The Highland Village, the cultural centre of the BC Highland Games, is back for 2017!
Join us in the Village, where you can meet new and old friends, and enjoy the camaraderie of the Games and maybe even a wee dram.
The Highland Village is a cluster of tents at the south east end of the field, home to the Workshop Tent, Cultural Tent and Whisky School as well as a number of events over the day and a half of the BC Highland Games.
The open (pro) piobaireachd competition (classical music of the pipes) is always held on the evening before the Saturday games. In 2017, gates open at 5pm on Friday in the Highland Village and the competition (usually three competitors per hour) run until approximately 9pm. This is a very popular event for piping aficionados and we sold out last year. All the competitors join the VIP/Highland reception afterwards for the announcement of the winner. It is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the best pipers in the Pacific Northwest and to hear one of the most unique styles of music in the world.
Tickets are only $5 each and are available online in advance, or at the door on Friday evening. This is a must-attend event for the true piping aficionado. READ MORE
VIP Highland Reception
The VIP Highland Reception is back for 2017. From 7-9 pm, the BC Highland Games Organizing Committee of 30+ event chairs & coordinators, along with the directors of the United Scottish Cultural Society, our corporate sponsors, the mayor and councillors of Coquitlam, MLAs, MPs and special guests are invited to meet & mingle in a great social event. A very limited number of additional tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $35 if you want to be part of this event. This includes drinks, canapes and an opportunity to dress in your finest Highland outfits (or tartans) and rub elbows with the core of the BC Scottish community.
Saturday all day
In 2017 the Whisky School will again be located in a special tent in the Highland Pavilion village in the southeast corner of the field. Beginning at 12:30 pm, there will be four whisky tasting sessions hosted by two or more expert presenters. Whisky School director Bill Diamond is preparing a great afternoon of whisky tastings to compliment the music and atmosphere of a Scottish highland games taking place just outside the tent. Tickets will be limited. Sales will begin in March. Connect on Twitter for updates: @BCHighlandGames READ MORE
Cultural Tent and Presentations
Running all day long, the Highland Village is the place to discover the long history of the Scots in British Columbia. Hosted by the Gaelic Society of Vancouver, the St. Andrew's Saltire Society and the Moray Nairn & Banff Society, representatives will be on hand all day with a wide variety of displays and memorabilia from past years and accomplishments. Cultural presentations will also run out of the Highland Pavilion and will include presentations such as kilt making, the Scots in BC and "Who was Simon Fraser?." Try out a bagpipe, slip on some dancing slippers or beat out a tune on a drum pad. The Highland Village is the place to "get your Scot on."