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Southwestern Ontario Coastal Trails presents Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival

4 communities. 1 region.
Tall Ship docked in Windsor, Ontario in 2002
Together, Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Pelee Island present Coastal Trails: Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival. 
Lovers of art, music, food and wine; families young and old are invited to attend the can't-miss festival of the year. Travel "Route 1812" and board TALL SHIPS®  in four communities in our region. See the ships! Be entertained by our performers and artists! Experience culture and heritage through interactive displays, games, activities and food.
Just $15 gets you a region-wide boarding pass to climb aboard and explore all the visiting TALL SHIPS®  in our region. $5 for an individual port Day Pass. Free for children under five years of age. 
Festival Website: www.coastaltrails.ca.
Purchase a Boarding Pass:
Boarding Passes are on sale now at various locations in Windsor-Essex. You can purchase your Boarding Passes in 1 of 2 convenient ways:

1. Purchase online at our Eventbrite page

Purchase your Boarding Pass at the Eventbrite page, print your receipt, and visit the following location during regular business hours to redeem your receipt for your Boarding Pass:

  • Windsor's Community Museum

2. Purchase On-site at Dieppe Gardens

You can purchase your Boarding Pass or Day Pass onsite at Dieppe Gardens during the festival. Sales on site will be cash only at the gate.

Port Windsor - Festival Programming

Friday August 30, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens
10 AM - Magician Wayne Tellier - Show Mobile Stage
11 AM - Ardan Dance Academy - Show Mobile Stage
NOON - Welcome Ceremony - Show Mobile Stage
1 PM - The Art of Illusion
2 PM - Capt'n Matt's Treasure Hunt Puppet Show - Show Mobile Stage
3:15 PM - Magician Bill Nuvo - Show Mobile Stage
4:15 PM - Canadian History Talks - Show Mobile Stage
7 PM - "HOOK" - FREE Movie Screening - The Capitol Theatre
7 PM - Music in the Gardens - FREE Concert featuring Crissi Cochrane, Jackie Robitaille, and The Walkervilles - Show Mobile Stage
Saturday August 31, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens
10 AM - Poetry on Demand with Vanessa Shields
10 AM  - Canadian History Talks - Show Mobile Stage
11 AM - The Barley Reaverss - Show Mobile Stage
NOON - Capt'n Matt's Treasure Hunt Puppet Show - Show Mobile Stage
1:15 PM - Greater Windsor Concert Band - Show Mobile Stage
2:30 PM - HNM Dance Company - Show Mobile Stage
4 PM - The Blue Stones- Show Mobile Stage
7 PM - Poetry on the Water - Deck of the Sorlandet - $40 ticketed event
Sunday September 1, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens
10 AM - 1 PM - Chief Tecumseh and General Brock ON STILTS!!!
10 AM - Capt'n Matt's Tresure Hunt Puppet Show - Show Mobile Stage
11:15 AM - Pirates of Penzance Selected Songs - Show Mobile Stage
1 PM - The CK Mountaineers - Show Mobile Stage
2 PM - Crissi Cochrane - Show Mobile Stage
2:30 PM - Jackie Robitaille - Show Mobile Stage
3 PM - Young Fiddlers of Windsor - Show Mobile Stage
4 PM - The Windsor Salt Band - Show Mobile Stage
6:30 PM - Spirit of a Nation the Musical - The Capitol Theatre. Featuring a special performance by ASHLEY MACISAAC.
All Weekend - 10 AM - 5 PM (Fri, Sat, & Sun)
  • Deck Tours of the tall ships Sorlandet, Pride of Baltimore II and Denis Sullivan
  • Deck Tours of the S/Y Sea Dragon schooner
  • Kids Pirate Landing Zone with a bouncy slide and castle, soft play zone for toddlers, soft play elements, pirate balloon swords, air-brush tattoos, craft table with eye-patches and pirate activities and crafts, face painting, and costumed characters
  • Parks Canada's 1812 On Tour interactive experience
  • The Wharf Tour interactive experience
  • Outdoor Artists Market
  • Outdoor Local Bookstore
  • Windsor's Community Museum 1812 / Pirate / Privateers exhibits
  • HMCS Hunter knot-tying, exhibits, and activities
  • Faire Tyme Toys 1812 century toys and games for all ages
  • Beaver Tails for sale
  • Lunch and Concession items on sale at Bistro at the River

The TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour

The TALL SHIPS®  Windsor-Essex Pelee Island visit is an exciting part of The TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour, presented by Redpath Sugar, that will sail to 15 Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. This pan-provincial tour, produced in partnership with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 series, will feature tall ships from around the world. From June 14 to September 2, 2013, you can tour the decks of the majestic fleet of ships, participate in War of 1812 interactive experiences, enjoy live musical performances, kids programming and much more.

Tour Route

  • Brockville TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour June 14-16
  • Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto: Official Tour Launch June 20-23
  • TALL SHIPS® Hamilton June 28-30
  • St. Catharines 1812 TALL SHIPS® Visit June 29-30
  • Sails on the St. Marys, Sault Ste. Marie July 19-21
  • TALL SHIPS® 1812 Georgian Bay August 16-18, August 24-25
  • Southwestern Ontario: Sails to See August 30-September 2

To learn more about the special events and ticket information available at each port, see our Related Links section on this page.

Outdoor Artists Market

Thank you to all those who applied to be part of our tall ships artists market. After a successful call to artists, a group of local artists and artisans has been selected to exhibit and sell their original works at our tall ships festival. The following is the schedule of artists on site at Dieppe Gardens.

Friday August 30, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens

  • Adele Steinberg - fine art, jewelry and cards
  • Ruth Taylor Battersby - fine art
  • Carol Ouellette - watercolours, prints and cards
  • Denise Demeter-Westlake - jewelry
  • Katrina Rutter - soaps and candles

Saturday August 31, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens

  • Danah Beaulieu - fine art, cards and prints
  • Julie Bell - glass art
  • Albin Kristy - fine art
  • Jennie Ellis & Delina Rees - accessories made from recycled materials
  • Greg DeHetre - chainmaille jewelry

Sunday September 1, 2013 - Dieppe Gardens

  • Rashmi Dadwal - fine art and sculptures
  • Nadia Silvestri - fine art
  • Wanda Seegar - fine art
  • Megan Carroll - photography
  • Dianne Clinton - accessories
  • Megan Cornwall - fine art, prints and cards



Thank you to all those who volunteered for the tall ships festival at Port Windsor. All volunteer positions have been filled at this time. If you would like to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations, please contact us at culturalaffairs@citywindsor.ca.

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Sponsors: Canada, Province of Ontario, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Yours To Discover, OCAF/FMCO, Tall Ships America, Redpath, Tall Ships 1812 Tour, Coastal Trails: Sails to See Festival, City of Windsor.



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