30-31 October 2018:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Northeastern Pumpkin Time

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It has been a stormy few days in Canada, and our plans to visit Saguenay Fjord were blocked by bad weather in the watery canyon,

and then our planned call at Baie-Comeau on the Saint Lawrence River were actually blown away by high winds that damaged the dock.

Instead, we had an extra day in Quebec City, and after an unplanned day at sea an extra afternoon in Sydney, on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

The fall colors were somewhat dimmed by the storms, but I still found much to point my camera at:

The Pier at Sydney, Nova Scotia, in the land of the Ceildh or Celtic Barn Dance.

A glorious tree…

and the same scene with a bit of photo magic: a virtual oil painting.

I went with guests to the Eskasoni reserve, home to several thousand Miq’Maq indigenous people. They work hard to keep alive their language (part of the Algonquian group) and their culture.

Roasting bannock (a native bread) on an open fire.

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27-28 October 2018:
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada:
Discovered

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It is cold and windy here in Quebec City, which should not be a surprise as November approaches. I went for a long walk in the city, up and down the Terasse Dufferin along the river, and into the neighboring suburb of Faubourg. Here is some of what I saw:

The high winds have caused a change in our itinerary. We are forced to skip our journey into Saguenay Fjord tomorrow and will instead overnight here.

In my destination lectures for guests aboard ship, I I usually introduce Quebec City like this:

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love Quebec, and those who have not yet been there.

We have been lucky enough to have been here many times and love it still. Just last week we had the opportunity to remain at our dock until late in the night and watch the sun set and the lights go on at the spectacular Chateau Frontenac in the upper town of Quebec City.

The Chateau was built as a grand hotel hotel by a railroad company in the 19th century and has been lovingly maintained and restored. It is in many ways the symbol of Quebec.

On a cold night on the Saint Lawrence here is some of what I saw:

A few days ago I journeyed with guests to Mount Sainte-Anne for a hike in a beautiful hidden canyon. It was the last day of operation for the season: winter is coming.

From there we crossed the Saint Lawrence to Ile D’Orleans to visit a winery that specializes in vines that can withstand the extreme cold. In addition to traditional wines they also harvest ice wine, which can only be crushed at below freezing temperatures.

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26 October 2018:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
Turnaround

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We’re back in the great cosmopolitan city of Montreal, a city that on its face is very French.

But it is truly Quebec’s melting pot.

In the most recent census, Francophones were estimated as 49.8 percent of the population, followed by English at 22.8 percent. And the rest? Just about every language, ethnic group, race, and heritage cheek-to-jowl.

The diversity brings a wonderful vibrance to the culture: music, theater, and food.

Here in the province of Quebec, we have learned the local definition of autumn: it means winter is coming soon. Temperatures are already below freezing by night and just barely above by day. But few places are as vibrant this time of the year.

For those guests leaving us here, safe travels. And welcome aboard to new friends.

We are set to make one more journey eastbound on the Saint Lawrence River and then down the northeast coast of Canada and the United States and once more into New York harbor.

Here’s our plan:

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25 October 2018:
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada:
Midway

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, a less-visited town midway between Quebec City and Montreal. You can read more about this place in my blog posting of October 5.

In the three weeks since our last visit the temperature has fallen sharply: about 32 Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius this morning.

In town city workers are installing 4-foot-high poles along the side of streets: when snow begins to fall soon, this week help the snowplow find the curb.

When the poles are completely buried, it is time to hibernate.

I took this photo out in the country, the last glow of fall colors for this season:

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24 October 2018:
Québec City, Quebec, Canada:
Below the Chateau

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

In Atlantic Canada and much of the Northeast, it sometimes feels as if winter arrives with the turn of a switch.

We arrived this morning in Quebec City to find temperatures at the freezing mark with a forecast of snow this afternoon. For some of us this is merely ordinary, but for those who live in warmer climes it can be a bit of a shock.

