Get ready for the swirl of the kilts and skirl of the pipes, as preparations are well underway for the 2015 BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival, June 20 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.
When the gates open, enjoy a new and improved Highland Games & Scottish Festival, as Simon Fraser University celebrates its 50th anniversary with special events on the field throughout the day including sponsorship of top level piping and drumming, pipe band performances from Vancouver Police and the Irish Regiment of Canada pipe bands, an expanded refreshment area and activities for kids and adults throughout the day. The City of Coquitlam has named the family-oriented festival a “Signature Event” of the city, highlighting the importance of the Games to the city and the Pacific Northwest.
In pipe band competition, two of the world’s best pipe bands (SFU & Dowco Triumph Street pipe bands) will once again square off against each other, along with stiff band competition in all other grades. The best highland dancers in the Pacific Northwest will be on hand to dance jigs and reels, along with the caber-tossing heavy event athletes, solo pipers and drummers, whisky tasting tents, classic British cars, Scottish country dancing, singers, cultural tents and food vendors all under what is, most years, a beautiful, sunny late spring sky near Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain.
Bring your umbrella (for the sun, of course), a comfortable chair or sit under the covered grandstands with a cold refreshment. Wander the field to see the vendors or relax in your seat with a cold drink from the beer garden. The 2015 BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival is a time to relax, enjoy music and camaraderie and get in touch with your Highland or Celtic ancestry.