Rendez-vous 2017

An exciting popular event for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation

40 Tall ships from all around the world
3000 crew members from all around the world
35 Stopovers in different Canadian ports

A transatlantic race to six countries

The Québec City and Lévis rallying point is one stop along a transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in 2017. The race starts at the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13 and finishes in the port of Le Havre, France, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3. There will be stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada along the way.

See race details

The Tall Ships drop anchor in Canada

More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.


Québec City and Lévis will be the main rallying point on this tour of Canadian waters. The fleet, along with its over 3,000 crew members, will be in the Ports of Québec and Lévis for a grand celebration from July 18th to 23th, 2017! A host of free activities is planned for families and visitors

See the program for Québec City and Lévis

Join the crew

RDV 2017 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a crew member on one of the Tall Ships during the race or for one of the cruises in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Each race or cruise presents trainee crew members with a special challenge. Trainees will also be able to visit the ports of call and discover their maritime and cultural heritage while taking part in the many group activities and festivities.

How to become a trainee