The Program

The St. Lawrence II Program

Our program is an immersive outdoor adventure focused on developing confidence and inner-strength through the unique experience of a Tall Ship voyage.

The experience of sailing aboard the St. Lawrence II offers tangible benefits for all people:

no matter your background, 
or what your future holds. 

Have the time of your life experiencing the freedom and adventure of Tall Ship sailing!  

Some of the outcomes you'll see from our program include:

- Improved Teamwork abilities
- Increased Self-Confidence
- Perseverance and Discipline
- Employability Benefits
- Intra/Interpersonal Skills
- Independent Living Skills for Post-Secondary Students
- Leadership Abilities


About the St. Lawrence II Program:

A Fun & Challenging Tall Ship Adventure focusing on the creation of positive outcomes and personal development!


Our program is an immersive outdoor adventure focused on  developing confidence and inner-strength through the unique experience of a Tall Ship voyage. The social bonds and environmental dynamics created aboard a working Tall Ship enable participants to gain insight into group dynamics and the concepts of community and harmony.

Our program empowers young people to become stronger individuals and a positive voice in their communities.

This Journey will help you to become a stronger person while developing new perspectives, improved self-confidence, better teamwork skills & leadership tools, and an appreciation for our shared history and future. 

Make new friends, have amazing experiences in breathtaking locales, and take part in the journey of a lifetime aboard the Tall Ship St. Lawrence II!

These courses are available to young people between the ages of 13-18, no sailing experience required!

Leaving the technological world behind, participants become immersed in life at sea; forming deep and lasting connections with their environment and their fellow sailors, as they work together toward a common goal. You will never regret your commitment to sailing with the St. Lawrence II, and will never forget your days aboard, sailing silently by the seascapes and shorelines of Lake Ontario and beyond. 


What will I do?

The simple answer is that you will take on the responsibilities, and benefit from the freedoms of a member of a ship's crew - to most that doesn't mean a whole lot, so lets expand:

Once aboard you will be responsible for hoisting and dropping sails, climbing the rigging, standing watch, and maintaining the cleanliness of the ship. This is completed as a member of a team (called a watch aboard), and part of your goal is to help your team become as effective as possible.

We also stop in ports for "shore leave" where, once your team has completed their tasks, you will be given the opportunity to explore the town or village we are docked in, maybe row the ship's boats, read a book, or relax with friends. Additionally you will be able to go swimming (if you want to) a couple of times a voyage (weather permitting).

There are also scavenger hunts, organized sports, games, and if the weather is right we may even watch a movie on the sail!

What will I learn about sailing?

Brigantine Inc instructs using the CSTA grade standard. All first time sailors will achieve CSTA grade 1 during their voyage. You can download the logbook from the link at the bottom of the page.

This will include learning sailing terms & theory, knots, calls, and achieving some milestones while on-board. 

What do we eat?

We carry a cook aboard the ship who, with the help of the crew, prepares all of the meals - Breakfast, Lunch and dinner as well as snacks. The food is pretty basic camp food, but it fills you up and keeps you happy!

Can I bring my Phone/ Tablet?

Yes, you can bring your phone, but phones are not permitted on deck and should only be used if absolutely necessary and with the permission of the First Officer or the Captain. Anyone who uses their phone without permission will have it confiscated by the Captain for the remainder of the course.

Tablets should stay at home.

What should I bring?

Gear List 2017

The following is a suggested gear list for overnight sailing courses aboard the St. Lawrence II. It is meant as a recommendation only, and is by no means meant to stand as an absolute.

Each individual is responsible for their own gear, and should pack according to their personal needs/ preferences, keeping in mind that space is very limited - suitcases are not permitted on board and all personal items should be brought aboard in a foldable bag – preferably one that is waterproof.

 - A sleeping bag or good sheets and a blanket as well as a pillow

- Rain gear - this should be reasonably good proper rain gear (pants and jacket) - Canadian Tire and Mark's Work Warehouse have good, reasonable, functional options, as do many other retailers. Rubber boots are also good.

- Windbreaker, warm sweater, sweatshirt, etc.

- Swim suit and a towel

- Lots and lots of socks & underwear.

- Two pairs of jeans and two or more pairs of shorts (Adjust depending on Course Length).

- T-shirts.

- Two pairs of deck shoes or runners.

Toiletries as required, e.g.: Toothbrush and paste, face cloth and soap, comb/brush, Bug Spray

- Light cold weather gloves

- Long underwear for possible cold weather
- Sunscreen, Aloe, etc

- Something to sleep in – flannels, jogging pants, etc.

- A toque & a ball cap or other sun hat.

- Any extra food/ drinks you want.

- Books are encouraged.

Cameras and musical instruments, such as a guitar, are welcome

Those who wear glasses would be well advised to bring a restraining strap
- Radios, Walkman and tape players are not permitted aboard! (circa 1990)

- Smart phones/ Tablets are permitted to take photos, but should NEVER be on deck, and should only be used for emergencies.



Spending Money

This depends entirely upon individuals but many bring approximately $15.00 to $20.00 per week to cover shore leave, etc.  “St. Lawrence II” sweatshirts, T-shirts and other souvenirs will also be available for sale.

Safe Keeping

At the beginning of each course, money and/or other valuables such as identification may be put into the ship’s strong box and locked away by the crew.

NOTE: Any prescription drugs must be given to the Captain for safe keeping.

Remember that there is limited space and that all bunks have to be cleared by day - so pack efficiently. 

Brigantine Incorporated cannot assume responsibility for articles lost or stolen while on board.

The Tall Ship St. Lawrence II:

The S.T.V. St. Lawrence II is a custom built sailing ship meant to act as a platform for personal development. The Ship was built by Kingston shipyards in 1953 to a design by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames.

The ship is brigantine rigged, which incorporates the need for learning square-rig seamanship and introduces a further level of complexity which requires a high degree of teamwork.

Small as she is, this design has proven to be extraordinarily seaworthy and handy - not to mention fairly quick.

Built: 1953 in Kingston Shipyards
Rig: Brigantine
Hull: Welded Steel
Length Overall: 72ft / 21.94m
Length of Deck: 60ft / 18.28m
Draft: 8.5ft / 2.59m
Beam: 15ft / 4.57m
Sail Area: 2,500 square ft / 762 square m
Engine: Caterpillar 3056.125 horsepower diesel
Crew Complement: 25

Below decks the ship is separated into 3 messes - One forward for jr. Officers, one aft for sr. Officers, and one amidships for trainees. She is also fitted with two "heads" (washrooms), a galley (kitchen) and an Engine Room.

St. Lawrence II has a full, modern navigation suite which includes GPS, Radar, Depth Sounder and two radios.

The St. Lawrence II is a Transport Canada inspected and licensed sail training vessel, conforming to all standards and manning requirements. She carries two life rafts, 4 life bouys, an EPIRB, Two VHF DSC radios and an aux. GPS.

Chris Chafe,
Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM