Fans of tall ships, history and all things associated with the high seas will be pleased to learn the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival is back on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The day, for the most part, will be a live, in-person event that will bring visitors up close and personal with a tall ship, teach them about water safety, take a step back in time at Walker House and enjoy a boat cruise on the lake. This is the seventh year for the festival, which was cancelled in 2020 because of pandemic regulations.
“The return of the Tall Ship(s) annually are always a favourite spectacle for many, and will continue to be again this year,” said Kelly McDonald, tourism coordinator for the Municipality of Kincardine. “Despite the inability to offer on-board tours as part of our programming, due to health and safety regulations, we didn’t want to see another event cancelled for 2021. We have pulled together some great programming through various partnerships that will again shine a light on our local marine heritage, while prioritizing the wellbeing of our volunteers, attendees and partners.”
The festival offers a full schedule of entertainment. BRIGS Youth Sail Training Tall Ship will be docked on the north pier. Virtual tours will be available and visitors will be able to see the vessel from the pier.
Visit the Kincardine of yesteryear, with a free tour at Walker House, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., with each tour running every 35 minutes. There is no need to pre-book and groups will be kept to a maximum of six people from the same household.
Head down to Station Beach for 9 a.m. to watch the Kincardine Community Fund cardboard boat regatta until 2:30 p.m. The regatta is lots of fun (and great laughs) for the entire family. Those wishing to participate can pre-register by visiting: www.kincardine.ca/en/living-here/kincardine-community-fund.aspx (rules & registration included under Current Events for the Community Fund).
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kincardine Emergency Services will offer a beach safety display. Take the time to learn all you need to know to keep safe in the water.
And for those yearning for a cruise on the lake, Kincardine Boat Cruises is offering a special 30-minute voyage on Lake Huron for just $20 per person. Spots must be booked and paid for in advance and can be reserved by calling 519-396-2731.
Once you’ve had a chance to establish your sea-legs and are ready for some entertainment on firmer ground, head up to the Queen Street Promenade and enjoy live music featuring entertainer James Keelaghan. The Promenade is closed to all vehicular traffic every Friday evening until Sunday evening until Labour Day and visitors can enjoy shopping or grab a meal and a beverage on one of the many downtown patios.
As attractions and events begin to reopen this season, visitors are reminded to continue to stay safe and distanced.
“We thank everyone for continuing to respect all protocols put in place at the various venues and events planned during Marine Heritage Festival,” said McDonald. “As regulations in the province continue to loosen, we are excited to welcome some of our events back, and we look forward to an even bigger return in 2022!”
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent