Collingwood Sidelaunch Days Festival

by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)

As you may know, Collingwood is located on the shores of Georgian Bay.

As such, it had always had an enormous relationship with boating and shipping.

In fact, up until 1986, ship building was Collingwood’s major industry.

After the demise of the ship building industry, the town’s waterfront become available for development.

Industrial buildings were torn down and new residential building began to appear!

Quickly the town become a haven for visitors and new residents.

Instead of being an industrial town, it has now become a wonderful vacation area.

With the waterfront available and lots of vacationers looking for fun activities, a new festival was born!

The Collingwood Sidelaunch Days Festival.

Living so close to Collingwood, Judi (Scoop) and I had to go and check it out!

Arriving at the Collingwood Harbour, we saw that there were lots of activities available to see and do.

There were harbour boat tours, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

Vendors lined the dock, offering offering various goods and services.

As we walk further down the dock, I notice an interesting activity in the harbour.

At first, I wasn’t sure what was happening.

And then I realized that there was a “Wakeboard” competition taking place.

The Wakeboarders weren’t being pulled by boats, but there tow line was attached to a “pull-line” that ran high above the water.

Jumps had been erected in the middle of the harbour.

Competitors would glide over the water and head for one the jumps.

They would then reach the jump, and then fly through the air over it.

It was great fun to watch!

It was a terrific festival to visit.

One that we will definitely visit again!