I went out for a walk in the morning to capture the scenes of the season, including some of the remaining colors in the trees as well as decorations for Halloween. Strolling around the Old Town at nearly every intersection we could see of you of the famed Chateau Frontenac.

Here is some of what I saw:

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23 October 2018:
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada:
Autumn in the Fjord

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We have returned to Saguenay, a pretty little town at the navigable end of a spectacular large fjord.

About 7:30 this morning we turned to starboard and entered into Saguenay Fjord.

As is often the case we were saluted by the spouts of many whales who feed and breed at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay.

About 10 in the morning we passed abeam of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, the famed 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary that is atop one of the ridges of the Fjord. I have discussed Notre Dame in previous blog entries about Saguenay.

Here in the town, we were greeted with a superb autumn day. A strong sun more than made up for the chill in the air.

On the pier we were met by local performers, some of whom participate in a summertime theatrical presentation about the region.

We also went for a walk to Saint Alphonse Church, a place beautifully framed by the autumn leaves and decorated within both with the icons of the Catholic Church as well as the symbols of Halloween.

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21 October 2018:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Peeking at Colors

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

The colors of autumn are spectacular, but fragile. They appear when the temperature and water levels are just so, and can begin to fade or blow away with the arrival of storms.

We are once again in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton and this sleepy town is beginning to lose its brightest colors.

But a glistening sheen from light rain and a few tricks of the photographer (me) cast a different light on them.

Here is some of what I saw today:

I found a spectacular red tree:

And the same tree treated as if it were an oil painting:

And a scene in Wentworth park, solarized for art’s sake:

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20 October 2018:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Shades of Gray

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in Halifax, a handsome port that glows in the sun. Today we are in the cold rain of autumn. Just like its history: today Halifax is written in shades of gray.

In September 1943, during the dark days of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill came across the Atlantic for a conference of the Allies in Quebec.

He then made a visit to Hyde Park, New York to see American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

From there he came to Halifax.

Halifax was the most important gathering place on this side of the pond for the Atlantic convoys bringing food, supplies, and men to Britain and later to Russia.

Meeting the town mayor Churchill was said to have declared, “now, sir, we know your town is more than a shed on the pier.”

Despite the security risks, he insisted on taking his morning constitutional, something that is commemorated by an evocative statue in the Spring Garden area near Dalhousie University.

From Halifax, he was met by the cruiser Renown, which brought him home. News of Churchill’s visit was kept secret for a week until he was safely back in London.

THE OTHER SIDE, ANOTHER TIME

The island of Nova Scotia’s tangled history includes Le Grand Derangement, the Great Disruption.

That occurred when the British expelled thousands of French Catholics from the region known as Acadia. It was a sad story, with little in the way of defense for the events.

On a recent visit to Halifax we drove west to the shores of the Bay of Fundy, and there we found one of the Canadian government’s remembrances of the events at a place called Grand Pre.

Today it is a peaceful and lovely spot:

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19 October 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
Back to the Bar

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are once again in Bar Harbor, Maine and the autumn colors are in full Glory.

Most of the tourists who filled the streets of the small town in summer are gone to warmer places. But three cruise ships–among the last for the year–lie at anchor offshore.

We went for a hike on the Shore Path which leads from town through the backyards of some of the grand cottages of the Gilded Age.

Here is some of what we saw:

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18 October 2018:
Portland, Maine, US:
Phoenix in Maine

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Portland’s city motto is Resurgam, which refers to its rise from the ashes of four major fires over the centuries.

Today it is a solid, mostly working-class city set on the shores of a magnificent body of water: Casco Bay.

I went with guests on a walking tour of the port and city.  A bright sun tempered–slightly–an air temperature of 44.

Here is some of what we saw:

PORTLAND TODAY

A PORTLAND ALBUM

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Along the waterfront in Portland. Photos by Corey Sandler

The water, the rugged rocks that line its shores, and the nearby mountains have drawn great artists (Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth among them) and inspired the great poet Longfellow, who was born here.

