Tall Ships are coming to Toronto [Majestic old boats]

Tuesday, 01 June 2010
Photo Credit: leo-seta

If you are a fan of big ships like I am then you will want to make your way over to Toronto between June 30 and July 4, 2010 to participate in the Toronto Waterfront Festival which will be hosting Tall Ships from around the world.

The Toronto Waterfront Festival is part of a much larger tall ship race across all five great lakes called the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge. Toronto is a special stop as it’s the only Canadian port they are visiting throughout the race. This event is also special as the last time anything like this was held in Toronto was way back in 2004.

Organizers are expecting over 15 international and local ship to participate so the harbour is going to be absolutely jammed packed with boats of all shapes and sizes.

If you are visiting Toronto for the event, make sure you rent a kayak or canoe from Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre so you can putter around and see the boats up close.

For those who want a hands-on experience, you can purchase tickets for various ship tours as well as evening galas. Check out the event website for a full event schedule.

For me, the coolest event is going to be the Parade of Sail which takes place on July 4th at 2pm. That is when all the ships will be leaving the harbour and continuing the race to the next port. Ontario Place is selling tickets to the prime seating for you to watch it if you can’t get on the water.

Finally, if you are a super keener; select boats are offering passage as a working member of the crew from port to port. For about $150-250 a night you can travel along with the HMS Bounty and according to the website, “work side-by-side with members of the crew to help set and strike the sails, man the helm and climb in the rigging.”

Oh yeah, HMS Bounty was in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest. While you are out there on the high seas; keep it in the back of your head that you are standing where a not-famous extra stood during the shooting of a Disney movie.

I’m just excited as I’m scheduled to teach an introduction to kayaking course in the Toronto Harbour. It’s going to take all my will power to keep the lesson on topic throughout the day.

More info: towaterfrontfest.com
Photo Credit: leo-seta
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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