Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario

Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario

Bagpipe Stomp

Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario is the place to be if you’ve got any Scottish ancestry in you, or just love all things Scottish. Come celebrate at one of the largest Highland Games in the world. During the weekend of August 2 & 3, 2013 you’ll see an incredible display of pipe bands, drumming, fiddling, Highland Dance competitions, strength contests, pageantry and traditions.

Tens of thousands of visitors descend on Maxville to see the largest massed pipe bands in North America. The Glengarry Highland Games have added more events in Piping, Heavyweights and Dancing since the first Games in 1948. There is no shortage of Scottish competitors at the Games. There are now five competition Grades for piping, including the Juvenile Pipe Band Competition which started in 2007.

Highland Dancing attracts between two and three hundred competitors. The Massed Highland Fling is a spectacle to see and a number of champion dancers have competed at the Games over the years.

Scottish Fiddling is another event that has grown over the years. Massed fiddlers participate every year at the Glengarry Highland Games and are supported by many violin teachers in the area.

The Heavyweight Competition is a crowd favourite and world records have been set at past Games. Women and children have their own categories to compete in and the Amateur and Masters’ divisions have also become popular.

Scottish tartan created specifically for the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville

Contact Information

P.O. Box 106
Maxville, Ontario
K0C 1T0
613.527.2876 or 1.888.298.1666

Snare Drummers at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville


  • From downtown Ottawa, take Highway 417 East
  • Take exit 51 toward Chemin Highland Road/Saint. Isidore/Maxville
  • Turn right onto County Road 20 (signs for Chemin Highland Road S)
  • Turn left onto Fair Street. (Destination will be on the left)


Scottish flag flies proudly at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville

Ticket Information

Fri $20 OR Sat $20

Children under 12 Free
reserved Grandstand seating: add $5.00 (Friday) or $10.00 (Saturday)

Advance sale tickets are available for a slightly lower cost. Check their website for details.


Tickets are available by going on-line to or calling 613.527.1850 or 1.888.527.1850.

Please note, there is free parking available. Unfortunately, no refunds will be given and there are no pets allowed at the Games. There is camping available (for trailers and for tents) for those that wish to participate in both days of the Glengarry Highland Games. For more information and pricing, see their website.


Annual Tartan Ball

Get out your clan tartans and prepare to strutt your stuff at the Annual Tartan Ball, taking place on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Tickets cost $50 each. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The dancing will begin at 9 p.m.


During the weekend, you will find

  • Amateur & Masters Heavyweight competition and workshops
  • women’s professional heavyweights championship
  • Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal competition
  • highland dancing
  • dancers, fiddlers, singers, pipe bands
  • fiddlers showcase
  • massed fiddlers
  • solo piping and drumming
  • lasagna buffet on Friday, cold buffet on Saturday
  • concert and tattoo: , massed pipe bands and military bands
  • Ottawa MG club British car display
  • Sheep dog demonstrations
  • Concert and tattoo featuring “The Elders”.
  • whiskey tasting
  • Solo Piping
  • Tenor & Bass Drum, Drum Major, and Individual Drumming Competitions
  • Massed Highland Fling & Massed Pipe Bands
  • North American PB Championships
  • Scottish Fiddle Ceilidh
  • Massed Fiddlers
  • Scottish Fiddle Workshop
  • Highland Dancing
  • Clans – Search your history
  • Junior & Intermediate Heavyweight Competition
  • World’s Invitational and Canadian Scottish Professional Heavyweights Championship
  • Clan Parade
  • Track and Field
  • Tug O’ War – Highland Regiments
  • Highland Dancing Trophy Presentation
  • Massed Bands

During the weekend, you will find workshops and presentations that include:

  • Scottish traditions
  • The etiquette of Highland wear
  • Search out your heritage
  • The Piobaireachd Demystified
  • History of the Clans in Glengarry
  • The making of a Scottish fiddle
  • The making of a kilt
  • Many Clan booths and displays

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