Tug-of-war, pipe bands and many more Scottish traditions will be featured at the annual Highland Games in Montreal. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Douglas Hospital in Verdun from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Although the games highlight Scottish traditions, visitors of all backgrounds are encouraged to join in the competitions, activities and live entertainment.
Children and adults are invited to compete in the hammer throw, caber toss and more. Kids can partake in the dance and band competitions, and will have their own mini-Highland Games, which will include many of the same events as the adult version.
The children’s games will take place in the Family Village where kids can get their face painted, enjoy inflatables, watch medieval combat presentations or learn combat moves. Kids can also participate in a one-kilometre race in the Caledonian Run at 10 a.m.
Children under the age of 14, who are accompanied by an adult, can participate in the games for free, while adult tickets cost $12.50 until July 27. After that date, tickets are $15 and can be bought at the gate.
Traditional Scottish dishes such as Haggis, meat pies and shortbread cookies will be available at a concession stand. Vendors will also be on-site selling traditional Celtic attire, accessories and jewelry.
On Aug. 1, there will also be a Caber Parade that will kick off at the corner of Wellington and Lasalle Streets at 7 p.m., with Scottish music and traditional Celtic dancing. To participate, contact the Highland Games Society; kids of all ages are welcome.
There will be a free shuttle service to from Angrignon metro station every 20 minutes until 7 p.m. For more information, visit montrealhighlandgames.com.