Do you get swept away by the romance of the seas? If so, you’ll definitely want to get down to Toronto Harbour for the Redpath Waterfront Festival from June 20-23, 2013, which officially launches the Tall Ships® 1812 Tour. Presented by Water’s Edge Festivals & Events, the Tall Ships Tour will be stopping at major ports in Ontario during the summer of 2013 to commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial.
The opening ceremonies for the Redpath Waterfront Festival take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013. During the four-day festival, you will be able to have a deck tour of the Tall Ships and participate in special events on land along Toronto’s waterfront. You’ll also get to see many historic vessels, some of which are replicas of vessels that took part in the War of 1812, including the Pride of Baltimore II and Privateer Lynx. The SS Sorlandet from Norway is 890 tons and the oldest full rigged ship in the world, still in operation. On Sunday, the fleet will participate in a Parade of Sail as they leave for Hamilton.
Drop by the Wharf at York to watch the 18 minute story of the attack on Fort York.
The young deckmates you’ll encounter on board the Tall Ships are participating in Toronto Brigantine Inc.’s sail training opportunities for youth.
The Tall Ships will travel across Ontario to Brockville, Toronto, Hamilton, Port Dalhousie, Sault Ste. Marie, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Penetanguishene, Midland, Discovery Harbour, Windsor, Amherstburg, Leamington, Kingsville and Pelee Island from June 14 to September 2, 2013.
TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour Ports & Dates:
Brockville: June 14-16
Toronto: June 20-23
Hamilton: June 28-30
St. Catharines: June 29-30
Sault Ste. Marie: July 19-21
Georgian Bay (Owen Sound, Collingwood): August 16-18; (Midland, Penetanguishene, Discovery Harbour): August 24-25
Southwestern Ontario (Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville, Pelee Island): August 30-September 2
Buy tickets online and save 30%. Daily Pass for Thursday, Friday or Saturday $15; Daily Pass for Sunday $11.25, Daily Priority Pass for Thursday, Friday or Saturday $25; Daily Priority Pass for Sunday $18.75. Multi-Day Priority Pass $35. Children 5 and under Free.
The Redpath Waterfront Festival hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ships will be located at 339 Queens Quay West, 245 Queens Quay West, York Street Slip (east side), 25 Queens Quay West and 22 Dockside Drive (Sugar Beach).