247 New England and the St. Lawrence Seaway
Construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway began in 1954 and was completed in 1959. This marked the establishment of a navigable transportation system of locks, canals, and channels that encompasses the St. Lawrence River and the five Great Lakes, extending from the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Atlantic Ocean to the western end of Lake Superior. Named for the Saint Lawrence River, flowing from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean, St. Lawrence Seaway is a valuable waterway for American and Canadian trade. However, there is much more to the St. Lawrence Seaway than commerce; it’s a fine combination of beautiful scenery, shores of bustling neighborhoods and communities, rich coastal history and vast wilderness expanses beyond its shores. The Saint Lawrence Seaway allows for access to incredible sites from New England to Canada.
Nicknamed “The Cradle of Liberty,” Boston was founded by Puritan English colonists in 1630, and is the birthplace of the American Revolution. Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route through downtown Boston that leads to 16 historically significant sites, including Bunker Hill Monument, Paul Revere House, Boston Common, Old North Church, Granary Burying Ground and the Site of the Boston Massacre.
Journey to Bar Harbor, located on the shores of Mount Desert Island, Maine, where rock-bound coast, soaring granite cliffs and iconic lighthouses adds to the incredible scenery of the region. Just a peep away is Acadia National Park with dozens of mountains, miles of woodland, rocky beaches and a diverse wildlife, including moose, bear, whales and various seabirds.
If clean air, manicured parks and gardens, heritage sites and picturesque excursions appeal to you, then Halifax, Nova Scotia is a great place to explore. Nature lovers will find sandy beaches, hiking trails, and birdwatching opportunities, while its 16-mile harbor and picturesque fishing village of Peggy's Cove is a combination of charm and beauty.
For some of the finest scenic views, Sydney, Nova Scotia offers stunning coastal scenery along the beautiful Cabot Trail, while Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is legendary for its panoramic vistas, vintage architecture, tranquil parks and exquisite harborside. Quebec City is a place of charm, evident in the famous Old Town, the Le Château Frontenac or the Notre Dame des Victories Cathedra. Montreal is vibrant and teeming with culture and history with a European flair.
There is no shortage of sites with colorful histories, charm and beauty along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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