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St. Lawrence River
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This river, approximately 800 miles long, extends from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic in three large sections: the freshwater stretch extends from Lake Ontario to the city of Quebec; the St. Lawrence estuary; and the Gulf of St. Lawrence that leads into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Jenn54
Augusta, GA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Wonderful cruise down the St Lawrence River to Montmorency Falls. Lots of information given about sights along the river , both historic and industrial. There is a separate trip to the falls that we didn’t have time to take. Great way to spend 90 minutes on a hot afternoon.
Written July 2, 2023
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Betty
Yuma, AZ8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The original inhabitants of estuary of this river were wise people. Now, the race to make it look like European city is a total affront as far as we are concerned. Give it more original flair.
Written May 2, 2021
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Cathy W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
From where I live it's a day trip for me, and I really enjoy driving up thru the Adirondacks any time of year. I like to take the bout tours of the St. Lawrence River. Beautiful and serene.Do it as often as possible.
Written November 6, 2019
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DarrellDawn
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Probably the cleanest and most well designed river boat tour ever. The narrative on the cruise well quite informative and well presented in both french and english. The cost of beverages is pricey...which if they understood that if they knocked the price down by 20% they could sell probably 70% more. $7 for the cheapest beer and up from there
Written September 29, 2019
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Holiday-Lady25
Sunderland, UK1,224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful fast flowing river that moves with the tides. At times you can see the bottom of the river and the rocks. Across the St Lawrence river are many different types of bridges which all look magnificent crossing this grand river.
Written August 19, 2019
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada3,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
St. Lawrence River extends from Lake Ontario up to the Atlantic Ocean. In Montreal the current is very strong that during the spring there is a boat that rides through the rapids as an activity. You can also rent boats at the Old Port to adventure on the River however you need to where a life vest because every year there are unfortunately accidents because people are too confident.
Written July 1, 2019
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Through history this river was the main way to the Canadian interior. Many battles were fought in and around this river. The area near Quebec the river is at its narrowest. Hard to miss when walking around Old Quebec.
Written May 19, 2019
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ERIC B
Dodworth, UK2,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is the narrowest part of the river, in fact that’s where Quebec got its name, you can see why Quebec became such a stronghold, the river dominates the city, and the views over the river are stunning.
Written November 11, 2018
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njbchbum
Parsippany, NJ77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Took a bus tour (from cruise) departing at Quebec City of highlights; cathedrals, architecture, etc. well worth it. Restaurants are unlike USA featuring LAPIN SAUTE (rabbit), and variations of same. Brick "streets" lined with shops and restaurants very quaint. Natives very pleasant and helpful.
Written October 4, 2018
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wis633
Rockland County, NY43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018

The Canadian Empress is a small boat, built in 1981 to resemble a turn of the century river steamer. She measures only about 100 ft long by 40 ft wide and has a draft of about 6-7 ft. She can carry 66 passengers. We had 42 on our trip. With only 42 passengers, there was only one main seating for meals.. Otherwise there would be two seatings. One seating allowed everyone to get to know each other since seating was open. The boat has several itineraries ranging from 4 nights to 6 and covering a variety of ports including Kingston Ont, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, and the Thousand Islands.We chose 4 nights, Kingston, Thousand Island, and sever smaller ports.
Now for the good stuff:
Don't expect luxury. You are not on Royal Caribbean, or Princess. The cabins are tiny. We booked one with a double bed and when we saw it, we had to change to one with 2 beds. With the double bed, you could not enter the room with a mate and a suitcase. The cabin with two beds had a Pullman bed which folded up to the wall so two people could pass each other on the way to the John. The John was barely usable and had the required toilet
and the shower which was separated from it by a curtain. There is no radio, TV or anything like it. B UT you don't need it because you'll only be in the cabin to sleep..
The GOOD STUFF is that the crew is outstanding, the food is good and generous and they will do anything you ask if it is possible. There are land excursions at every port and they are included in the price of the trip. They are well run and ON TIME. The buses are there when promised, depart on time. and return on time. The venues are well selected and interesting. There is entertainment every night in the Grand Saloon (Dining Room) and while it is informal, it is also well selected and really, really, good.
Public space is limited. The Upper Deck has seating and Shuffle Board. There is no Sun Cover..The Mid Level deck has covered seating for about 15 travelers on the fantail. Otherwise, you'be in the Grand Saloon.
If you have the right attitude, you will have a GREAT TIME, like we did.
We sincerely would recommend any of the Canadian Enterprise itineraries mainly because you will probably never get a chance to travel this informally and have so much real fun.
Written August 24, 2018
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