The cruise industry in Atlantic Canada on the rise and it’s not surprising when you consider how breathtaking our region is. With our picturesque shores, pristine waters and charming ports, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to embark upon an unforgettable journey by boat!
If you’re considering booking an upcoming vacation, keep reading to learn why Atlantic Canada should be your next cruise destination.
Reason #1: An Array of Unforgettable Ports
One of the best things about cruising is getting to explore different ports along the way. Atlantic Canada is home to some of the most beautiful, charming and unique ports in North America. Halifax, Nova Scotia is a must-see for first-time visitors with its stunning harbour views, lively downtown core and incredible history. Saint John, New Brunswick is another popular port city that features amazing natural wonders such as Reversing Falls and the Irving Nature Park. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is the perfect place to soak in the culture, world-class seafood and fun – it might be a small city, but it’s bursting with big energy. Sydney, Nova Scotia, is renowned for being the gateway to the beautiful Cape Breton Island. With some of the most stunning shorelines in Canada, you will be charmed by the beauty of Sydney. If you want to indulge in nature-based activities, be sure that Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador is a part of your cruise itinerary. From majestic mountains, lush forests, and several trails in between, you’re bound to cherish the unique experiences that can only be found in Newfoundland & Labrador. We also have an abundance of incredible niche ports to be explored, filled with one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures. No matter which port city you choose to explore, you’re sure to create lasting memories.
Reason #2: One-of-a-Kind Sights & Experiences
There are few destinations where visitors can experience all of Atlantic Canada’s unique cultures and historic traditions, idyllic coastal landscapes, and world-class culinary experiences in one trip. From the freshest dinners, local wineries and breweries, uncrowded outdoor adventures, river and sea-side excursions, urban centres, festivals, and nightlife, there is no room for disappointment here. With our rich history consisting of Indigenous peoples and waves of African, English, French, Irish and Scottish immigrants, you can experience a remarkable blend of diverse cultures and history with historical sites, architecture, and cuisine. With our friendly people, welcoming culture and legendary hospitality, you will feel at home in Atlantic Canada.
Reason #3: Explore Our Region by Season
In Atlantic Canada, we love to celebrate the changing of the seasons, as each one brings a different set of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Spring is the perfect time to explore our vibrant cities, as the weather warms up and the streets come alive with energy and excitement. Summer is made for lazy days spent lounging on the beach, and endless adventures. You can do both of these things in St. Andrews, New Brunswick all summer long. The charming seaside town is filled with quaint shops, restaurants, museums and remarkable Bay of Fundy experiences. Top off your visit to St. Andrews at the world-class golf course at the Algonquin Resort. Fall ushers in an abundance of fresh seafood and stunningly coloured leaves blanketing our landscape. To experience some of the most beautiful fall colours and scenery of you will find anywhere, be sure to include a stop in Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island on your itinerary. The port offers the most convenient access to the Cape Breton Highlands and the Cabot Trail, where the idyllic views alone will make your trip worthwhile. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there is always something exciting to see and experience in Atlantic Canada.
Reason #4: Family Friendly Fun
Our variety of ports throughout Atlantic Canada allows for different experiences and adventures that the whole family will enjoy. The Timbertop Adventure Park in Saint John, New Brunswick is the perfect treetop adventure that will keep both kids and adults entertained during your visit. In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island you could opt for a horse-drawn exploration of the city, or in Sydney, Nova Scotia, plan a walking tour through The Fortress of Louisbourg – the largest historical reconstruction in North America. The zip line and high ropes course in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador will offer some of the most exhilarating family fun you could experience in Atlantic Canada. Meanwhile, the Harbour Hopper adventure in Halifax, Nova Scotia will bring next level of excitement as you navigate the streets and the waters. There are so many more family-friendly attractions at each of the ports in Atlantic Canada. The entire family will come home from vacation with a plethora of new knowledge and exciting memories.
Reason #5: Atlantic Canada is Accessible
Perhaps one of the best things about booking a cruise in Atlantic Canada is the convenience of the location of the ports. All ports are in close proximity to a variety of attractions. This gives you more time to explore the region, because you don’t want to feel rushed while you’re on vacation, after all! Near all ports in Atlantic Canada are attractions that accommodate a variety of lifestyles – bus and walking tours, dining experiences, historic sites and museums, and other attractions to explore at your own leisure. Peggy’s Cove, a treasured and timeless tourist attraction in Halifax, Nova Scotia was recently revitalized to create a more accessible, safe space for visitors. The brand-new 1,300-square-meter deck improves access to the site and discourages sightseers from venturing too close to the wave-washed rocks. Speaking of close proximity, during the summer months, a lot of cruises based in Atlantic Canada will visit neighbouring ports that are within the Cruise Canada New England region (New York, Boston, Montreal, etc.). This is such a great travel opportunity for vacationers who want to see and experience it all, you can really get the most out of your trip!
Reason #6: Culinary Expertise
Seafood lovers will be thrilled to know that our coastline provides some of the best seafood in the world! In fact, some of the best lobster you’ll ever enjoy is known to come from our very own niche ports in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia and Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Whether you’re looking for traditional fish ‘n chips by the ocean or want to try something new, our chefs take great pride in whipping up unforgettable seafood dishes using only the freshest ingredients. And if you find yourself inland, don’t worry – our landlocked provinces are also home to some other delectable eats. From succulent meats and mouth-watering vegetables to sweet treats and everything else in between, your taste buds will thank you for dining in Atlantic Canada.
We can’t wait to greet you on the streets of our hometowns. Of course, we won’t hesitate to share our favourite hidden treasures with you. Where to order the best fish ‘n chips? In search of a cold pint of craft beer and kitchen party vibes? The coolest beaches, hikes and excursions? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be sure to send you on the greatest adventures, taking you off the beaten path for an authentic Atlantic Canadian experience. We want you to love where we live as much as we do.