From Pictou we will enjoy the beautiful Gulf of St Lawrence and set sail towards Miramichi and Quebec. This is a cruise-in-Company (not a race) so it is time to enjoy not only the sailing and life on board, but especially also the amazing nature of Canada.
The Gulden Leeuw was built with the function of sail training in mind. We are passionate about sail training and are eager to "show you the ropes." As soon as you step on board we consider you as "one of the crew." On board our ship, we appreciate team spirit and an open atmosphere. Sailing is great! We also understand that you are there to meet others, see the world and have fun. We get that. You are very welcome to join us and become part of the team.
You will be part of the watch system and are able to experience every aspect of sailing and racing a tall ship.
Steering, trimming the sails, navigation, taking care of each other and the ship. When you disembark, you will feel like a sailor.
Pictou, Nova Scotia
The town of Pictou is located on the beautiful Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia and is known as the "Birthplace of New Scotland". The first Scottish immigrants disembarked here in 1773 from the ship Hector. You can explore the Hector Heritage Quay and board the full-sized Ship Hector replica. The Hector Heritage Quay offers unique insight into the journey of early Scots settlers to Nova Scotia, and their arrival in Pictou.
There was a public pillory at the foot of Market Square in which, it has been claimed, a man was confined for three hours for kissing his wife on a Sunday. Today, a replica of the pillory stands at the foot of Hector Square.
Shipbuilding was a major business in Pictou during the 1800's. In 1867 some 40 ships were registered as built in Pictou.
Look for the Water Street Studios building. Dating from 1825, it is a good example of Scottish stone houses. From the time it was built, the building has served as both storefront and residence. It housed the Sheriff's offices from the 1920's to the 1960's.
Visit the Fishing Museum, built as a tribute to the fishing heritage of the Northumberland Strait area. The Museum looks at the fishing industry and ships of the strait from 1800s to the present.
Miramichi, New Brunswick
Miramichi is the largest city in northern New Brunswick, Canada.
Situated along the world famous salmon fishing river, Miramichi has many historic sites, 1.5 miles of walking trails, canoeing and kayaking.
Baie Comeau, Canada
Baie Comeau is located 260 miles north-east of Quebec City in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River near the mouth of the Manicouagan River. The Baie-Comeau region's landscape has been shaped by glacial retreats and extraordinary and unusual natural phenomena such as a meteorite, which caused the immense Manicouagan crater. The region's economy is based on mining, lumbering, aluminum production, hydroelectric production and tourism.
Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and the second largest city in the province (behind Montreal). Old Town Quebec is the only fortified city in the U.S. or Canada whose walls still exist. The Historic District of Old Quebec was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1985. It is one of the oldest cities in North America.
Quebec City is known for the Château Frontenac, a historic hotel which dominates the city skyline, standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River. Beside the hotel is Dufferin Terrace, a walkway along the edge of the cliff, with beautiful views of the river. The area around Old Quebec, east of the fortification walls, has a distinctly European feel, with stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Also near the hotel is Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral, mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, the first church in the New World to be raised to a basilica. The Dufferin Terrace leads toward the site of the battle in which the British took Quebec from France.
The Upper Town is linked by the "Escalier Casse-Cou" or "neck-breaker" steps,and also by the Funicular, to the Lower Town, where you will find the ancient Notre Dame des Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Museum of Civilization. Tourist attractions located near Quebec City include Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.