Gore Bay Harbour Days
Every year on the 4th weekend of July, folks from Gore Bay and far beyond gather for our famous Harbour Days weekend. This three-day, multi-event festival is sure to have something for everyone. We’ve got farmer’s markets, Big Bike rides, world-class plays in our town theatre, beer gardens, live music, pancake breakfasts, cardboard boat races, soapbox derbies, fishing, art exhibits and a whole lot more. Stop by sometime and see for yourself. We promise you’ll be glad you did. Are you wondering about the timing and location of specific Harbour Days events? If it’s the Harbour Days season, check out our community calendar for the details of when you can catch various events.
Canada Day Celebration
On the first evening of July each summer, residents of Gore Bay and others gather in our town to take in a spectacular display of fireworks in celebration of our country’s founding. Facilitated by our extraordinary volunteer fire team, our fireworks have gained an impressive reputation island wide. Come join us next Canada Day and see for yourself.
Christmas Tree Lighting
In Gore Bay we love celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Take our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, for example. A couple weeks before the big day, townsfolk gather outside our community hall to sing carols, enjoy yuletide fellowship, and see the town Christmas tree lights turn on for the first time. Afterwards there’s cookies, hot chocolate, and lots of laughs in the hall.
Santa Claus Parade
Partnered with our Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, our famous Santa Claus parade is looked forward to by Gore Bay residents and visitors all year long. Dozens of colourful, brightly lit floats crowd our main street, while children laugh and collect candy that’s thrown from passersby. If you stick around long enough, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa himself.
Porter Clark Purvis Hockey Tournament
This annual hockey tournament is held on the first weekend of March and is an important fund raiser for Gore Bay minor hockey. There is a Men’s Sportsman Division with 8 teams, and 4 teams in the 40+ Men’s Division. It offers exciting hockey and has become a “Homecoming” event that many current and former Island hockey players look forward to attending every year.
A group of local men’s hockey player started this annual event in 2014 to raise funds for a fellow player and his family to help them through a difficult time. It has become annual event to raise funds for local individuals/families in need. There are 3 divisions including an Open Women’s Division. It is held just before Christmas. In the spirit of supporting a worthy cause, other supporting activities are held over the same weekend.