Tall Ships to commemorate bicentennial of the War of 1812

Pride of Baltimore II(left) and three-masted schooner Alliance
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The Tall Ships are preparing for a summer tradition on USA's Great Lakes. These majestic sailing vessels will sail to fifteen Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Toronto’s waterfront is the place to be as it will be the only port to host a full fleet of 16 ships as they travel throughout Ontario.

The party happens at the Redpath Waterfront Festival from June 20 to 23 for the 'official launch' of the Tall Ships’ 1812 Tour.

There will be four days of urban beach fun with no charge to attend (aside from deck tours).

'The tall ships will be moored along the entire two kilometres of Toronto Waterfront,' says Peter Toppazzini, chair of the Water’s Edge Festivals and Events Board.

The opening ceremonies are June 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature the entire fleet while the closing grand finale Parade of Sail happens on June 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s said that staring up the mast of a 'tall ship' brings thoughts of pirates and long sea voyages.

For readers who are close enough to take advantage of the visit and attend, read the full details here