Remembering the 1812 Tour

From the 2013 archives of

The sun was setting as the Tall Ships sailed into Collingwood harbour on Friday, August 16th. A clear sky, beautiful sunset, bright moon and thousands of spectators welcomed the ships to Collingwood.

Tall Ships 1812 Tour
A 3 Day Celebration in Collingwood

With the breathtaking backdrop of a late summer sunset, the Tall Ships sailed into Collingwood harbour on Friday, August 16th.

Thousands of spectators lined the town dock to witness the arrival of these majestic ships. The Lynx, Madeline and Friends Good Will docked beside the Collingwood Terminals to begin a weekend of special events including deck tours, live music and stolling entertainers, downtown horse and wagon rides, a British car club show and shine, displays by Parks Canada and the “Americans have landed” fictional battle off Millennium Park.

This event truly wass a “hands on” experience.

Visitors to Collingwood harbour boarded the ships for deck tours and were able to meet the captains and talk to crew members. Other highlights include the Parade of Sail, War of 1812 land activities, interactive displays, live musical entertainment, and special activities throughout Downtown.

The TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour was presented by Redpath Sugar and sailed to 15 Ontario ports to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The provincial tour, produced in partnership with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 series, featured tall ships from around the world. The tour began on June 14, 2013 and continued until September 2nd.

Collingwood was one of 15 ports across the province that was fortunate enough to welcome the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour, presented by Redpath, and the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®2013 to its shores during what was summer-long commemoration of a defining moment in Canadian history.


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