Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return

Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return with St Lawrence River Cruises

October 13-20, 2021

As autumn unfolds on the St. Lawrence River, the shore and islands ignite with a blaze of colour and travelers come from far and wide to experience this parade of colour as our ship cruises the quiet and peaceful shores. The sights and sounds of fall make for a breathtaking holiday river cruise. As the Canadian Empress continues its journey down river, the trees that line the riverbanks of Quebec show the true beauty of the changing seasons. This breathtaking cruise features shore excursions which compliment the turning of the leaves and that time known to many as harvest. Come and explore the passages and channels of the 1000 Islands, and the wonder of the St. Lawrence Seaway and its lock system, and the quaint and intimate port towns of the St. Lawrence River. During this cruise from Kingston to Montreal and returning back to Kingston, learn about the storied history of the relationship between English and French Canada.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque.

Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided tour of the 1000 Islands Heritage Museum. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive Brockville later in the afternoon, “City of the 1000 Islands”. Depart by bus for a guided tour Brockville Museum.

Return to the ship for departure to Upper Canada Village.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 3

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the old canal system.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 4

Morning departure from Coteau Landing bound for Lachine (near Montreal).

Cruise Lac St. Louis and view the approach to Montreal. Arrive early afternoon at Lachine and enjoy Parc St. Louis.

Shortly after we will depart by bus for a guided tour of downtown Montreal and a guided tour of the Montreal Biodome.

Overnight in Lachine.

Day 5

Morning departure by bus to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site).

Noon departure from Lachine bound for Cornwall.

Afternoon passage though Beauharnois Locks (2) Upper and Lower.

Overnight Cornwall.

Day 6

Morning transfer tour- Reception Centre at the Moses Saunders Power Dame.

After your tour you will return to the ship for departure to Morrisburg.

Arrive in Morrisburg late afternoon.

Overnight in Morrisburg.

Day 7

Transfer early morning for a guided tour of Smyth’s Apple Orchard, home of the original Macintosh Apple.

Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott. Disembark at Prescott for a tour of historic Fort Wellington.

Early evening departure from Prescott to the Ivy Lea.

Overnight in Ivy Lea.

Day 8

Morning bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island.

Late morning departure from Ivy Lea for Kingston. View Kingston’s waterfront and arrive Kingston early afternoon.

Disembarkation and farewells Brock St. Dock Kingston.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.


The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travelers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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