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CARP's Annapolis River Festival
July 16, 2016, Jubilee Park, Bridgetown, NS

CARP’s Annapolis River Festival

Clean Annapolis River Project is excited to announce that the second Annapolis River Festival will be held July 16, 2016 at Jubilee Park, Bridgetown. This daylong event is a celebration of the environmental, historical, cul-tural, and recreational values of the Annapolis River.

After the success of CARP’s inaugural Festival in 2015, this year’s Festival will see the return of last year’s most popular events, along with some exciting additions. In the festival’s first year we were joined by over 1200 guests, a number that we intend to grow.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include:
  • Dragon Boat Races*
  • Guided Boat Tours*
  • Canoe Races*
    • Traditional canoe-portage
    • Obstacle course
    • Springs
  • Ribs on the River, smoked rib competition
  • Pork in the Park, food tend with local beer and wine
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Live Music
  • Canoe and Kayak Exhibit
*Advanced registration or ticket purchase highly recommended

Event registration and ticket pre-sales

Guided Boat Tours

Hop aboard a whaler and let the MNCS Acadia Sea Cadets take you on a 1 hour guided tour of the Annapolis River. An interpreter will teach you about the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Limited space on each boat. Multiple departure times, TBA, departing from the dock at Jubilee Park. Tickets $20 each.

Canoe Races

This year three race options will be available: sprints; traditional canoe-portage; and the canoe obstacle course. All races are $20/team for teams of 2 persons. A limited number of boats are available to borrow, please let us know if you need to borrow a boat when you register.

Download the Registration Form

Obstacle Course

If you are looking for a totally unique race experience, this event is for you! Teams of two will be challenged to manoeuvre their boats through 6 obstacles, including the limbo, carry-over and basketball dunk, in order to complete the course with the fastest time (and without tipping).

Traditional Canoe Portage

Teams of two will start on land at the waterfront of Jubilee Park. Teams will portage their boat and packs to the water, then paddle upstream to the bridge and back to the finish line in front of the Festival grounds.


The sprint race is your opportunity to show your speed in the canoe. Teams of two paddlers will complete a short distance, straight line course, finishing in front of the Festival grounds.

Pork in the Park: Rib Dinner Pre-sales ($15)

We are offering pre-sale on a limited number of Rib Dinners. Plates are $15 each and include ribs, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Meals will be available for pick up at the Pork in the Park food tent between 11 AM-2 PM.

Main event sponsors:

Graves FreshmartRibs on the River
Connells MotorsGuided Boat Tours
Fraser's Pro HomecenterCanoe races
Lequille Country StoreChildren’s Activities
Granville Ferry MarketChildren’s Activities
Spicer ConstructionChildren’s Activities
Investors GroupLive Music and Event Stage
Bridgetown PharmasaveEvent yet to be named
Irene and Tim Hennigar
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