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The Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour is coming to Midland in the summer of 2019​

(MIDLAND, ON)  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 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 (U.S. Brig Niagara, St. Lawrence, Pride of Baltimore II, Playfair);
  • 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."

To prepare for the event, the Town of Midland will be offering sponsorship packages, accepting vendor applications, and looking for volunteers. “An event of this magnitude brings a lot of people to our region, and we know many of our residents and community partners will want to get involved," said Nicole Major, Town of Midland Tourism and Special Events Manager. “We are looking forward to working with all of them, and we are very excited to hold this event again in our harbour!"

For more information on the Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Tour visit or Tickets will be available through Snap'd magazine in the coming weeks.​

Tall Ships ​visiting Midland

Pride of Baltimore II

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​Pride of Baltimore II is a topsail schooner built to the lines of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper. She is Maryland's working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region and a reminder of America's rich maritime heritage. Pride of Baltimore II's mission is to educate the public on Maryland's maritime history, tradition and commerce opportunities.

Pride of Baltimore II is available for charter and for dockside and sailing receptions in each of her destinations as well as public day sails. She can accommodate up to six paying passengers as “working guest crew" between ports of call. Pride of Baltimore II maintains an international sailing schedule. She sails with two rotating professional captains and a crew of eleven. Crew positions are open to qualified men and women sailors.

Pride of Baltimore II is operated by the 501(c)(3) non profit organization Pride of Baltimore, Inc.​

St. Lawrence II

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​Brigantine Incorporated is a registered charity dedicated to empowering, connecting, and inspiring youth through the challenges of sailing a traditionally rigged ship. Through experiential learning and skills development we build confidence, strength, and leadership in our ship's crew. The unique shipboard environment we provide forges friendships, teamwork, and a sense of responsibility to the community. Our sail training programs broaden horizons and inspire our youth to be a positive force in the world.

Brigantine Incorporated is also committed to preserving rare maritime skills and heritage, promoting respect for our natural environment, and providing the training and experience required to become an outstanding professional mariner.

The S.T.V. St. Lawrence II is a custom built sailing ship that serves as a platform for immersive outdoor adventure programs. The Ship was built by Kingston shipyards in 1953 to a design by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames. The ship was designed with a level of complexity built in which requires a high degree of teamwork.

Below decks the ship is separated into 3 spaces. One forward for jr. Officers, one aft for sr. Officers, and one amidships for trainees. She is also fitted with two "heads" (washrooms), a galley (kitchen) and an Engine Room.​

Training Ship Playfair

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​Playfair was constructed for Toronto Brigantine Inc. in 1973 as an addition to an already established sail training organization.

During the Royal Visit to Canada in 1973, HRM Queen Elizabeth II christened Playfair at her launching in Kingston on Wednesday, June 27 with Pathfinder docked just astern; Prince Philip was in attendance.

She was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch. Although very similar to sister ships Pathfinder and St. Lawrence II, there are several minor structural differences such as a wider transom and a slightly larger freeboard. Since 1974 Playfair has conducted sail training on the Great Lakes with occasional summer voyages down the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic.

Playfair is divided into six watertight compartments from fore to aft the: Forepeak (general bosun stores, anchor chain bins); Petty Officer's Mess (sleeping space for 4 petty officers); Seamen's Mess (sleeping and living space for up to 18 trainees, also includes the galley); Engine Room (area for engine, generator and batteries); Wardroom (sleeping and living space for 6 wardroom officers, also includes the captain's cabin, a separate but not watertight compartment) and the Afterpeak (mooring line and fender storage and steering gear).​​

U.S. Brig Niagara

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​The Flagship Niagara is one of the most historically authentic tall ships in the United States. As an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's victorious flagship from the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie, the ship represents both Pennsylvania and her homeport of Erie in ports throughout the Great Lakes. 

The ship currently offers three distinctive educational programs to the public. These include educational day sails, an individual trainee program, and for-credit high school and college programs. The day sail program allows the public to sail for an afternoon or evening and experience the life of a sailor. The individual training program integrates trainees into the regular crew for two to three weeks. 

Finally, the Flagship Niagara's institutional partnerships with schools have linked the vessel to some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country. Students receive full credit for being onboard and are taught by accredited faculty from their respective institution. 

All students and trainees can expect a highly authentic onboard living experience, including sleeping in hammocks, and meals cooked off of a woodstove.

​Event Information​​​​​​

Vendor Applications

Sponsorship Packages

Schedule of Events

To be announced....​

Captain's Dinner

​To be announced...

Battle of Georgian Bay

​To be announced...



Event Information contact:
Nicole Major
Tourism and Special Events Manager
705-526-4275 ext. 3206​

Vendor & Sponsorship Information contact:
Karen Mealing
Cultural Development Coordinator
705-526-4275 ext. 2200