Tall Ships 2017 celebrates Canada's 150. birthday
We have been twice to the Tall Ships Festival in Halifax. A great experience that inspires us again and again. The Tall Ships 2017 Festival returns to Halifax. To the 150. Canada's birthday will also include more ports this year. Learn more about the Tall Ships 2017 ships, harbors and events Regatta you can find under this link. Our experiences at the last Tall Ships Regatta in Halifax are summarized in this post.
Tall Ships in Halifax
Every few years, historic sailing ships from around the world meet at the Tall Ships Festival in Halifax. Then the otherwise quiet capital of the Canadian Atlantic Province experiences a rush of shipwrecked visitors. These come from all over the world. The Delta Halifax Hotel * we chose because it is close to the port. When checking in, the lady at the reception asks each new guest: "Are you here for the tall ships?" And every second answers the question with "Yes".
As we also find out, those who came to Halifax for other reasons are also under the spell of the impressive ships. It is not unusual for us to hear from other hotel guests in the elevator: “We went for a walk last night. We discovered that the tall ships are in the harbor. ”
Tall ships in the ports of Nova Scotia
It is a special experience when old sailing ships like the HMS Bounty, the Pride of Baltimore II or the Amistad dock at the pier. Then sails are reefed, anchors are set, tethers are thrown out and lashed tight. Ship crews use the time at Halifax Harbor to replenish the supplies on board. In addition, they sniff country air for a few days before the regatta continues. Meanwhile, festival visitors admire the relics of sailing at close range.
The Tall Ships Festival is held every few years in Halifax. Each time the ships arrive at various ports in Canada. There they stop for a few days. At the Tall Ships Festival 2012 they were Halifax, Port Hawkesbury, Pictou, Pugwash, Lunenburg and Shelburne.
The HMS Bounty at their last big regatta 2012
As 2012 marked the 1812th anniversary of the outbreak of the War of 200, 2012 featured historic ships. In the harbor we saw ships like they could have docked in the ports of North America at that time. HMS Bounty and Pride of Baltimore II were definitely the stars of the tall ship gathering. Both sailing ships proudly hoisted their flags - one the Canadian, the other the American. They weren't vying for control of the Americas this time, though.
Rather, it was about which of them is the most beautiful sailor. The soldiers in the war of 1812 were still concerned with supremacy over the American continent. Instead, in 2012, the “soldiers” competed in front of the tall ships for who drew the most cameras. The HMS Bounty will no longer be part of the Tall Ships 2017. Just a few months after the Tall Ships Festival 2012, it sank during a storm in the Atlantic.
What else you experience at the Tall Ships Festival
A soldier stands guard at his guardhouse. He waits patiently for his changing of the guard in the summer heat. This is celebrated every half an hour. A group of "British Redcoats" poses between the historic ships. They seem to be discussing future strategies. Again and again, loud cannon shots interrupt the background noise of the festival. This comes from music groups, frolicking children and adult visitors. These stroll admiringly between the historic ships. In between, an elegant couple strolls in historical clothing. They give the whole an authentic appearance from around 1812.
Our tip: a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Those who want to deal more intensively with the history of time only need a few steps from the port to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. In the museum, a “dead pirate” shows how villains were dealt with back then. If you want, you can also take the free shuttle bus to the citadel above the city. There he can delve even deeper into the story. In the citadel you can also learn more about the life of soldiers at that time. Of the Public garden right next door is ideal for a break. Take from the farmer's market a picnic with.
If that's too much history at once, you can take a closer look at the ships. Each of them is accessible with an admission ticket. If you want, you can try out what it is like to be out on the high seas with a sailing ship on the "Silva" sailor. Instead, we stroll comfortably past the other ships. We listen to the music groups and the spontaneous performances by festival goers and we try specialties from the chefs from Halifax, which give us an insight into the regional kitchens.
A fireworks to a grandiose conclusion
In the evening, we finally watch the fireworks in the harbor of Halifax. We regret that we did not plan on spending even more days at the Tall Ships Festival on our trip. So we miss the sailing parade on the last day of the festival. Definitely a reason to come back.
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Text: Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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