*A ticket is not required to board and tour CCGS Griffon.
CCGS Griffon will be docked in Harbour Square Park.
CCGS Griffon is a part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker fleet. At 234 feet long, she is the largest vessel that will be participating in our 2019 festival. CCGS Griffon is stationed in the Great Lakes. She stops ice jams, clears the way for cargo ships and replaces and maintains navigational aids. With 4 engines producing a combined 4000 horsepower (2984 Kw), she can handle most ice conditions she encounters.
Launched in 1970, the icy workhorse is named after a French sailing ship called “Le Griffon” that vanished in the Great Lakes in the 17th century. Over 300 years later, Le Griffon has yet to be found. Her wreck is thought to be one of the greatest mysteries of the Great Lakes.
Though she is the largest vessel taking part in our festival, CCGS Griffon is actually one of the Coast Guard’s smaller icebreakers. Their largest and most well-known ice crusher, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is 390 feet long!
*Disclaimer: The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for keeping our waterways safe and accessible. If there is an emergency, and the CCGS Griffon is called, her first priority is to respond and deploy. As a result, there is a chance the CCGS Griffon might be called on an operation during our festival and therefore will be unable to join our fleet for 2019. We will continue to update information as it is available. At this moment the CCGS Griffon is scheduled to attend our 2019 Festival.
Vessel Type: High Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel
Home Port: Prescott, Ontario
Draft: 15’ 4”
Gross Tonnage: 2,212 t
Net Tonnage: 752 t
Power: 4 Fairbanks Morse-38D8
Deck Tour Tickets
Early bird tickets are on sale now. Tickets allow you to board all of the visiting ships for one day. Don’t miss the boat as prices increase in late May.