Tall Ships® 1812 Owen Sound Tour

Ron Clifford

By Festival Nomad Correspondent, Ron Clifford (Introduction Ontario Visited)

“The City of Owen Sound is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay in a valley below the sheer rock cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. It’s just over two hours north of Toronto. Owen Sound is characterized by a magnificent harbour and bay, two winding rivers, tree-lined streets, an extensive parks system, and tree-covered hillsides and ravines, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Owen Sound, the largest urban community in Grey and Bruce Counties, was a major port city for much of its history and was known as the “Chicago of the North.” Its location on Georgian Bay gave it access to the upper Great Lakes, and major rail lines moved cargo south from Owen Sound’s harbour.

Local points of interest include four conservation areas (Inglis Falls, Indian Falls, Hibou and Pottawatomi), Kelso Beach, historic harbour area, the City’s waterfront trail system, Harrison Park, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop Home & Museum, Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum, the Farmers’ Market, and Grey Roots Museum & Archives. The city also hosts numerous events of note each year including Summerfolk, Ribfest, and the Canadian Spirit Festival.

However you define "play" in Owen Sound – discovering a new trail or waterfall, hitting the beach or the gym, curling up with book at the library, enjoying a concert, dance or theatrical performance, heading to a favourite restaurant, strolling downtown, booking a weekend retreat at a local B&B, or catching a favorite festival or event – we have it all covered. Residents and visitors alike will find many ways to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired in Owen Sound.

Ontario Visited Festival Correspondent Ron Clifford was able to attend Tall Ships® 1812 Owen Sound Tour.  Ron’s article describes the experience perfectly!

“There couldn’t have been a better day to visit Owen Sound and this year’s Tall Ships Festival. It is estimated that as many as ten thousand enjoyed the festivities over the 3 day event.   In spite of it being so busy, the line ups to see the ships moved well and after seeing and walking on the ships first hand, it was well worth it. All the ships were fascinating like Playfair, Liana’s Ransom, (The one ship you could go on for a cruise into the bay), and The Pride of Baltimore, which was certainly the highlight for me.  The meticulous reproduction and elegant design and beautifully polished woodwork were something to behold.  It wasn’t just for tall ships lovers though, the event coordinators made sure there was something for everyone to enjoy including fantastic live music, period reenactments, kids’ activities and even an old car show as you entered the event.  I was there on the last day and only wished I could have stayed to watch the parade of sail leaving the harbor.  This is an event I would gladly attend again and again.”

Note ~ Don’t forget to check out Ron Clifford (www.ronclifford.com ~ Professional Photographer) website to see Ron’s portfolio and his photos below that showcase Owen Sound and the Tall Ships® 1812 Owen Sound Tour!  Enjoy! All Photographs shown below in this article are by Photographer, Ron Clifford.