Highland Games & Gathering Events

Colchester NS Tartan Unveiling Sept 8th

At the brand new Civic Square in Truro,  the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering society will unveil

Colchester County's first official tartan. 

This will be the last registered tartan in Canada on this day, designed to commemorate the Nova Scotia tartan which was designed in Bible Hill in 1953 and became Canada's first official tartan in 1956.

Special guest appearance by Clann An Drumma, Scotland

For More information on this historical event see HERE

Parade - 10.30am - Pictou Road Sept 9th

We are honoured to have the Colchester Legion, Clan Farquharson & the Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipe Bands to bring in the parade.

The opening ceremony of the games will take place on centre stage at 11am.  All three mayors in our county will be present. 

The Honourary Chieftan of the Games will be Chief Bob Gloade.

The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering will be a multicultural event uniting the peoples of our county in one celebration..

The Heavies - Main Arena (2)

Old Scotia Heavyweights Association will be Tossing the Caber, Throwing the Hammer and amazing you with their great feats of strength.  They will also be hosting a Mini Highland Games for the youngsters who would like to try their luck at winning a prize.

Highland Dance

Our very own

Colchester Highland Dancers

will host the Dance Competitions. 

Come see the grace &

strength of our very talented dancers.

More information Available HERE

Main Arena 3

Pipes & Drums

No Highland Games is complete without the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums.

Colchester Legion, Nova Scotia Highlanders & Clan Farquharson Pipe Bands will play for your entertainment.

Main Arena 1

Tug 'O' War

Enter your group or corporation into our Tug O' War Competition & have your name engraved on our cup.

Application Form available HERE

Infield Arena

Clann An Drumma - Centre Stage


Clann An Drumma are the phenomenon that inspired a new wave of Highland Pipe and Drum Music like nothing that had come before. 

Their traditional tribal music with contemporary Celtic Rhythms will stir the blood, touch your heart & take you to the mountains & glens of Scotland. 

Bairns Battles

All you budding athletes out there... now is your chance to shine.  Enter one of our races... 100m, obstacle races & Mini Highland Games. 

For more info see HERE

Main Arena 3

Kilted Dash

Beg, 'steal' or borrow a kilt and compete in our Kilted Dash.  Will you dare to run as a 'true Scotsman'

More Information Available HERE

Main Arena 3

'Note': We do not condone the act of theft. 

Clan Alley

  Clans from across Canada are invited to join us at this historic event as our honoured guests.

Register your interest HERE

Centre Fields

Our Re-enactors

Gallus Gael


Colchester Highland Games & Gathering

Sword Duelists.

From our youngest 14 year old female sword duelist to our oldest in their late 50's they will astound you with the speed of this unchoreographed dueling display.

Hold you breathe as battles are fought to the death for your entertainment.

Gallus Gael

Main Arena 1


Nova Scotia Highlanders


The first battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders will give a demonstration of the weaponry in a field combat re-enactment.

Main Arena 1



84th Regiment of Foot - 2nd Battalion 

Living History Encampment

84th Battalion Regiment of Foot will be giving a taste of life in the 1800's.  Travel back in time with a visit to their encampment to see the food they would have eaten, the weapons they used, (cannons & muskets included), the period dress & much more...

Main Arena 1 


Craft Fair

Don't feed the fat cats, help put food on a local crafters table by supporting our craft fair. 

Interested in having a space? -

Complete our application here

Centre Field

Food Vendors

Satisfy your cravings with a host of treats. Hot food trucks will be available with seating areas in the

Entrance Area

Side Shows

We are looking for some Side shows in keeping with our traditional theme. Interested?


Peripheral Field

Greene's Irish Dancers - Centre Stage


Come be amazed at the footwork and precision of the

Greene School of Irish Dance. 

Normally performing at the

Nova Scotia Tattoo and 'Disneyland' they will be on our Centre Stage for your delight.

This is the 'Riverdance' of NS


The RCMP dogs will be displaying their talents, dedication & Agility, unless of course they are called for duty!

Infield Arena 1


14 Fiddlers, a Ukulele player, a Pianist

and some amazing talent. See them live on

Centre Stage 


Highland Dancing with a more contemporary Style.

Dedication, power & artistic flair abound 

Centre Stage



The Drum Runners of Truro

are a local band with some great talent on

the Drums.

Come listen to the beat of their rhythm.

Watch out

Clann An Drumma!

Centre Stage

Bicycle Races - Area to be determined





 Tayla Kelly is a young talented musician who grew up in Scotland, moved to Nova Scotia in 2009 before returning to Scotland to join the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts. 

She plays multiple musical instruments, dances & sings like a dream.

Centre Stage


Learn a new skill, enhance your knowledge.  Run by the Nova Scotia Tattoo Pipe Major.

Stay  tuned for more info


 Prepare to hear the story through dance. 

Listen to the drums and the voice of our native peoples.

Centre Stage


Get your photo taken in the Big Red Chair for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Snacks & drinks available at the

Sobey's Stall

Ceilidh Dance Party - Sept 9th

Purchase Ceilidh  tickets Here  ...................

Ceilidh Dance

Get your dancing shoes on...



 End the day of entertainment with your dancing shoes on at a traditional

Scottish Ceilidh  Dance.

Strip the Willow & Virginia Reel to the


The NS Ceilidh Band


Saturday September 9th

 Holiday Inn, Truro. 7.30pm - 11pm  

Tickets available online or at the door.



Never been to a Ceilidh Dance?

You don't know how much fun you're missing!

 Learn the steps by attending local classes before you go, impress your friends.   

For more info on classes see here