The Best Summer Festivals: Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2012

Halifax, Nova Scotia; July 19-23

Tall Ships Nova Scotia

A tall ship in Nova Scotia    Photo: Tall Ships Nova Scotia

Since May 7 a fleet of tall ships have been sailing north from Savannah, Georgia, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Tall Ships Challenge race series. The fleet, which includes an 84-year-old British naval minesweeper and the HMS Bounty, which starred in Pirates of the Caribbean II, are scheduled to arrive in the Halifax harbor, a gorgeous international seaport with green space and a public beach, on July 19. Spectators can board the ships and meet the crews and feast harbor-side on Nova Scotia delicacies for a few days. On July 23 the entire fleet, with bells ringing and sails unfurled, heads back out to sea in the Parade of Sail.

Where to Stay: Drive north to Cape Breton Island and Cabot Shores, a 55-acre island sanctuary with 2,000 feet of shoreline and accommodations ranging from a luxury chalet to a tipi (tipis from $90).

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