The 2017 Highland Games & Gathering

The Honourary Chieftan of the Games was Chief Bob Gloade.

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

For your entertainment in 2017 we brought you the following -

The Heavies - Main Arena (2) 9am - 4.50pm

 Part Sponsored by

Truro Nissan &

Luss Highland Games in Loch Lomond Scotland

Old Scotia Heavyweights Association Tossed the Caber, Threw the Hammer and amazed you with their feats of strength.  They also hosted a Mini Highland Games for the youngsters too .

Highland Dance

8.30am ~ 4.50pm

Our very own

Colchester Highland Dancers

hosted the Dance Competitions. 

More information Available HERE  Sponsored in part by Colchester Highland Dance Association


Pipes & Drums

12~ 1 ~3.30~4.30

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

Sponsored in part by Sugar Moon Farm


Tug 'O' War

11.30am ~ 4.45pm

The Nova Scotia Highlanders were the winners of our very First Tug O War Competition & the cup will be displayed shortly in the Marigold Sports Hall of Fame. Go visit it and see what your team could win in 2018!


Sponsored by GALLUS GAEL

Clann An Drumma - Centre Stage - 11.30am & 2pm

For those of you who missed them.. they will return in 2018 for the Games.


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 stirred the blood, touched the heart & took everyone who watched them perform here in NS to the mountains & glens of Scotland. 

Sponsored by the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society

Bairns Battles

12~1pm & 1.30~3.30pm

All our little budding athletes competed in our field events & Mini Highland Games.

Lobster suckers all round. 

Main Arena 3

Kilted Dash


No one Begged, 'stole' or borrowed a kilt to compete in our Kilted Dash in 2017!

Help change this in 2018.  Compete for your chance to win Gold. 

Main Arena 3

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

Clan Alley

All Day

  6 Clans from across Canada attended our inaugural games.  You are invited to join us again in 2018 as our honoured guests.

Thank you to all who signed the

Book of Clans at the Clan Donald tent.

International Drive

Our Re-enactors - Main Arena 1

Gallus Gael 

Colchester Highland Games & Gathering

Sword Duelists.


From our youngest 14 year old female sword duellist to our oldest in their late 50's they astounded crowds with the speed of their unchoreographed duelling display.

You held your breathe as battles were fought to the death for your entertainment.

Gallus Gael will return 2018

Main Arena 1


Nova Scotia Highlanders


Nova Scotia Highlanders


The first battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders gave a thrilling demonstration of the weaponry in a field combat re-enactment. We loved the smoke, gunfire & loud bangs.

Returning 2018

Main Arena 1


84th Regiment of Foot - 2nd Battalion 

Living History Encampment


84th Battalion Regiment of Foot gave a taste of life in the 1800's.  Many travelled back in time with a visit to their encampment to see the food they would have eaten, the weapons they used, the period dress & heard the roar of the cannons & muskets.

Returning 2018

Main Arena 1 


Craft Fair

All Day

We had an abundance of crafters - thank you to all who attended. 

Interested in having a space in 2018? -

Complete our application here

International Drive

Food Vendors

All Day

Participants & Guests alike were treated to a multitude of delights.  Taco Styles, Waffles on My Mind,  Draft Pro & Route 6 with Great British Grub serving the VIP tent.  Most sold out! I missed my waffles!!!

Entrance Area

Sobeys Truro

Many thanks to Sobeys who provided much needed refreshment for everyone at the games.

Hopefully they will return in 2018

Sobey's Stall

International Drive

Greene's Irish Dancers - Centre Stage - 1.15pm


We were amazed at the footwork and precision of the

Greene School of Irish Dance. 

Normally performing at the

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

This is the 'Riverdance' of NS



The RCMP unfortunately were called for duty of the day of the games.  We hope they will be available to give a demonstration of their K9 unit showing the training and trust between officer and dog in 2018!

Main Arena 1



14 Fiddlers, a Ukulele player, a Pianist

and some amazing talent. We saw them live on

Centre Stage 


Tartan Reveal

Highland Dancing with a more contemporary Style.

Dedication, power & artistic flair abounded in this show of talent on the evening of the tartan reveal. 

Hopefully they will return and be on our live stage in 2018. 


Drum Runners


The Drum Runners of Truro

are a local band with some great talent on

the Drums.

They did an amazing job at the games even Clann an Drumma were impressed.

They will be back in 2018.

Centre Stage

Lindsay Johnstone


Lindsay Johnstone has been playing the fiddle since she was six. 

She recently released her first album

'Fiery and Precise'

Her music ranges from haunting to driving Celtic Rock performances.

Centre Stage

Tayla Kelly


 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 sang beautifully and played guitar, unfortunately, as she noted, coming straight after Clann An Drumma - A hard act to follow!

