Tall ships are coming!
Basil Port Of Call Buffalo: July 4-7 at Canalside, Buffalo Riverwalk and Erie Basin Marina
Photo courtesy of Basil Port of Call
First there will be the Parade of Sail, which gets underway at 3 p.m., July 4. Twelve vessels will glide into Canalside, Riverwalk/Erie Street, and the Erie Basin Marina. Then, starting Friday at 11 a.m. and continuing through Sunday at 5 p.m., the gates open for public visitation of these imposing two-, and three-masted ships, which come with names like Pride of Baltimore II, Picton Castle, and St. Lawrence II. The group also includes locally based Spirit of Buffalo. While all the ships can be toured, it is also possible to book sailing excursions on Appledore IV, Appledore V, and Spirit of Buffalo.
The best view of the ships coming into harbor is available on the Outer Harbor parkland; Canalside and other Inner Harbor locations can only offer partial sightlines. Besides the magnificent spectacle and the accompanying tours, expect a fun festival on shore, with family activities, live entertainment, music, food, and vendors.
This is the largest fleet of tall ships to visit Buffalo in 150 years. Previous years have seen a few tall ships make stops here, but nothing of this magnitude. Buffalo is the second stop for this fleet after Toronto. You can track the ships on their way to Buffalo here!
It’s all made possible by Basil Port of Call Buffalo, a committee of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association. Check portofcallbuffalo.org as the event approaches, as it is, of course, weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change. This is also where passports, necessary to board the ships, can be purchased.