Following the success in 2013, the Town of Midland is thrilled to announce that the Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour will be returning to Midland Harbour August 9-11, 2019, with historic fun and entertainment for the entire family.
“This event was a great success in 2013, and we’re eager to welcome them back again next summer,” said Mayor Gord McKay. “There are so many historic attractions in our region, having these ships grace our harbour again just adds to that theme.”
The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Series is a race series organized by Tall Ships America that travels through the Great Lakes stopping in US and Canadian cities throughout the summer of 2019. The race involves (on average) 15 international tall ships that race from port to port and are timed. The launch port for the 2019 Great Lakes Series kicked off in Toronto at the Redpath Waterfront Festival on Canada Day weekend. The Canadian portion of the tour is referred to as TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ONTARIO.
The three-day visit by the Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour will include:
- A re-enactment of the Battle of Georgian Bay – Attack on the Port of Midland;
- Tours of the Tall Ships (St. Lawrence, Pride of Baltimore II, Playfair, Madeline I and HMCS Oriole);
- Community Captain’s Dinner at the Huronia Museum; and
- Live entertainment, vendors, food, a lumberjack competition, buskers, bounce castles and more!
“Over the last few years tourism in our community has really grown thanks to the number of quality events we hold each year,” said Mayor-elect Stewart Strathearn. “The Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour is another amazing event that will clearly make Midland the place to be in the summer of 2019.”