Tall Ships Brockville

Information about the Brockville Tall Ships Festival that happens every 3 years, and the Big River Festival which is on every summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that our 2019 festival has wrapped up – please use the information below as a guide to future events, but that the festival does change somewhat each time we put it on. The next Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Great Lakes Tour will be in 2022 and we hope that Brockville will be a Port of Call once again.


Festival grounds will open at 2pm on Friday, August 30th, 2019.

Deck tours will be available to festival passport holders on Saturday & Sunday only, from 9am-5pm both days.

Advance sales have now closed. All remaining tickets will be available for sale from the main festival gates on Blockhouse Island. Please note that sales on site are cash only.

If you are looking for parking and shuttle information, please click here.

Fast Facts

Ticket Pricing (all pricing is subject to additional applicable service fees):

General Admission Wristband:

$5 for the whole weekend – grants you access to the festival grounds from August 30th-September 1st, 2019 to get up close to the ships. Children 5 and under are free.

Festival grounds will open at 2pm on Friday, August 30th.

Festival Passport aka Boarding Pass:

$15  – grants you access aboard each ship one time, and includes admission to the festival grounds for all three days. Children 5 and under are free.

Deck tours will be available from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday only.

Festival grounds open at 2pm on August 30th.

Sail out cruise:

$40 (includes general admission wristband)*

Parade of Sail cruise aboard the Empire Sandy:

$40 (includes general admission wristband)*

Captain’s Reception:

$50 (includes one drink ticket – does not include a festival passport)

Dinner cruise:

$85 (includes general admission wristband)*

*cruise tickets do not include a Festival Passport. However, if you would like to upgrade your general admission wristband (included in your ticket price) you will have the option to do so at the time of purchase. Please note that the upgrade option is ONLY available at the time of purchase and general admission cannot be traded in or upgraded at a later date. The upgrade option is available for specialty ticket purchases only.

Hours of Operation:

Festival grounds:

Friday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (only Captain’s Reception ticket holders will be allowed in Centeen Park after 7 pm)

Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm (only Captain’s Reception ticket holders will be allowed in Centeen Park after 7 pm)

Sunday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Access to Ships and Boats (deck tours – must have a Festival Passport):

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Parking:

We recommend parking at one of the designated free parking lots away from the festival grounds and taking advantage of the free festival shuttle buses rather than trying to find parking nearby. Shuttles will be available from the hotels on Kent Blvd. (Travelodge, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Days Inn), as well as the Super 8. Or avoid parking altogether and ride your bike to the festival. Please visit our location and maps page for additional parking and shuttle details.

Where to go:

The ships will be on display along the waterfront at Blockhouse Island Parkway, Centeen Park, and Hardy Park. To purchase tickets on site and for festival information, visit the main gate information booth on Blockhouse Island Parkway (enter address 30 Blockhouse Island Parkway for mapping purposes). Use our custom google map here to locate the ticket booth, festival site and other key locations.

If you have purchased a day Sail-Out cruise, Parade of Sail Cruise, or Dinner Cruise ticket, you will be boarding the Empire Sandy from Blockhouse Island Parkway. Captain’s Receptions will be held in Centeen Park. Adventure Sails will be departing from the location indicated on your ticket depending on which ship you are on. (Fair Jeanne and Black Jack from the base of the Tall Ships Landing building, and St. Lawrence II from Blockhouse Island Parkway). Please ensure that you give yourself enough time to find parking or take a shuttle bus from your hotel or one of our designated off-site parking areas. Please plan to be on site 30 minutes prior to your scheduled boarding.

TALL SHIPS® PASSPORTS (Boarding Pass)

How much is admission?

The festival grounds will open at 2pm on Friday. Admission into the festival grounds is available by purchasing a $5 wristband that is valid for all three days to access the festival and get up close to the ships and access the best viewing locations for the Parade of Sail at 4pm on Friday. Children 5 and under are free. Please click here to purchase your General Admission Wristband.

Festival Passports are required in order to board the ships. NOTE: if you purchase a Festival Passport, you do not need to purchase a grounds admission wristband. (Note: deck tours are available Saturday & Sunday only)

The festival includes: Parade of Sail, Deck Tours, Nautical Demonstrations, Vendors, Bavarian Garden, Entertainment, Re-enactments, Historic Encampments, Classic/Antique Boat Showcase, plus much more! Click here to see our schedule of events.

