July 19-29, 2012 – Ports across Nova ScotiaLook up. Way up! Tall Ships Nova Scotia is the one of the biggest, most exciting events to hit our waterfronts. The perfect family event, Tall Ships showcases the best of Nova Scotia through music, food, film and history. TALL SHIPS ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2012 THE SHIPS THE PORTS MEDIA PARTNERS
Halifax/Dartmouth (July 19 – 23)
Exciting. Eclectic. Romantic. Enjoy the heart of Halifax amid park-like, waterfront, and historic settings in the busy downtown, often with a backdrop of the bustling harbour, which entertains tall ship traffic from every corner of the globe. Halifax plays host to the largest of Tall Ships events.
Lunenburg (July 25 – 26)
Lunenburg–a UNESCO World Heritage Site–is a world-class fishing and ship-building port founded in 1753. The first British Colonial Settlement colony outside of Halifax, Lunenburg is now home of the Bluenose II, currently being restored, and a fantastic working waterfront. Its narrow streets and the wooden houses—home to some incredible dining, shopping, and other Maritime experiences—are still intact some 250 years later, providing distinction to Old Town Lunenburg.
Shelburne (July 28 – 29)
The small seaport town of Historic Shelburne is renowned for its legacy of shipbuilding and its large inventory of 18th century original wooden structures located within our Waterfront Historic District. Shelburne Harbour is the third deepest natural harbour in the world.
We are pleased to have one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the province, great eating establishments and hospitality. Our port is a favourite visitation for tall ships and sailing vessels of every description. We are pleased and excited to again be welcoming the Tall Ships, their crews and visitors to our town and harbour in 2012.
In 1773 the first wave of a tide of Scottish settlers rowed ashore in Pictou Harbour from the ship Hector. They brought with them their traditions, heritage and culture. The town of Pictou is aptly called ‘The Birthplace of New Scotland’. It offers visitors a combination of old world charm with present day hospitality – gift shops, restaurants and pubs, craft outlets, tea rooms and waterfront dining.
Known as Cape Breton’s front porch, the town of Port Hawkesbury is located along the shores of the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia. This major commercial and recreation town offers accommodations, shopping, heritage and adventure. The town prides itself on its annual Festival of the Strait celebration held every summer mid-July.
Pugwash (July 28 – 29)
Pugwash Nova Scotia, otherwise known as cottage country, is the ideal port for the Tall Ships Nova Scotia event to conclude. This well buoyed safe harbour and vibrant community with exciting festivals is located along Nova Scotia’s North Shore and offers a variety of activities for crewmembers and Tall Ships visitors to enjoy.
Please see event details: Schedule of Events – Pugwash