145,000 visitors flocked to the Jacques Cartier Quay to enjoy the
MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The third edition of the Tall
Ships festival in the Old Port of Montréal was launched on Thursday,
September 13 and wound up yesterday. The event was a great success,
attracting 144,724 visitors. The busiest day was Saturday, September
15, when 68,704 people turned out for this popular maritime
One of the highlights of the event was the sail-past of the tall ships,
which were welcomed by a gun salute. Crowds lined the shore to admire
five majestic ships, with their exciting histories and tales of
adventure: the Peacemaker (US), the Roter Sand (Can), the Fair Jeanne (Can), the Pathfinder (Can) and the St. Lawrence II (Can). Sailing and history buffs enjoyed the opportunity to tour the
ships and visit with their enthusiastic crews. The concert by the
spokesperson for the festival, Yann Perreau, also made for a memorable
Over the four days of the event, the Maritime Village was transformed
into a real party zone, where Montrealers and visitors could take part
in a full program of activities including concerts, street
entertainers, activities for young sailors, water games, face-painting
for the youngest visitors and three evenings of fabulous fireworks.
"The Tall Ships is one of Montréal's outstanding events, a unique
celebration of Montréal's rich heritage and maritime culture," said
Claude Benoit, President and CEO of the Old Port of Montréal
Corporation. "The huge numbers of people who came out to see the ships
speaks to their interest and renewed desire to reconnect with the water
and their river, and to appreciate the Old Port of Montréal's
impressive maritime heritage."
The Tall Ships closed a festive and varied summer season in the Old
Port, which was a hit with Montrealers and tourists alike once again
this year. Your next date with the Tall Ships®: September 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2013.
Our thanks to the partners of the 2012 edition of the Tall Ships®: the SDC Vieux-Montréal, the STM, Sleeman, Presenter of the Pirate
Cabaret, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Presenter of the Navigator's
Quarter, Van Houtte, Presenter of the Maritime Tales, and the
Laurentian Bank, Presenter of the Young Sailors' District.
The Old Port also wishes to acknowledge the support of its institutional
partners: TELUS, Sleeman, Coca-Cola and its main partner, the
Government of Canada.
SOURCE: OLD PORT OF MONTREAL CORPORATION
For further information:
Old Port of Montréal Corporation
Tel.: 514 844-9678
Cell: 514 652-6478