News Release: The Great Skate is Back!

For Immediate Release

January 6, 2016

Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate Returns

OTTAWA—It’s an event both uniquely Canadian and undeniably Scottish. It highlights the joys and challenges of our winters and the legacy of the people who helped build Canada. Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate is back for a second year, celebrating our first Prime Minister and our Scottish heritage with bare knees and ice.

“Last year was Macdonald’s bicentennial, and to mark the event, five cities across Canada hosted kilt skates,” says Don Cummer of the Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). “We had so much fun, we’re doing it again! We’d like this to become a Canadian winter tradition.”

Once again, the SSO is working with partner organizations in cities across the country:

·         Ottawa—Saturday, January 16, 2016, 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Dow's Lake or the Aberdeen Pavilion rink at Lansdowne Park (depending on ice conditions on the Rideau Canal);

·         Calgary—Saturday, January 16, 2016, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Olympic Plaza;

          Montreal—Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2-4 p.m., Le Vieux Port;

·         Saskatoon—Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Cameco Meewasin Skaters Lodge;

         Winnipeg—date and place to be determined.

For the latest developments on cities planning events, go to

“We invite all communities to release their inner Scot by organizing a kilt skate,” says Cummer. “It doesn’t take much—just an ice surface (preferably outdoor), some Scottish regalia such as tartans and kilts, and some people who want to have fun.” 

For the latest in kilt skate ideas, visit

YOU could host a kilt skate in your city or town! Anyone interested in organizing is welcome to contact Don Cummer at the coordinates below.

Media representatives are invited to join in their local kilt skate and/or contact Don to arrange an interview.


Keep up with Kilt Skate 2016:                                             Don Cummer                                 613-738-9082

Twitter: @ScotSocietyOtt, #kiltskate                                        

Celebrating Scottish heritage on the ice at Ottawa's Aberdeen Pavilion.

Celebrating Scottish heritage on the ice at Ottawa's Aberdeen Pavilion.