Way back when we first moved to Ottawa in 2010, we noticed a pirate ship when we were visiting Mooney’s Bay one day. Every time we drive past that area, the girls look to see who can spot the pirate ship first! On Father’s Day, Pirate Adventures welcomed my family and many others on board and we got to experience it all first hand. To say we had a blast would be an understatement!
We were supposed to go on June 11 but the rain caused a cancellation. We were emailed of the cancellation with plenty of time to change our plans for the day, and Brock made rebooking our trip so easy. This time, we lucked out with a perfect summer day for our experience: sun, clear blue skies, and a nice breeze when you got out on the water. We arrived 30 minutes early, as requested, which gave us enough time to get into our pirate costumes and get some tattoos/scars/facial hair painted on. We were also assigned our pirate names: Ashlyn the Abominable, Rowan the Boat, Jumpin’ Ship J, and Stacey the Serpentess. Our crew (Ruby, One Eyed Tim and Pirate Pete) entertained the waiting pirates with jokes and activities until it was time to board the ship. All of the kids were encouraged to go to the front of the ship and join in the pirate training while we sailed around Mooney’s Bay.
The entire adventure takes about 75 minutes and we found that to be perfect. Watching the kids learn how to be pirates was so fun, and the crew did a wonderful job of being child-appropriate but also entertaining to adults. Adult participation was highly encouraged, though I’m very glad that I wasn’t chosen to walk the plank! They switched between French and English as needed and kept the storyline going in a way that never felt rushed or stale. I’m not sure what my daughters’ favourite part was: shooting Pirate Pete with water canons, watching the sword fight, dancing, or claiming their treasure at the end!
Pirate Adventures runs seven days a week and offers 5 time slots to choose from when you book. You can book them for a special event (how fun would a pirate birthday party be?) or an evening sail if you have a large enough group. I think that my daughters were both at a fantastic age for this experience at 5 and 7; I would guess, based on the ages of the other kids on board, that 3-10 years old would be the ideal ages for maximum ‘buy in’ of the pirate training. If you are looking for a unique family activity, I recommended saying “arrgh” to Pirate Adventures !
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