Festivals and Events

 Canada Day


Gathering of the


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Empowering our Climate Future for Rural Communities


Thursday, September 28
10:00am to 3:30pm – Public tours of Thinkers Lodge (last tour starts at 3:00pm)
10:00am to 4:00pm – Pugwash Visitor Information Centre open (for local and event information), Pugwash Village Hall, 124 Water Street, 902-243-2088.  Washrooms available on site.
12:00 to 5:00pm – A Climate for Art and other Important Exhibits – Lobster Factory
Student art displays, student ideas about climate change, organizers and sponsors information tables and displays.
• Interactive display of CLIVE (Coastal Impact Visualization Environment) on sea level rise, with Dr. Adam Fenech, UPEI Climate Lab
• Slide displays of environmental art of Regan Rosburg, and the works of Project Drawdown. 
1:00 to 2:15pm – Art, Science & Climate Change: A Conversation – Pugwash High School
A presentation to students and publc at the Pugwash High School Gym. Regan Rosburg and Chad Frischmann will present their views and works on climate change. Introduction by Robert Cervelli. Everyone welcome.
2:00 to 5:00pm – Public Performances and Discussions – Eaton Park Stage 
Food Vendor - Taco Stiles Food Truck 12:00-5:00pm - Water St (close to the stage)
• 2:00–2:30 Rebecca Moore, Mi’kmaq drumming for climate non-aggression
• 2:30–3:30 Meet some of the Thinkers, discussions on climate change and small towns
• 3:30-5:00  Local musicians including Eric Freesia 4:00-5:00
* Please note: the Peace Hall is a back up venue for inclement weather that may affect events in the Park.
5:30 to 7:30pm – Public Discussion – Peace Hall (first floor)
• Opening Mi’kmaq blessing
• Warden Gillis – Welcome 
• Robert Cervelli – Welcome and Introduction of Retreat Thinkers
• Opening video short (3min) – “Clearer from Afar”
• 60th Pugwash Anniversary Opening Remarks
            John Eaton – Nuclear War and Climate Change 1957 to 2017
• Panel Presentation and Public Discussion – Empowering our Climate Future for Rural Communities
           Describing the urgency, the potency and the potential for a new human prospect – a focus on small and rural communities.
           Moderator: Gregory Heming, Annapolis County Municipal Councilor
           Panelists:  Dr. Adam Fenech, UPEI Climate Change Lab
                               Shastri Christine Heming, Teacher, Shambhala Tradition
                               Robert Cervelli, Exec. Director, Centre for Local Prosperity
7:45 to 9:25pm – Film Albatross, by Chris Jordan – Peace Hall (first floor)
A film about the Midway Island albatross’ plight with consumption of ocean plastic, first screened in May, 2017 at Telluride. Gregory Heming will introduce Chris Jordan’s film which describes his personal journey into horror, beauty, grief, love and – ultimately – healing. 

Sunday, October 1
12:00 to 2:00pm – Outcomes of the Thinkers Retreat – Peace Hall 1st Floor
                  Talk by Jennifer MacIntyre, Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador (to be confirmed)
                  Media releases and press interviews
                  Personal statements by Thinkers
                  Poetry, music or retreat-inspired art
                  Mi’kmaq closing blessing

• Thinkers Lodge (tours) 249 Water Street (902 243-2071)
• Lobster Factory (art exhibits) 249 Water Street (902 243-2071)
• Pugwash High School (student talks) 192, Church Street (902.243.3930)
• Eaton Park Stage (talks and entertainment) Water Street
• Peace Hall (public discussion and movie) 14 Victoria Street (902 243-3390)





First Friday/Saturday in December


Just about every business in Pugwash participates in this two day event with treats, draws and in store specials.

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!

There will be puppet shows at the Library and fire truck rides from the old fire station




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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 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!


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