Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate

The Scottish Society of Ottawa began the Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate in Ottawa to commemorate Sir John a. MacDonald’s 200th birthday in 2015.  Since then it has grown to 7 cities across Canada, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, and Calgary. On January 21, 2017 the first ever Kilt Skate in Toronto and BOY! What a day!  The temperature was mild and the sky was overcast but the smiles of skaters in kilts brightened the day!  Held at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of the city, it was the perfect back drop!  Surrounded by a …
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Why insurance is the most Scottish financial product you can buy

How the Scottish traits of thrift and practicality gave birth to the insurance industry. It’s no surprise that the insurance industry got its start in Scotland. If you’ve been there, or if you’re from there, you’ll know why. Scotland is a rugged place. The climate can be cold and rainy. And the coastline, hills and valleys are steep and forbidding. Life insurance is the ultimate community financial service. It’s a way we can help each other prosper in a world where anything can happen at any time. It’s not a stretch, then, to consider how the terrain and climate have …
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Journey to Perth and a blether with a friend

The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band from Ottawa were happy to include the town of Perth to their journey to Scotland this summer, and had the wonderful opportunity to visit Scone Palace and spend time with their friend and long time supporter, Brother Ron Drummond, and his family.  Since moving back to Scotland, Ron has settled in very well to his hometown of Aberdeen, and the band appreciates them all taking time to drive to Perth and spend a lovely, sunny afternoon with the pipers and drummers.  We are so pleased to have spent time with Ron and his family, …
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B in the Park, Ottawa, ON

On a beautiful summer’s eve we attended a concert called “B in the Park” at Major’s Hill Park in downtown Ottawa. Organized by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band and running for the past 13 years, our oldest civilian pipe band hosted two other visiting bands on route to the Maxville Highland Games. What a perfect night to listen to the Rocky Mountain Pipe Band of Calgary and the Viscount Park Pipe Band of Edmonton. All three of these bands performed for the crowd while Mother Nature provided a colorful sunset as the backdrop. The skirl of the pipes was …
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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Welcome to the Scottish Diaspora! A project to involve communities around the world in celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, the people and places which connect Scotland to its global diaspora. Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This project brought together stories from more than such communities, documenting their Scottish connections in more than 300 embroidered panels. It is a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries. Read More at

Life Insurance Embodies Spirit of Mutual Cooperation for Over 135 Year

The strength of Sons of Scotland is in its members. We socialize, work together for our communities and support one another in good times and bad. One of Sons of Scotland’s best-kept secrets is that it also offers life insurance to members, friends and family. At first this may seem an oddity in the mix of regular camp activities, but in a recent interview with Executive Director Robert Stewart, we found that from early on life insurance was one of the most important features of the Society.   Q: Why did Sons of Scotland introduce life insurance to the Society? A: The …
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The Scottish Society of Ottawa presents Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate To celebrate the bicentennial of Canada’s first prime minister, the Scottish Society of Ottawa launched the first Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate on January 31, 2015   Across Canada, this proved to be one of the coldest days of the winter; nevertheless, the event was a huge success with hundreds of skaters in kilts, tartans and other Scottish wear taking to the ice in five cities: Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.   READ MORE

The SOSBA Bottles a Single Malt Whisky: The Scotian

In 2013, the Executive Board were looking for ways to make the upcoming 2015 Grand Camp in Victoria B.C. very special.  A Celtic Concert was planned, along with a Charity Golf Tournament, but the Board was looking for something to make this event memorable.  A few months earlier, some of the Executive Board members had visited a newly-opened distillery in Campbell River on the northern part of Vancouver Island called Shelter Point Distillery.  We were most impressed with the facility, especially the fact that they had purchased their stills from Scotland. They planned to make a single-malt whisky using the …
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Fort York is hosting upwards of 20,000 visitors across four days from 2 – 5 July 2015. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants and over 70 exhibitors, this is foodie heaven.   Click here for more info