With 4.7m Canadians of Scottish descent, the Celtic festival scene is dominated by Highland Games.
They are held in almost every province from June to August, including the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival (British Columbia), the Manitoba Highland Gathering, the 150-year-old Antigonish Highland Games (Nova Scotia), the Glenagarry Highland Games (Ontario) and the century-old Calgary Highland Games (Alberta). And that’s just a small selection!
The other Celtic nations aren’t neglected though. In April Ontario hosts the Gweil Gymreig or Welsh Festival and July sees the Irish Festival in New Brunswick.
The largest-scale festival in the country, however, must be Celtic Colours, which takes place on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island in October. The long history of Irish and Scottish settlers on the island makes it the perfect location. Uniquely, the festival is held in multiple locations around Cape Breton, with different communities hosting concerts and workshops over a nine-day period.
BC Highland Games https://bchighlandgames.com/
Manitoba Highland Gathering http://www.manitobahighlandgathering.org
Antigonish Highland Games http://www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca/
Glengarry Highland Games http://www.glengarryhighlandgames.com/
Calgary Highland Games http://calgaryhighlandgames.org/
Ontario Welsh Festival https://ontariowelshfestival.ca/home/
Irish Festival www.canadasirishfest.com
Celtic Colours https://celtic-colours.com/