The 155th annual Antigonish Highland Games

Registration for Highland Dancing begins today, April 24, 2018. Please see the link under the Registration Forms Tab or the Competition Tab above.

Information on the 155th Antigonish Highland Games is posted below and under the various tabs on this page. Notices leading to the Games are posted here in the order of the next event. Thank you to all who participated in our Tartan Day celebration April 4th.

  • The Culloden Memorial in Knoydart was held Saturday, April 21, 2018. Approximately 300 descendants and invited guests gathered roadside before 10:45 am to march to the Cairn in Mill Brook Pioneer Cemetery. The remembrance, at 11:00 am, began with Carol Ann MacKenzie’s brilliant overview. Bishop Dunn, Peter MacKenzie, and others gave Gaelic and English prayers followed by Dr. John Hamilton’s traditional salute. To view images of the 2018 commemoration please click on Culloden Ceremony for information and images.

    May is
    Gaelic Nova Scotia

    The Gaelic Community is preparing a 10th Anniversary celebration. As part of the celebrations a Gaelic Ecumenical Service will be held for the first time outside Cape Breton. Official approval has been received to hold the service 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 13, at the Chapel on the St. Francis Xavier university campus.The service is ecumenical, inviting all people of Gaelic heritage of whatever Christian church affiliation, to worship in their ancestral language. The service bulletin will provide the order of service, the verses of hymns and psalm, in Gaelic without translation. During the nine years of holding this service, we have welcomed Catholic and Protestant preachers alternately to the pulpit. This year, Monsignor James Macneil of the Diocese of Argyll, Scotland, will be with us to lead the service May 13; although this is Mother’s Day, when families come together, we invite them to include the Gaelic Ecumenical Service in their personal celebration of mothers”. The Celtic Department of St. FX will be contributing to this event along with Gaels from northeastern Nova Scotia.
    Le deagh dhurachd
    / With good wishes, Catriona Parsons

    • The 2018 Antigonish Highland Games weekend is Friday, July 6th, Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th.
      Please Note:  Our dates are a compromise reflecting Canada Day on the first Sunday of July and other tourist events in north eastern Nova Scotia. Our dates are different then originally stated. For that we apologize. We did attempt to reach a balance mindful of all north eastern Nova Scotia community events and the need to publish confirmed dates as early as possible. There are many events in north eastern Nova Scotia. To accommodate all  and celebrate our rich culture our communities and volunteers balanced individual community interests. Come enjoy our Highland Games, the Riverside Speedway races, the KitchenFest, Stan Rogers Festival, Broad Cove Festival and the many community suppers and activities on offer.  The Antigonish Highland Games weekend is  July 6th – 8th, 2018. The Games feature competitions in Piping, Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, a Tug-of-War competition and Ancient Scottish Heavy Events along with Concerts, Ceilidhs, Clan Gatherings and more.During Highland Games Week many events and activities take place throughout Antigonish Town & County. Our brochure and program outline all activities planned.

      Photo Credit: Wayne Ezekiel

      Photo Credit: Wayne Ezekiel

      The Antigonish Highland Games has built a worldwide reputation based on authenticity, attention to detail, and hospitality. The 155th Games will be no exception. The week long schedule will be jam packed with new and enhanced competitions featuring athletes, pipers, drummers, and highland dancers from across the country and around the world. There will also be the blend of Scottish flavoured ceilidhs, clan activities, and concerts.

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      LEASHED dogs are welcome to the Antigonish Highland Games, please pick up after your pets! Water is available in a dish beside Club 60 front entrance.

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