St. Lawrence River Cruise

June 2013

In June 2013, we flew to Ottawa and took the train to Kingston, Ontario for a St. Lawrence River Cruise. In Kingston we boarded the Canadian Empress and headed out to the Thousand Islands.

Canadian Empress

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Cruising the Thousand Islands the next day we saw the "cottages" and Boldt Castle that were built by the rich and famous at the beginning of the 20th century.

Thousand Islands Castles

We climbed to the top of the Thousand Islands Sky Deck and took pictures of the islands.

Canadian Empress

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The next day we toured the Homewood Museum, the Blue Church and Fort Wellington (see the picture below). In the evening we docked in the Crysler Park Marina.

Fort Wellington Crysler Marina

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The next day we took the narrow gauge train to Upper Canada Village and toured the Living History site. Unfortunately, our tour was cut short by the rain.

Narrow Gauge Train Spinning Thread

That night the Canadian Empress tied up at Coteau Landing

Canadian Empress

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The next day we sailed to Montreal and after lunch we took a tour. We saw the stadium that was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics and the remains of the US Pavilion in Expo '67.

1976 Olympic Stadium US Pavilion for Expo '67

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On our last full day of cruising we went through several locks and watched scenery go by. One of the stops was the Omega Wildlife Park. We had enough time that we were able to get out of the bus and feed the deer.

Kathy with Deer Kathy with Deer

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On our last morning we stopped at the Cumberland Township Museum where we saw shops, houses and equipment from the 1930s, including a working telegraph system. Then after lunch we disembarked near the Ottawa Parliament Buildings.

Ottawa Parliament Buildings


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated January 9, 2014