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The 225 Year History of Toronto’s Waterfront

The Port of Toronto is an inland port in Toronto, located on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario on the city’s waterfront. For 225 years, the Port has served as a unique and crucial piece of infrastructure for the city of Toronto. PortsToronto, a long-standing partner of the Redpath Waterfront Festival, maintains this 50 acres (20 hectares) consisting of Marine Terminal 51, Warehouse 52, and the International Marine Passenger Terminal.

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Returns to Toronto’s Waterfront…Virtually!

NEWS RELEASE: Redpath Waterfront Trail Announces New AR Experience

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck is digitally floating back to Toronto to join the Redpath Waterfront Trail from September 17 to October 3. The Duck will be the fifth Augmented Reality (AR) stop on the trail and will pay ohmage to the real-life, 6 storey tall, 30,000lb Rubber Duck that became the festival’s most popular program in its ten-year existence.

Take your Imagination for a Walk on Toronto’s Waterfront

NEWS RELEASE:  Redpath Waterfront Festival announces two week socially distanced trail

The Redpath Waterfront Festival today announced its return to Toronto’s waterfront with a two we

The Redpath Waterfront Festival celebrates a decade on Toronto’s waterfront

NEWS RELEASE: Tall Ships, Flying Dogs, a Water Circus and One Giant Duck!

The Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF), presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing a video

A decade of history for the Redpath Waterfront Festival

Year after year, the producers of the Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) work hard to bring people down to Toronto’s waterfront to explore this unique part of the city. From flying dogs to rubber duckies, they have created new ways to attract tourists to Toronto, and it all started with a fleet of tall ships.

Meet Fiji and Tigress, Picton Castle’s Honourary Deck Hands

Picton Castle has two purr-tty special crew members. Their names are Fiji and Tigress. Fiji is a 6-year-old domestic short hair, who you guessed it, was born on the island of Fiji deep in the South Pacific Ocean. Tigress is a tabby cat from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-Picton Castle’s homeport.

Canadian Coast Guard to be a smash at 2019 festival with giant icebreaking ship

Note: Duty calls for the CCGS Griffon. The icebreaker will not be attending our 2019 festival but she will be sending another hero in her place.  Read all about CCGS Constable Carrier here.

We have a rather LARGE announcement. We’re excited to share that the Canadian Coast Guard will be bringing one of their icebreaking vessels to our festival this summer. The CCGS Griffon can carry over 740 tons and is 234 feet long, making her the largest vessel in our fleet.

She’s kind of a big deal

A chat with the Captain of the Bluenose II 

When Bluenose II confirmed their attendance at our 2019 festival, we were so excited we almost fell overboard. The fishing and racing schooner from Nova Scotia is no ordinary vessel. To explain why, we need to go back to the Atlantic seaboard in the early 1900’s, when her story began.

Attention crew! The tall ships are BACK!

Ahoy there, friends! A dock party is taking place on Toronto’s waterfront Canada Day weekend 2019, and you’re invited! Aye, that’s right, 2019 is a tall ships year. From June 29-July 1st, 2019, the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will welcome 10 majestic tall ships to Toronto’s waterfront.

An unforgettaball beach party is coming to Toronto’s waterfront!

NEWS RELEASE:  More INCREDIBALL Programming Announced for the 2018 Redpath Waterfront Festival 

An unforgettaball beach party is coming to Toronto’s waterfront in two weeks. Inspired by leisurely sun-drenched days by the water, this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will bring visitors three days of carefree fun and endless entertainment.

With a giant beach ball art installation, a whimsical H20-themed circus show, a Family Fun Zone and loads of delicious food and drink, the Redpath Waterfront Festival, happening June 22-24, is the best place to kick off the summer of 2018.

“Redpath Waterfront Festival is a must-attend event on the waterfront and Billy Bishop Airport is a proud and long-standing sponsor of this celebration of everything we love about summer,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “Whether you’re going to see the beach ball installation at HTO Park, visiting the water-themed circus, enjoying the HMCS Oriole along the dock wall, or taking in the food and drink offered throughout the waterfront, the festival has something for everyone.”

One of the main attractions of this year’s festival is a large kinetic installation called the HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes. Based on the physical laws of science’s popular instrument the pendulum wave, Canadian designers at Decor & More were inspired by the waterfront, the beach, and fun in the sun for this custom installation. The HTO Pendulum Wave will be made of six 6.5 ft diameter beach balls suspended from a truss frame that is 22 ft high, 42 ft long and weighs 19,000 lbs in total. The balls will swing from the truss multiple times a day for visitors to see the natural wave in motion. HTO Pendulum Wave will be located in HTO Park.  

Another custom program at the festival, which is also inspired by water, is Aqua Cirque, an H20-themed circus show taking place in Sherbourne Common. Join a small but heroic seahorse on a whirlwind underwater adventure. On the journey, meet a gang of mystical creatures from dancing jellyfish to mermaid aerialists. The enchanting fun continues after each Aqua Cirque show where performers will teach audiences basic tricks, such as juggling, hula hooping, basic acro and more. Show times and the workshop schedule can be found here 

Officers from the Canadian Armed Forces will be joining this year’s festival, including the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Regiment of Canada and the Queen’s York Rangers. Visitors will be able to try on gear and learn about daily operations in the Forces. As part of this program, the legendary HMCS Oriole will be sailing into Toronto for the first time in 25 years. The Oriole is a sail-training vessel that was based out of CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, B.C. for the past 60 years and just recently moved to the east coast joining the Atlantic Fleet in Halifax, N.S. She is a sailing ketch that was launched nearly 100 years ago making her the oldest commissioned vessel in the Navy.

Other festival attractions include a 42 ft (diameter) carousel, carnival games including big bottle ring toss and a duck pond, the Waterfront Artisan Market, Wine & Spirit Festival, Parks Canada activities and much more!

Redpath Waterfront Festival 2018 partners include: Redpath Sugar, Billy Bishop Airport, Menkes, Waterfront BIA, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, Westin Harbour Castle, Cision, Porter Airlines, Bell Media and Toronto Star.

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