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On Canada cruises in 2024, actively explore remote sections of the world’s longest coastline on Canada small ship cruises. Experience legendary Viking islands beside historians on Canadian Maritime cruises in the east. Seek the spirit bear in deep-green rainforest on a British Columbia cruise in the west. Or navigate through the rugged, storied coastline of the Northwest Passage on an adventure Canada cruise in the north. Our diverse selection of Canadian cruises on small ships offers something for everyone, away from the busy port towns that host everyone else. Enjoy daily off-ship adventures. Hike to scenic vistas overlooking picturesque sandstone cliffs. Kayak with porpoises. Enjoy whale watching at sea level. Meander through seaside villages. Or follow the path of historic explorers while navigating ice and rock at the top of the world.

Canada Small Ship Cruises

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The largest country in North America, Canada spans from Newfoundland in the east, along the northwest passage and down to British Columbia (via Alaska) in the west. Its more than 150,000 miles of coastline makes it a wonderland for exploration by small ship cruises. In the west, experience British Columbia’s Inside Passage where the Canadian Rockies meet the Pacific Ocean. BC cruises explore glacier-carved fjords and serpentine inlets protected by wildlife-rich islands such as Vancouver Island. In the north, encounter a largely undeveloped frontier of rock and ice. A Northwest Passage cruise explores entirely above the Arctic Circle, in Baffin Bay near western Greenland, with some options traveling along the top of Canada to end in Alaska. And in the east, immerse in the diverse shorelines of islands including Nova Scotia and sites within the provinces of Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Canada Small Ship Cruises with AdventureSmith

Canadian cruising with AdventureSmith means a deeply engaging experience in areas that are off the beaten path. With such varied options, let us help you find and book the best small ship Canada cruise for your interests. Why book your Canada small ship cruise with AdventureSmith?

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Work with one Adventure Specialist to select, confirm & prepare to cruise Canada.

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Our Canada cruise ships are sized just right for remote adventure: all 200 or fewer guests.

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Hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, flightsee & seek out wild nature off your Canada ship.

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Enjoy early-booking deals & other perks with our selection of cruise ship deals in Canada.

St. Lawrence River Cruise by Small Ships

On our St. Lawrence River cruise, experience locks, culture-rich Montreal and Quebec, maritime-history-steeped Nova Scotia and whales in the wildlife-rich coastline of Bar Harbor, Maine. A St. Lawrence River cruise by small ships means more time off the ship, engaging in communities. Learn more about the difference you can expect on small ship cruises on the St. Lawrence River by reading our post on Small Ships vs Big Ships.

British Columbia Cruises

Small ship cruises in the Inside Passage of Canada are distinguished by their slower, exploratory pace. Let the big Canada cruise ships motor through while you’re off hiking, paddling and Zodiac cruising in secluded coves and inlets. Where is the Inside Passage in Canada? This iconic region comprises British Columbia’s coastline, in the Pacific Ocean between Washington and Alaska. Our small ship cruises in British Columbia feature everything from National Geographic experts aboard to a focus on seeing the elusive spirit bears of Haida Gwaii and learning about First Nations culture; most also include time exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage.

A group of adventure travelers coming ashore on a British Columbia cruise in the pacific northwest.
Sunset and grassy cliffs seen on a Newfoundland cruise during small ship cruises in Canadian maritimes.

Newfoundland Cruises

Newfoundland cruises by small ship offer a taste of eastern Canada that’s often overlooked by the big ships. Indulge in the culture of France’s oldest overseas territory. Learn from local guides and fishermen. Experience dazzling fjords, sandstone caves, sea arches and preserved historic sites. Consider a Newfoundland cruise that sails down from Greenland, for Arctic highlights; or check out our small ship cruises in Canadian Maritimes for a visit to Nova Scotia with its beautiful coastline and historic attractions.

“Our Canada small ship cruises seek out wilderness, culture & wildlife.”


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Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 42 46 50 55 61 67 71 71 65 56 48 43
Avg. Low (F) 32 35 37 41 46 51 55 55 50 44 37 33
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 6.1 5.1 4.5 3.1 2.5 1.9 1.5 1.6 2.6 4.7 7.0 7.3

Spring & Fall Canada Cruises

Canada Small Ship cruises bookend the travel season for our popular Alaska trips and Arctic expedition trips, as ships position north and south. Catch spring blooms and wildlife migrations or vibrant fall foliage depending on what time of year you choose to cruise Canada on a small ship. Note that the climate data referenced above is for Vancouver, reflective of a British Columbia cruise; temperatures on a Newfoundland cruise along the east coast are cooler but have less average rainfall.

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