The BC Highland Games are made possible by the patronage of the United Scottish Cultural Society through the Scottish Cultural Centre.
The United Scottish Cultural Society was formed in 1955 by 14 prominent Scottish societies of Vancouver in an effort to create an amalgamated group of Scots sharing a passion for perpetuating Scottish culture. While a few of those societies have since ceased to exist, those that remain continue the legacy of supporting the Scottish Cultural Centre as a hub of activity to encourage the fostering and preservation of Scottish Culture in any and all of its forms, including music, dance, and the gaelic language.
From 1955 to 1985, these societies congregated for ceilidh’s and other social events in a former school they purchased at Fir Street and 12th Avenue which they renamed The Scottish Auditorium. In July of 1986 the current Scottish Cultural Centre was officially opened as the place to gather together and share a common bond; the love of Scottish music and dancing, and Scottish culture in general.
This Centre now reaches out into the broader community to provide an outstanding venue for groups of any culture or interest. Weddings, concerts, ballroom dancing, and seminars. With three floors of rooms of various size, and the ability to accommodate from 10 to 400 people, there’s always something happening at the Scottish Cultural Centre.
For further information, or to book an appointment;
please call the manager,
MEMBER SOCIETIES of the USCS
B.C. Highland Dance Association
Formally established in 1934 and the major body of highland dancers and teachers in British Columbia. Host of the B.C. Provincial Closed Highland Dancing Championship.
B.C. Pipers Association
Promotes the playing of the Great Highland Bagpipe by organizing events for all pipers throughout the year. Annual Knock-Out competitions and Annual dinner held at the Scottish Cultural Centre.
Gaelic Society of Vancouver
The motto, “Follow closely traditions of your ancestry” has inspired members of this society since its inception in 1908. Established to foster matters of interest to Celts everywhere, the society aims to cultivate a more general knowledge of the language, literature and music of the Gael. For many years, Gaelic Society ceilidhs were traditionally held on the first Saturday of every month, from October to May. Of late, Ceilidhs are held less frequently.
Moray, Nairn & Banff Association
Instituted in 1931 by the then recently-laden Scots from the Shires of Moray, Nairn and Banff, the association provided a common meeting place where members could share the memories and preserve the traditions, literature and history of those Shires and of Scotland at large. Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, October to May.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Class instruction that began in 1931 has experienced phenomenal growth. Now the Vancouver branch conducts classes in levels of proficiency. Groups are established throughout the Lower Mainland.
St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society
The oldest existing organizaiton of its kind in the city of Vancouver, the St. Andrews & caledonian Society began in May 1886, merely a month after the pioneer settlement on Burrard Inlet became a city. Malcolm A. MacLean was the society’s first president and Vancouver’s first mayor. Promoting Scottish culture and ideals are still a large part of the society’s goals.
Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association
This leading Scottish fraternal association dates from 1867 in Canada and 1895 in British Columbia. Camps in 29 Canadian cities help to preserve things Scottish by promoting the aims of the association, which include fostering Scottish culture, maintaining a fraternal organization, provide an insurance fund, and promote member social functions and support community projects. Three of B.C.’s nine camps are members of the USCS:
Lord Tweedsmuir Camp (1939), Glamis Camp (1937), Glengarry Camp (1937).
District 16, which encompasses representatives of each of the nine camps, is itself a shareholder.
The Highland Association
Once one of the most active socities, staging ceilidhs and plays, to preserve the fraternalism and rich heritage of the Scottish Highlands and its people.
Vancouver Ladies’ Pipe Band
Now inactive, band members once wore the MacNab tartan in honour of founder Mary MacNab. The band was formed in 1927, and in its nearly 80 years won many awards. In 1980, it was the first all-ladies band to win a World Title.