The Cultural Tent, located beside the Highland Pavillion, presents a series of interesting discussions about all things Scottish.

Robert Burns: Scotland’s National Poet @ 10:00am

Eric Sanderson, Burns Club of Vancouver
From traditional ballads and romantic songs, to humorous satires and thought provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world’s most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics such as Auld Lang Syne and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose. Join Eric Sanderson of the Burns Club of Vancouver as he talks about Burn’s worldwide appeal, listen to some of Burns verses and poems and hear about the impact they have had over the centuries.

Scotching British Columbia: Cultural Blending in the Pacific Northwest @ 10:30am

Katie McCullough, Director, Centre For Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University
Through an examination of the social activities of Scottish settlers in the Lower Mainland, this presentation explores the ways in which Scots have not only embraced cultural blending in British Columbia but have also actively pursued it, contributing significantly to modern British Columbian identity.

Kilt-making Demonstration @ 11:00am

Helen McCrindle, Local Kiltmaker
The Scottish tartan kilt is the world-renowned national dress of Scotland; a powerful symbol of Scotland’s culture, history and national identity. From its earliest beginnings as a garment for the rough Highland environment to the flashy and bright uniform of highland dancers and pipe bands today, the kilt has undergone a 1,000 year evolution. Find out how they have evolved and how they are constructed today.

12:00noon - 1:00pm Break for opening ceremonies

Simon Fraser University: 50 Years and Beyond @ 1:15pm

Katie McCullough, Director, Centre For Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University
This talk covers Clan Fraser’s important connections to Simon Fraser University and the explorer Simon Fraser’s achievements in opening up the Canadian West on behalf of the North West Company. Featuring a contribution from the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Introduction to Scottish Genealogy @ 1:45pm

George Caldwell B.C. Genealogy Society – Scottish group facilitator
Interested in your family genealogy? Want to trace your ancestors back to Scotland? This presentation is intended to help people get started in tracing their Scottish ancestry, and will address such questions as:
• How do we begin to trace our family back to Scotland?
• What Scottish records are available?
• What information is contained on those records?
• What time period do the records cover?
• Where can the records be accessed and viewed?

Cànan nan Gàidheal – The Language of the Gael @ 2:30pm

Daryl Hutchings & John MacLeod, Gaelic Society of Vancouver
A bheil Gaidhlig agad? Learn about the origins, history, and the current resurgence of Gaelic in Scotland, Nova Scotia and elsewhere. Pick up a few handy phrases you can use in any setting, join us for a song or two, and find out about our upcoming Gaelic language lessons in the fall. Tha failte oirbh uileadh (All are welcome).

Nova Scotia’s Beautiful Gaelic Culture; past, present & future @ 3:00pm

Robyn Carrigan, Gaelic musician, educator & community organizer Nova Scotia (Alba Nuadh) has a rich and continuous history of Gaelic culture from the 1700’s to the present day.
The relative isolation of Nova Scotia helped to incubate the Scottish language and customs and the ancient language is still used in conversation and song. Robyn Carrigan is a fifth-generation aritime Gael, who will share song, poetry and stories of life in the Gaelic Belt of Nova Scotia and the very exciting Gaelic cultural revitalization currently taking place!


  1. I didn’t see the Clan tents mentioned on the website, but I know they are there.

    What are the charges for an information only clan tent at the games?

    • Hi Joan. Can you contact Dave Trotter? He is the chair of vendors, etc. at the Games. He can be reached at:

  2. Hi,

    I was just wondering how late this event tends to run?
    I travel by bus and I would have to see how the travel works out as to if it would be possible for me to come enjoy the night.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Meredith. We wrap up the Saturday games with a ceilidh in the beer garden, with all the pipers, drummers, dancers, organizers and volunteers. This will likely last until 8pm’ish.

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