Events

BRACELETS, PRICES & HOURS

Bracelets are available at the following locations and also available at both wharves. Bracelets are good for entry at both wharves for the entire weekend (must be unbroken):

  • Scotts Pharmasave (Chatham)
  • Dickison’s Pharmasave (Newcastle)
  • Jean Coutu Pharmacy (Chatham & Newcastle)
  • Visitor Information Centre

Kids under 10 – FREE
Adults – $10
Family of 5 – $30 (2 adults and 3 children up to 17yrs)

HOURS
Wharves
: 10 until 9 (Fri. Sat. Sun)
Ship Tours: 11 until 4 (Sat & Sun)
(no tours Fri.)

Friday, July 7

Welcome the Tall Ships at MacDonald Farm Heritage Site
Get free admission into the farm on July 7th, to watch the arrival of the Ships coming up through the Miramichi Bay. There will be a BBQ with hot dogs, haggis sausages, pop, water and Mr. Freezes.

12:00pm – 4:30pm
GRAND PARADE of SAILS 

Ships set sail from Escuminac to dock in Chatham & Newcastle

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Live Music on the Wharves

Chatham Location (Government Wharf): Jessi the Artist
Newcastle Location (Miramichi Port Facility): Ian and Roy

6:30pm
MOVIE: Pirates of The Caribbean ‘Curse of The Black Pearl’ 
at The Vogue Theatre, on Cunard St., Chatham. Donation at the door for up-coming renovations. Free small popcorn with a Pirate Costume.

10:00pm
Light Up the River!
Miramichi’ Festival of Tall Ships is proud to present the “Light Up the River!” competition. Come to the waterfront to watch the spectacle of lights reflected on the water as the Miramichi’s Boating Community participates with their boats in the ‘Light Up The River’ competition. The festival is encouraging the boating community to decorate their boats with lights and “Light Up the River!” on the evening of Friday July 7th. Prizes for the winning boats:

  • $200 Gift certificate from Miramichi Marine
  • $250 in Petro Canada Gift Cards donated by Kingston’s Fuels
  • Mini Fridge professionally wrapped in Tall Ship Festival images filled with beer (48 cans) donated by Sky-Tec Satellite

Boats will gather in Chatham at 10pm

Saturday, July 8

10:00am – 4:00pm
DOCKSIDE TALL SHIPS TOURS
Four Ships docked at Newcastle (Miramichi Port Facility). The Tallest Ship docked at Chatham (Government Wharf)

10:00am – 4:00pm
CHILDREN’S BOUNCY CASTLE
Waterford Green (Chatham waterfront). Free Admission. Sponsored by EastSide Church.

10:00am – 2:00pm
CANOE EXPERIENCE (Departs on the hour from Ritchie Wharf)

A 26 ft. Voyageur Canoe will embark & convey passengers along the banks of the river & allow travellers to see the Tall Ships close-up from the water.

12:00pm – 3:00pm
Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Edgewood Farms on the lawn of the Kinsmen Centre

12:00pm – 3:00pm
DENUSHA
Miramichi Port Facility (Newcastle Wharf)

12:00pm – 4:00pm
PICNIC on BEAUBEARS ISLAND

(Ferry departs from Bicentennial Park, 35 St. Patrick’s Drive, Nelson)
Join a re-creation of one of the famous picnics by PETER MITCHELL, Father of Confederation, shipbuilder, and Island owner, and also meet Chatham Father of Confederation, JOHN M. JOHNSTON. A COSTUME PHOTO BOOTH will provide an opportunity to don 19th Century costumes & have a memorable photo taken.

1:00pm – 1:45pm
NELSON DOYLE DANCERS
Local Celtic Dancing group in Chatham (Government Wharf). Free.

2:00pm
MEET THE TALL SHIPS CAPTAINS 

Meet the Captains of The Tall Ships & hear their stories of life on the high seas.

3:00pm – 3:45pm
NELSON DOYLE DANCERS
Newcastle at the Miramichi Port Facility. Free.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
LIVE MUSIC on THE WHARVES
Chatham (Government Wharf): Gary Cook
Newcastle (Miramichi Port Facility): Rob Langer

9:00pm
GRAVEYARD TOUR (Wilson’s Point, 8 Enclosure Rd., Derby Junction) 

Visit the historic resting place of many of Miramichi’s earliest English settlers including William Davidson, and hear stories of the past, of the bizarre, and of the supernatural.

Face Painting and family activities at both locations all day long!

Sunday, July 9

10:00am – 4:00pm
DOCKSIDE TALL SHIPS TOURS
Four Ships docked at Newcastle (Miramichi Port Facility). The Tallest Ship docked at Chatham (Government Wharf)

10:00am – 4:00pm
CHILDREN’S BOUNCY CASTLE

Waterford Green (Chatham waterfront). Free Admission. Sponsored by EastSide Church.

10:00am – 4:00pm
LECTURE SERIES (Nelson Rural School, 26 St. Patrick’s Drive, Nelson) 

Miramichi historians will speak on the region’s connection to the shipbuilding industry, whisking their audiences into the Age of Wood, Wind & Sail.

12:00pm – 3:00pm
Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Edgewood Farms on the lawn of the Kinsmen Centre

12:00pm – 3:00pm
DENUSHA
Miramichi Port Facility (Newcastle Wharf)

2:00pm
HISTORIC TOUR THROUGH TIME (Ferry departs from Bicentennial Drive, Nelson) 

Take a step back in time to an age of wooden ships and iron men. Visit with Scottish pioneer William Davidson, fishery & ship mast businessman; James Fraser, entrepreneur; Joseph Russell who built five large ships at once; and hear the story of John Harley & George Burchill, who gave the Island its last golden age.

DAILY EVENTS

PIRATES OF HALIFAX
Watch for five real life Pirates roaming the wharves and see what shenanigans they are up to. FREE PHOTO opportunity for the whole family with these bandits of the high seas.

HELICOPTER RIDES by ADVANCED HELI-FLIGHT LTD.
See the Tall Ships from the air. $60 per person for 6 minute tour. Weather permitting. Register at The Visitor Information Centre, 21 Cove Rd (French Fort Cove) off King George Hwy. Fri. July 7th afternoon; Sat. July 8th & Sun. July 9th all day.

SEGWAY PT by SEGWAY SUE
Come try riding a Segway PT. $10.00 per person. Located in the parking lot of 99.3 The River, 396 Pleasant St., (Newcastle), across from Ritchie Wharf. Fri. July 7th (2 -6 pm); Sat July 8th (10 am – 6pm); Sun. July 9th (10 am – 5 pm) Call/text/email to book your Guided Tour: 506-227-1773; segwaysue@gmail.com

MIRAMICHI RIVER BOAT TOURS
Interpretive Tall Ships Tour. $15.00 each for a 90 minute sail on The Max Aitken. Shout a hearty ‘Ar-har’ and save 20% on your tour. Ritchie Wharf (Newcastle). Call: 506-623-9821 or visit www.miramichiriverboattours.com


ESCAPE MIRAMICHI

Ahoy Matey! Come try to escape with friends from our newest room Pirate’s Treasure. $20.00 per person. Thurs. July 6th thru Sun. July 9th. By Appointment (506-626-0700). Groups of 2 – 8 people. Ages 14 plus. Located at 158 Wellington St. (Chatham). Other rooms also available: Down The Rabbit Hole. Virus. Cabin Fever. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

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Miramichi Festival of Tall Ships 2017

Chair Person: Derek Burchill

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