Festivals and Events

 Canada Day


Gathering of the


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First Friday/Saturday in December


Just about every business in Pugwash participates in this two day event with treats, draws and in store specials. For a full list of participating businesses and events in 2015, please click here.

The Community Christmas tree outside of the old train station will be lit on Friday at 7pm.  Santa will be there, along with some treats and carol singers!  Thanks to Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue for finding, cutting, decorating and (later on) taking down the tree for the village!

Bring two strings of old incandescent holiday lights to the Village Hall on Friday afternoon for a brand new set of LED lights. There will be puppet shows at the Library and fire truck rides from the old fire station.

Cheer on the team at the high school as they play for Pugwash in a senior girls basketball tournament!






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Canada Day

The village of Pugwash has celebrated Canada Day (previously Dominion Day) on July 1st for nearly 150 years.  Celebrations have included parades, family picnics and boat races over the years.  In 1951, the Gathering of the Clans was included as part of those celebrations.

The Grand Parade starts at 10am with a police car and fire trucks leading the way down Church Street to Victoria Street.  They turn right down Victoria Street and right again onto Water Street.  They continue almost to the end of Water Street and turn right again onto King Street and back to where they started.  It takes about an hour for the Parade to go the 2km route through the village. 

It is a condition of the pipe and drum competition that competing bands must participate in the parade, adding to the spectacle!  Commercial and non-commercial groups put together fabulous floats, decorate vehicles or march in the parade.  The Shriners come with their clowns and tiny vehicles.  The antique tractors and vintage cars sparkle as they parade past the flag-waving crowd.  The animals are at the end of the parade with horse drawn carriages, riding horses and ponies and miniature horses.  Sometimes other kinds of critters come along.  There are prizes for the parade entries, including one for "most humorous".

The theme for the parade this year is "Celebrate Canada 150"

The fireworks at dusk are another important part of Canada Day.  Huge crowds assemble in the park, on the approach roads and bridges and on the water to watch the best fireworks in the County on July 1st!  Rain date for the 2017 fireworks is July 2nd.


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Municipality of Cumberland County