is so similar to old European towns it’s hard to believe that this mainly French speaking city is actually in North America. The only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec has its own truly unique style and incredible architecture that cannot be seen elsewhere in this part of the world. Perched atop a cliff that swoops down to the St. Lawrence River below, this intriguing city is made for exploration.
There are many tours of the city that take place everyday, at various times. These tours allow you to explore all parts of Quebec, both old and new. A tour of the fortifications is highly recommended, with 4.6km of walls and gates to explore and visitors should allow time to wander through Old Quebec. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s most photographed hotel, the Château Frontenac.
Be sure to visit the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, where the best views of the impressive 83-metre high Montmorency Falls are found.
Once almost completely destroyed by fire in 1908, the city is now thriving wit cafes, bars, artists’ workshops and a variety of museums celebrating Canada's many industries - from pulp and paper, to iron and steel. By contrast, the Promenade de la Poésie, punctuated with more than 300 panels displaying love poems, is a delightful walk.
Despite being almost completely destroyed by fire in 1908, leaving barely any historic buildings or monuments, Trois-Rivières has blossomed into one of Canada’s busiest, most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.
From motor races, to musicals, sports events and more, there is always something exciting for visitors and residents to enjoy. There are plenty of museums celebrating Canada’s paper, flour milling and metal working industries, galleries, cafes and places to shop. All are easy to find either alone, or with the help of a tour guide. There is even an old prison to visit, where tours are led by former inmates.
At the busy Harbourfront Park you will find beautiful unobstructed views of the Saint-Laurent River as well as several stalls, terraces and restaurant, while a tour to the Boréalis underground vault - where you will find a mysterious trail and a forgotten world - is highly recommended.
A true mix of cultures, with Gallic tradition and joie de vivre rubbing up against North American innovation and optimism, Montreal is a truly unique city and one that begs to be explored.
In 2006, UNESCO awarded Montreal ‘City of Design’ status, celebrating the city’s architecture, culture and economical importance as the centre of many industries. A cosmopolitan city, bilingual Montreal has so much to offer it is difficult to know where to start.
A true mix of cultures, Montreal combines Gallic tradition and the joie de vivre with modern North American innovation and optimism. Take a tour of the city and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, feel the atmosphere of the Olympic stadium or head out to the glorious Laurentians Mountains for breathtaking views. There are 50 National Historic Sites in Montreal alone, so ensure you take your time to appreciate everything that this predominantly French speaking city has to offer.
Bernard Avenue - located in a residential and business zone of Outremont - is home to turn of the century buildings, gorgeous gardens and some of the city's finest restaurants - ideal for grabbing a bite to eat - while the nearby Biosphere - a stunning environment museum and one of Montreal's finest landmarks - is not-to-be-missed.
Home to an abundance of wildlife and nature beauty, from lakes, rivers and fests to whales, seals and seabirds, Harve St. Pierre is a nature lovers dream.
The traditional French-speaking town of Havre St Pierre is an expression of rural Canada, a quaint fishing and lumbering centre that boasts pretty landscapes, charming little avenues and an extensive history and heritage.
Known locally as Pointe-aux-Esquimau, Havre St Pierre was first settled by Acadians – French speaking American settlers – who had originally been deported from Savannah, Georgia. As a result, the town’s culture and dialect is unique and differs from that of Quebec, where traditional French is spoken rather than Acadian French.
Be sure to explore the incredible Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada, a beautiful section of the Gulf of St. Lawrence’s northern shore. The park is spread over 30 limestone islands in the Mingan Archipelago and is home to over 1000 granite islets, reefs and stunning rock formations.
Steeped in a rich history, Corner Brook has lots of historic sights ad attractions, including the Captain James Cook Monument. Its downtown area is a maze of interlocking brick sidewalks, open green spaces and lots of shops, galleries and restaurants.
The City of Corner Brook is a historic Canadian city, located on the west coast of Newfoundland. A city of great national importance, Corner Brook is lauded for its fishing, railway and paper industries. This of course means that there are plenty of historic sights and attractions to enjoy, including the Captain James Cook Monument, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites.
In the town centre, you will find all the modern creature comforts you would expect to find in a Canadian city. There are many shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries and places to meet locals, so there is never a dull day. If you are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to try, with Marble Mountain Ski Resort on the doorstep and gorgeous terrain to explore.
In the vibrant city of Belfast there’s a chance to visit the Harland ad Wolff shipyard and the superb Titanic Experience; admire the views from Belfast castle; or take a tour to the exceptional Giants Causeway.
In recent years Belfast has moved away from the troubles of the past and become a modern, vibrant and stylish city. On and around Great Victoria Street there are some excellent restaurants and a wide choice of pubs, while close to Queen’s University are the fascinating Botanical Gardens, which have been established for more than 180 years. The unique Palm House was one of the world’s first cast-iron glass-houses and it houses a wide range of tropical plants, ranging from bananas to rubber.
Alongside the Gardens is the Ulster Museum, housed in a beautiful Renaissance-style building, which tells Ireland’s 9,000-year history through art, ceramics, costume, and archaeology, including prehistoric artefacts from local sites. On the northern edge of the city is the impressive hulk of Belfast Castle, standing 120m above the sea. Built in the mid-Victorian era, it offers wonderful views over the city and out towards the Irish Sea.
Belfast is also perfectly placed for tours to the stunning Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. During your time in the capital, don't miss the chance to go and see this incredible natural wonder which is steeped in myths and legends.