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Portland Head Light, and the rocks of which it warns. Photos by Corey Sandler

Somehow, Portland also gave rise to the horrific Stephen King, who was born here.

Portland is not as often visited as Bar Harbor to the north or Kennebunkport to the south. But it is in resurgence.

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Inside the Portland Museum of Art, and Weatherbeaten by Winslow Homer. Photos by Corey Sandler

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17 October 2018:
Newport, Rhode Island, US:
Modest Abodes

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We have been coming in and out Newport all season, and for many years in the past, and always concentrating on the magnificent “cottages” built by the very wealthy industrialists and financiers of America’s Gilded Age that followed the American Civil War and continued into the early decades of the 20th century.

On this visit, a glorious fall day, we returned to one of the most elegant and meaningful houses in Newtown. Not a cottage, but a house of worship: the Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish temple in North America, built in 1763.

It is an extraordinary place, emblematic of the origins of Newport as a place of tolerance for most people, including Jews, Quakers, and other religious denominations who were not always welcome elsewhere in the colonies.

At Touro Synagogue is displayed a copy of George Washington’s famous letter to the congregation, one of the most magnificent pieces of writing and expressions of tolerance by an American president.

He wrote:

“May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

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16 October 2018:
New York, NY, US:
Riverboating

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

In the predawn darkness we made our approach along the south coast of Long Island and then Brooklyn before turning into the outer reaches of New York Harbor.

(Technically, we entered into the North River. That is the old name applied by the Dutch, to distinguish it from the South River which we now know as the Delaware River. It becomes the Hudson River at the Verrazzano Bridge. Same river, two names.)

We have come to the end of this cruise, and I wish departing guests safe travels. This afternoon we will head back down the Hudson River to the North River and then hang a left in the Atlantic Ocean and work our way back up to Montreal one more time.

Here is our plan:

On this trip we will skip Boston in favor of a call at historic Portland, Maine.

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15 October 2018:
Newport, Rhode Island, US:
Cottage Industry

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are once again in the beautiful town of Newport on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

We have not been enjoying the best weather for much of the last few weeks with the exception of a superb day yesterday in Boston.

Today, Newport was cold and windswept but still beautiful. The mansions, which were called with a wink and a nudge “cottages” are preparing to close for the winter but the major cottages are still open.

We went for a walk in the rain to The Elms, and here are some of the pictures I took. Inside.

THE ELMS

A NEWPORT ALBUM

On a previous, sunny day:

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14 October 2018:
Boston, Massachusetts, US:
The Hub of the Universe, in Autumn Colors

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It was a glorious day here in the Hub of the Universe today with bright sun but just enough nip in the air to remind us that summer is gone and winter lures around the corner.

There’s a fine song by Cheryl Wheeler called “Fall Comes to New England” that includes the lovely line, “And trees are Irish Setter Red.”

The colors are pretty chose to peak now.

We went to Boston Market (the real one, not the faux chicken franchise) near the North End for a cuppa chowder. We also some silks of the colors of autumn vegetables: Brussel sprouts, peppers, and apples.

The Red Sox are playing in the baseball League Championship tonight, with Boston’s typical combination of celebration and dread. Go Sox!

Geeks and progressives are gathered in town for HubFest, a celebration of all things new and unusual. And Silver Spirit is docked at Black Falcon terminal for the day.

Fall in New England is a very special time, the trees glowing on reds, yellows, and oranges. Pumpkins and gourds stretch from here to Salem.

Winter? We’ll deal with that later.

The old city of Boston is going through boom times, with massive development of the Seaport district near where our ship is docked including fancy high-rise condos and entertainment.

The redevelopment is simultaneously revitalizing the waterside and erasing the old history of the port. The good news, either way, is that Boston’s downtown and its neighborhoods including the Back Bay, the Fenway, and the Commons have held on to much of their charm and stature.

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13 October 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
Approaching the Bar

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Back in Bar Harbor for another peek, a handsome small place that is about to see the end of the sometimes overwhelming tourist season.

That doesn’t include us, of course.

