Colombian Navy tall ship coming to North Vancouver this weekend

May 3 2017, 8:43 pm

Coinciding with this weekend’s visit of Japanese Navy tall ship Kaiwo Maru at Richmond’s Ships to Shore Kings of the Sea Festival, another tall ship from South America will be making special visit in Burrard Inlet and offering free public tours.

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The A.R.C. Gloria, a sailing vessel owned and operated by the Colombian Navy, has made its return to Vancouver and is currently anchored in the middle of English Bay. On Friday, May 5, it will move to the Burrard Dock next to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

Built in a shipyard in Bilbao, Spain with three giant masts supporting 23 sails, it has a mast height of 131 feet and a length of 212 feet. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Colombian Navy tall ship A.R.C. Gloria arrives in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Shutterstock)

The vessel last visited Vancouver 17 years ago, according to the General Consul of Colombia in Vancouver. It is manned by a crew of approximately 150 sailors, including about 70 final-year cadets.

The public will be able to board and tour the A.R.C. Gloria during select times on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. No passes are required.

A.R.C. Gloria’s visit also coincides with Sunday’s Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Parade at the Sailors’ Memorial at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. The parade is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 am.

For those looking to board and tour the larger Kaiwo Maru at Gary Point Park in Richmond, a limited number of free boarding passes will be available on site. The public can also enjoy views of the Japanese tall ship from the ground, live music from concert stages at the park, food trucks, and even a fireworks show over the Fraser River on Saturday night.

A.R.C. Gloria Tall Ship Tours 2017 in North Vancouver


  • Welcome at Burrard Dock: Friday, May 5 at 9:30 am
  • Free boarding and tours:
    • Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm
    • Sunday, May 7 from 9 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm
    • Monday, May 8 from 9 to 12 am

Where: Burrard Dock (15 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver) next to Lonsdale Quay

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