Collingwood Museum announces expanded 7th annual Shipyard Social

The Collingwood Museum invites you to celebrate the men and women of the Collingwood Shipyards at the 7th annual Shipyard Social on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. 

This year’s expanded two-day event begins on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. with the Shipyard Social Kick-Off at the Side Launch Brewing Company, located at 100 Mountain Road, Unit 1. The evening will include opening remarks, film screenings, and a social hour. Admission is free. Donations to the Collingwood Museum are welcome.

On Saturday, September 9, the popular “Hardhats on Hurontario” march will begin at 11:30 a.m. Former shipyard workers and community members are invited to participate in the march from Town Hall to the Collingwood Museum along the Simcoe Street sidewalk. Shipyard workers are encouraged to bring along their hardhats if they still have them. Participants (including community members) may reserve a hardhat by calling museum staff at 705-445-4811 Ext. 7211. March participants are asked to assemble at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A courtesy cart will be available to assist with transportation. Scooters and assistive devices are welcome in the procession. 

At 12:00 p.m. sharp a group photograph of former shipyard employees will be taken at the Collingwood Museum. For the remainder of the afternoon, the community is invited to participate in a social gathering on the museum grounds. Everyone is invited to explore the museum’s exhibits and watch a slide show of past Shipyard Social special moments. Admission to the event is free.

Parking will be available at the Collingwood Museum as well as the HarbourEdge Centre at 40 Huron Street. The Town of Collingwood’s courtesy cart will be available to assist with transportation to and from the site. Participants marching in the procession are welcome to park in the municipal parking lots along Ste. Marie Street. 

The Town Hall clock tower will be illuminated blue on September 8 and 9 in celebration of the Shipyard Social which has become the Collingwood Museum’s flagship event. The annual event honours and acknowledges the many community members who participated in Collingwood’s century-long tradition of shipbuilding. The Collingwood Shipyards was one of the region’s largest employers until its closure on September 12, 1986. 

Museum staff are excited to welcome everyone for the 7th annual Shipyard Social! For full details, visit

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