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Brockville Tall Ships Festival: June 24-26
The Brockville Tall Ships Festival is quickly approaching (June 24-26) and residents will start to see the city getting ready for the arrival of the ships and large crowds.
The 6 tall ships that will be participating at this year’s festival will be joined by Theodore Too, of Canadian children’s television series “Theodore Tugboat”. Theodore Too first visited Brockville in 2021 and was a hit with adults who recalled the show fondly, and young children who still enjoy the show today. The Canadian Coast Guard will be sending the CCGS Mamilossa, a 28.5 metre long, powerful amphibious hovercraft capable of a maximum speed of 50 knots to the upcoming festival. She is used in flood control activities and clearing ice jams from rivers and areas that are hard to reach with conventional icebreakers. Her participating in the upcoming Brockville Tall Ships® Festival will be the furthest west in the St. Lawrence River that she has been to date.
Participating tall ships include: Fair Jeanne, Empire Sandy, Nao Trinidad, TS Playfair, St. Lawrence II, and Mimi Jane.
In addition to the ships, a new stage on Blockhouse Island Parkway will feature live performances starting after Friday’s afternoon Parade of Sail. Following the opening ceremonies, stage entertainment will kick off with storyteller Victor Maelstrum, to be followed by Jessica Lavallee who will open for “The Shantyman” Sean McCann. On Saturday, additional stage performances will include country music duo “The Rifle & The Writer” as well as Canada’s premier theatrical pirate troupe and festival-favourite, “Capt’n Tor and the Naer Do Well Cads”.
Nearby in Hardy Park, the kids zone will include the Leeds County Draft Horse Club’s “Touch-A-Horse” display, face painting, balloon animals, Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard displays, and will include Capt’n Tor’s pirate encampment. The pirate encampment will include daily games and activities, a mermaid grotto, pirates of course, and a “pirate stage” where the troupe will perform and host storyteller Victor Maelstrum who will weave tales of pirate lore.
Advance sales have closed. Remaining tickets will be available to purchase on site. General admission wristbands are only $10 and grant you access to all 3 days of land-based activities and entertainment and get you up close to the ships. Festival Passports, which grant access onto the ships for deck tours and the festival grounds for all three days are available for purchase on site for $20 while supplies last. Children 5 and under enjoy free admission and deck tours when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
If you ordered your tickets in advance, they will be held on site for pick up at our "advance ticket pick-up" table at the main festival entrance (at the corner of Blockhouse Island Parkway and Water Street). You will need to bring either your order confirmation, or ID matching the name on your order.
Parking downtown will fill up quickly, we recommend taking advantage of our free off-site parking and shuttle bus to the festival.
This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.