Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Crowds of people enjoying the tall ship event at Hamilton Waterfront

Celebrate with Us

Pier 8, 57 Discovery Drive
June 30 & July 1, 2017

Get onboard for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and welcome the tall ships to Hamilton!

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Events Office
Tourism and Culture Division
Phone: 905-546-2489

Parade of Sail

Friday, June 30 - The Parade of Sail is a must-see spectacle as 11 tall ships from Canada, the United States of America and the Netherlands enter the harbour at 2 pm and navigate in single file formation before docking at Pier 8 at approximately 4 pm.

Prominent vantage points to watch the parade include Pier 8, Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks, York Boulevard Bridge, Burlington Canal and Fisherman’s Pier, Eastport Drive, and LaSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington. 

Learn more about the visiting Tall Ships

Music on the Waterfront

Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 - Enjoy great music performances on the Waterfront Stage from 6 to 10 pm. 

Free Deck Tours & Ticketed Harbour Cruises

Saturday, July 1 - Explore the tall ship decks or try your hand at the wheel. Tickets are not required as deck tours are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 am to 5 pm. Feel the breeze as you enjoy a harbour cruise aboard the Empire Sandy. Four ticketed cruises available throughout the day. 

Activities & Attractions

Saturday, July 1 - In addition to free deck tours and ticketed harbour cruises on July 1st, visitors can enjoy free family-friendly, nautical-themed activities on land from 10 am to 5pm, including face painting, inflatables, and crafts. Food vendors, including the Waterfront Grill and William’s Café, will be open all day long.

View the full list of on-land activities

Sail Training Opportunities

RDV 2017 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a crew member on one of the tall ships. For information about sail training, visit


Get involved! We are looking for volunteers to help with Hamilton’s biggest waterfront event of the year – the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Learn more about available volunteer positions and shifts, and to complete the application form.

Getting There

Find more information about free shuttle buses, parking, cycling, and other ways to get to the Tall Ships at Pier 8.

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