It was wet and cold today, but we worked up some heat on a hike in beautiful Acadia National Park.

The light rain made the fall foliage glow. And coming after an extended dry period, parts of the forest were teeming with mushrooms.

One of the prettiest: Amantia Muscaria, an orange-yellow puff the size of a golf ball. It seemed ready to eat, sprinkled with white crystals that could be salt or sugar.

We did not conduct a taste test, though.

The mushroom, also known as Fly Agaric, is poisonous. Indigenous peoples and foragers claim that handled properly, it is instead a magic mushroom: a powerful intoxicant and hallucinogenic.

I took its portrait and moved along.

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12 October 2018:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:
The Great Harbor

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in Halifax, a handsome city with a lively waterfront. Today, the harbor was deeply enveloped in fog, with bands of heavy rain heading our way. We put on our anoraks and pulled up our mukluks and set forth for a damp power walk.

Out in the country west of Halifax is a booming winemaking industry, and we went there a few weeks ago…in much better weather.

As seems appropriate as Halloween approaches, we found many of the vineyards enclosed in pest-proof shrouds:

The big city of Halifax somehow also retains a smalltown friendliness. That is a particularly Canadian trait, and Halifax is Canada Plus.

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11 October 2018:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Frozen in Time

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Once more into the fiddle.

It is a grey and somewhat foreboding day here in Sydney, hinting at the winter around the corner. But they don’t let that get in the way of a good party, around here often called a ceilidh or barn dance.

In fact, Cape Breton is in the midst of its annual Celtic Colours Festival.

SYDNEY

Sydney is the less-known port of Nova Scotia, although it played a major role in World War I and World War II as the port of dispatch for Atlantic convoys.

The coal fields and the steel mills are gone, and the port and town are much sleepier now.

Sydney in the fall can be one of the prettiest places in the Canadian Maritimes.

The restored fortress of Louisbourg is one of Canada’s best historical recreations, especially when there is a hint of cold winter in the air.

LOUISBOURG

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9 October 2018:
Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada:
Company Town

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

I went with guests today for a tour of a recreation of an old logging camp and a pass-by of huge aluminum and paper mills. It was a cold and wet day on the Saint Lawrence, but we were met by warm Canadian hospitality.

Here is some of what we saw:

BAIE-COMEAU TODAY

Havre St. Pancrace

Fall Colors in the Saint Lawrence

Baie-Comeau is on the Côte-Nord, or north bank, of the Saint Lawrence, near the mouth of the Manicouagan River.

You’ve heard the term company town, right?

Baie-Comeau was a company town that essentially grew out of a single man’s investment and homestead.

And he wasn’t even a Canadian.

Robert Rutherford McCormick rose through the family business to become owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune newspaper. He was one of those publishers who felt that his newspaper was his personal megaphone.

(He was also a part owner of the Tribune’s high-power radio station which bore the call sign WGN, as in his print publication’s modest motto, “World’s Greatest Newspaper.”

A conservative Republican, he was a fierce opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. Also Democrats in general, liberal Republicans, easterners, the World Court, the League of Nations, and later the United Nations.

Oh, and also he intensely disliked the British Empire. He was an America First isolationist who strongly opposed entering World War II and supporting Britain.

So what was he doing in the Dominion of Canada, part of the British Empire until 1982?

Why, he was using the abundant water resources of Quebec and what seemed like an endless supply of soft wood trees to construct a paper mill and a hydroelectric power plant to operate it. McCormick owned 60 percent of the power plant, with the Alcoa aluminum company holding a minority stake.

Newspapers—more so then than now—needed huge amounts of paper upon which to print, and McCormick found a way to go around the middlemen by making his own.

McCormick established the town of Baie-Comeau in 1936. He modestly named the structure holding back the Manicouagan river the McCormick Dam.

MORE COMPANY TOWNS

The economy was also very much in the thrall of lumbering companies on the North Shore, and in more recent times huge aluminum smelting facilities. Aluminum is mostly made from bauxite ore, of which there is nearly none anywhere in Canada. Bauxite comes mostly from China, Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, and a few other places non-Canadian.

