Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Bluenose II to lead the 2019 Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour

A fleet of large sailing ships will return to Toronto during the Ontario portion of the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lake Series. In 1937 Canada started using the original Bluenose on the Canadian dime, so if you want to see the new Bluenose, just look at a dime. The fleet is taking part in the Great Lake Series which stops in both America and Canada with five stops in Ontario (Toronto, Midland, Sarnia, Town of Kingsville and Brockville). Photo at top provided.
The tall ships will be part of the Redpath Waterfront Festival during the Canada Day Weekend - June 29 to July 1, 2019. "Toronto's waterfront will be transformed into a nautical wonderland with a fleet of tall ships docked from Harbour Square Park to HTO Park West. In Toronto, the Bluenose II will be joined by Picton Castle, a tall ship that has travelled the world and also calls Lunenburg, N.S, home. The 179-foot, three-masted vessel is currently on her way to Bali, Indonesia on her seventh voyage around the globe. Other tall ships in the tour include U.S. Brig Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne, Playfair and St. Lawrence II." We have seen the Tall Ships Challenge a few times in Toronto including in the years 20162013, 2010

Also appearing during the festival will be the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. All ships will be open to the public for paid deck tours and you can also check out on-shore festivities which include live entertainment, vendors and food. This is the festival that had the giant rubber ducky and the giant beach ball pendulum installation.

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