Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate
In January 2015, Montreal’s St Andrew’s Society joined with other Scottish societies in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Calgary and Winnipeg and held the Sir John A Great Canadian Kilt Skate to celebrate Sir John A Macdonald’s 200th birthday. We invited everyone to come to the Skating Rink at the Vieux-Port de Montreal in kilt, tartan or other Scottish gear and skate! Many came and enjoyed the whirl of the pipes and joy of skating on great ice.
We all had so much fun that we decided to make it an annual event, and once again we asked people to join us across the country and skate in tartan in 2016. And they headed the call!
Again in 2017 with so many anniversaries: Canada’s 150th, Montreal’s 375th and the 40th Anniversary the St Andrew’s Society will be holding its third annual Great Canadian Kilt Skate at the Vieux-Port de Montreal on January 14th at 2pm. Once again we invite everyone to dress in kilts, tartans or other Scottish gear and celebrate their Scottishness in a very Canadian way!
Vieux-Port Skating Rink Admission Prices in effect for event. See website for more information on costs and conditions: http://www.oldportofmontreal.com/
Great Canadian Kilt Skates will be held in Montreal, Toronto (Jan 21st), Ottawa (Jan 28th), Winnipeg (Jan 28th), Saskatoon (Jan 28th) and Calgary (Feb 5th).
Montreal's Old Port and the Scottish Community
Montreal’s Old Port has great significance for Montreal’s Scottish community. Montreal operated as one of the primary ports for the fur trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries – and the city’s Scottish traders [such as the XY and Northwest Companies] built their fortunes on the materials coming in and out of the port. Later on in the 19th century Scottish businessmen used the port for their transatlantic trade. It was also the place where many of them had landed as fresh immigrants ready to make their fortune. The port is surrounded by Old Montreal, where they built their first homes and businesses.
When: Saturday, January 14th. 2pm-4pm
Where: Old Port of Montreal
How much: Skating rink admission fee applies
Bring your skates and your kilt!
(or at least a wee bit of tartan).
See you on the ice!