Our experience at the Tall Ships 1812 Tour in Hamilton, Ontario.
This summer the Tall Ships 1812 Tour, presented by Redpath Sugar, will be sailing to 15 Ontario ports to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The fleet participating in the tour includes majestic tall ships from all over the world.
We had the opportunity to visit the tour at Pier 8 of the port of Hamilton on June 30th. The tickets to sail on one of the ships had been sold out long before our visit and we decided to skip the incredibly long lines for the deck tours but it was well worth the visit just to see this fleet of unique ships up close and imagine what it would be like to cross the ocean on one. The highlight of our afternoon was watching Liana’s Ransom sail back into port following her afternoon tour of the harbour.
The ships will still be visiting Sault Ste. Marie July 19-21, Georgian Bay August 16-18 and August 24-25, and Coastal Trails (Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island) August 30 – September 2nd. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend visiting the Tall Ships 1812 Tour and, if at all possible, attend the Parade of Sail when the entire fleet of ships is welcomed as it sails into port. I regret not having made a point of visiting on opening day to have seen each of these ships in full sail – it must have been an incredible sight.