BC Highland Games

One of the biggest annual events in Coquitlam is the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, which happens every year at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park. This year marks the 80th annual running of the event, and it will take place on Saturday, June 26.

There will be a full slate of traditional events including solo Piping and Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing and the famous Haggis Hunt. The main stage will feature some of the best Celtic music available, while the heavy events will be ongoing throughout the day. As always there will be reminders of Caledonia, old and new, around the stadium. Take your time and become familiar with each area. And the kids will enjoy events including face painting, kite making and haggis tossing.

The official start of the event is 12 noon, although some dance competitions start as early as 8:30am. Events continue throughout the afternoon, and wrap up at approximately 6pm. Tickets are $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. Parking is available at the stadium, across the street at Douglas College’s David Lam Campus (for a fee), or at Coquitlam Centre. A free shuttle is running from the Northeast section of the mall parking lot to the event.

If you have any good questions, I hear that a good source for information is Darryl, the Manager at the United Scottish Cultural Centre. You can reach him at 604.263.6955.

And now, the pipers will play us out:

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