Travel to Canada & New England
with Mel & Shirley Pavey Moore
September/October 2007

Mel and I just returned from a cruise to Canada and New England. It was a trip to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a great trip except the leaves had not turned yet. It has been warm in that part of the country this year also.

 Quebec is difficult to get to from the Midwest but worth all the trouble. It is a beautiful and interesting city that sits on the St Lawrence River. We would love to return there and spend some more time exploring this fascinating city. We met up with a couple we have traveled with in the past; George and Flo Leiberman are from Kansas City, Kansas. We did spend a day looking around the old city and sampling some of the regional food. The next day we visited the Parliament Building which is more than 100 yrs. old. After touring the Parliament Building we boarded the Grand Princes and got settled into what was going to be home for the next 10 days. The ship stayed in port over night and we all took a tour to Lac Beauport. It is a lake surrounded by the Laurentian Mountains. We did see some color there. Then we visited the Isle d’Orleans, which is an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. There we visited an authentic sugarhouse to see how maple sugar is produced. After that we went to Montmorency Falls named for the Duke of Montmorency. They are 272 feet high. It is 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls. To me it was not as impressive as Niagara Falls though. We road the tram to the top of the falls where there is the Manoir Montmorency. It is a loved landmark of Quebec City. It was originally the summer residence of Governor Haldimand an 18-century aristocrat. It has been a villa, resort and it is now used for receptions and dining. We were treated to High Tea there. It is a spectacular setting. That evening we sailed for Port Saguenay.  

We sailed through the Saguenay Fjords in the early morning of Sunday September 30th. The Fjord is fed by both the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Lawrence Seaway. It’s unique, the only one of its kind in the world. The Saguenay Region is a popular outdoor enthusiast destination. Because this was a change of destinations Mel and I had not made any reservations for a tour. We wandered around this quaint little town for a while and then returned to the ship.  

Monday, October 1st was a day at sea.  

Tuesday, October 2nd we arrived in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Alexander Graham Bell fell in love with this area and conducted much of his inventive research at his private estates here. We took a walk through the historic district of Old Sydney. That evening we sailed for Halifax.  

Halifax, Nova Scotia is the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. The Leibermans and us took a journey along the winding coastal highway to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. The Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is one of Nova Scotia’s most popular scenic attractions. We had a fabulous lobster lunch. We also stopped at the memorial of the Swiss Air Flight 111. It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on September 2, 1998. There were no survivors. It was a sobering moment.  

Our next stop would be Saint John, New Brunswick on October the 4th. We all took the Historic Saint John walking tour. We had a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. We visited Saint Andrew, which is a Presbyterian church built in 1815. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1877. It was rebuilt and opened the current church in 1879. We also visited the Trinity Church, the courthouse built in 1829. Inside the Courthouse there is a freestanding spiral staircase. It is the only freestanding spiral staircase of stone built in the 19th century that is known to exist in Canada. It spirals up three stories without a central support. We strolled through a beautiful park and graveyard. On our way back to the ship we visited the Old City Market and sampled local seafood and brew.  

October 5th we docked in Bar Harbor, Maine. It took forever to clear the ship with customs. All tours were two hours late leaving and two hours late returning. There were a lot of upset people needless to say. We toured the Acadia National Park and had another Lobster Bake. Arcadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores towering cliffs and forested mountains. It is the first national park established east of the Mississippi. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century. It was a shame we didn’t have time to walk around this charming town.  

The next day we arrived in Boston. We had been in Boston before so we didn’t need to repeat going to The Old North Church etc. We elected to take a trip that went to Marblehead and Salem. Our tour did stop at Copley Square to see the Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower. The John Hancock Tower is an exciting ultra-modern skyscraper. You can see the reflection of Trinity Church in it.  

Marblehead is known as the “Yachting Capital of America.”  There are some pretty impressive homes and yachts in Marblehead.  

Salem is an interesting town. We visited the Witch Museum and learned a lot about the Witchcraft Trials in 1692. It is listed as one of America’s most distinctive destinations. It has museums, galleries, historic sites, and shopping and nice dining opportunities. Salem is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace. New England’s oldest wooden mansion built in 1668 and was the inspiration for “The House of Seven Gables.” There is a beautiful three-mast ship sitting in Salem Harbor. Salem is worth the trip. It is a great little city. 

On October 7, 1967 was the day of our wedding. Forty years ago. It is so hard to believe it has been that long. Boy have we had a great time. I would do it all over again.  

We sailed into Newport, Rhode Island early in the morning. Our tour today took us for a stroll along Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. It is the path between the coastline and the backyards of many of Bellevue Ave. “Cottages.” We toured The Breakers, which was Cornelius Vanderbilt II. This mansion was inspired by a16th-century Italian-Renaissance palace. It is one of the grandest Newport cottages. It is a 13- acre estate overlooking the rugged Atlantic. This was a summer home, which they would only visit for eight weeks a year. It had 40 servants. Can you imagine? I think the children’s playhouse is bigger than homes we have lived in.  

That evening we sailed for New York. This was the last night on the ship. We celebrated our anniversary with Champagne and good friends. We are blessed.