Lake Superior Day – Tall Ship Sorlandet

Posted 8 April 2013 by in Local

Lake Superior

Tall Ship will arrive in Thunder Bay for Lake Superior Day

THUNDER BAY – Lake Superior Day, July 21st 2013 will see the return of a tall ship to Thunder Bay. EcoSuperior shares, “A really big lake deserves a really big celebration and this year, Lake Superior Day welcomes the Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandet!”

Lake Superior Day 2013

Since 2008, EcoSuperior has organized Lake Superior Day, a free, fun, family event that includes displays, activities and entertainment for the whole family. In the past, the festival area at Marina Park has hosted Lake Superior Day but this year it takes place at Thunder Bay’s Pool 6 Cruise Ship Dock to accommodate the tall ship on Sunday, July 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The 57m long Sorlandet was built in 1927 in the city of Kristiansand, Norway. It is the oldest full-rigged ship in operation. Currently being used as a teaching vessel by Class Afloat, the Sorlandet is based in the community of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For nine months at a time, students live, study, sail and stand watch aboard the Sorlandet. The vessel travels through the Mediterranean, down the coast of Africa across to Brazil, and up through the Caribbean back to Nova Scotia. To track the ships journey before it arrives in Thunder Bay visit www.classafloat.com. During Lake Superior Day the Sorlandet will be available for public on deck tours with admission of $3 a person, free for children under 3 years of age.

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. The Lake Superior Binational Forum initiated this basin-wide event which is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July in communities all around the lake. Past family activities included information displays, live entertainment, free tours of the Cape Chaillon, a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue ship, and the Science North Caravan always has a variety of fun activities for kids. “Hosting a tall ship will help to make this our largest event in Lake Superior Day history!” says EcoSuperior Program Coordinator Ashley Priem.

To learn more about Lake Superior Day visit www.lakesuperiorday.com and be sure to like and share Lake Superior Day on Facebook or email ashley@ecosuperior.org. For businesses interested in getting involved with this event, there are sponsorship opportunities available to help support the tall ship visit. Contact EcoSuperior for a sponsorship package.