In 2000, we visited the Tall Ships celebration in Halifax, which culminated in the last day's Parade of Sail. A quarter million people watched dozens of tall ships cast off with wind-filled sails from historic Halifax Harbour on their way to their final tour destination in Amsterdam. During the visit, thousands of visitors had the opportunity to board these fabulous vessels and meet their young crew members, who are actually part of cadet leadership programs that comprise many different nations.
The fine detail of these beautiful ships is difficult to describe. Their visit to this famous Maritime city will be a huge celebration (so anyone planning to visit will need to book flights, rooms and rental cars early). But despite the magnitude of the event and the fact that the city will be booked to bursting, Halifax and its cross-harbour neighbor, Dartmouth, will be ready for its guests and there will be plenty of activities to keep people enjoying themselves.
In addition to the Tall Ships, the Acadian celebration will feature authentic musical performances on the Halifax waterfront and the city's popular brewery, Alexander Keith's, is sponsoring other activities as part of Natal Day. In short, the red carpet will be rolled out and it would be difficult to imagine a better time to visit Halifax than this summer, during the visit of the Tall Ships!
For information on the Tall Ships, visit this website. (Back out to simply www.novascotia.com and order a "Doers and Dreamers Guide" to begin planning the details of your trip. It is one of the finest and most complete visitor guides I've seen.)
See you in Halifax this summer for the Tall Ships! (No, I don't work for the tourism department. It's just a GREAT event!)