The Canmore Highland Games returns this upcoming long-weekend for its 27th year of Scottish celebration and culture.
Canmore A.B. – This long weekend the Highland Games returns to Canmore to bring locals a spectacular display of Scottish heritage and entertainment with three major must-attend events – Taste of the Highlands (September 1st, 5 pm to 9 pm), Canmore Highland Games (September 2nd, 8 am to 6 pm) and The Ceilidh (September 2nd 6 pm to 11 pm). Since 1991, this weekend-long celebration of community pride and history has become a main highlight of the Summer events calendar in Canmore and Alberta.
Canmore’s Scottish heritage traces back to 1884 when Donald A. Smith officially named the town after King Malcolm “Canmore” III of Scotland. During King Malcolm’s rule, The Highland Games were born to find Scotland’s most durable subjects in order to serve as the King’s messenger. Now the tradition continues as a celebration of culture and community almost 1,000 years later.
“We are proud to have been able to run this event over the last 27 years, with the help of volunteers and local businesses, like Spring Creek Real Estate,” says Sandy Bunch, organizer of the Canmore Highland Games and member of the Malcolm Scottish Society. “The Highland Games is a fabulous way for locals to unleash their inner Scot and revel in the rich cultural traditions.”
Also named after King Malcolm III is the brand-new five-star Malcolm Hotel, which will be available for accommodation during the Games. Those who stay at The Malcolm will be some of the first as it has only just opened its doors in late July. The Malcolm Hotel is now taking event and conference bookings along with accommodation. Managed by Clique Hotels, The Malcolm Hotel will be Canmore’s premier luxury hotel, drawing on inspiration from Scottish heritage with a modern touch particularly in the fine dining restaurant.
The Highland Games kicks off with the Taste of the Highlands food, beer, wine and scotch festival where attendees will be able to immerse themselves in the best Scottish style produce at the Don Garen Festival tent on Saturday 1st September. There will be over 90 local and international food and beverage vendors to choose from. Tickets are available at the gate and are $30 per adult. Tickets include 10 taste tokens for the evening.
The games begin on Sunday 2nd September at 8 am at the Canmore Centennial Park. Tickets are $23 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $5 for children six to 12 years of age. Admission provides a full day of entertainment and fun including:
- 8:00 am Scottish and Celtic Markets open
- 8:30 am Piping and Drumming Competitions and Heavy Sports Contest
- 9:00 am Highland Dance Competition begins
- 10:00 am Beer Garden with food trucks, games and entertainment opens
- 12:00 pm Sheepdog demonstration
- 12:40 pm 78th Fraser Highlanders musket shoot
- 1:00 pm Official opening ceremony
- 1:30 pm Continued Highland Dance Competition and Tug of War Heats
- 2:30 pm Whisky Tasting and Pipe Band Competition
- 4:45 pm Tug of War final contest
- 5:00 pm Highland raffle draw, massed pipes and drums and official closing ceremony
Photo caption: The impressive Canmore Highland Games Tug of War Event
Photo credit: Malcolm Scottish Society
Then for those really wanting to celebrate the spirit of King Malcolm III, The Ceilidh begins at 6:00 pm with live Scottish folk music, entertainment, and dancing. The evening will be headlined by the world famous Celtic Canadian band, ‘The Mudmen’, who are a blast of Celtic energy on and off the stage and have featured on tours with ZZ Top and The Guess Who.
“The Ceilidh is one of the best events on the Canmore party calendar and must not be missed,” says Spring Creek President Frank Kernick. Kernick and the Spring Creek team are huge supporters of The Highland Games and have been major sponsors for the last few years.
“We love the Highland Games event because it is a great way to have the wider community come together and celebrate who we are and where we have come from,” says Kernick. “Plus it is really good fun, great music, and food all with an unbeatable Scottish flair”.
Tickets to The Ceilidh are $40 per person or can be purchased as a bundle of 10 at $250, which is a significant saving and a great reason to bring all your friends and family along to party the night away in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Tickets can still be purchased online for single events or as bundled packages ranging from $5.00 to $60.00. https://canmorehighlandgames.ca/tickets/.
About Spring Creek https://www.springcreekrealestate.ca/
Spring Creek is a mountain neighborhood comprised of homes for locals and vacationers of all ages, located within walking distance of downtown Canmore in the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by mountain views, vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness and clear, glacier-fed rivers and streams, opportunities for outdoor adventure include world-class skiing, golf, and fishing, hiking, biking and mountaineering.