Catch the Tall Ships in BruceGreySimcoe this summer

Jul 17, 2019

Whether you’re tapping into your inner pirate, unearthing your inner history buff or just marvelling at the idea of majestic ships sailing the high seas, it's worth marking on the calendar when these beauties will be sailing into our harbours.

Luckily, there are plenty of unique opportunities to see the tall ships this summer in #brucegreysimcoe. We’ve pulled together the dates and info you’ll need to take in a  battle re-enactment, tour a tall ship and relive this slice of naval history right in our backyard.


Battle of Georgian Bay – Grand Tactical War of 1812

When: August 8 to 11
Where: Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
What: Over 600 re-enactors from across North America will stage battles and skirmishes at this historic site.  Open to public for viewing.  Tall Ships on location (included in price of admission) – H.M.S. Tecumseth, H.M.S. Bee and the Huron Jewel.
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Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour

When: August 9 to 11
Where: Midland, Ontario
What: Five Tall Ships – St. Lawrence II, Pride of Baltimore II, Training Ship Playfair, Madeline I and the H.M.C.S Oriole. This three-day event includes a battle re-enactment, tours of the Tall Ships, live entertainment, a lumberjack competition and more.
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7th Annual Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival

When: August 17
Where: Kincardine, Ontario
What: Tall Ships Playfair and St Lawrence 2, marine themed exhibits at the Walker House, Kincardine Lighthouse museum tours, an Ahoy kids zone, marine-themed vendors/artisan and on-board tours of the two Tall Ships.
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Permanent Exhibits and Historical Sites

Unable to make it to one of the special events? There are several great permanent exhibits and historical sites in BruceGreySimcoe to visit at your leisure.

Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene, Ontario
In addition to hosting the August 8 to 11 event, view the replica historic ships, the H.M.S Bee and the H.M.S Tecumseth, at Discovery Harbour all season long. There are also some smaller boats of historical significance, as well as the original hull of the 1815 H.M.S. Tecumseth on display in the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre on site.
Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Southampton, Ontario
The kids will love to tour the interactive replica of the H.M.S. General Hunter used in the war of 1812, part of the marine heritage exhibit at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre (open year round). The original hull of the ship is buried in the sand of Southampton’s beach. An historical plaque marks the spot, which can be accessed by parking down by the flag on High Street and heading south on the sidewalk for two blocks.

For More Marine History


 The Point Clark Lighthouse

Continue your tour of the area's marine history with visits to the following museums and historic sites:

Marine Heritage Events

Be sure to check out more of BruceGreySimcoe's heritage at our other museums.