Celtic Festivals & Events - Canada

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Introduction

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.   

Links:

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/