Canada offers its own kaleidoscopic extravaganza. Because of the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait, Prince Edward Island has one of the longest fall foliage periods in northeastern North America. The island’s brilliant forests of vivid yellow, vibrant orange and rich scarlet are the perfect backdrop for a horseback ride or a hike. (Check The Old Farmers’ Almanac for peaking maps with up-to-date predictions.)
Many cruise lines—including region pioneers Holland America Line and Princess Cruises®—offer Canada and New England fall cruises that range from five to 15 nights and call in ports such as Newport, Rhode Island; Bar Harbor, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Montréal and Quebec City, Quebec.
And though leaf-peeping is front and center, there’s a lot more to this region, such as outdoor adventures, colonial history, stately cathedrals, wineries, fishing towns and sophisticated cities. These cool-weather cruises offer a rich, distinctive experience.
A few things to keep in mind about a Canada or New England fall cruise:
- Book early; peak fall foliage cruises sell out quickly.
- Remember, Canada’s Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October, so some sights may be more crowded around that time.
- Layer up; mornings and nights in the fall can be very cool, even if days warm up a bit.