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27th Annual Tall Ship Cruise

September 2, 2018


Once again, the crew of the Empire Sandy, Canada’s tallest sailing ship, will be hoisting the sails to get the Scottish Studies Foundation’s annual cruise underway on Sunday, September 2, 2018 (Labour Day Weekend).

As well as providing an opportunity to have a great time with Highland dancers, folk music and the pipes, the cruise commemorates the arrival of the Scots pioneers in Pictou, Nova Scotia, back in 1773 on board the old ship Hector. The intrepid emigrants who made that historic and difficult voyage are a major part of Canada’s pioneer heritage. They encouraged their fellow clansfolk to follow and help change Canada from a backwoods colony into a nation that is now the envy of the world. So let’s not forget them!

“Arrival of the Hector” painting by J.D. Kelly

As in the past, we ask you to dig out your old tartan or plaid clothing or anything that might look a bit pioneer-like and come down to Harbourfront in Toronto to help us recreate the pioneer spirit! It’s an event for all age groups. And don’t forget to tell your friends!

The Empire Sandy gives you a great sense of fun and adventure as its billowing white sails on three lofty masts glide you along Toronto’s spectacular waterfront, beyond Toronto Island and out into Lake Ontario.

The view of the Toronto skyline from the lake is spectacular and the hustle and bustle of ships of all colours, shapes and sizes is a delight to the eye, so it will be a day to remember. If ever there was a photo opportunity, this is it so be sure to bring along your camera as it will be a day to remember! The CNE’s spectacular Air Show is also on that day — an added bonus!

On Board the Empire Sandy


There will be two cruises: the morning cruise boards at 11:00 a.m., the afternoon cruise boards at 2:00 p.m.

The Empire Sandy will be docked on the south side of Queens Quay West, directly opposite Lower Spadina Avenue, beside the Music Garden. Parking is readily available in the vicinity of Harbourfront but be sure to leave yourself time to find a spot. (Click here for map.)

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 for adults and $5 for children (15 and under). Tickets purchased on day of sail: $35 adults, $8 children. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board the ship.

You can order tickets by mail or online and should you have any questions or need more information, please telephone Heather Bridge at 416-902-7872, or by email at heather.bridgeconsulting@nullgmail.com . Tickets will be mailed to you up to one week prior to the event or held for you at the dock thereafter.

A short film of a previous year’s event has been posted here.



September 2, 2018


University of Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies


South side of Queens Quay West

directly opposite Lower Spadina Avenue, beside the Music Garden




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