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About the Festival | Tall Ships Challenge - Brockville

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

About the Brockville Tall Ships® Festival:

Brockville is pleased to announce that the festival will return to our waterfront in 2022! Please check back or follow us on Facebook for updates and announcements. 

Brockville takes part in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Series which takes place in our region every three years and Brockville has been taking part since 2013. The next scheduled Great Lakes Tour will be in 2022. We hope that in the meantime you will still choose to make a trip to Brockville to see what else we have to offer visitors all year round.

We are a proud partner in the Big River Festival –  be sure to check out this annual event to see what will be happening at the waterfront during years where the tall ships festival will not be available.

If you look through our website, we will leave up our 2019 information so that you will have a better understanding of what the festival is all about and what you can look forward to in future years. Please be sure to follow us on facebook for updates and announcements.

2019 information:

Tall ships, including the Bluenose II, and other watercraft line the waterfront and the harbour while entertainment and vendors will be set up on land. Admission to the grounds to see these majestic ships is available with a $5 wristband for all three days, while deck tours of the ships will be available by purchasing a Festival Passport for $15 which grants each passport holder access to each ship one time (deck tours are available on Saturday and Sunday only). The passport has details on each participating ship and will be stamped after each tour, making it a great take home souvenir from the event.
NOTE: your Festival Passport also gives you admission onto the grounds – you do not need to purchase both a passport and a general admissions wristband.

Don’t miss the Parade of Sail on Friday, August 30th starting at approximately 4pm – this is a festival favourite and the best time to take pictures of the ships at sail.

The grounds are open from 2pm-6pm on Friday, and  9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Deck tours will be available to passport holders from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the ships in attendance will be offering special day sail-outs and evening dinner cruises for an additional fee. New this year will be the option to purchase tickets to sail on tall ship the Empire Sandy during Friday’s Parade of Sail, and tickets to our Captain’s Reception event which provides the opportunity to tour the Bluenose II and one other tall ship after hours on Friday and Saturday night to live music with drinks and finger foods in Centeen Park. Tickets to those events will be limited, so be sure to check our detailed ticket information page for details. At our past events these special tickets have all sold out prior to the event, so be sure to plan ahead and purchase your tickets in advance. Follow our festival facebook page for updates and notices about ticket availability

New in 2019: We will be partnering with the Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend to jointly offer our two festivals in harmony with one another. We hope that you will have the chance to attend both festivals while you are visiting us in Brockville that weekend. Please be advised that all accommodations will likely be booked up prior to the festival taking place – please plan ahead and book your rooms early! While some RHB events will be taking place right next to the Tall Ships® Festival Grounds, you will not need a festival wristband or passport to access the RHB festival. Ticket takers will be positioned at Blockhouse Island past the RHB tents, though we hope that you will choose to attend both events.

Please check out the rest of this website for additional information, but be advised that some of the information may change as we get closer to the event.  Please review our detailed ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page for more information on your most pressing questions.

We hope to see you here in Brockville in 2019!

Other Canadian Ports taking part in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 Race Series:

Redpath Waterfront Festival
June 29th -July 1st

August 9th – August 11th

August 10th – August 11th

Town of Kingsville
August 16th – August 18th



Don't miss our week-long festival leading up to the arrival of our tall ships


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