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

Hardy Park Activities and Kids Zone Details

Don’t miss the family fun that will be set up in Hardy Park during the Brockville Tall Ships Festival. Saturday and Sunday all-day activities and fun in the park!

Leeds County Draft Horse Club “Touch-a-Horse”

Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26 from 9am-5pm

  • Get up close and pet our ‘Gentle Giant’ Draft Horses
  • Talk to our experiences teamsters
  • Learn about our horse breeds on display: Shire Mare & Foal, Clydesdale, Percheron, Friesian Cross, Gypsy Vanner, Draft/Cross Paint
  • visit us at https://www.leedscountydrafthorseclub.com/

Face Painting and Balloon Animals

Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26 from 9am-5pm

  • Head to the gazebo in Hardy Park for face painting and balloon animals
  • No charge!

The Aquatarium

  • Nautical flag necklace craft with the Aquatarium

Fun and Games with the YMCA of Eastern Ontario

Saturday June 25 from 1-4pm

Come out & enjoy some fun camp games with YMCA Summer Camp staff at Hardy Park during the Tall Ships Festival on Sat, June 25 from 1-4pm. There will be games, sports & challenges. Kids will have the opportunity to entre a draw for a FREE WEEK of summer camp for kids ages 6-12.

Capt’n Tor Pirate Encampment

Ongoing, daily Saturday & Sunday

  • Sword fighting with kids
  • Mermaid Grotto: meet the mermaids and little kids fishing pool
  • Tavern games tent: ancient games that pirate played
  • Krakens & Rigging game: similar to snakes and ladders, but you are the game pieces!
  • ‘Save the Ship’ game: battle the krakens with tennis balls or hand thrown bean bags
  • Ship’s mercantile: 1000 Islands Pirate Society members sell handmade items of pirate clothing, pirate soaps, and other items.

Performance times on the Hardy Park “Pirate Stage”:

  • Capt’n Tor and the Naer Do Well Cads Pirate Invasion (Canada’s Foremost Musical Pirate Troupe)
    • Saturday 10:30am & 3:00pm
    • Sunday 11:30am & 1:00pm
  • Victor Maelstrum (Storyteller)
    • Saturday 11:00am & 3:00pm
    • Sunday 11:00am, 12:15pm, & 1:45pm

Royal Canadian Navy

Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26 from 9:30am-4:30pm

  • Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) rides in the inner harbour. Departing from the Home Street boat launch (found on the south-east corner of Hardy Park at the end of Home Street)
  • Royal Canadian Navy display and info

CCGS Mamilossa (amphibious hovercraft)

Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26 9:00am-5:00pm

This is the first time that this Canadian Coast Guard vessel will be this far west in the St. Lawrence River and we are excited to see this 28.5 metre amphibious hovercraft. At night, she will be on land in St. Lawrence Park. Check out our info page for more details on this vessel.

No Borders Drum Circle

Saturday June 25 starting at approximately 2:00pm (by the gazebo in Hardy Park)

No Borders Drum Circle is a collective of members who meet every week online and offline using traditional drum and song.  Theo Paradis is the lead drummer for the No Borders Drum Circle and will be joined by Carmel Whittle and Patsea Griffin

The No Borders Drum Circle is part of the No Borders Art Festival. We believe the process of decolonization and liberation of knowledge must be a collective action based on respect and solidarity.
We invite people from different disciplines, backgrounds, ages, sex/gender identities, ethnicities, abilities, incomes, nationhood, and nationalities to come together in celebration!

Theo RedSky Paradis

Théo is Indigenous, she grew up in Cornwall and currently lives on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabe Nation in Ottawa. Her family came from along the Ottawa and St.Lawrence River in the territory of the Algonquin and Kanien’kehá:ka (“People of the Flint”). She is Agokwe nini (2 Spirit) and Oshakbaywis (traditional helper) with elders and knowledge keepers in the community. She is of the bear clan and parent to two amazing children.

In Théo’s role as a traditional helper of ceremony, drumming and singing provides her with a deep rooted connection of traditional and indigenous way of life.

Patsea Griffin

Patsea is the founder and president of The Thunderbird Sisters Collective, co-director is the No Borders Art Festival, co-organizer of the 2021 Women’s Art Festival and serves on the board of The Multicultural Artists Coalition (MAC-CAM).

Born and raised on her ancestral land along the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River) on unceded Algonquin territory, Patsea is special blend of many bloodlines including Ontario Métis. She is a proud Citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario.

She also finds time to escape to the countryside and loves being a roadkill adventurer (always on the lookout for porcupines). She is the facilitator of the weekly beading group Beading with Patsea!

Artist. Beadworker. Poet. Drummer. Singer. Dreamer.

‘My art keeps me connected to nature, my mother, and all my relations in the spirit world.’

Carmel Whittle

Carmel is an accomplished Irish, Mik’maq visual artist, musician and song writer, educator and Independent filmmaker hailing from Newfoundland – a province whose harsh beauty and strong people have moulded her into an artist with a deep understanding of the struggle that Indigenous people in this country are going through.

Her work as a cultural community artist and Indigenous liaison supports her striving and thriving in decolonized community arts, and she has animated discussion groups specific to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls To Action in the arts. She is founder of the Indigenous Artists Coalition and a strong supporter of the Thunderbird Sisters Collective and the Multicultural Artists Coalition. A recent community project includes the No Borders Art Festival, developed, co-directed and co-curated with the Indigenous and Multicultural Artists Coalitions in collaboration with community partners Saw Video, Artengine, G101, the Thunderbird Sisters Collective and the Eagle & Condor Collective.

For more grounds entertainment, check out our schedule of events here

Activities brought to our festival through a partnership with the Aquatarium and RTO9, South Eastern Ontario.

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.