New in 2019: We have partnered with the annual “Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend” to bring you even more entertainment options. Please be sure to check out the RHB website and follow them on facebook for additional details. Please note: The RHB festival grounds are located before the gates to the tall ships festival grounds so you do not need to purchase a tall ships festival general admissions wristband to access the RHB festival, although we would love it if you came to both events.

There are many fun activities and entertainment this year, so don’t miss out!

What is a Tall Ships® Passport and what does it include?

Boarding passes for the Tall Ships® Festival are referred to as “Passports” given their approximate size and booklet style of printing. A Tall Ships® Passport is a souvenir booklet that serves as your boarding pass to access each tall ship one time. The booklet contains information on each ship that will be in Brockville for the festival and will be stamped as you board each one for deck tours. It is also a great souvenir of the 2019 Tall Ships® Festival!

Passports can be used to board the ships on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and also functions as your admission onto the festival grounds from August 30th-September 1st (grounds will open at 2pm on Friday)

Please note: deck tours will NOT be available on Friday as this is the day that the ships will arrive. The Parade of Sail (Friday at approximately 4 pm) includes a sail-past along the Brockville waterfront of all participating ships and is a great time to take photos. Either a Passport or Wristband will be required to access the festival grounds to watch the Parade of Sail from Centeen Park or Blockhouse Island on Friday.

Benefits include access to board the ships for deck tours, land based activities and all entertainment during the festival.  Offerings include nautical demonstrations, vendors, entertainment, re-enactments, historic encampments and more. Please note that the Empire Sandy will be offering sail out options during the festival and will not be available for deck tours.

Passport Bonus:

  • Show your festival passport and save on admission at the Aquatarium! From August 30-September 1, 2019 show your passport on entry and enjoy a special admission rate of $12.99 (a 35% savings!)
  • Can you escape the freight? Save $5 off admission with Escape Brockville when you show your passport.

How much is a Passport?

$15
Tax is included. A convenience fee applies.

Children 5 and under are FREE but will not receive a Passport.
(Advance sales close at 5:00 pm Thursday August 29th, 2019)

Where can I buy Passports PRIOR to the event?

Update: Please note that advance ticket sales are closed. You can purchase them on site once the festival officially opens.

Passports can be purchased in advance through our ticket vendor starting at 10:00 am on December 3, 2018. (A convenience fee applies)

More information on each type of ticket can be found on our ‘tickets’ page: tallshipsbrockville.com/tickets

Where can I buy Passports DURING the event?

You can buy them at:

  1. Main Gate at Blockhouse Island
  2. Centeen Park

I bought my Passport online, where do I go to pick it up?

Online purchases made prior to 10 working days before the festival (on or before August 19, 2019) will be mailed out to you. Advance purchases made within that 10 day window will held for pick up on site during the festival.

On Site Pick Up: Ticket pick up will be managed from the Brockville Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West, which is right across from the festival main entrance. Please bring ID that matches the name on your order. The office will be open daily from 8am-7pm during the festival.
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Festival Passports will go on sale in early December, 2018 and will be mailed out starting in mid-March 2019 once they are printed (this is to ensure that all participating vessels are included in the passport booklet prior to printing).

If you bought your passports early and received a passport “card” for exchange, you can exchange the card for the full passport at the festival main ticket booth when you arrive on site. You MUST have this card present in order to get your full festival passport.

I bought my ticket online but I didn’t get a confirmation email, what should I do?

First check your spam or junk folder. If you do not see the email please call our ticket vendor at 613-342-7122

Can we leave and come back to the Tall Ships® event at any time?

Yes: Make sure you have your Festival Passport or General Admission Wristband to show at the gate.

I just want to take pictures but I don’t want to board the ships, do I need a Festival Passport?

No you do not, but you do need a General Admission Wristband to get onto the grounds. Wristbands cost only $5 and are valid for all three days of the festival (Friday August 30th to Sunday, September 1st). The Passport is only required to board the ships for deck tours. Your Festival Passport also grants you access to the grounds – if you choose to purchase a Festival Passport you do not need to also purchase a General Admission Wristband.

