Kilt Skate 2018

Bring your skates and wear your kilt (or something tartan) and join the Ottawa Sir John A  Kilt Skate which will be held Saturday January 20 at the Skating Court, Lansdowne Park from 11:00 am  – 1:00 pm.  Click here to go to the Kilt Skate website. Click here to read the press release

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Burns Supper

Celebrating Scotland’s Bard – join us at The Highlander Pub

Join us for an evening filled with fun, laughter and traditional Scottish fayre in celebration of Robert Burns at The Highlander Pub, 115 Rideau Street on Thursday, January 25th. A three-course Burns Supper including soup or salad, main course with haggis and dessert is available or just stop in for a dram or two. Click here for more details

Thanks to all of those people who braved the cold on December 31 to attend Hogman-eh 2017. The weather was frigid but the feeling within the Aberdeen Pavilion was warm.

A big thank you goes out to our volunteers and all our entertainers for making the evening a great way to celebrate the change of the year.

We look forward to seeing you all at Hogman-eh! 2018 when we hope the weather is not as cold.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.


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

    Rabbie Burns Dinner

  1. January 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    325 Dalhousie
  2. Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate

  3. January 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Lansdowne Park
    450 Queen Elizabeth Dr
  4. Burns Supper

  5. January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Highlander Pub
    115 Rideau Street
  6. Ye Banks and Braes: A Concert in Celebration of Robbie Burns by Hibernia

  7. January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Kitchissippi United Church
    630 Island Park Dr
  8. Robbie Burns Day with Bobby Watt

  9. January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Black Sheep
    753 Chemin Riverside Dr.

Come Join Us

Click here to join the SSO

Click here to volunteer at SSO events