Our Major Events


Our exciting New Year’s Eve celebration with a distinctive Scottish flavour.  We present an evening of entertainment including kids events in the early evening culmanating with a Scottish midnight celebration at 7:00 PM for the wee ones.  The rest of the evening consists of Scottish and Celtic bands to tap you feet to or dance to with a fireworks display at midnight.  Food and a bar are also on offer. More details will be available in November 2018.

Great Canadian Kilt Skate

Our fifth annual Sir John A Great Canadian Kilt Skate will be held in late January 2019.  Cities and communities across Canada join with Ottawa to celebrate what is fast becoming a  Canadian winter tradition.  How better to celebrate a Canadian winter by doning your skates and some tartan and go for a skate.  Afterwards enjoy some warming refreshment.

Burns' Supper

What would January be without a Burns’ Supper?  The Scottish Society of Ottawa plan on hosting a charity Burns Supper and Ceilidh in January of 2019.  Get on your Scottish gear and join us.  Details will be available in November 2018.

Whisky Tasting

One of the highlights of our year are our tutored Whisky tastings.  Lead by an expert you will be guided through 6 different whiskies.  Appetizers are also served.  This is always a sell out event and is held around the end of November.


Welcome to the Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). We’re a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the links between Scotland and the National Capital Region, Eastern Ontario and all of Canada. We were founded in 2012 to revive and rejuvenate the historic ties between Canada and Scotland.  We use special events and educational programs to highlight Canada’s and Scotland’s shared history and connect to the continuing development of Scotland. More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. In the early 1800s, Scots helped settle eastern Ontario and built vibrant communities named after the places they left behind – Glengarry, Lanark, Perth and Renfrew, to name just a few. The waves of immigration that created a blood link between Canada and Scotland crested in the 1960s and 1970s. The Scots brought their love of Scottish music, dance, history, sport and literature, and the SSO keeps alive those Celtic connections. The SSO’s flagship event is an annual, free New Year’s Eve party – Hogman-eh! It was first held December 31, 2012, as a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall. Over 5,000 people enjoyed our rendition of the excitement of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on the world famous Royal Mile.

Throughout the calendar year, the SSO also celebrates Rabbie Burns Day, commemorates St. Andrew’s Day, hosts a Scottish Breakfast in the spring, and organizes Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate, an event which began in 2015 to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s bicentennial and is spreading to other cities across Canada. The SSO also promotes itself through SSO-sponsored Whiskey Tastings, key sporting events (Scottish Day at the Senators, The Ottawa Fury etc.), The Perth Kilt Run (June) and the Glengarry Highland Games (August).General membership to the SSO is free. VIP membership entitles people to a 10% discount and first access to all SSO hosted, ticketed events. The cost is $20 for individuals or $30 for families (in the same household) per year. Join here

Coming events in the Scottish Community

    BIFHSGO Family History Event

  1. March 10 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Ben Franklin Place
    101 Centrepointe Drive
  2. Change of Step – Ottawa Highland Dance Association

  3. March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Ottawa Athletic Club
    2525 Lancaster Road
  4. Whisky Galore! Scottish Movie – Glengarry Pipe Band

  5. March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Mayfair Theatre
    1074 Bank St
  6. A Ceilidh at Cartier Square

  7. April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Cartier Square Drill Hall
    2 Queen Elizabeth. Drive
  8. National Tartan Day on the Hill

  9. April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Parliament Hill, Ottawa
    Wellington Street

Come Join Us

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