Tall Ships Challenge Ontario

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A picture of a tall ship sailing on water with the Tall Ships Challenge Ontario logo and August 9-11, 2019 listed.

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.

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 (St. Lawrence, Pride of Baltimore II, Playfair, Madeline I and HMCS Oriole);
  • Community Captain's Dinner at the Huronia Museum; and
  • Live entertainment, vendors, food, a lumberjack competition, buskers, bounce castles and more!

Join us in Midland Harbour!

Buy tickets here!

Want to track the Tall Ships as they make their way to our harbour? Click here.


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.

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 (St. Lawrence, Pride of Baltimore II, Playfair, Madeline I and HMCS Oriole);
  • Community Captain's Dinner at the Huronia Museum; and
  • Live entertainment, vendors, food, a lumberjack competition, buskers, bounce castles and more!

Join us in Midland Harbour!

Buy tickets here!

Want to track the Tall Ships as they make their way to our harbour? Click here.


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  • Media Release: Battle of Georgian Bay - Largest in 18 years

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    11 months ago

    The Battle of Georgian Bay is set to take over North Simcoe communities next week! The largest 1812 event in North America this year will feature 7 encounters beginning Wednesday, August 7 through to Sunday, August 11, in Victoria Harbour, Balm Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene!

    Click here to read the full media release.

    The Battle of Georgian Bay is set to take over North Simcoe communities next week! The largest 1812 event in North America this year will feature 7 encounters beginning Wednesday, August 7 through to Sunday, August 11, in Victoria Harbour, Balm Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene!

    Click here to read the full media release.

  • Tall Ships Festival Event Locations map​

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    11 months ago

    The crowds will be out in full force for Tall Ships, so plan ahead and find out where all the attractions will be by checking out our Event Locations map here!

    The crowds will be out in full force for Tall Ships, so plan ahead and find out where all the attractions will be by checking out our Event Locations map here!

  • During the Tall Ships visit, the Rotary Pier and Transient Dock area will be limited

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    11 months ago

    Access to the Rotary Pier and transient dock area will only be accessible from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. In order to access this area during these times, you must have a Tall Ships Challenge Ontario pass that can be purchased at Midland Town Dock or online here.

    The Rotary Pier and transient dock area will not be accessible to anyone starting Thursday, August 8 until Monday, August 12, other than the times stated above.

    Seasonal dockage users will still be able to access their boats/slips during this time.

    Access to the Rotary Pier and transient dock area will only be accessible from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. In order to access this area during these times, you must have a Tall Ships Challenge Ontario pass that can be purchased at Midland Town Dock or online here.

    The Rotary Pier and transient dock area will not be accessible to anyone starting Thursday, August 8 until Monday, August 12, other than the times stated above.

    Seasonal dockage users will still be able to access their boats/slips during this time.

  • Anticipate loud noises from cannons/guns during Battle of Georgian Bay

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    11 months ago

    During the Battle of Georgian Bay on Friday, August 9, cannons and guns will be fired. Please do not be alarmed. Even though the Battle is a reenactment, the sounds will be loud and realistic.

    During the Battle of Georgian Bay on Friday, August 9, cannons and guns will be fired. Please do not be alarmed. Even though the Battle is a reenactment, the sounds will be loud and realistic.

  • Restricted Access Notice for Midland Harbour during Battle of Georgian Bay

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    11 months ago

    Access in and out of Midland Harbour dock slips will be restricted from 7 p.m - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9, during the Battle of Georgian Bay. The purpose of this restriction is to avoid having recreational boaters trying to enter/exit the area while the firing and action takes place on the ships during the Battle.

    Click here to view the Harbour notice.

    Access in and out of Midland Harbour dock slips will be restricted from 7 p.m - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9, during the Battle of Georgian Bay. The purpose of this restriction is to avoid having recreational boaters trying to enter/exit the area while the firing and action takes place on the ships during the Battle.

    Click here to view the Harbour notice.

  • Road Closure Notice for the Battle of Georgian Bay

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    11 months ago

    King Street will be closed from Yonge St. to Bayshore Dr. on Friday, August 9, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Battle of Georgian Bay. Street parking will not be accessible during this time. If your vehicle is parked on King Street when the closure begins at 4 p.m., you will not be able to leave until the closure re-opens. A 'rolling' open will take place, meaning that King Street will re-open in stages as the Battle progresses down King Street to the Harbour.

    Click here to view the notice. Click here to view the road closure map.

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    King Street will be closed from Yonge St. to Bayshore Dr. on Friday, August 9, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Battle of Georgian Bay. Street parking will not be accessible during this time. If your vehicle is parked on King Street when the closure begins at 4 p.m., you will not be able to leave until the closure re-opens. A 'rolling' open will take place, meaning that King Street will re-open in stages as the Battle progresses down King Street to the Harbour.

    Click here to view the notice. Click here to view the road closure map.