South Dundas caught glimpse of Bluenose II, other tall ships on their way to Canada Day festivities in Toronto

On a westward heading, Bluenose II prepares to enter the Iroquois locks, June 26, on her way to Canada Day festivities in Toronto. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SOUTH DUNDAS — Bluenose II leads the way on the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® when those participating vessels disembark from the Toronto waterfront during Canada Day festivities today.

The iconic Canadian ship — famously depicted on the dime — made her way through South Dundas last week, locking through at Iroquois on the voyage to Toronto. Other tall ships also passed through as they travelled to the Redpath Waterfront Festival in the provincial capital, of course,  including Nao Santa Maria, replica of the flagship sailed by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Today’s kickoff of the official tour will send the ships to points west of Toronto on the Great Lakes before they head back east to make a final Challenge port stop Labour Day weekend in Brockville.

Bluenose II heading through the Iroquois Lock. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The clip below starts with the Nao Santa Maria — replica of Columbus’s ship — then concludes with the Bluenose II. Both vessels travelled through the Iroquois Lock last week.
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