Founded in 1807 and incorporated as a village in 1948, Pugwash is a scenic, deep-water port village located on the Northumberland Strait. It is world-famous for its National Historic Site, the Thinkers Lodge and a popular destination for summer fun. Boating enthusiasts will find a public boat ramp, yacht club, fishermen’s wharf and two private marinas.
Thousands head to Pugwash each summer for the annual Gathering of the Clans, a celebration of all things Scottish and one of Nova Scotia’s favourite places to celebrate Canada Day. Pugwash HarbourFest is another marquee event, with a raft of family entertainment and seaside-fun. The 2017 dates have shifted to coincide with Canada 150 celebrations over the Canada Day weekend, and to welcome visiting Tall Ships for their fourth visit to the area!
Did you know that Pugwash is home to two Nobel Prizes?
In 1995, the 1957 Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and Dr. Joseph Rotblat, a conference founder, won the Nobel Peace Prize. The other is the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Cumberland County’s own Willard S. Boyle and his associates Charles K. Kao and George E. Smith. These gentlemen were responsible for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor, which has become an electronic eye in almost all areas of photography. These awards are proudly displayed at the Thinkers Lodge!
Mr. Boyle often returned to the Wallace and Pugwash area for relaxation between his incredible accomplishments in academia and research.
Photo credit: Ian Murray
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