The warm weather is finally here! The sun is shining, the shorts are being pulled out of storage and you can finally put the shovel away for a few more months. It is the time of year where you can enjoy sitting on a patio for lunch and dinner or explore the great outdoors!
While I love a nice lunch on a patio, my favourite part of the summer season is that it is festival season. There’s always so much entertainment that circles around the beautiful months of summer. Always something new to explore and a lot to learn. Everything seems to be just a short road trip away!
My mother and I had decided to make a short trip down the highway 401 for an adventure. We had heard there was a Tall Ship festival taking place in Brockville. I could not remember the last time I had taken a trip to Brockville, nor the last time I had the chance to see a festival like this!
When I arrived in Brockville I was pleasantly surprised. What an absolutely beautiful and historic town! The buildings tell the story of the community and the downtown was buzzing with people enjoying the sunny weather. All the streets leading to the waterfront had been blocked off for tourism traffic, and we knew exactly where to head to next!
The first thing I noticed was the variety of people who had come to explore the beginning of the tall ships tour. The waterfront was lined with families, couples (of all ages) and several photography enthusiasts. Following the crowd of people, we landed in Reynold’s Park surrounded by a blast from the past with these majestic ships absolutely everywhere.
Picking up my brochure at the tourism booth I noticed that this was in fact the “First Port of Call” for the Tall Ships 1812 Tour. The weekend was packed with entertainment for the whole family. Just to name a few, a Children’s Zone, sail outs and dinner cruises, The Great Waterway hot air balloon and many heritage exhibits to celebrate the arrival of this tour.
Being right on the water there was a wonderful breeze cooling you off as you enjoy the vendors village, farmer’s market and the viewing of the many ships. We decided to take a lunch break on a patio over looking the harbour. Buddy’s By the Bay was the perfect place to take a load off and curb our hunger with a delicious meal. The service was great and the view was unbelievable of the many activities going on.
While I didn’t have the opportunity to board any of the ships, it was still an amazing sight from shore. These ships are of tremendous size and they just don’t make them like that anymore. As I toured around, I was really impressed to see one of the ships is run completely by women (it was the “Unicorn”). They invite women of all ages to join in the tall ship experience and even their website was listed on their sign. We watched for quite a while as the crew busied themselves on deck. It looks like on a tall ship your work is never done!
As we wrapped up our visit today we caught the tail end of the hot air balloon touching ground. I think it was just as entertaining watching them pack it all up again! Make sure to take a trip down to the Brockville waterfront this weekend to check the event out for yourself. No matter what age you are, you can appreciate the beauty and history of these huge ships!