Centre Stage


all day

Watch as the young men and women of the Truro Cadets display the skills required in precision and style.

Main Arena 1



Unfortunately the dancers were unable to come on the day, the drummers were awesome, but be Prepared to hear the story through dance in 2018. 

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

Centre Stage



A taste of Acadia from our local 

Ecolle d'Acadienne


2017 Itinerary

Colchester Highland Games & Gathering - Sept 9th

       Honorary Chieftan of the Games – Chief Bob Gloade 


8.00am    Gates open.

10.30am -    Parade begins on St David’s Ave – Pictou Rd – Jennifer Dr ending at main stage.

11.00am -    Opening Ceremonies




11.30am    84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Division Re-enactors


12.00am    Colchester Legion Pipe Band


12.30pm   RCMP Dog Display


1.00pm     Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipe Band


2.00pm     84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Division Re-enactors 18TH Century


2.30pm     Nova Scotia Highlanders Tactical Assault Display 21st century


3.30pm   -    Clan Farquharson Pipe Band


4.00pm     Gallus Gael Re-enactors


4.30pm   -    Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipe Band


5.00pm   -    Closing Ceremony


Throughout the day


84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Division Living History Encampment – Life in the 17oo’s


Sea Cadets Display




9.00am - 12.00pm :- OLD SCOTIA HEAVYWEIGHTS


Braemar Stone


56lb Weight for Distance


22lb Hammer


Competition Caber (Qualifier)


12.00pm– 1.00pm Children’s Mini Highland Games (up to age 11 yrs only) Register at Heavyweights tent in main arena 2 next to the 'Nissan Titan Truck'


Hammer Throw


Clachneart Stone Throw


1.00pm – 4.45pm :- Old Scotia Heavyweights


Open Stone


28lb Weight for Distance


16lb Hammer


56lb Weight for Height


Challenge Caber (Final)


Ogilvie Stone


Throughout the Day – Ogilvie Stone Challenge – First person to raise the stone to their shoulder wins the cash prize.  Register at the Heavyweights tent next to the ‘Nissan Titan Truck’






Bairns Battles Register at Athletics tent on Main Arena 3


2.00pm – 2.30pm  Beach Flags


2.30pm – 3.15pm Circuit Sprints


Under 4                  60m sprint


4 -  7 yrs Boys        100m sprint


4 -  7 yrs Girls        100m sprint


8 – 11ys Boys        200m sprint


8 -  11 yrs Girls       200m sprint


12 – 14yrs Boys      400m sprint


12 -  14yrs Grils     400m sprint


3.15pm – 4.00pm Adult Races – Register at Athletics tent on Main Arena 3


400m Sprint Women


400m Sprint Men


200m Kilted Dash


Highland Dance Competition ( under the hexagonal tent )


Judges – Dana Gamache (ON) & Kelly Monson (ON)


8.00am                   Registration


8.30am                   Dancing Begins


Intermediate          Fling/Barracks/Laddie/Hornpipe


Premier                  Village Maid/Blue Bonnets/Earl of Errol/Irish Jig


12.30pm                 Registration


Primary                  16 Pas de Bas, Pas de Bas & Highcuts/Fling/Sword


Beginner                Fling/Sword/Seann Triubhas/Lilt


Novice                   Fling/Sword/Seann Triubhas/Flora


Please Note – There will be a short break at 11.00


to accommodate the opening ceremonies.




Tug O War Competition


12.30am              Registration


1.00pm              Qualifiers


4.00pm                Final


4.45pm                Winners vs Heavyweights




10.15am      Good Times Fiddlers


11.00am      Opening Ceremony


11.30am      Clann An Drumma


11.50am      Mi’kmaq Dancers & Drummers


12.20am      Lindsay Johnstone


1.15pm        Greene School of Irish Dancers


1.35pm        Acadian Group


2.00pm        Clann An Drumma


3.05pm        Tayla Kelly


3.45pm        Drum Runners


4.30pm        Colchester Highland Dance


4.50pm        Awards Ceremonies


5.00pm        Closing Statement




Craft Fair – Local Crafters, Acadian, Scottish, Canadian & Mi’kmaq crafts


Food Trucks - For all your culinary delights


Clan Alley with guest book to sign at Clan Donald tent


Games Memorabilia & Colchester Nova Scotia Tartan Tent – take a keepsake home




7.30pm - 11.00pm - Ceilidh Dance Party - Holiday Inn, Prince St, Truro


Ceilidh Dance Party - Sept 9th - 7.30pm ~ 11pm


 We ended the day of entertainment with our dancing shoes on at a traditional

Scottish Ceilidh  Dance.

with the 


The NS Ceilidh Band


Everyone had so much fun the Holiday Inn had to throw us out as no one wanted to leave at the end of the night!




 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