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To celebrate the bicentennial of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, the Scottish Society of Ottawa launched the first Kilt Skate event on January 31, 2015. Other cities joined in the celebration including Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon. The Kilt Skate phenomenon is now spreading to now include North Glengarry, Toronto, and Lloydminster! Moving into it’s fifth year, the Great Canadian Kilt Skate is indelibly Scottish and undeniably Canadian. It speaks to the Scottish contribution to Canada’s multicultural heritage.

The event is a chance to nurture your inner Scot, come to a skating party with a spirit of Scottish fun and fortitude wearing tartans and kilts.

The Kilt Skate phenomenon has been internationally recognized as a unique way to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to Canada’s multicultural heritage. We’ve been covered in the media from Scotland to Australia!

Winnipeg, MANITOBA

  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • Sunday, January 13th

  • Seven Oaks Sports Complex, 745 Kingsbury Avenue, Winnipeg

  • 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Organizers: St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg

  • Contact Evelyn Mitchell for additional at or 204-960-1612

  • Winnipeg’s fourth annual kilt skate


  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • Saturday, January 26th

  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Join us for a warm-up after-party at Milestones.

  • Skating Court, Lansdowne Park, 452 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa (Underground paid parking is available.)

  • Organizers: Scottish Society of Ottawa

  • Contact Carol MacPherson at

  • Ottawa’s fifth annual kilt skate



Calgary, ALBERTA

  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • Sunday, February 10th

  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

  • Organizer: St Andrew-Caledonian Society of Calgary

  • Contact David Aftergood at or 403-975-8902

  • Calgary’s fifth annual kilt skate



  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • Saturday, February 23rd

  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Maxville & District Sports Complex, 25 Fair Street, Maxville, ON

  • Presentation/Gathering from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Community Hall and skating from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Organizers: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 423 (Alexandria, ON), 379 Glengarry Mustangs - Air Cadet League of Canada (Alexandria, ON), the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums (Maxville, ON) , Township of North Glengarry and Township of South Glengarry

  • Click here for additional information, or contact Anne Leduc at 613-525-3600 ext. 352 or

  • Glengarry’s second annual kilt skate


  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • Saturday, March 9th

  • 1:30 - 2:45 PM

  • Labor Club Ice Centre, 2020 18 Ave North, Lethbridge

  • Organizers: City of Lethbridge

  • Contact Lori Harasem, Recreation and Culture Development Manager at 403.320-4716 or

  • With bagpiping provided by the Bridgecity Highlanders

  • Lethbridge’s first annual kilt skate

New York City

  • 2020 Details TBA. 2019 Details below for reference.

  • New for this year, the Kilt Skates are expanding beyond Canadian borders with a Tartan Kilt Skate NYC in New York City.

  • Saturday, February 2nd

  • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (Please arrive at 2:30 PM. Bagpiper calls skaters together for opening ceremonies at 3:00 PM. Please allow time to check in with Bryant Park and to put on your skates. REGISTER online here.)

  • Bank of America Winter Village, Bryant Park, 6th Avenue at W 42nd Street, Manhattan

  • Skate rentals are available for $25

  • Organizers: American Scottish Foundation in association with Bryant Park

  • Contact 212 605 0338  or

  • New York’s inaugural kilt skate