The Scottish Society of Ottawa
More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. Our mission is to better promote an awareness and appreciation of Scottish culture, and its significant contribution to the fabric of Canadian society and identity through widespread public engagement among as many Canadians of all backgrounds as possible. The Scottish Society of Ottawa has been founded to revive and rejuvenate the historic links between Scotland and Canada.
Through special events and educational programs, we want to expose more Canadians to our shared history. The Society’s inaugural event took place on New Year’s Eve 2012 – a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall that aimed to replicate the excitement of Edinburgh’s world famous party as the clock strikes midnight and we enter a new year.
Since then, growing numbers of people in Ottawa have attended our Hogmanay events each year, while others come out for our whisky tasting, sport events, Robbie Burns dinners, and St. Andrew’s celebrations. In January 2015, the Society organized a kilt skate to celebrate the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald.
Kilt skates were held in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary as well as Ottawa. We intend to build the kilt skate phenomenon as an enduring way to recognize Sir John A.’s achievements and highlight Scottish culture.