History of Our Games

Caledonian Games, Hastings Park, Vancouver, circa 1930. Photo courtesy Vancouver Archives.

Caledonian Games, Hastings Park, Vancouver, circa 1930. ,br/>Photo courtesy Vancouver Archives.

Highland Games originated among the Scots’ Celtic ancestors and became a customary part of their life. Events such as tossing the caber and putting the stone, and competitions in playing bagpipes and Highland dancing formed the core of the festivities. Emigration from Scotland dispersed the Highland Games and brought them to North America where they have flourished.

Tossing the Caber, Vancouver, August 11, 1928. Photo courtesy Vancouver Archives.

Tossing the Caber,
Vancouver, August 11, 1928.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Archives.

A Highland Society was first organized in Ontario in 1819 but lapsed after “many successful gatherings.” More permanent games were established in 1838 by the Caledonian Club of PEI. Similar games followed in Lancaster, Toronto, Cape Breton, Montréal and Zorra, and by Confederation in Halifax, Antigonish, Chatham, Ottawa and VANCOUVER.

Today the local Games are run by the BC Highland Games Committee under the auspices of The United Scottish Cultural Society.

The Games operate from the Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6P 4N2
Telephone (604) 263-9911 Fax (604) 263-9510