If you are a member of the local media and wish to cover this event, please contact Lesley prior to the event to gain access to the festival grounds.

What if I lose my ticket or Passport?

Unfortunately we cannot replace lost Passports. If you lose your ticket to a Dinner Cruise or Sail out, please contact the Brockville Arts Centre Box Office (613-342-7122) before arrival.

Do you have special rates for kids/groups/ seniors or support workers?

Children 5 and under are free* but no further discounts are available. Passports have been well priced at $15 to make this event accessible to everyone.

(*for grounds admission and deck tours only. Specialty tickets do not apply).

What if it rains?

The ships will be here rain or shine. This festival will take place rain or shine. Our ship crews aren’t afraid of a little water and we aren’t either! Deck tours will be available even if it is pouring.

All sail outs and dinner cruises will still take place if it is raining unless the weather is so severe that it is unsafe to go out.

Event Disclaimer: This is an outdoor event; program activity times and locations are subject to local weather conditions and may change from the published schedules. 

TICKETS - Dinner Cruises, Daytime Sail Outs, and Parade of Sail Cruise

What are the specific dates and times for dinner cruises and/or sail-out charters?

Dinner Cruises (3 hours aboard the Empire Sandy):

  • Friday August 30th, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Saturday August 31st, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Sunday September 1st, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Sail outs (90 minutes aboard the Empire Sandy):

Saturday August 31st, 2019

  • Day Sail Boarding 9:15 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 9:30 – 11:15 am.
  • Day Sail Boarding 11:30 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 11:45 am  – 1:30 pm.
  • Day Sail Boarding 1:45 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

Sunday September 1st, 2019

  • Day Sail Boarding 9:15 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 9:30 – 11:15 am.
  • Day Sail Boarding 11:30 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 11:45 am  – 1:30 pm.
  • Day Sail Boarding 1:45 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

All dinner cruises and sail outs will be boarding from Blockhouse Island.

Parade of Sail Cruises (90 minutes aboard the Empire Sandy):

Friday, August 30th, 2019

  • Empire Sandy – Boarding 2:30 pm (please note the earlier boarding time) from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 3:30 pm. Parade of Sail to begin at approximately 4:00 pm.

What is the cost of tickets for Dinner Cruises and/or Sail outs?

Dinner Cruises: $85 per person (Adults and Children)
Your dinner cruise ticket includes 1 grounds admission wristband* which you will need in order to access the boarding area. Dinner cruises will board from Blockhouse Island.
Tax is included. Excludes applicable fees.
(Online sales close at 11:59 pm Thursday, August 29th, 2019)

Sail outs and Parade of Sail Cruises: $40 per person (Adults and Children)
Your sail out cruise ticket includes 1 grounds admission wristband* which you will need in order to access the boarding area. Day Sails will board from Blockhouse Island.
Tax is included. Excludes applicable fees.
(Online sales close at 11:59 pm Thursday, August 29th, 2019)

*Cruises do not include a Festival Passport. However, if you would like to upgrade your general admission wristband (included in your ticket price) you will have the option to do so at the time of purchase. Please note that the upgrade option is ONLY available at the time of purchase and general admission cannot be traded in or upgraded at a later date. The upgrade option is available for specialty ticket purchases only.

More on ticket information and to purchase tickets: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/tickets/ Dinner cruise and sail outs may be sold out prior to the festival, please check for updates on our website.

Where can I buy tickets for the Dinner Cruises and/or Sail Outs IN ADVANCE ** of the event?

Tickets are be available online at http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/tickets/ starting in early December, 2018.
**Advance sales close at 11:59 pm Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Where can I buy tickets for the Dinner Cruises and/or Sail outs DURING the event?

Main Gate at Blockhouse Island
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

I bought my Dinner Cruise and/or Sail out ticket online, what do I need to bring to my cruise to show that I purchased a ticket?

All pre-puchased tickets up to 10 days in advance of the festival are being mailed directly to you. Make sure to bring your ticket and your grounds admission wristband (included in the ticket price) with you to the festival. All dinner cruises and day sail-outs will be boarding from from Blockhouse Island.

