Canada River Cruises

Explore the stunning sights of Canada

See the best of some of Canada’s most beautiful rivers, along which many famous cities glitter like jewels. Cruise down the Ottawa River, following it into the waters of spectacular Saint Lawrence River, renowned as one of the most gorgeous on earth. Here you’ll see wonders like the 1,000 Islands, or the series of magnificent locks that lead you at last to the sea. Whichever ports you call at, your Canada river cruise holiday is sure to be a trip to remember.

Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

  • In Canada, you are expected to tip workers, particularly in restaurants, cafés and other eateries. You should also keep cash on hand to tip tour guides and other professionals on land.
  • The summer months to September offer the warmest, sunniest weather for your Canada river cruise, but other seasons have their charms as well. Spring is the perfect time to see the land in bloom, and autumn will see the scenery bathed in shades of red and gold. These seasons will be less busy than summer, too.
  • Depending on the season you cruise, pack appropriately. Waterproofs are a good idea no matter the season, though showers are rarest in summer. Suncream is a must for the warmest months, and if travelling particularly early or late in the year, warm layers are important.
  • Especially if cruising in summer, popular tours and excursions will be in high demand. Be sure to book ahead of time wherever possible.
  • With the Canadian river of Saint Lawrence connecting to the Great Lakes of North America, you’re extremely well-placed to extend your trip into a Great Lakes cruise for a truly magnificent getaway.

Things to Do

  • Visit famous Canadian cities. From Quebec City to the capital city of Ottawa itself, many of Canada’s greatest and most iconic cities are arrayed along the banks of rivers like Saint Lawrence River, presenting plenty of opportunity to explore the wonders these cities have to offer. Landmarks, tours and more await.
  • Sample a delightful array of restaurants and eateries. Many of the cities you’ll visit on your Canadian river cruise are renowned for their foodie scene, with delicious tastes from around the world to be found. Canada’s French heritage will show in the marvellous French restaurants, and you can even try more classically modern Canadian favourite street foods like poutine.
  • Kayak or canoe along beautiful waterways. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa’s UNESCO World Heritage canal or taking boating excursions amongst the 1,000 islands, there are many beautiful sites to visit with smaller or larger boats on the water, enjoying the sublime scenery and natural beauty.
  • Explore culture and history. From local festivals to the array of galleries and museums, you’ll be stepping straight into a melting pot of cultures and traditions, with so much to learn and discover.
  • Appreciate the wonders of nature. Saint Lawrence River stems from the largest bodies of freshwater on the planet and is renowned as one of the most beautiful rivers there are. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the water every day, spot native wildlife, and take plenty of pictures.

Why Book With Kenwood Travel

With our decades of experience and expert local knowledge, Kenwood Travel is in the perfect position to arrange your dream Canadian river cruise. From picking your itinerary to arranging the best flights, our dedicated team is on hand to help with all of your holiday needs, and passionate about providing truly top-tier service at every stage of your journey. Your Canadian river voyage with us is ATOL and ABTA protected for your peace of mind, and with our help, you can be sure that it will be the unforgettable cruise you’ve been craving.

Ports of Call & Places to Explore

Quebec

Quebec

With a rich colonial history and the still-present influence of its First Nations peoples, Quebec City is a hub of culture and wonder fit for any visitor. From landmarks like the city’s Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame and Citadelle to the vast array of restaurants, museums and galleries, your prospects for enjoying Quebec are endless.

Ottawa

Ottawa

Standing as Canada’s capital city, Ottawa sits upon a river of the same name, a bastion of Canadian culture. Home to seven of the country’s nine national museums, you can marvel endlessly at art, natural history and more, then head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rideau Canal to stroll or kayak along the waters. Markets, monuments, spectacular views and unforgettable experiences are waiting in every corner.

The 1,000 Islands

The 1,000 Islands

Scattered across 50 miles of the Saint Lawrence river, the 1,000 islands comprise a must-visit region for any Canada river cruise. Ranging from tiny to over 40 square miles in size, the 1,864 islands here are home to castles, shipwrecks, isolated homes, and countless breathtaking views. The experiences awaiting here are as numerous as the islands themselves.

Seaway Locks

Seaway Locks

Located on Saint Lawrence River, the Seaway Locks are arguably the world’s most impressive lift system, capable of lifting enormous ships 180 metres above sea level. The 5 Seaway Canals that host the locks comprise many miles of beautiful waterway, passing along stunning scenery and picturesque towns and cities along the way. One of the great engineering works of the 20th Century, many Canadian river cruises will offer an opportunity to visit these locks.

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Our dedicated team brings years of expertise to curating unforgettable cruise holidays, ensuring that every aspect of your voyage is nothing short of perfection.

Emma Sanger-Horwell
Emma Sanger-Horwell
Cruise Expert

At Kenwood Cruise, Emma and the Team take immense pride in delivering exceptional personalized service tailored to each of our valued customers. Our dedicated team of experts is committed to providing nothing short of excellence in customer care. No request is too challenging for us.

With a wealth of personal travel experiences and over 70 years of collective expertise spanning all 7 continents of the world, our experts possess the knowledge and insight to cater to your every need.

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