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

Tickets

Please note that our 2019 festival has wrapped up for the year. We hope that you were able to attend our festival and see our visiting ships up close. Please use the information as a guide for future festivals, but note that schedules, pricing, and availability of each ticket option is subject to change.

Online pre-sale of tickets has now closed. All remaining tickets will be available for purchase when you arrive at the festival grounds.

General Admission Wristband $5

Admission onto the festival grounds is only $5 for the entire weekend. This gives you access to all on-land entertainment, vendors, encampments, activities and gives you close-up access to the ships. It also gives you access to the best viewing areas to watch the ships sail past Brockville during the Parade of Sail at 4pm on Friday.

The general admission wristband does not give you access onto the ships – if you would like to board the ships and tour each one, you will need to purchase a Festival Passport instead. (Note: you do not need both a general admission wristband and a festival passport if you wish to access the grounds AND board the ships – you will need just a Festival Passport which also gives you grounds access).

Children 5 and under are free and do not need a wristband.

Festival grounds open on Friday at 2pm.

Click here to purchase your general admission wristband.

Boarding Passports $15

passportsTickets to board the ships at the Tall Ships® Festival are in the form of a Passport booklet and include these benefits:

Grounds admission, deck tours aboard all ships (available Saturday & Sunday only), and access to all land based activities and entertainment. Offerings include nautical demonstrations, competitions, vendors, entertainment, instructional seminars, re-enactments, historic encampments and more. The Passport includes a page for each ship with details and facts, and will be stamped as you visit each one, making it a great souvenir from the event. (Please be advised that the Empire Sandy will be offering specialty sail outs during the festival and will not be available for deck tours. If you wish to board this ship we advise purchasing tickets to either a day sail out or dinner cruise)

Price: $15 (plus applicable fees).

Children 5 and under are free but will not be issued a Passport.

If you purchase a Festival Passport you do not need to purchase a general admission wristband – but you will need to show your passport to access the grounds.

Grounds open at 2pm on Friday, August 30th.

Deck Tours are available on Saturday and Sunday only, from 9am-5pm both days.

SALE LOCATION: 2 locations – Main Gate at Blockhouse Island, and Centeen Park

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.

Click here to purchase your Festival Passport.

Parade of Sail Cruise Tickets $40

Price: $40 per person (plus applicable fees) | includes one General Admission Wristband. Wristbands will need to be worn to access the boarding area prior to your cruise departure.

Children of any age will need a ticket for this event.

Tickets for this experience are extremely limited as only the Empire Sandy will be able to offer cruises to the public during the Parade of Sail on Friday afternoon.This cruise may be sold out, but it is still an amazing sight from shore! Show your festival wristband or passport to get access to the best viewing locations

Note: Sail Outs and Dinner Cruise tickets do not include a Passport (deck tours on other ships), 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.

Parade of Sail Schedule and Departure Locations:

  • Empire Sandy: Friday August 30th, 2019: Boarding at 2:30 pm (please note change from originally stated 3:00pm) from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. T

Sail Out Cruise Tickets $40

Price: $40 per person (plus applicable fees) | includes one General Admission Wristband. Wristbands will need to be worn to access the boarding area prior to your cruise departure.

Children of any age will need a ticket for this event.

Keep in mind that only 1,650 sail out tickets (six cruises of 275 each) will be available for sale so purchasing early will ensure your spot.

Note: Sail Outs and Dinner Cruise tickets do not include a Passport (deck tours on other ships), 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.

Sail out schedule (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.

Adventure Sail Tickets $40

Price: $40 per person (plus applicable fees) | includes one General Admission Wristband. Wristbands will need to be worn to access the boarding area prior to your cruise departure.

Must be 12 years or older to book tickets.

Tickets for this experience are available on three sail-training vessels: Fair Jeanne, Black Jack, and St. Lawrence II.

This is a sailing adventure where you will take a turn at the helm, help in hoisting, trimming and lowering the sails, and this is not a sightseeing cruise. If you wish to take a pleasure cruise, we recommend booking one of the sail out cruises aboard the Empire Sandy.

Note: Sail Outs and Dinner Cruise tickets do not include a Passport (deck tours on other ships), 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.

Hands On Sailing Adventure:

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.

Missed this opportunity in 2019? Check out Bytown Brigantine who offers a similar adventure for adults a few times each summer in Brockville.

Hands On Sailing Adventure Schedule and Departure Locations:

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 1st, 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

Dinner Cruise Tickets $85

Price: $85 per person (plus applicable fees) | includes one General Admission Wristband. Wristbands will need to be worn to access the boarding area prior to your cruise departure.

Children of any age will need a ticket for this event.

Keep in mind that only 720 dinner cruise tickets (three cruises of 240 each) will be available for sale so purchasing early will ensure your spot.

Note: Sail Outs and Dinner Cruise tickets do not include a Passport (deck tours on other ships), 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.

Dinner Cruise schedule (3 hours aboard the Empire Sandy):

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

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

If you are booked on one of our dinner cruises, they will depart from and return to Blockhouse Island. We recommend planning ahead and parking near by so you won’t have as far to walk at the end of the night. A final bus shuttle will also be available at the end of the cruise to take you back to festival parking.

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.

Captain's Reception Tickets $50

Price: $50 per person (plus applicable fees)

Your ticket to the Captain’s Reception will include the chance to tour the Bluenose II and one other tall ship in Centeen Park on either Friday or Saturday night, live entertainment, one drink ticket for one of our local brewery/winery beverage providers, and finger foods from Brockberry Food to Go.  Visiting ship captains and crew members will be in attendance and this is your chance to see two beautiful tall ships without the line ups in the daytime.

Captain’s Reception Dates and Times:

  • Friday August 30th, 2019: Centeen Park from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Saturday August 31st, 2019: Centeen Park from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Note: Sail Out, Dinner Cruise, and Captain’s Reception tickets do not include a Passport (deck tours on other ships)

Gifting a Tall Ships Experience

Giving a Brockville Tall Ships Festival Experience as a gift but you won’t have the tickets in hand in time? Print out this certificate to give to the recipient. 

This certificate does not function in place of a ticket – you will still need to redeem your ticket through the ticket vendor in the way that they have indicated – but it does give you something you can print off and give as a gift. 

Support the Festival - Become a Tall Ships Friend

Love this festival and what it does for our community? Become a Tall Ships Friend! This level of sponsorship is perfect for individuals who want to help contribute towards the festival by giving a little extra towards the event. You will receive two 2019 Festival Passports and have your support recognized by having your name listed on the Brockville Tall Ships® Festival website http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/sponsors-partners/ Click here to become a Tall Ships Friend

All dinner cruises and/or sail-outs are aboard the Empire Sandy which will be berthed at Blockhouse Island.

For more information on the event, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or call Brockville City Hall at 613-341-2250 for information. If you have questions about the festival prior to purchasing your tickets, please call the above information line before calling the ticket vendor. Please call the ticket vendor only if you are ready to purchase tickets or have a question about ticket availability.