The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, you could be travelling 7,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic. The event celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces, which is a unique chance to commemorate the rich history of sailing in Canada and around the world.
In addition to the host race ports, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will also visit a number of beautiful Canadian guest ports. The Guest Ports Programme is an opportunity to sample the hospitality of more than 31 different and beautiful Canadian guest ports in the region. Away from the high energy of racing and four-day host city festivities, it’s a chance for vessels to enjoy a pre-planned stop-over, and to take advantage of a programme of events and crew facilities which will be provided in each port.
During these stops, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta fleet, professional crew members and novice sailors (you?!) will be able to celebrate this great milestone anniversary and sample the vast and diverse maritime heritage that Canada has to offer.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax. Here, you can experience a traditional way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated because of the grid pattern of the streets and the distinct architecture of the wooden buildings. It's also a hive of maritime knowledge and skills, home port of the Canadian icon schooner Bluenose II, and is becoming a major arts and culture destination. The annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will be happening from 10-13 August 2017 , which is sure to bring some world-class folk musicians along with local talent to perform in this historic seaside town.
The voyage from Louisburg to Lunenburg takes 5 days, of which we expect to be three days at sea.
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The town is at its most picturesque viewed from the sea around sunset, when the boxy, brightly painted old buildings literally glow behind the ship-filled port.