Sunday, June 20, 2010

Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival

The Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival is on the Canada Day long weekend and will feature the Great Lakes United Tall Ship Challenge (The Race to Save the Lakes). The Challenge is a great lakes race and Toronto is their only Canadian stop in the event. The ships will come into harbour on the 30th of June and will stay over during the weekend. Over ten ships are expected to be in the Challenge and during the layover in Toronto will allow people onto the decks of the vessels (purchase of a boarding pass will be required).

The sips expected to participate are BRIGG Roald Amudsen, Germany; H.M.S. Bounty, U.S.A; BARK Europa, The Netherlands; Freedom Schooner AMISTAD (cancelled due to damage), U.S.A; Denis Sullivan, U.S.A; Pride of Baltimore II, U.S.A; U.S. BRIG Niagara; U.S.A, S.V. Unicorn [Sisters under Sail], U.S.A, Schooner Roseway [World Ocean School] and the Toronto Brigantines Playfair & Pathfinder. New additions to the Challenge include the U.S.A Schooner Appledore V and the U.S.A. HMS Bounty. Also present at the festival will be Toronto’s homeport vessels: Empire Sandy, Challenge and Kajama. The Parade of Sail will happen Sunday July 4 as the ships leave Toronto.

Redpath Waterfront Festival release says "A featured highlight is the participation of HMS Bounty. HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando film "Mutiny on the Bounty" by MGM Studios in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to tell the story of the famous maritime mutiny that occurred in the South Pacific in 1789. Now owned and operated by the HMS Bounty Organization LLC, she makes Greenport, Long Island, New York her homeport. In an effort to return Bounty to the condition of her Hollywood film days, the famous ship completed an extensive renovation from 2006-2007. Bounty has become a star again to a new generation when she was recently featured in the blockbuster film “Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest.”"

The third annual Waterfront festival will take place all along Toronto Harbour from Yonge Street to Lower Spandina including Harbourfront Centre and Queen’s Quay Terminal and will feature entertainment and the tall ships. General admission to the event will be free.

Don't forget about the Ontario Place Fesitival of Fire fireworks on the nights of Thursday, July 1st and Saturday July 3rd.

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