Engaging and dynamic, Ottawa may not be Canada’s largest city, but it is by many accounts its most grandiose and auspicious. You would expect nothing less from the capital of the world’s second-largest country. Its enormous Parliament buildings anchor the city center with their Gothic splendor. The Rideau Canal — stretching 126 miles to Lake Ontario — adds a relaxed character. And ribbons of parkland are blanketed with a riot of reds and oranges in the fall. Complement your expedition with a stay here, and you’ll also enjoy a scenic drive through the Ontario and Québec provinces, stopping to visit some of Canada’s wildlife at Parc Omega and savoring an extravagant lunch at the world’s largest log cabin.
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Wildlife viewing at Parc Omega during your transfer to Ottawa
Depart Montréal this morning for your transfer to Canada’s sophisticated capital gracefully hugging the Ottawa River. Along the way, you’ll stop at Parc Omega in Montebello, where moose, elk, bison, wolves, bears, and other wildlife are protected in their natural habitat. Enjoy a safari-style tour and see some of the animals up close. Then break for lunch at the luxurious Fairmont Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin. You’ll savor an amazing lunch here and have time to explore the resort before continuing to Ottawa.
After time to settle into your hotel, you have the remainder of the day and evening to explore and enjoy dinner on your own.
Discovering Ottawa’s beauty and charm
Set out to uncover the delights of one of the world’s most surprising capitals. Laid-back and inviting, Ottawa exudes a sophistication and worldliness that make it irresistible for culture lovers. This former lumber town is today graced with stunning neo-Gothic buildings, lush gardens and green parks. At the Canadian Museum of History, you’ll unravel 20,000 years of history in a lovely riverside setting. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of the downtown core, viewing the Prime Minister’s Offices, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court. See the ByWard Market, the main shopping street, and the Rideau Canal, opened in 1832. You have the rest of the day free to explore on your own. This evening, reconvene with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner and drinks.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home today.
When settlers arrived on Cape Ann in 1623, they declared its waters the best fishing grounds in the New World. Some things never change. Four hundred years on, the “Other Cape” of Massachusetts (its most famous is Cape Cod) remains steeped in the traditions and charms of its fishing village origins. Prolong your stay in Boston, and you’ll experience them firsthand during visits to Rockport, home to a thriving artists’ community; Gloucester, renowned for its fishing past; and Salem, with its witchy and seafaring past. Depending on your departure, you’ll visit Salem during peak Halloween festivities, so get ready for a day full of breathtaking coastal vistas, beautiful seascape paintings, and spellbinding history. Plus, an additional day in Boston lets you delve more deeply into its sophisticated culture.
Depart home for Boston, Massachusetts
Fly to Boston, New England’s sophisticated center of culture. You’ll have time to settle in, then enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel.
Coastal gems of Cape Ann: Rockport, Gloucester & Salem
Today, you’ll head north of Boston to explore the beauty of Cape Ann — “the North Shore” in local parlance. Head first to Rockport, an art lover’s haven of pretty piers and fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. There’ll be time to explore its galleries and shops and admire the most painted fishing shack in the U.S., a quaint charmer affectionately known as Motif No. 1. In Gloucester, view the Fisherman’s Memorial, dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea. Then, continue to Salem, where the witch hysteria of the 1600s gripped the region. Stop by the Salem Witch Museum to learn more about it, then explore on your own. Tonight, Boston offers countless dining options for dinner on your own.
Explore Boston at leisure
Enjoy the day to explore more of the city. You might browse the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Visit the Boston Public Library and its massive vaulted reading room. Or enjoy the waterfront, home to the stunning Rose Kennedy Greenway park space, the renowned New England Aquarium, and more. Throughout the day, your fellow cruise tour travelers will be arriving. You’ll meet them this evening at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner.