Loopers & # 39; Best kept secret …
Affectionately referred to as the "Small Large Circuit" cruisers, the east-east chain consists predominantly of the inland waterways of northeast America and the lower east of Canada. In early mid-June, the Little Loop takes cruisers from New York back to New York with a total value of about 2400 nm. This makes the trip perfect for a 3-month summer cruise. The East East cycle is considered to be a less demanding route than the Grand Contour, but no less exciting and adventurous for its cruisers. This route provides the best of the Grand Contour without time commitment. This is really the perfect cruise for boaters without having to give up the whole year for a cruise.
Where and what can you explore on the Down East chain …
As Susann & Alan Syme's cruisers aboard the M / V Kaos, "The journey is filled with cultural diversity. From the big cities of New York, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, and Boston, history to the small historic fishing villages of Nova Scotia and Maine. This diversity encompasses both the United States and Canada, exposing themselves to the English, French and Acadian lifestyles. "It's easy to see that diversity is plentiful in the Down East cycle, in both culture and cities.
Starting in the Big Apple, Down East's chain starts with a bang! Walking in New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty is described by most cruisers as an incredibly emotional experience. The busy streets of one of the US & # 39; the major cities provide enough landmarks to hold every traveler. Whether it's visiting Broadway production or enjoying the city's historic landmarks, New York has something for everyone.
Once inside the Big Apple, cruisers will head to the mighty Hudson River in Canada. Here in Quebec, Down East Loopers you can find shopping, going to the movies, eating Gelato, exploring historic ports, enjoying hundreds of sidewalks and cafes and viewing views of picturesque Old Quebec. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to visit the Chocolate Museum!
After visiting Quebec, the Loopers are on their way to Montreal. An Ottawa stop is a must while you're here. Down East Loop cruisers Leslie and Doug Volkert explain their visit with passion: "We love Ottawa! Well, this has to be the best city ever. We'll be here a few days, but there are so many things to see and do, we can we stay here forever and still see nothing. "Leslie and Doug offer to visit Byward Market, which was founded in the 1820s and has many outdoor and indoor stores, RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Chinatown, Gateneaus, which is similar to a state park, and the estates of McKenzie King and Kingswood.
Down East Chain Facts:
– Where does it start: New York
– Where it ends: New York
– Route: New York, Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Quebec, Quebec City, Tadusack, Perce Rock (most photographed view), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Maine, Boston
– Good time to start: early to mid-June
– Arrival in Quebec in early July
-Set Portland, Main by mid-September to avoid storms
– What role does AGLCA play?
America & quot; Great contour cruises & # 39; The members and colleagues of the association offer first-hand knowledge. Their tips and tricks will ensure that the new Loopers have the most rewarding and fun cruise experience, making the cycle down East.
What to do in Travel / Places:
– Quebec: go shopping, go to the movies, eat Gelato, explore the city, visit the grocery store if you have the time, they have huge "they really know how to party" celebrations, historic ports, bistros, sidewalk cafes, Chateau Frontenac and pedestrian walkway, "Old Quebec", which has a lot of "European" feel and scenic views, Chocolate Museum ** Lubricate your French!
– Montebello: Le Cheteau Montebello, Papineau mansion
St Anne de Bellevue: a nice little town
– Montreal: Port of Escale Marina. Right in the heart of Old Montreal with its brick streets and grand architecture, look for traveling shows like Cirque du Soleil
"Ottawa:" We love Ottawa! Well, this has to be the best city ever, "Leslie and Doug Volkert say. "We will be here for a few days, but there is so much to watch and do. We can stay here forever and still see nothing. First we went to Byward Market, which was founded in 1820 and has a lot of outdoor stalls and indoor stores.
Then to the RCMP where we saw the horses and took a tour of the stables. We passed all the different government buildings through Chinatown and stopped for lunch at the ubiquitous Tim Horton, Gateneus, which is like a state park. It was really beautiful and we also visited the McKenzie King and Kingswood mansion. He has been a much-loved Prime Minister of Canada for quite some time, touring Parliament, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Monetary Museum, the Museum of Civilization. "
– Erie Canal: Remington Cannon Factory and Museum, Sylvan Beach: a small resort town, Eddie: an old family restaurant
– Waterford: The last city before it was actually in the Eerie Canal
– New York: You go very emotional to see the Statue of Liberty.