So why are there these huge smelters here? Because the production of aluminum requires massive amounts of electricity, and that is something Quebec has in abundance. Huge hydroelectric plants produce power and it makes economic sense to import ore from around the world to the Saint Lawrence Valley for smelting. (It’s a similar story in Iceland, where hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants produce very low cost power for industry.)

TRAGEDY ON THE RIVER

Back out on the Saint Lawrence is the location of the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history.

Not the Titanic.

The luxury liner Empress of Ireland was built in Scotland and launched in 1906. About 570 feet long (about 120 feet shorter than the Silver Spirit), she could carry as many as 1,580 passengers on her route between the United Kingdom and Canada.

In the dark, in a dense bank of fog, the ship was struck amidships by the Norwegian coal freighter Storstad. 

Water poured in through open portholes, some of which were only a few feet above the water. Most of the passengers and crew in the lower decks drowned quickly.

Only four lifeboats were launched before the ship rolled onto its starboard side. As many as 700 passengers and crew scrambled onto the side of the ship.

It seemed for a moment that the vessel had run aground. But fourteen minutes after the crash, the ship sank.

1,012 people drowned, the largest maritime disaster in Canadian history. Of that number, 840 were passengers, eight more than the number who died on the Titanic.

Happening just two years after the sinking of the Titanic, the story of the Empress of Ireland was all but ignored.

The vessel is still down there, a mere 130 feet below the surface.

1,012 dead, not in the North Atlantic, but in the river…and the poor souls did not even get a dreadful James Cameron movie to memorialize them.

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8 October 2018:
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada:
Fjord and Back

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are returned to the spectacular Saguenay Fjord.

We were last here five days ago, and this morning the colors on the river were moving toward their peak.

In keeping with a tradition dating back more than a century, Silver Spirit came to a halt and then made a slow circle in the river in front of Notre Dame du Saguenay, the statue of the Virgin Mary erected 1,000 feet up the rock face in 1880 by a local salesman giving thanks for his survival after falling through the ice with his horse and sleigh.

Since the statue was installed, tour boats, cruise ships, and many other vessels sing or play Ave Maria in tribute. Today the Italian phenomenon Andrea Bocelli and the American soprano Barbara Bonney performed for us…virtually.

You can read more about the Saguenay Fjord and see some pictures from previous visits in my blog posting of 3 October 2018.

Tonight we return to the Saint Lawrence River and head for the river city of Baie-Comeau.

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7 October 2018:
Québec City, Québec, Canada:
Hello Again

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It seems like we were here only the day before yesterday. Well, yes, we were.

This morning we were slightly delayed in our return to Quebec because the Saint Lawrence River is running very high because of major storms.

Captain Mino Pontillo was advised by the river pilots we have on board to wait until low tide before passing beneath Le Pont de Quebec just west of Quebec City.

I took this photo as we made our way beneath the old bridge.

The Quebec Bridge was the longest cantilever bridge span in the world when it was built in 1907; it still is.

The total length of the bridge is about 1,800 feet; its central span 640 feet.

On August 29, 1907, eighty-six steelworkers were perched on the partially completed south cantilever of the bridge.

Just moments before the quitting time whistle was to have sounded, two compression chords in the south anchor arm failed and the partially completed center span collapsed.

75 died.

It was later determined that the actual weight of the bridge—its dead load—was well in excess of its carrying capacity. Some engineers had spotted problems, but the contractor had gone ahead to disaster.

On September 11, 1916, with the bridge once again near completion, a new center span was being lifted into place.

One of the four rocker arms failed and the span fell into the river, killing 11 more workmen.

The bridge was finally completed in 1917, and is still in use. And we made it beneath the center span successfully  this morning.

You can read more about Quebec frm our visit of 5 October 2018.

Inside the Hôtel du Parlement, the House of Parliament just below the Plains of Abraham in Québec City. 

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