A diverse destination with something for everyone

Atlantic Canada offers historical charm, adventure and culinary expertise

A diverse destination with something for everyone
The unique Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy have been carved by the world’s highest tides

By Alice Chambers |

Unforgettable ports and one-of-a-kind experiences are at the heart of Atlantic Canada, which is home to a variety of unique destinations that are easily accessible for cruise operators.   

Each Canadian port offers its own sights and experiences. Halifax, Nova Scotia, provides panoramic harbour views as well as historical charm and community spirit. Sydney, another port in Nova Scotia and considered to be the masterpiece of the province, acts as a gateway to Cape Breton Island and the famous Cabot Trail. Saint John in New Brunswick is located at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy and features the world’s highest tides and Stonehammer, which was the first Unesco Global Geopark in North America.  

The Port of Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, known for its rugged coastal scenery framed by towering mountains, is an ideal location for thrill-seekers with its ziplining course and nearby Gros Morne National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

The country’s rich history of indigenous peoples and waves of African, English, French, Irish and Scottish immigrants also provides a blend of diverse cultures with historical sites, architecture and cuisine only a short distance away from its ports.  

Many itineraries include a stop at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to take in the picturesque streetscapes by horse-drawn carriage or wander along a boardwalk. Guests can also stop at Sydney for a walking tour through The Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest historical reconstruction in the continent of North America.   

Most Canadian ports are in close proximity to a variety of attractions, allowing guests to have more time to explore the region. For example, during the summer months, cruises based in Atlantic Canada will visit neighbouring ports that are within the Cruise Canada New England region, including New York, Boston and Montreal. This allows guests to get the most out of their trips.  

From fresh, Atlantic lobster and seafood, local wineries and breweries to uncrowded outdoor adventures, and seaside excursions, there is something for cruise guests of all ages to enjoy.

This article was first published in the 2023 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. Subscribe to Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning for FREE here to get the next issue delivered directly to your inbox or your door.

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