If you purchased tickets within 10 days of the festival, you will need to bring your confirmation number and ID in advance to the Brockville Tourism Office to pick up your ticket a least 30 minutes prior to boarding in order to pick up your ticket. The tourism office is located at 10 Market Street West, right next to the festival entrance.
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Where is the exact boarding location for dinner cruises and/or sail-out charters?

All dinner cruises and/or sail-outs will be aboard the Empire Sandy which will be berthed at Blockhouse Island.
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

What should I wear on my cruise?

This festival takes place in early September, so weather and temperature can vary greatly at that time of the year, though it is typically hot during the day. Even on a bright, sunny day you can expect the temperature to drop significantly when you go out on the water aboard your ship, so we advise wearing layers that you can add or remove easily.

If you have a dinner cruise booked and want to be above deck, it can get quite chilly in the evening on the water so wearing long pants and bringing a jacket or hoodie is recommended.

Can I exchange my sail out or dinner cruise ticket for a different time?

No. All cruises and reception tickets are non-refundable with no exchanges. This is a rain or shine event.

What if it rains?

The ships will be here rain or shine. This festival will take place rain or shine. Our ship crews aren’t afraid of a little water and we aren’t either! Deck tours will be available even if it is pouring.

All sail outs and dinner cruises will still take place if it is raining unless the weather is so severe that it is unsafe to go out.

Event Disclaimer: This is an outdoor event; program activity times and locations are subject to local weather conditions and may change from the published schedules. 

What food will be served on the Dinner Cruise?

Dinner Cruise Menu***:

  • On Boarding: smoked salmon canapés, vegetable crudities, assorted domestic and imported cheese with crackers, shrimp platter with cocktail sauce.
  • On the Buffet: roast beef au jus with horseradish and seeded mustard, fresh baked selection of dinner rolls and butter, caesar salad, potato, mixed greens and pasta salads, assortment of cakes and seasonal fresh fruit platter, signature chocolate dipped strawberry at departure
  • Wine/Drinks can be purchased at the bar

***If you have special dietary requirements you must let us know at the time of booking.

TICKETS - Captain's Reception

What is the Captain’s Reception?

The Captain’s Reception is an after hours event on Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 -10:00 pm on land in Centeen Park. This reception will grant ticket holders the chance to tour the Bluenose II and one other tall ship after hours without the long line ups. Live entertainment and a cash bar will be available with finger foods on hand, and ship captains and crew will be in attendance. Your ticket price include 1 drink ticket to be redeemed at one of our on-site beverage providers featuring local breweries and wineries.

When is the Captain’s Reception?

Friday August 30th and Saturday August 31st, 2019 in Centeen Park from 7:00 -10:00 pm

Dinner cruises, sail outs, and reception tickets may be sold out prior to the festival, please check for updates on our site.

How much is a ticket to the Captain’s Reception?

Captain’s Reception tickets are $50 per person.
Includes 1 drink ticket
Tax is included. Excludes applicable fees.

More on ticket information and to purchase tickets: www.tallshipsbrockville.com/tickets  Dinner cruise, Captain’s Reception, and sail outs may be sold out prior to the festival, please check for updates on our website

TICKETS - Hands-On Sailing Adventure

What is an Adventure Sail?

An Adventure Sail is a hands-on sailing experience offered by three visiting tall ships.

Become part of the crew of Brockville’s tall ships, Fair Jeanne and Black Jack and visiting St. Lawrence II for an immersive tall ship adventure.  During this hands-on experience you will take the helm, set the sails, learn about reading charts and experience first hand how to sail a tall ship. This is your opportunity to live the adventure of tall ship sailing!  Sail “trainees” must be aged 12+ and be able to move around the ship without mobility aids.  Closed-toe, flat, rubber soled shoes are required.

This is not a sightseeing or pleasure cruise but a hands-on sailing experience. Interested in this experience, but didn’t get a chance? Check out Bytown Brigantine who offers this adventure a couple of times each summer in Brockville. 

What are the dates and times of the Adventure Sails?

