August 18 - 20 on the Saint John Waterfront

We’ve partnered with Rendez-Vous 2017 and Sail Training International to bring this world-class event to Saint John.

This summer the Saint John Waterfront will play host to the Saint John Festival of Sail – a three day event that will see stunning tall ships from around the world, drop anchor in the Port City. We’ve partnered with Rendez-Vous 2017 and Sail Training International to bring this world-class event to Saint John., where people can catch a glimpse, and even step aboard, some of the most majestic ships from around the world.

Picture a full kilometre of ships lining the Saint John waterfront. The full complement of tall ships includes six “Class A” tall ships – think multiple-mast, square-rigged vessels, as well as ships that measure over 40 metres (131 ft) in length.

There’s no better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada’s first incorporated city than by honouring our heritage as the birthplace of tall ship construction in Canada.

Join us for three days of family fun and celebrations on the Saint John Waterfront.

Schedule*

$$ indicates an event/activity that is ticketed and/or has a cost associated with it.

All other events are free of charge.

Schedule is subject to change.  Please check regularly for updates.

No on-board tours available today due to arrival times & tides

Free with admission. Learn how to walk, talk, work and play like a pirate! Includes costumes, crafting and even sea shanties! (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Free with admission. Take a closer look at the NBM's collection of marine art from the golden age of sail. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

No on-board tours available today due to arrival times and tides.

Free with admission. Marvel at stories of famous ships built in New Brunswick and tales of their travels around the world while taking in the scope of the time, effort and ingenuity required to construct them. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Limited on board ship tours available on a first-come-first-served basis. Tour availability limited by tides and demand.

Family Pirate Day activities and games: bouncy castles, live pirates, kids entertainment & more… Dress up like a pirate!

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal parking lot / Marco Polo Terminal

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Free with admission. Learn how to walk, talk, work and play like a pirate! Includes costumes, crafting and even sea shanties! (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Free with admission. Take a closer look at the NBM's collection of marine art from the golden age of sail. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Free with admission. Marvel at stories of famous ships built in New Brunswick and tales of their travels around the world while taking in the scope of the time, effort and ingenuity required to construct them. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Family stage - Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Limited on board ship tours available. Tour availability limited by tides and demand.

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal parking lot

The Egeria: Canada's sole surviving 19th century wood ship in the South Atlantic (built in Saint John in 1859)

Tent main stage

Meeting Davey Jones Locker in Saint John Harbour: the story of 388 sailors who died in Saint John Harbour and approaches

Tent main stage

Free with admission. Take a closer look at the NBM's collection of marine art from the golden age of sail. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

Saint John Theatre Co. & Tutta Musica. Written by Mark Blagrave / Music composed by Richard Kidd. 12 musicians & 4 soloists bring to life the story of Saint John’s own tall ship.

Tent main stage

Free with admission. Marvel at stories of famous ships built in New Brunswick and tales of their travels around the world while taking in the scope of the time, effort and ingenuity required to construct them. (Bilingual)

NB Museum

*On-board tour hours subject to tide schedule

The Tall Ships

Find out more about how you can become a trainee and sail on board these ships by visiting Sail on Board.

HMCS Oriole

Canada

HMCS Oriole is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Esquimalt BC.

The Bowdoin

United States

The schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine.

EUROPA

Netherlands

The Bark “EUROPA”, built in 1911, is nicknamed "Ocean Wanderer".

Fair Jeanne

Canada

Tall Ship Fair Jeanne is a Canadian sail training ship built and registered in Ottawa, Ontario.

LORD NELSON

United Kingdom

Lord Nelson is named after the famous British Admiral.

Mist of Avalon

Canada

The ship began her life in 1967 as the Motor Vessel “Liverpool Bay”.

Picton Castle

Canada

Picton Castle was one of five similar trawlers built by Cochrane’s in Selby, all named after British castles.

Spirit of South Carolina

United States

Spirit honors Charleston’s once-booming, but largely ignored, shipbuilding industry.

St. Lawrence II

Canada

“St. Lawrence II” was designed in 1952 by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames expressly for youth sail training.

When and If

United States

"When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world."

Wylde Swan

Netherlands

The hull of Wylde Swan started life as a ‘herring hunter’ in the 1920’s.

Admission and tour tickets

Admission to the festival grounds, and on-board tours is free.

Donations to local youth Learn to Sail programs are encouraged.

On board tours availability will be limited based on crowd size and tides.

Saturday, August 19 : 9:00am – 12:30pm

Sunday, August 20 : 9:00am – 1:30pm

To access the ships, visitors must proceed through a security checkpoint.  Please expect line-ups. Bags and strollers are not permitted on board the ships.

Bags are subject to search at security.

Places to Stay

Don’t miss a minute of the action of this event. Whether you’re looking to stay in a hotel with an array of amenities, or you want a more personal touch with a local B&B, Saint John has a host of accommodation options.

Things to Do

Music and Masts Concert

Saturday, August 19 at the Festival Tent Main Stage, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Tickets: $32.50 + HST

    Family Pirate Day

    Saturday, August 19 at the Festival grounds, from 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Bouncy castles, live entertainment and balloon tying!

      Marco Polo – the concert

      Sunday, August 20, Tent Main Stage at 2:00pm
      Performed by the Saint John Theatre Company and Tutta Musica.
        Saint John Festival of Sail will also feature:

        A wide variety of displays and activities. Learn more…

        Amazing experiences and tours offered by third party tour operators/organizations. Learn more…

        Our Partners and Sponsors

        Thank you to all of our partners who made this event possible.

        Media Sponsors
        Program Sponsor
        Mast Sponsors
        Ship Sponsor
        Friends of the Festival
        Event Partners

        Contact Saint John Festival of Sail

        Want to know more about the Festival of Sail? Send us your question and we’ll get back to you with more information.