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Try a cool cruise in Canada in 2015.

New routes and itineraries make it full steam ahead to explore Canada’s coastal cities and nearby nature.

31 December 2014

Suggested tweet: New routes and itineraries make it full steam ahead to cruise in Canada in 2015 #explorecanada

Is that a polar bear just over the railing of your cruise ship? If you’re cruising in Canada during 2015, that’s possible.

If you’re ready for a cruise unlike any other, step aboard one of the far-north cruises offered by Adventure Canada. Cruise along legendary Baffin Island and go ashore by zodiac raft to experience Inuit culture—perhaps buy highly collectible art directly from the artists in Cape Dorset—or observe a herd of caribou in the wild.

Dozens of cruise ships ply Canada’s west coast waters each summer, sailing to and from Alaska, most stopping in Vancouver or Victoria, BC. Be a clever cruiser and explore more of Canada’s ports (without sacrificing Alaska ports), by booking one of Celebrity Cruises’ 2015 itineraries that plan to stop in three Canadian ports—Vancouver, Victoria (home to Butchart Gardens) and Nanaimo (view the 800-year-old, massive Douglas firs of Cathedral Grove).

Once in Alaska, you’ll have easy access to Whitehorse, YK, via the fascinating White Pass & Yukon Railway, which helped open the territory during the late 1800s gold rush. For an equally interesting port stop, join a Regent Seven Seas Cruises luxury itinerary that replaces Nanaimo with Prince Rupert—once planned to be the largest city in BC—in the Canadian port trio.

For LGBT cruise passengers who would like to congratulate Canada on our country’s 10th anniversary of marriage equality, take advantage of either RSVP Vacations’ full-charter itinerary, or Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT-group film festival cruise, both of which stop in Victoria, BC. There, you can raise a glass to equality at popular bar Paparazzi. In Atlantic Canada, join the Pied Piper LGBT group onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary when she sails into Halifax, NS, where Cunard Line’s founder was born.

You likely haven’t considered the inland province of Ontario for cruise travel—but you can Last year, Pearl Seas Cruises launched its new Pearl Mist ship with Great Lakes itineraries during the summer season. Trips start or end in Toronto (Chicago is at the other end), and you’ll experience the remarkable Welland Canal locks that carry ships around Niagara Falls (unless you’re ashore looking at Canada’s mighty Horseshoe Falls section of that watery wonder). Enjoy a sunset on Georgian Bay, and step ashore in lakeside Canadian ports like Sault Ste. Marie to explore the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

Scores of itineraries on well-known lines will take you to the vibrant culture of the Maritime provinces. However, for something truly unique, join curious Quebeckers as they cruise on week-long, round-trip itineraries from Montréal to Canada’s Magdalen Islands, tiny slivers of land in the Gulf of St. Lawrence where the grassy hills are covered with colourful houses that will make you think God threw a handful of confetti and it all landed here.

Another unusual itinerary is Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Newfoundland. Prepare to marvel at the Viking-era archeological site L’Anse aux Meadows, and you’ll likely be invited to kiss a codfish and down a shot of locally famous screech rum during your welcome to the island known as The Rock.

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