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

  • Fair Jeanne: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from the base of the Tall Ships Landing Building (south end of Broad Street), Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Black Jack: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from the base of the Tall Ships Landing Building (south end of Broad Street), Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • St. Lawrence II: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from Blockhouse Island Parkway, Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Fair Jeanne: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from the base of the Tall Ships Landing Building (south end of Broad Street), Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Black Jack: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from the base of the Tall Ships Landing Building (south end of Broad Street), Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • St. Lawrence II: Adventure Sail Boarding 5:45 pm from Blockhouse Island Parkway, Sailing from 6:00 – 8:30 pm

What is the cost of a Hands On Sailing Adventure?

We are pleased to be able to offer the adventure sail at the same rate as our other sail out cruises, at $40 per person (plus applicable fees).
Includes 1 general admission festival wristband*.

*Cruises do not include a Festival Passport. However, if you would like to upgrade your general admission wristband (included in your ticket price) you will have the option to do so at the time of purchase. Please note that the upgrade option is ONLY available at the time of purchase and general admission cannot be traded in or upgraded at a later date. The upgrade option is available for specialty ticket purchases only.

Viewing the Ships

What are the ship names?

In 2019 we will be hosting:

Bluenose II
Lunenburg, NS

Empire Sandy 
Toronto, ON
This ship will be offering sail outs and dinner cruises throughout the event and will not be available for deck tours.

Fair Jeanne
Brockville, ON

Black Jack
Brockville, ON

HMCS Oriole
Nova Scotia

St. Lawrence II
Kingston, ON

Nao Santa Maria
Spain

Pride of Baltimore II
Baltimore

Canadian Coast Guard vessel*
*May not be in attendance if they are needed for emergency purposes.

How and When can I get on the ships?

Ship Deck Tours are from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday for Passport holders. You must purchase a festival Passport in order to board the ships. Ships will be arriving on Friday, and will therefore not be available for tours on that day. A Parade of Sail will be held on Friday in the afternoon, this is a great opportunity to take pictures and see the ships in full sail. You will need to purchase either a general admission wristband ($5) or Festival Passport ($15) to access the grounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (including the Parade of Sail)

Please note that the Empire Sandy will be offering sail outs during the day will not be available for deck tours.

Please note:  Given the popularity of this event, be prepared for line ups.

Where can I go to watch the ships as they arrive?

Ships will be arriving on Friday for the Parade of Sail which will begin at approximately 4:00 pm.

The best locations to view the ships during the Parade of Sail will be from the eastern end of the Blockhouse Island Peninsula and from Centeen Park. The ships will gather together downriver by the three Sisters Islands just east of the event site and will sail past Blockhouse Island. Please note that you will need to show either your General Admission Wristband or Festival Passport to gain access to the grounds in order to watch the ships from these locations. Depending on wind conditions on the day, we may have to reverse the direction of the parade. Please follow us on facebook for any last minute announcements.

Ship Deck Tours will commence on Saturday and Sunday for Passport holders.

Track the 2019 Fleet with the online vessel tracker

Watch other vessels traveling in the Great Lakes Seaway system. 

Hours of Operation

When will the Festival events be open to the public?

Actual hours of operation for festival grounds are:

Friday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Access to Ships and Boats (deck tours):

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The festival will be closed to the public after the site closes each day. If you have purchased tickets to an evening event, please have them ready to show at the gate as that will be the only way to get access onto the grounds.

Our Tall Ships® Festival website has a comprehensive list of all programming, events and activities http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/timeline/

Is there a schedule of events?

Yes. Click this link for a detailed list of all programming, events and activities: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/timeline/

When is the Parade of Sail?

Friday August 30th at approximately 4:00 pm. Please note that you will need either a General Admissions Wristband or a Festival Passport to access the festival grounds on Friday to watch the Parade of Sail.

What are the hours for deck tours?

The actual hours of operation for deck tours/times is Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Bringing Children to the Festival

Do I need life jackets for my child/children?

Children 5 and under will need to provide their own life jackets for the sail-out and dinner charters. Life jackets are not required for other activities.

What is the age requirement for a dinner cruise? Can my child go for free on a dinner cruise or sail out?

Children that are under 5 are free for grounds admission and deck tours but not for sail outs/dinner cruises. The cost of those cruises is priced based on the total ship capacity and therefore every person on board requires a ticket. Children require a regularly priced ticket for dinner cruises and sail outs, including babes in arms.

