70 years of Scottish Traditions: Glengarry Highland Games

Cornwall, ON – July 29 2017 — It’s been 70 years! In Maxville, Ontario on August 5-6, The Glengarry Highland Games will be celebrating its 70th year.

What are the Glengarry Highland Games?

The Glengarry Highland Games consist of a series of traditional Scottish competitions held annually.

The first Highland Games were created by local businessmen in 1948 to ensure Scottish traditions would be kept alive. Little did they know that it would become an event that has been attracting thousands of people for as long as it has. This event is the largest of its kind outside of Scotland, and it has North America’s largest performance of massed pipe bands.

Heritage Village

In honour of 70 years, Heritage Village will have a special showcase of Glengarry’s history and heritage as well as a showcase of all years of the game. Outside of Heritage Village, militia groups that were part of Canada’s early defence will tell stories of their battles and their lives on the frontline.

Characters from Canada’s history will be strolling the grounds of the games on Friday and Saturday, namely Sir John A. Macdonald and militia re-enactors.


  • Heavyweights Championships
  • Highland Dancing Competition
  • Highland Regiments Tug of War
  • Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal Competition
  • North American Pipe Band Championships

Events / Types of activities

  • Children’s events (Junior Heavyweight, Track and Field)
  • Clans
  • Live music entertainment
  • Fiddling
  • Harp workshop
  • Kilt run
  • Rugby (The First Annual Nate MacRae Memorial Rugby Tournament)
  • Whisky Tasting

There will be a children’s area: Wee Bairns Tent. Inside this area will be a petting zoo, a falcon display, a puppet show, bouncy castles, face painting and more!

Check out www.glengarryhighlandgames.com for more information on events and admission fees.

Written by Sophie Poirier

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