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Take to the high seas July 27 and 28 at Britannia

By Don Fennell

Published 11:58 PDT, Thu July 18, 2019

Tall ship gun battles, scenic waterfront heritage, wooden boats and entertainment are part of the free family fun at this summer’s Richmond Maritime Festival July 27 and 28 at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site.

Tall ship gun battles, scenic waterfront heritage, wooden boats and entertainment are part of the free family fun at this summer’s Richmond Maritime Festival July 27 and 28 at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site.

The festival, now in its 16th year, animates the eight-acre Britannia Shipyards into a colourful, nautical-themed playground with artists, storytellers, dancers and hands-on activities happening in every nook and cranny. Everyone is invited to view an impressive gathering of West Coast water vessels along the 600 feet of floating docks including the opportunity to board and explore impressive tall ships like the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain.

This year, in addition to the daytime festival, starting at 11 a.m., there will be special evening outings on the water. Guests can purchase their tickets now to take part in a Tall Ship Gun Battle or a sunset dinner cruise aboard an authentic paddlewheeler.

On Friday, July 26 and Sunday, July 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. a thrilling Tall Ship Battle featuring the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will take place off the shores of Garry Point Park. Featuring booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century life aboard tall ships, guests can experience the ships in action as they vie to win the battle.

If your family is seeking excitement and adventure on the high seas, tickets to watch the action aboard a ship are available at $80 and can be found online: www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca/tall-ship-battle-sail. For those who prefer to watch from the comforts of land, optimal viewing will be land-ho! at Garry Point Park with a selection of over 20 food trucks and great sight lines.

On Saturday, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy a three-hour evening cruise along the beautiful Fraser River board the M.V. Native, an authentic replica of a paddlewheeler, or sternwheeler that plied the Fraser River in British Columbia from 1863 until 1921. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and watch the sunset over the water. Tickets are $130 and can be found online: www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca/paddlewheeler-sunset-dinner-cruise

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