Frequently Asked Questions

The things you need to know

Fast Facts 

Dates and times of event

Please check back for more information. 

Where are you located?

Each year the festival operates in different areas along Toronto’s waterfront. 2020’s event is planned for Sugar Beach at 11 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?

Tickets only apply during a tall ships year. 


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?

In 2020, we have a limited number of food vendor spaces available. However, if interested in being involved, please send us an email at

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?

We’re very excited to have Mama Duck return to our festival in 2020! The QUACK IS BACK!

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