Canada celebrates Scottish Heritage with Annual Kilt Skates

10 Jan 2018

Over the next couple of weeks, Canadians will be taking to the ice in their kilts and tartan for the second annual Kilt Skates.

The event is a uniquely Canadian way of celebrating Scottish heritage where outdoor parties will be held and skaters will don their best Scottish regalia.

For 2018, the Kilt Skates will focus on the Year of Young People with young hockey, ringuette and Highland dance clubs showcasing on the ice.

The Kilt Skates will take place in six cities in January and February:

  • January 13 – Montreal, organized by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal;
  • January 20 – Ottawa, organized by the Scottish Society of Ottawa;
  • January 27 – Saskatoon, organized by the Saskatoon Highland Dancing Association;
  • January 28 – Toronto, organized by the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC);
  • February 3 – Alexandria, organized by the Clan Donald;
  • February 11 – Calgary, organized by the St. Andrew-Caledonian Society of Calgary.

More locations are to join the list in the coming weeks.

Skater-in-Chief Don Cummer said: “The Kilt Skates are a chance for the people of Canada to nurture their inner Scot. You don’t have to be Scottish. You don’t even have to wear a kilt. Just come to the party with a spirit of Scottish fun and fortitude, and wear Canada’s favourite colour – tartan!”

The Kilt Skates are organised by the Scottish Society of Ottawa. You can follow the Kilt Skates action on or by following the #kiltskate2018 hashtag on social media.

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