Toronto Waterfront Festivals this summer

A Pirate Invasion on the Waterfront?Pirates in front of the Boatel No, but you may see a few pirates as part of this years Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront on May 24 and 25, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The waterfront celebration is hosted by the Waterfront BIA and is part of the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto celebration.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn about Toronto’s oldest running ferry the Trillium (built in 1910) from local historian Mike Filey.  Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the William Lyon Mackenzie Fire Boat with a tour at the Toronto Fire and Marine Station 334. Thirteen ships docked along the waterfront will open their doors and their gangplanks to you for guided deck tours.

Pirate on the BoatelMake sure you check out the archival photo exhibit at Queen’s Quay Terminal entitled Toronto on the Water  showing the history of Toronto’s Waterfront.

You won’t want to miss the free concert by Firesound, the Toronto Firefighter Band, on the Westjet Stage.

And always keep your eyes open, you’ll never know when you might just spot singing Pirates along the waterfront.


Also, the Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto is back again this year on June 20 to 22, 2014 but with a different twist and a promise of something for everyone.

Redpath waterfront FestivalThis year the Redpath Waterfront Festival will host the first ever Flyboard North American Championships. What the heck is a Flyboard you ask? Growing up in the 1960’s we all watched the Jetson’s right?  Flyboards are the latest in extreme sports and is the 2014 version of people flying with jetpacks just like our childhood hero’s the Jetsons! Thirty competitors from across North American are going for gold by performing jumps, back flips and other daring feats to win the top prize in this year’s inaugural competition.

SONY DSCBut that’s not all that’s going to be flying at the Festival this summer. The World’s Premier Canine Aquatics Competition, the DockDogs who will surely be a huge hit with everyone. Just watch the DockDogs video to see for yourself how much fun these dogs are going to have in Toronto!

wine and spirts festival

To round out the weekend waterfront festival the Toronto Wine & Spirits Festival is back again at the waterfront for the 6th year.  They will have wine samples, craft beer, live music and  even a Wine & Spirit School to teach us  all a few things about wine pairing and food. The Redpath Waterfront Festival will happen rain or shine on Sugar Beach. Just look for the pink beach umbrellas at Queens Quay and Jarvis. Advance tickets are available for $21.50 and admission includes 5 sample vouchers.

If you are coming to the waterfront festival we hope you stay at Making Waves Boatel but remember to book early so that you are not disappointed. We are only a few minutes walk to the festival so there is not need to drive to get there. You may even see the pirates right beside the Boatel.

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