Sidelaunch Days Events and Activities
August 11-12, 2018

SUP Races & Demos

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).  Details
To register ontariosupseries.com

collingwood harbour tours

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 Saturday, 3:30pm and 5:30pm and Sunday 11:30am and 3:30pm. 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 Charters
Collingwood Adventure Voyages

SUP Races & Demos

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.

Try It On Sailing

Free sailing opportunities presented by the Collingwood Sailing School. Register onsite.

Side Launch Brewing Dockside Bar

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!

Pro Wakeboard Demos

2-day Pro & Amateur 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.  Details

War Canoe Tug of War

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.

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Kids Craft & Activity Centre

Create old fashioned hand held games and build your own balsa wood plane. 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.

face painting

Healthy Kids Active Play Area & Wooden Airplane Flight Zone

Enjoy classic road hockey, giant games, and active play activities for all ages. Presented by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and Eggsmart. Try out your wooden plane for distance.

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.

Paddle Lighthouse

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. Details

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

AXED mobile Throwing Club

Join AXED mobile throwing club on our 20ft fully caged, wheelchair accessible trailer and experience the rush of getting your axe in the target! Instruction, safety and coaching provided. So much fun for the whole family!! Closed-toe shoes required. Minimum throw age is 10. $10/10 throws. Get AXED on the trailer or cheer from the side!  axedthrowing.com

Siderider Cable Wakeboard

Try Out Wakeboarding!


For the week BEFORE Sidelaunch Days weekend, 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, get up guarantee or it’s free! August 6-10, 10am to 6pm daily. For all details click here.

collingwood harbour tours

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!

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground

Visit the Imagination Playground and Drinking Water Exploration Station, compliments of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge crew.

Kites over Collingwood

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!


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!


Eats, Treats & Arts Promenade

Lots of great specials and sales celebrating water, wind and Collingwood’s shipbuilding heritage.

Daily Activities Schedule

Cranberry Golf Resort
Government of Ontario
Living Water Resort & Spa
Living Water Resort & Spa
Living Water Resort & Spa