3 DAYS OF SUMMER FUN

Sidelaunch Days Events and Activities
August 5 – 7, 2022

SUP Races & Demos

Launch Day Exhibit

Date: Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Collingwood Museum, 45 St. Paul Street
Cost: Admission by donation

Learn more about Collingwood’s shipbuilding heritage through the Collingwood Museum’s recently installed exhibit entitled Launch Day. The exhibit focuses specifically on Collingwood’s most photographed and cherished event – the side launch. The exhibit explores the history of shipbuilding in Collingwood, a century-long tradition that saw more than 200 steel ships plunge sideways into the harbour. Collingwood’s shipyard was one of the last to perform the traditional side launch in Canada. With a small and shallow harbour, side launching was a dramatic solution to this spatial challenge. Visitors to the exhibit will experience what it was like to watch, along with thousands of spectators, as five-storey-high steel vessels crashed into the water below.

Presented in partnership with: The Collingwood Museum 

Community Collector’s Exhibit

Date: Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Collingwood Museum, 45 St. Paul Street
Cost: Admission by donation

Collingwood’s newest exhibit features the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society in our Community Collector’s exhibit. The NLPS will also be at the Museum for a Community Collector’s Night on Wednesday, August 24 th . They will be giving a small presentation on their goals and progress, followed by an open house question and chat period.

Presented in partnership with: The Collingwood Museum 

collingwood harbour tours

Collingwood Charters Harbour Tours

Date: Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 7th
Location: Side Launch Basin, Collingwood Harbour
Cost:  Visit collingwoodcharters.ca for rates

Embark on a cruise aboard the Huronic leaving historic Collingwood Harbour, which was once home to ship building. See the Terminals up close, before heading out into Georgian Bay where you will learn about the area, including the Nottawasaga Lighthouse, and the history surrounding Collingwood.

Friday, August 5th
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Sightseeing Tour
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Live Music Cruise featuring Derek McLean and John Eaton
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Live Music Cruise featuring Derek McLean and John Eaton

Presented in partnership with: Collingwood Charters

face painting

Activity Play Station

Date: Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Harbourview Park Rugby Field, End of Birch Street North
Cost: Free

Self-directed fun and games for all ages including Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Connect Four, and Pick-up-Sticks.

SUP Races & Demos

Ontario SUP Series Races

Date: Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 7th
Location: Side Launch Basin
Cost: Free to spectators

The Ontario SUP Race Series is a competitive and fun event series for the sport of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding in Ontario. Register to compete at www.ontariosupseries.com or take in the excitement from the Promenade cheering on your favourite racers!

Schedule:
Friday, August 5th,
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Social Paddle

Saturday, August 6th
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Racer Check-in
11:00 a.m. Technical Races
1:00 p.m. Kids Race (Free) <1km
2:30 p.m. Sprint Races

Sunday, August 7th
10:00 a.m. Distance Race (12km-15km) Start
12:30 p.m. Awards

Presented in partnership with: Ontario SUP Series and BluWave SUP

SUP Races & Demos

Free Kayaking and SUP Boarding

Date: Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Harbourview Park, Westside Dock, Birch Street North
Cost: Free

Give kayaking and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) a try with complimentary rentals from Little Ed’s Harbourview Rentals. Take advantage of this free opportunity to get out on the water and explore a new activity. Signed waivers and a credit card (no charges) required to borrow equipment.

Presented in partnership with: Little Ed’s Harbourview Rentals

Dockside Tours aboard TS Playfair

Date & Time:
Saturday, August 6 th 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 th 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Sidelaunch Basin
Cost: Free

Join us aboard the TS Playfair for a tour of the ship’s upper and lower decks, meet crew members, and learn about the Brigs Youth Sail Training Program.

Presented in partnership with: Brigs Youth Sail Training

Side Launch Brewing Dockside Bar

Promenade Vendor Walk

Date: Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
Location: Waterfront Promenade
Cost:  Merchandise for purchase

Description: Stroll the waterfront promenade visiting vendors of all kinds featuring treats and treasures for everyone.

Presented in partnership with: South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre 

Huronic Dockside Bar & Ice Cream Shop

Date & Time:
Saturday, August 6th, 9:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7th, 9:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost:  Ice cream and beverages for purchase

While not out on the waters of Georgian Bay conducting sightseeing tours, the Huronic will be docked in the Side Launch Basin. Hop aboard for a tour, a cold beverage, and an ice cream.

Presented in partnership with: Collingwood Charters

The Prairie States in Concert

Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shipyards Amphitheatre, 2 North Maple Street

The Town of Collingwood is pleased to welcome The Prairie States to the Shipyards Amphitheatre in their South Georgian Bay debut. With a sound fueled by searing guitars, modern rhythms, and soulful vocals, The Prairie States was born out of a desire to put a fresh touch on a classic design. As nine-time Country Music Alberta Award recipients including the 2018 Rising Star, 2019 and 2021 Horizon Group/Duo of The Year, 2020 Songwriters of the Year, and 2021 Album Of The Year, it’s proof that this Edmonton-based band is moving in the right direction. Join them in Collingwood during Sidelaunch Days! 

Presented in partnership with: Fram+Slokker and Collingwood Quay Condos

Big Smoke Brass in Concert

Date: Sunday, August 7 th
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harbourview Park, Rugby Field
Cost: Free

Big Smoke Brass has firmly established itself as a leading voice in the Canadian brass band landscape since its inception in the summer of 2017. The band got its start playing on the streets of Toronto, and quickly garnered a strong following thanks to its ear-catching sound, strong group dynamic and their ability to connect with people.

Freedom Train in Concert

Date: Sunday, August 7 th
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shipyards Amphitheatre, 2 North Maple Street
Cost: Free

Freedom Train is back by popular demand! This power-trio performs at over 200 shows annually including Massey Hall and MGM Grand in Las Vegas, winning audiences with their spin on classic rock, R&B, funk, and reggae. Come celebrate the best timeless classics from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!

Presented in partnership with: Fram+Slokker and Collingwood Quay Condos