The popularity of past W&L tours of Canadian destinations (Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Quebec, and the Hudson Bay) clearly reveals that W&L travelers are eager to explore our friendly neighbor to the north. In a survey of our travelers' interests, Eastern Canada was the overall favorite among the 20 proposed world destinations. We were not altogether surprised. With its extraordinary landscapes, fascinating history, and strong cultural roots, Eastern Canada is surely one of the most rewarding destinations for educational travel in North America.
Our latest Canadian journey begins in Montreal, where we embark the 138-guest Yorktown for a 12-night cruise down the historic St. Lawrence River. We'll visit Quebec City, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of North America's most romantic cities. Later at the mouth of the Saguenay River we'll look for whales at one of their favorite feeding spots. Sailing past Land's End and down along the Canadian Maritimes, we'll visit the National Park of Bonaventure Island, the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island with its colonial seaport of Charlottetown, and several ports in Nova Scotia.
Historians remind us that Nova Scotia was once a colonial border between three great empires, as the French, English, and later the Americans struggled for control of the Eastern seaboard. Visitors will find evidence of Nova Scotia's celebrated past still vividly apparent in the colorful settings of Port Hawkesbury, Lunenburg, Yarmouth, and Halifax. Founded by the British in 1749 as a strategic gateway to the North Atlantic, Halifax is one of Canada's oldest cities and the world's second largest natural port. Halifax's historic district, with its tree-lined streets and Victorian buildings, ranks among Canada's most appealing city centers.
Our remarkable passage culminates with calls along Maine's inviting shores, whose highlights include Bar Harbor, the natural splendor of Acadia National Park, and Boothbay Harbor, the boating capital of New England, before our final call in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
If you wish to explore the beauty and history of the Canadian Maritimes and Maine aboard a friendly ship at the perfect time of year, this cruise is a must. Hosting the program will be Susie and Wayne Thompson, a Canadian specialist who is wellqualified to provide insights on the history and current affairs of our northern neighbor. Also joining us will be faculty from our co-sponsoring institutions, Dartmouth College and Cornell's Adult University.