MEDIA ADVISORY: The Toronto Port Authority Hosts the 153rd Beaver Hat Ceremony to Open the 2014 Shipping Season

The Toronto Port Authority hosts the 153rd annual Port of Toronto Beaver Hat Ceremony to mark the opening of the 2014 shipping season.
The Beaver Hat Ceremony, an annual event and Port tradition dating back to 1861, welcomes the the arrival of the first ocean vessel for the shipping season into the Port of Toronto. The ceremony will take place aboard the M/V Lubie.
 M/V Lubie Ship Captain Jacek Kurpiel will be ‘crowned’ with a nearly 200-year-old silk and beaver top hat by Port of Toronto Harbour Master Angus Armstrong.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. ET
WHERE: Aboard the M/V Lubie Redpath Sugar, 95 Queens Quay East, at the foot of Jarvis Street (entry through east-side security checkpoint with photo identification)
  • Proper footwear is recommended in order to climb a steep ship gangway. High heel shoes are NOT recommended.
  • An outer coat is recommended as this is a marine industrial environment.
  • Paid parking is available at the Corus building (25 Dockside Drive) and north of Redpath Sugar at Loblaws. 
About the Toronto Port Authority (
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to moving more than two million passengers through the airport in 2013, the Port Authority provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port, and owns and operates Toronto’s largest freshwater marina. The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999 as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners.
Media Contact:
Roopa Shah
Communications & Media Relations
Toronto Port Authority
Tel: (416) 863-2054
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