Does my child need a Passport?

Children under 5 are free but they will not be issued a Passport or wristband. They are permitted on deck tours accompanied by a Passport holding adult. If you wish for them to have the Passport as a souvenir, you may purchase one for them but the cost will be full price.

Lost child? Where do I go to find a lost child?

Main Gate at Blockhouse Island
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Location/Map/Parking

Where exactly is the event located?

30 Blockhouse Island Parkway, Brockville Ontario
Event Map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Where can we see the ships sail from land?

The best places to see the ships are from Centeen Park, Blockhouse Island, (Tunnel Bay) and Hardy Park during the Parade of Sail on Friday afternoon at approximately 4pm. Other than a few exceptions for day sails and dinner cruises the ships will be moored on land during the festival. If you want to see the ships in full sail, don’t miss the Parade of Sail! The best places to watch the ships during the parade are along the eastern bank of Blockhouse Island and from Centeen Park. NOTE: you will require either a General Admission Wristband or Festival Passport to gain admissions onto the grounds on Friday to watch the parade of sail. Depending on wind conditions on the day, we may have to reverse the direction of the sail. Please follow us on facebook for announcements. 

Please visit this page for a comprehensive map showing the waterfront, parking, washrooms etc. http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Where can I park?

Given the increased volume of people trying to get to the waterfront for this event and due to street closures that effect the availability and access to nearby parking lots, parking close to the site will be hard to come by. We recommend parking at one of our north end free parking options and taking the free bus shuttle to and from the event or cycling to and from the festival grounds. Please visit our Location and Map page for details on shuttle availability, times, and location.

Map of Downtown Brockville: http://www.downtownbrockville.com/parking.php

Special parking for this festival is also included on this map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Will bike racks be available?

Yes. Location: North east corner of the Water Street parking lot.
Note:  Bicycles, skateboards, or rollerblades are not allowed on Blockhouse Island for the duration of the festival.

What do I need to know if I am coming by boat? Is there mooring available?

The City Municipal Harbour is closed to transient docking August 30th, 31st and September 1st. Seasonal boaters have access to their own slips.

Alternatively, please contact Tall Ships Landing Marina 613-498-4567 for availability.

Where are each of the events/attractions located?

Events/attractions are included on this map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Are there travel tips for getting to Brockville?

Brockville is easily accessed by the 401 Highway which runs through town dividing the City into the historic downtown core and the “north end” of Brockville. Brockville’s beautiful waterfront is just minutes from the 401: follow the brown and white tourist information question mark signs from the 401 all the way through town to the festival entrance on Blockhouse Island Parkway.

Given the popularity of this event, we do not recommend trying to find parking close to the festival grounds. Free bus shuttles will be available from your hotel and from larger parking lots off site to get you to the festival so you can avoid driving and looking for parking. Please visit our Location and Maps page for more information on parking lots and bus shuttles. We also have a custom google map set up that already has directions from Ottawa and Toronto to our free parking areas off-site.

You can also get to Brockville by VIA Rail from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Free Bus Shuttle

Is there a shuttle or bus service that will be taking people downtown to the event?

Yes there are complimentary Tall Ships Festival bus shuttles and and the regular city buses available. The main parking and festival shuttle pick up locations will be at the Brockville Memorial Centre (100 Magedoma Blvd.) and the Brockville Shopping Centre (125 Stewart Blvd.). We will also have use of the grassy, overflow parking area on King Street West across from St. Lawrence Park, plus our local hotels on Kent Street and the Super 8 will also have pick ups (please note that hotel parking is reserved for overnight guests).
Please see the Location and Map page for details.

What are the options, times and locations for the complimentary bus shuttles, City transit and taxi services?

Please see the section on the Location and Maps page for transportation options between Friday, August 30th and Sunday, September 1st

Washroom, Pets, and Accessibility

Are the festival grounds Accessible?

Yes and there are accessible washroom facilities on site. See the map on this page: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/ 

The majority of the festival grounds can be accessed with a wheelchair or walker, but be advised that much of the area is grassy.

Are the ships accessible?

There is no wheel chair access to get on to the ships and there are no accessible washroom facilities on board.

The only way to get aboard the ships is by a wooden ramp and the pitch of the ramp varies depending on the size of the ship (larger ships have steeper ramps). If you are in a wheelchair, or require the use of a walker, we recommend purchasing a general wristband instead of the full passport to enjoy these vessels up close rather than be disappointed on arrival.

If you are unsteady on your feet and require assistance boarding we advise bringing someone with you to help you board.

Where are the washrooms located? Are there accessible washrooms on site?”

Washroom structures are available at Centeen Park, Hardy Park, and Blockhouse Island.  In addition, portable washrooms, hand wash stations, and accessible port-a-potties will be available at various locations on the festival grounds.

Washrooms and accessible washrooms are included on this map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

I have trouble walking long distances, is there anything to help me get from one end of the event to the other?

Golf carts will run from Hardy Park, Blockhouse Island and Centeen Park for visitors from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday

The Giant Tiger train will transport visitors from Blockhouse Island to Centeen Park Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Do you have accessible parking available?

We have accessible parking available in the Market Street Parking Log (indicated on the festival site map found on our “location and map” page).

To access this parking lot during the festival, from King Street drive South onto Broad Street, turn left onto Water Street, and proceed to your left shortly afterwards to get access to the lot. Parking here is somewhat limited.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes. Dogs must be on a leash. Please keep in mind that the crowds can be very heavy at times and it may be best for them to be left at home. Some of the ships periodically fire their cannons which is quite loud and most dogs do not enjoy being nearby when that happens.

Food and Beverage

Can I purchase food/water on location?

Yes!! We have some great food vendors this year, new and returning!

We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up on site to reduce waste. There is a water bottle filling station in the entrance way at the washrooms located in the harbour on Blockhouse Island.

What restaurants are nearby?

Treat yourself to the culinary delights that Brockville and the 1000 Islands region has to offer. From family to fine dining, from historic to contemporary settings, Brockville has something to satisfy every taste bud. Brockville’s restaurants provide visitors with unique menus and atmospheres. The possibilities are endless.

There are many within walking distance and beyond. http://www.downtownbrockville.com/restaurants.php?cID=16

Downtown Restaurant Guides can be picked up from the Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West during the event.

Can I bring my own lunch/refreshments on the sail outs?

No

Are coolers allowed on festival grounds?

Coolers containing food and beverages are allowed but alcohol is prohibited.
NOTE: Coolers or any container may be examined by security at any time during the festival. Failure to comply will be result in removal from the grounds.

Accommodations/Where to Stay

Where can I find information on hotels/motels, B&B’s and Camping?

For a list of all accommodation options visit: http://brockvilletourism.com/accommodations/ or call Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism for assistance at 613-342-4357

We recommend booking your accommodations early as both previous Tall Ships festivals had 100% occupancy in Brockville and most nearby towns were full as well. This event will also be happening at the same time as the Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Festival which also draws overnight guests.

Other Information

What do I need to be aware of for event safety precautions and security measures?

Bicycles, skateboards, or rollerblades will not be allowed on Blockhouse Island for the duration of the Festival. Additional bike racks will be available on site and we encourage the use of bicycles to get to and from the festival grounds.

Coolers or any container may be examined by Security at any time during the Festival. Failure to comply will result in occupant’s removal from the grounds.

While special effort is made to keep all areas of the Festival safe, attendees must use caution around moving vehicles required for site operations.

Where is the Lost and Found located?

Main Gate at Blockhouse Island. Event map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

Where is First Aid located?

St. John Ambulance will be stationed at the base of Market Street East. Event map: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/location-information/

What else can I see and do in Brockville?

There are lots of great things to do in Brockville while you are in town for the festival. Please be sure to check out our festival partners, the Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend (happening at the same time as our festival).

The Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism Office can help you make the most of your stay and find other activities and events to take part in while you are here.

Visit these pages to see all that Brockville has to offer:

Where can I get information on relocating to Brockville or finding out about business opportunities?

Please visit http://www.brockville.com/relocation and http://www.brockville.com/business

Additional Information

Do you have another question you don’t see here? Please email info@tallshipsbrockville.com  or call Brockville City Hall at 613-341-2250 for festival inquiries.

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