COMING IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2018...

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The Scottish Society of Ottawa presents

Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate

Coming to a skating rink near you:

Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate is indelibly Scottish and undeniably Canadian. It speaks to the Scottish contribution to Canada’s multicultural heritage, and in 2018, it will be bigger than ever.

 

This event is open to everyone. It’s a chance to nurture your inner Scot. You don’t have to be Scottish. You don’t even have to wear a kilt. Just come to the party with a spirit of Scottish fun and fortitude, and wear Canada’s favourite colour – tartan!

How did it begin? To celebrate the bicentennial of Canada's first prime minister, the Scottish Society of Ottawa launched the first Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate on January 31, 2015. Other cities joined in. This year, we're expecting even more cities across Canada to celebrate the Fourth Annual Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate.

Once again, we will turn to the Government of Scotland to help us celebrate. 

Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate is becoming an annual event that is both uniquely Canadian and undeniably Scottish. 

Want to get your community involved? Have a look at this website, read our blogs, and contact us!

Here's what partner cities did last year:

 

THE OTTAWA SENATORS' SIR JOHN A. MASCOT JOINS THE KILT SKATE IN OTTAWA, 2015

THE OTTAWA SENATORS' SIR JOHN A. MASCOT JOINS THE KILT SKATE IN OTTAWA, 2015

A very cold piper leads the kilt skate in Saskatoon, 2015.

A very cold piper leads the kilt skate in Saskatoon, 2015.

CELEBRATING HOGMANAY 2015 AT THE aBERDEEN PAVILION, OTTAWA

CELEBRATING HOGMANAY 2015 AT THE aBERDEEN PAVILION, OTTAWA

Ottawa brought in 2016 at the Scottish Society of ottawa's 4th annual hogmanay.

Ottawa brought in 2016 at the Scottish Society of ottawa's 4th annual hogmanay.

The cold weather in ottawa (-35 with wind chill) didn't keep the dancers off the stage at the 2015 event.

The cold weather in ottawa (-35 with wind chill) didn't keep the dancers off the stage at the 2015 event.

the scots have a word for it:  "thrawn"

the scots have a word for it:  "thrawn"

The temperature in ottawa was -35 with the wind chill  but that didn't deter some hardy scots.

The temperature in ottawa was -35 with the wind chill
 but that didn't deter some hardy scots.

Help celebrate Sir John A with bare knees and ice.
— Don Cummer, Skater-in-Chief, SSO

Join the fun -- wherever you are!

Partner organizations in cities across Canada will host kilt skates on outdoor rinks. Come join us! 

We've Done This Before!

2016

  • Ottawa -- Lansdowne Park skating court, January 16. Photo essay. Ottawa Citizen
  • Montreal -- Vieux Port
  • Calgary -- Olympic Plaza
  • Saskatoon -- PowerCorp Wintershines Festival, Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink, January 30

2015

Ottawa – in one of the opening events of Winterlude, about 200 skaters, accompanied by the Ottawa Senators’ Sir John A. mascot and the Ice Hogs (attired in tartan), assembled on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Participants skated from Fifth Avenue to the Rideau chalet, and gathering in Confederation Park, where birthday cake and Scottish entertainment awaited them. The photographer Dyanne Wilson was there and included many great photos on her blog. And here's what the Ottawa Citizen said, with commentary by John Ivison.

Montreal – the St. Andrew’s Society organized an event at the outdoor rink at the Vieux Port

Winnipeg – the Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba assembled some 150 kilt skaters at The Forks on the frozen Red and Assiniboine rivers – the world’s longest skating rink.

Saskatoon – as part of PotashCorp WinterShines festival, skaters gathered at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink near the Bessborough Hotel.

Calgary – under the auspices of the Calgary and High River Optimist Clubs, kilt skaters gathered at the Calgary Olympic Plaza.

Thanks to support from the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as the Government of Scotland, skaters in each of the cities enjoyed hot chocolate and birthday cake and such commemorative items as a Scottish-flag toque and a Sir John A. Macdonald toonie.

Provincial or municipal officials were on hand to proclaim January 31, 2015, as “Sir John A. Macdonald Day.” The assembly areas featured colourful bunting and signage, and well-wishers signed a giant birthday card for Sir John A.