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

Location and Festival Site Map

That’s a wrap! Thanks everyone who came out to enjoy the festival and visit Brockville, perhaps for the first time. We hope that you will choose to return to Brockville again this summer to check out some of the other amazing things to see and do here on the river.


Click here to access a a custom google map  with important sites, locations, and more for your easy reference during the festival. It also contains directions from Ottawa and Toronto to our free festival parking lots. We will continue to update this map to be as accurate as possible and add new elements as details are confirmed.

Advance purchased tickets will be held for you (under the name that you purchased your tickets under – please bring ID matching your order, or your order confirmation email) at the main festival entrance on Blockhouse Island Parkway (corner of Blockhouse Island Parkway and Water Street).

Shuttles and Transit

Complimentary Tall Ships Bus Shuttle

Parking will be limited close to the festival: take the guess work out of it and take advantage of our free festival parking and shuttle bus.

Parking with shuttle bus pickups will be available at St. Lawrence College (2288 Parkedale Avenue), the Brockville Youth Arena (138 Broadway Avenue), and the field across from St. Lawrence Park (525 King Street West) will be converted to temporary parking for the weekend. Bus shuttles will also pick up hotel guests from the Days Inn, Travelodge, Comfort Inn,  Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and from the Hampton Inn as well as the Super 8 in Brockville (please note that parking spaces at the hotels are reserved for overnight guests only).

The bus will run on a constant loop from each pick up point to the festival grounds (a dedicated bus will run from each of the following locations: St. Lawrence College; Brockville Youth Arena; grass across from St. Lawrence Park; West Hotels – Comfort Inn, Travelodge, Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn; East and North Hotels – Super 8 and Hampton Inn.

Shuttle will run:

1:00-10:00 pm
(final pick up at the end of the final evening cruise)

 9:00 am-10:00 pm
(final pick up at the end of the final evening cruise)

9:00 am – 8:00 pm
(final pick up at the end of the final evening cruise)

Drop off/pick up downtown on King Street at Home Street, and King Street at Market Street East.

Please note: you can access the shuttle even if you have not yet purchased your tickets! You do not need to show proof of payment in order to hop on board.


We encourage festival attendees to take advantage of the free festival parking and bus shuttles that we have arranged. These parking lots are conveniently located close to the 401 so if you are travelling here from out of town you should plan to park at either site rather than navigate your way to the festival site itself.

Parking close to the festival site itself is available, but limited. Given the volume of people we expect at this festival, parking on site will likely fill up quickly and you may have to spend some time searching for parking. If you are booked on a specialty cruise, plan to arrive with lots of time to spare to either find parking or take the bus shuttle.

Information on city parking, rates, and location of parking lots can be found on the City of Brockville’s Parking page on their website. Please note that some of the regular lots are within the festival grounds and will not be available for parking during that weekend – please refer to the map above or our custom google map for lots that will remain open during the event. Additional paid parking lots include indoor parking at The Aquatarium (accessed off of Flint Street).

If you are booked on one of our evening cruises, they will depart from and return to Blockhouse Island. A final bus shuttle will also be available at the end of the cruise to take you back to festival parking.

Accessible Parking

We will have dedicated parking on Market Street East. There are limited parking spaces available, so if you are able to take the festival shuttle bus we recommend doing so. Golf cart drivers will help shuttle those with mobility concerns to different areas of the festival grounds.

Brockville City Bus/Transit


Taxi Services

  • Brockville Taxi Service 45 King St E | 613-498-7000
  • City Cab 223 King St W | 613-345-5888
  • Executive Taxi & Airport Shuttle Service 28 Perth Street | 613-342-2000


Road Closures

Pedestrians will be moving between 2 festival site locations along the waterfront. For safety reasons and to reduce traffic jams along King Street and the waterfront, a number of roads next to the festival will be closed during the event. These closures have been marked on the site map above.

Primary closures include Blockhouse Island Parkway (the main site of the festival itself), Market Street West, and Water Street from Market Street West to Ferry Street. Water Street West from Kincaid Street to Broad Street will be closed on the south side, allowing for west-bound traffic only on this street.

Avoid traffic and parking woes by taking our free festival shuttle and parking in our designated lots off site (information can be found above).

Please see the FAQ page for more information.

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