More than just kilts and bagpipes, there is a world of Celtic and Scottish culture to be discovered at the 2013 Canmore Highland Games, happening Labour Day Weekend on Sunday, September 1 in Centennial Park.
One of Canmore’s most cherished annual events, the Highland Games showcases all manner of highland traditions including piping, drumming, dance, sheep dog shows, clan displays, Celtic wares and traditional food.
The fun starts bright and early with a pancake breakfast and live entertainment in the Big Rock festival tent at 7:30am. From there you can look forward to a day that’s jam-packed with events, finishing in the evening with a raucous Ceilidh (otherwise known as a “Big Scottish Party!”).
The tradition of the highland games dates to the 11th century, when King Malcom III of Scotland organized a competition to find a man strong and fast enough to deliver messages on foot across long distances. Since then, highland games events have evolved into not just competitions but celebrations of Scottish and Celtic customs.
Watch the strongest of strong men as they hurl 19 ft. logs into the air or marvel at skilled young dancers as they demonstrate the art of highland dance. Maybe you’ll relax under the sun to a bagpipe serenade or get a new look with some authentic Scottish jewellery and apparel from one of the 35 vendor booths.
In addition to plenty of piping and drumming, the festival will also be hosting Ontario Celtic fusion band Hadrian’s Wall, with their unique mix of Irish, Scottish and Canadian influences in a style that mixes both jazz and rock.
Tickets are on sale now for both the games and the Ceilidh, with a discounted all-in-one pass for those wishing to attend both. If you’re seeking accommodation in Canmore during the games, consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn. We are just a 5-minute drive from Centennial Park and offer comfortable, affordable lodging with a range of onsite amenities.