Toronto will play host to a tall ship festival this summer as a fleet from around the world docks along the waterfront and opens its decks to the public.

Among the ships scheduled to arrive at the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival June 30 is a replica of the infamous slave ship Amistad. The ship, which became well-known in the 1997 film of the same name, is a 140-foot replica of the two-masted schooner that was the centre of an 1841 rebellion that led to the first U.S. Supreme Court case freeing African captives.

Toronto is the only Canadian city to host this year’s festival and the first city along the Great Lakes to host the 11-ship fleet.

The festival will continue on to Cleveland, Bay City, Green Bay, Duluth and Chicago.

One of the goals of the festival is to promote water conservation. The festival is partnering with the Great Lakes United, an organization that generates awareness around reducing water use.
Ship boarding passes go on sale in May.

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