2 DAYS OF SUMMER FUN
Sidelaunch Days Events and Activities
August 11-12, 2018
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Races & Demos
The Ontario Summer Splash SUP Race Series stops in Collingwood featuring demos and races through Collingwood Harbour. From 4 distance categories to sprint races and team races on Blu Wave’s giant SUP, these events are real crowd-pleasers and lots of fun for participants. Anyone can participate in distance categories: Elite (8km), Open (5km), Novice (2km) and Youth (1km).
To register ontariosupseries.com
Harbour Boat Tours
1.5 hour tour, exploring Collingwood’s beautiful harbour rich in maritime history and learn some interesting facts about the once active Collingwood Shipyards famous for side-launching new ships. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Collingwood Terminals, cruise by the Nottawasaga Lighthouse and the Mary Ward Shoals with the picturesque escarpment in the background. Departs 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Sunset Tours aboard the Huronic cruise along the Escarpment as the golden sunset disappears behind the bay. 7:15pm-8:45pm.
Cost: Adult $30 + HST
Senior (60+) $28 + HST
Youth (4-17) $20 + HST
Under 3 free.
Collingwood Farmer’s Market
Local vendors feature a wide range of organic vegetables and fruit, baking, meats and cheeses, flowers and trees, jams and preserves, handcrafted items and more. There will also be a special children’s craft station on site. Be sure to stop by for free, creative fun!
PRE-REGISTER for FREE Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Try-it-On
Get out on the water and try out canoeing, kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle-boarding for free! It’s a great opportunity to practice your skills and enjoy being out on the water. Presented by Free Spirit Tours. FREE but please PRE-REGISTER.
Side Launch Brewing Dockside Bar
Enjoy the excitement of Sidelaunch Days with a cold beer from Side Launch Brewing Company. Awarded Canadian Brewing Company of the Year, Side Launch will be serving some of their favourite beers from their dockside bar at the north end of the Promenade. It’s the perfect location to watch the paddling and sailing events, and of course the 2-day wakeboarding competition!
2-DAY PRO & AMATURE WAKEBOARDING COMPETITION
Experience the thrill and be astounded by the sweet flips and crazy tricks performed by pro and amateur wakeboarders in a 2-day competition! Cheer them on from the promenade, enjoy summer at the Dockside Bar.
War Canoe Tug O’War and Kayak Try-it-On
Join a team and row like your life depends on it in this crazy fun War Canoe Tug O’War! FREE and please Pre-register. Presented by Free Spirit Tours.
Kids Craft & Activity Centre
Enjoy wind and water-themed arts and crafts for children including the construction and decoration of balsa wood planes. Then, take your plane to the Wooden Airplane Flight Zone and test its abilities in the Longest Flight Challenge. Presented by Eggsmart Collingwood Eatery and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
Eats, Treats & Arts Promenade
Lots of great specials and sales celebrating water, wind and Collingwood’s shipbuilding heritage.
Endurable I Dockside Tours
Step aboard the Endurable I and meet members of the Collingwood Watts Skiff Club who constructed this replica skiff. Learn about the history of the Watts Skiff in Collingwood.
Sailor for a Day in a Watercraft Simulator
NEW! Incredible interactive watercraft simulator that has programs to make you feel like you are sailing a Great Lakes Freighter – even one like those that used to ‘Sidelaunch’ into our Collingwood harbour, or a Passenger Ferry like the Chi-Cheemaun. Presented by Georgian College Centre for Marine Training and Research. www.marinetraining.ca
Two Amphitheatre Concerts
This year we have two free live outdoor concerts at the Shipyards Amphitheatre, including the well-known ‘Mudmen’ presented by Fram & Slokker, thenewshipyards.com. Be sure to visit the ‘Upper Deck’ – Side Launch Brewing company’s outdoor bar atop the Shipyards Amphitheatre & Greenspace.
Try It On Sailing
Free sailing opportunities presented by the Collingwood Sailing School. Register onsite.
Waterside Yoga Session
Join Shirlee Williams from Buddha Rider Yoga and Cycle studio for a FREE all levels yoga class. Enjoy the sweet sounds of live music presented by Jeremiah Hill, and the expansive view of the Collingwood harbour with The Blue Mountains in the background. This class is suitable for everyone. BYOM (bring your own mat). buddharider.com
Pre-Register to try SideRider Cable Wakeboarding!
For the week BEFORE Sidelaunch Days weekend (MONDAY 6TH AUGUST TO FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST), you can try out wakeboarding in the beautiful, safe and protected Collingwood Harbour. Get on your board, and grab onto the cable as you are pulled through the wakeboard course. When? Monday 6th August to 10am to 6pm daily.
Pre-register at https://sidelaunchdays-cable-wakeboarding.eventbrite.ca and you’re guaranteed a session (during the installation) to try out this hugely popular sport, though it is ‘first come, first serve’ on any given day. 20 minute session is just $35pp including rental gear, or $25 if you have your own gear. Cash/credit card accepted on site. Great for boarders of any skill level. Guaranteed ‘Get Up’! They’ll get you up or it’s free!
Kites over Collingwood
Bring your own kite or pick up and decorate a complimentary one on site and enjoy the winds at Millennium. Or just relax and watch the professionals with their colourful array of large scale kites soaring high above Collingwood Harbour!
Visit the Imagination Playground and Drinking Water Exploration Station, compliments of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge crew.
Water Rescue/Safety & Flares Demo
(One Performance ONLY) Brought to you by Georgian College Centre for Marine Training and Research. SUNDAY ONLY at 10:30am watch a daring water rescue and safety performance at the Sidelaunch Basin, including a stunning ‘flares’ demonstration!