Cruising? Canada has the longest coastline in the world — 24,4781 kilometres, to be exact — and three oceans, the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic. As if you needed more, here are six reasons to take a cruise in Canada.

 

Sunken Ships

Ontario's Lost Ships of the 1,000 Islands Cruise, Gananoque Boat Line.

1,000 Islands, Ontario: Wind along the St. Lawrence River in search of 400 years worth of long-lost schooners, barges and freighters.

 

Icebergs

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador: Cruise through The Narrows out of St. John’s and into Iceberg Alley. You can see and hear them calving. Finish the day with a shot of vodka made from 10,000-year-old H20.

 

Whales

On the St. Lawrence River, near Montreal, Q.C.

North of Quebec City, Quebec: Take in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence River on a whale-watching expedition up to Tadoussac Bay. Visit a French-Canadian town; spot minke and humpback, plus three species of seals.

 

Accessible Wilderness

Vancouver, B.C.'s Horseshoe Bay and BC Ferries terminal

BC Ferries’ Passage Wilderness Circle Tour is an easy way to explore British Columbia’s wild north, most of which is road-less. The area between Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert is habitat to eagles, bears and orcas.

 

Arctic Passage

An Arctic cruise in Nunavut.

Add this one to the life list: a cruise through the Northwest Passage at the top of Canada in Nunavut—Inuit culture, plus polar bears, narwhal, seals and seabirds.

 

The Falls

Voyage to Niagara Falls with Hornblower Canada.

Niagara, Ontario: Hornblower Canada’s Voyage to the Falls takes you right up close to six million cubic feet of water per minute. And you’ll stand next to the 173-foot drop at Horseshoe Falls. Yes, you’ll need that raincoat!

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