VIDEO: Tall Ships Set to Takeover Kingsville Dock


The town of Kingsville is getting ready to host the Tall Ships Festival.

Six tall ships will take part this year, the only Canadian port on Lake Erie to host this season's tall ships challenge.

Manager of Programs, Maggie Durocher says the town is expecting big crowds.

"We are certainly looking forward to welcoming members of the public from both sides of the border. We've already heard from people coming from BC to see the ships," she says.

The event also includes tours, vendors, two licensed dock side patios a long with live entertainment.


The HMCS Oriole docked along Riverside Dr. in Windsor. July 2018 (Photo by AM800's Gord Bacon)

Durocher says the town is rolling out the red carpet.

"When you invest in six ships coming to your port, you want to make sure you got the crowds who certainly support that budget line," she says. "We didn't stop at too much in order to make this, once again, why there is no place like this place which we've been working on all summer."

Durocher says there will be many iconic ships docked in Kingsville.

"Bluenose in particular, a lot of people are familiar with the original Bluenose because all you have to do is turn a dime over and there she is." This is the Bluenose II which is pretty much a replica of that one," she says. "She's certainly a large ship as is Fair Jeanne , she's doing some sail away's for us."

The visiting ships include the Bluenose II, Fair Jeanne, Picton Castle, Empire Sandy, HMCS Oriole and the Canadian Coast Guard's Thunder Cape.

This is the third time in nine years, the town has hosted tall ships.

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