Water Events

New! Stand Up Paddle Board Race

Join us at Dinghy Beach for the NEW and exciting SUP Board Racing competitions.

This exciting event pits paddle boarders against each other in a race around a course on the water.

Whether you’re a seasoned paddle boarder or just looking for a new and exciting way to spend a summer day, the SUP Board Racing competition is the perfect way to get in on the action. So grab your board, paddle, and a few friends, and get ready to ride the water at the SUP Board Racing competition at the Pugwash Harbourfest!

July 29 | 10:30 AM | Dinghy Beach


Sinkers Conference Boat Race

Set sail on an adventure like no other with the Sinkers Conference. This fun-filled event is a cardboard boat race where participants create their own boats using only cardboard and duct tape. Then they put the boats to the ultimate test by racing them around a course in the waters of Pugwash Harbour. 

From hilarious designs to creative engineering, the Sinkers Conference promises to be a boatload of fun for everyone involved!

Make sure to stick around for the award ceremony, where prizes will be given for the fastest boat, the most creative design, and even the most spectacular sinking! 

July 29 | 11:30 AM | Dinghy Beach

Canoe Jousting Competition

Joust your way to victory at the Canoe Jousting competition. This challenging event takes traditional jousting to a whole new level, with competitors facing off in canoes and attempting to knock each other off with padded lances. 

Whether you’re an experienced jouster or just looking for an exciting, new way to spend a summer day, the Canoe Jousting competition is the perfect way to get in on the action. With plenty of fun, laughter, and a little friendly competition, this event is sure to be a highlight of your summer. So grab a partner, climb into a canoe, and get ready to joust your way to victory!

July 29 | 4:00PM | Dinghy Beach

New! Key Log Rolling

New to Atlantic Canada! Pugwash Harbourfest has added Log Rolling for the summer of 2023!

Log rolling, as a sport, began in the late 1800’s during the great logging era and developed into a competitive sport that is still alive and growing today.

Come and test your balance and agility at the annual Pugwash Harbourfest! Join us for a thrilling Key Log Rolling competition at Dinghy Beach. This exciting challenge involves standing on a floating keylog while attempting to knock off your opponents. Do you have what it takes to be the last one standing?

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event at Pugwash Harbourfest!

 July 29th | 5PM | Dinghy Beach

Pugwash Yacht Club Boat Tours


The Pugwash Yacht Club’s Harbour Tour is the perfect activity for those looking to unwind and take in the beauty of the area.

With friendly and experienced yacht club members at the helm, learn more about the lovely village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia while you sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Pugwash Harbour and ongoing village activities.

July 29th | 1:30 | Dinghy Beach Docks