The Scottish Society of Ottawa
The Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO) has been founded to revive and rejuvenate the historic links between Scotland and Canada. More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. Through special events and educational programs, SSO wants 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 SSO’s Hogmanay events each year, while others come out for its whisky tasting, sport events, Robbie Burns dinners, and St. Andrew’s celebrations.
In January 2015, the Society organized its first kilt skate to celebrate the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald. Kilt skates have been held in Montreal, North Glengarry, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary as well as Ottawa.