Now in its 27th year, the Canmore Highland Games proved once again that Heritage, Culture & Community are deep-rooted in these parrrts…emphasis on the rrrrrr! With the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop to this day-long & night-long celebration, there was plenty for the eye and ear to soak-in. Everything from bagpipes to kilts to sheep demos to tug-o-war to the caber toss. All aspects of Scottish & Celtic culture.
Estimates of over 5,000 stopped-in to be amerced in this spectacle of entertainment & exhibits. I’d have to agree with that. The traffic alone, leaving Canmore, took upwards of 45 minutes…a small price to pay.
Once I passed thru the gates I felt like I was transported into another world. A world of unfamiliar sounds (Bagpipes & Accents), a world of unfamiliar traditions (Caber Toss – basically throwing a wooden telephone pole) and a world of unfamiliar food (Mince and Tatties – beef stew and potatoes). But I loved every minute of it.
Looking over the 4 pages of Sponsors, there is no doubt that Canmore has embraced this event for many years to come. As Canmore Mayor (John Borrowman) claimed today, “The Highland Games have become an integral part of our community identity over the years – and a well-loved event at the end of the summer.” Just looking at the number of tents you get a clearer picture of how the Canmore Highland Games continues to add to the sustainability of many small businesses.
Next year, the 28th anniversary promises to have greater spectacles! Can’t wait. By the way, do yourself a favor and stay for the MASS Bands at the end. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Yes indeed, it was a BRAW day!