Tall Ships
Tall Ships Hamilton

Avast, mateys! The Tall Ships 1812 tour sailed its way to Hamilton. Ships came in from Canada, the U.S., and even Norway. Seeing all of the ships lined up was so impressive. You could purchase a ticket to climb aboard for a tour or just walk around the Waterfront to marvel at them all.


It was fantastic timing that Hamilton’s turn for Tall Ships fell on the Canada Day long weekend. It was a whole festival filled with food, activities, and live music. All ages were out and about enjoying the weekend. The ships paraded in with a ceremony on the Friday and were there in all their glory for the weekend.


With two stages for live music, performers throughout the weekend included Jessy Lanza, The Human Orchestra, Harrison Kennedy, The Soul Motivators, Young Empires, and lots more. Sadly, Friday night was a washout and The Dinner Belles and Young Rival’s sets had to be cancelled, but the rest of the weekend was lovely. Kudos to Ken Inouye for a solid lineup.


Some people may not associate Hamilton right away with being a port city, but we’re one of the busiest in Ontario. The Waterfront is one of my favourite spots in the city, during any season.


Another excellent feature was the free shuttle bus that ran frequently throughout the festival, taking people to and from the Waterfront. You could easily hop a bus along James Street and not have to worry about the mess of trying to park.

Photos hardly do them justice, but check out those Tall Ships!


I felt so festive from all of the nautical fun that I continued the theme into my weekend. Wearing some nautical stripes, I ventured to The Ship for a meal the next day.


– Kristin

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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