Frequently Asked Questions

The things you need to know

Fast Facts 

Dates and Times of Event

Saturday June 29th 11am – 8pm
Sunday June 30th 11am – 8pm
Monday July 1st 10am – 6pm

Where are you located?

Each year the festival operates in different areas along Toronto’s waterfront. 2019’s event will span from Harbour Square Park to Sherbourne Common. Below are the exact addresses of each event location. Ship locations can be found on each individual ship page. 

Harbour Square Park: 25 Queens Quay West
Sugar Beach: 11 Dockside Dr.
Sherbourne Common: 61 Dockside Dr.

How do I get there?

TTC : Take the #6 bus westbound or eastbound along Queens Quay to Bay Street (for Harbour Square Park) or Sherbourne (for Sherbourne Common & Sugar Beach). For other routes and accessibility routes, please visit thTTC Trip Planner.

Walking from GO and Union Station
From Union GO and Subway Station walk south through Union Railway Station into the ACC Galleria and turn left for Bay Street. Walk south to Queens Quay.
To plan your trip with GO visit GO Trip Planner

Driving: To avoid congestion from construction and traffic delays, we suggest taking public transit to the Festival and walking south from Union station. If you are driving, please note the below directions.

  • From the West – Head east on Highway 401 or QEW towards Toronto. Exit Lakeshore Blvd. or Spadina Ave. and travel South to Queens Quay Blvd.
  • From the East – Head west on Highway 401 take the DVP to the Lakeshore exit. Go right at the lights along Lakeshore Blvd. Take a left on Parliament Street intersection which turns into Queens Quay Blvd.

Is the event accessible?

The Redpath Waterfront Festival fully complies with City of Toronto accessibility rules and all of the festival locations are within City of Toronto public parks. The majority of the tall ships were built before 1990 and many of them are replicas of historic vessels. As a result, none of our tall ships are wheelchair accessible.The rest of our festival grounds however are. People with mobility needs are welcome to get as close to the ship as possible on land. Accessible washrooms are available across all of our sites.

Is there parking?

There are two Green P Parking areas near Sugar Beach at Dockside Dr & Queens Quay East. There is also a Green P at Bathurst & Lakeshore Blvd W. Use the Green P Parking website to help you find a place to park. However, these parking areas fill up fast during the festival so we encourage visitors to take the TTC or GO. To plan your trip, visit the TTC Trip Planner and GO Trip Planner.  

How do tickets work?

Purchase tickets HERE. There are a limited number of tickets for deck tours available per day (June 29, June 30 & July 1). All tickets are date specific and non-transferrable. No refunds or exchanges. Processing Fees and HST are included in the final ticket price. 

Your mobile or printed ticket must be redeemed in person for a wristband(s) onsite at the Ticket Booths located in Harbour Square Park and Sherbourne Common during festival operating hours.

These wristbands are required for deck tours of the following ships: Bluenose II, Picton Castle, U.S. Brig Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne, St. Lawrence II & Playfair.

It’s free to board the HMCS Oriole and the CCGS Griffon. Kajama and Empire Sandy are permanent attractions and are NOT included in deck tours.

Wristbands must be worn at all times. Boarding access is subject to capacity restrictions and availability.

The festival will not offer compensation based on inclement weather. In the case of extreme weather conditions, deck tours may be suspended.

TALL SHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS

Due to the nature of their construction, ships do not have wheelchair access, and there is limited access to people with mobility restrictions.

  • Tripping hazards are unavoidable aboard sailing vessels and the highest degree of care is expected of all visitors.
  • Proper footwear must be worn by anyone boarding the ships (ex. rubber sole shoes & sneakers). Leather sole shoes are slippery and dangerous on deck.
  • No spike heels are permitted aboard any ship.
  • Smoking or vaping tobacco and cannabis are not permitted aboard any ship. Beverages (alcoholic & non) and food (including chewing gum) are strictly prohibited.
  • Handrails must be used by visitors when boarding and departing the ships.
  • Visitors may not run, jump or bounce on the gangways or deck of the ships.
  • No bags more than 14 inches long permitted on the ships. No glass containers, cans, pets, strollers, umbrellas, motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or weapons.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The purchaser ASSUMES ALL RISKS BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE EVENT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INJURY FROM SPECTATOR AREAS, ON OR OFF THE SHIPS, ACCIDENTS OR INJURY FROM FIRES, and agree that Water’s Edge Festivals & Events, its members, subcontractors and the City of Toronto, owners and lessors of property used in connection with the event, all event participants, sponsors, sanctioning bodies, and any of their employees, agents, officers and directors are hereby RELEASED from any and all claims arising from the event. You grant permission to use your voice, image, and/or likeness in connection with any photograph, live or recorded display of the event, without any compensation. You agree that images and sounds of the event obtained by you, will not be broadcast, published or used for any commercial purposes. All disputes relating to the ticket shall be governed by Ontario Law.

Can I bring my dog?

We are a dog friendly event and welcome all your furry friends to enjoy the festival. Please note that only service dogs are allowed on board the tall ships. Please keep all dogs on a leash and pick up after them.

How do I become a vendor?

This year, we’re having a Maritime Market in Sherbourne Common. Do you sell nautical apparel or jewelry? Are you a painter or photographer from Atlantic Canada? Do you make East Coast food or baked goods? We want to hear from you. Send us an email at info@towaterfrontfest.com

Why are the sails not up?

The flags on a ship are only hoisted when a ship is about to set sail. To see the tall ships with their sails hoisted, head down to the waterfront the morning of June 28th when most of the visiting fleet will be arriving and sailing into Toronto’s harbour together.

Can I see the ships in full sail?

If you would like to see the ships in full sail, the best time would be on Friday, June 28 when most of the fleet will muster in the Eastern Gap around 10 am and then sail in around 11. The best place to see the ships and take photos will be on the east end of the waterfront. Bring your camera! This will be the only opportunity to see the tall ships in full sail.

What happens if it rains?

The Redpath Waterfront Festival is a rain or shine event.  However, programming and schedules are subject to change, weather permitting. Please follow our social channels for up to date schedule information.

When is the World’s Largest Rubber Duck coming back?

Mama Duck made a splash in 2017 when she visited Toronto and Canada for the first time. She however will be floating in another bathtub on Canada Day weekend and will not be making an appearance at the 2019 festival. We miss her dearly and look forward to her return at a future festival.

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