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 HTO Park West in the West to Harbour Square Park in the East. Below are the exact addresses of each event location. Ship locations to be announced closer to the festival.

HTO Park West: 375 Queens Quay West
HTO Park: 339 Queens Quay West
Harbour Square Park: 25 Queens Quay West

How do I get there?

TTC : For the west end of our footprint (HTO Park and HTO Park West) take the 509 or 510 westbound or eastbound streetcar along Queens Quay to Rees Street stop. For the east end (Harbour Square Park) take the #6 bus westbound or eastbound along Queens Quay to Bay Street. 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. To plan your trip, visit the TTC Trip Planner.  

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 HTO Park. 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

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.

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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