After spending a few days in Norfolk, VA for the Norfolk Harborfest, Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, has made her way north towards Toronto. There, the tall ship will promote Maryland’s economic interests in ports around Canada, including the Redpath Waterfront Festival.
The Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) presented by PortsToronto will once again launch the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes series in Toronto on Canada Day weekend, July 1-3. Other tall ships joining the event include, El Galeón, an early colonial Spanish ship and floating museum and the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the most authentic Viking ship of its kind since 1000 A.D. These ships will offer public tours in Toronto before each continues through the Great Lakes with stops at ports on both sides of the border. This year the RWF will welcome, for the first time, the Royal Canadian Navy. Additional programming will include the Waterfront Artisan Market and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. Visitors will also be able to check out live music, dance demos, live art and buskers at the Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks and take in the beauty of the Grand Finale Parade of Sail. General admission to the festival is FREE with a nominal charge for ship deck tours. http://www.towaterfrontfest.com/