Canada’s east coast is sprawling. It is the quintessential image of the northeast, lighthouses dot rocky cliffs while the bustling city of Montreal is just inland along the St. Lawrence River. The entire area has more of a French feel than the rest of Canada (and one of the islands off the coast is owned France). Cities here are reminiscent of the 17th-18th century world, where elegant architecture was simple – yet never understated. Eastern Canada is a cross between European and North American, a beautiful mix that shows all over.
|A metropolitan city in the east of Canada, Montreal takes its French roots to heart. Most of the people speak French at home, while French cuisine winds its way through the tastes and smell of the culture. One of these tastes include one of their most well-known, poutine. This twist on the classic french-fried potatoes is covered in cheese curds and brown gravy – an excellent and hearty meal. The festivals and arts are celebrated wildly around Montreal, with the main event being the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. These experiences are m
ultiplied by the mix of old Europe and modern architecture, blending into pleasant sites throughout the city. That is especially true in Old Montreal; here, the Place d’Armes public square sits in the heart and 18th-century houses line the lanes. Walks along the St. Lawrence and its offshoot, Lachine Canal, can be a nice and slow stroll through the Montreal.
|When following the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic from Montreal, Quebec City sits ready to be explored. Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. It overlooks the St. Lawrence from a clifftop, with accessible view by a high boardwalk. The Old Town, a UNESCO World heritage Site, still has streets of cobblestone and 17th-18th century architecture. Old Town also has the last city walls remaining in the US or Canada. Like Montreal, Quebec City embraces its French roots – so much so that the official language is French. From the stone buildings to the squares and sidewalk cafes, Quebec City is a walk in history and classic beauty.|
|As the river opens up into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, many small towns are found along the rocky shores. Nova Scotia offers up islands, such as Prince Edward Island, and picturesque forests lining the coasts. East of Nova Scotia, the island of Newfoundland (otherwise known as “The Rock”) is mostly untouched natural treasure. Icebergs and whales are visible form cliffs. This rugged island is a flashback to the times before the busyness of modern culture sprang forth. Off the south of the island is the island of Saint-Pierre, a city technically still owned by the French. The small island has the city of Saint-Pierre, where colorful houses sit in quiet communities and the views of pure forests and coasts are everywhere.|
|This is why CroisiEurope Cruises has developed a new itinerary for the traveler to explore cities and sites along the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Other stops include Saguenay and its fjord, Tadoussac village where whales frolic in the waters, the Baie-Comeau glaciers, and the French isles of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.|
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