The Tall Ships are returning to Sarnia-Lambton next year and news that the Bluenose II will be part of the excitement has been announced by Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.
The ship, the original of which has been featured on the Canadian ten cent piece since 1937, will be leading a fleet of majestic tall ships as they make stops around Ontario including, Sarnia, Midland Toronto, Kingsville and Brockville. The Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes Series will also see the fleet travel to ports in the U.S.
The Sarnia event, which is part of the Great Lakes Series, will take place August 9-11, 2019. Private functions will take place on August 9th, followed by public viewing on August 10th – 11th.
Organizers say Sarnia’s waterfront will be transformed into a nautical wonderland with a fleet of tall ships positioned along the shores of the St. Clair River in Centennial Park. Joining the Bluenose II will be the Picton Castle also based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. This ship has travelled the world and is a fully certified and registered Cook Islands tall ship whose mission is deep-ocean sail training and long-distance education voyages. It is also a 181-foot, three-masted vessel, currently sailing through Bali, Indonesia on its seventh voyage around the globe. Other confirmed participating tall ships include Empire Sandy, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne and Appledore IV.
The full fleet of ships taking part in the tour will be announced in the coming months and will vary from port to port.
Tickets will be available to view all of the tall ships anchored at the 2019 Sarnia Tall Ships Celebration in the coming weeks. There will be general admission tickets, deck tour tickets and exclusive sail-away tickets aboard Empire Sandy. The festivities will continue ashore with vendors, food and live entertainment. Further event details will be released in the coming weeks.
Tourism Sarnia-Lambton and the City of Sarnia’s Parks and Recreation department have worked together to secure the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes Series for Sarnia-Lambton and we continue to work together to secure the vessels and organize the event,” said Vicky Praill, special events and sports marketing coordinator for Tourism Sarnia Lambton. “We are aware of the impact that an event of this magnitude can have on our community and we are committed to welcoming our visitors and showcasing our community and our sponsors. An event of this magnitude can not be possible without the support of our community, sponsors and our volunteers and we look forward to working with all our partners and stakeholders in the coming months to make this an incredibly memorable event for all.