Comox Valley Highland Games
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If you're in Port Alberni on the Saturday of the May Long Weekend and you're interested in Scottish culture, you basically have two choices. 1. read street signs in Port Alberni - Athol, Argyle, Mar, Montrose, etc. and top your experience off with dinner at McDonalds or 2. take a 2 hour drive to Lewis Park in Courtenay to the Comox Valley Highland Games where you will be immersed in scottish arts, sports, dancing and music.
A regular performer is The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver - the first band from outside the UK to win the World Championship several years in succession.
2010 Comox Valley Highland Games
Rather than creating a separate blog entry, I thought I would add my photos of the 2010 Comox Valley Highand Games to the 2008 set. These games are the earliest in the Pacific Northwest circuit that includes Vancouver, Victoria Seattle and Portland and feature some of the best performers in the world.
Some people say the games are at their best when they're going to the dogs. Sheep dog demonstrations with border collies are a popular feature at some of the games I've attended.
Two of the events I enjoy are the pipe band competitions and the "heavy events" which both attract elite performers. Of course, the band events are dominated by the world-champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and their associated Robert Malcom Memorial Bands.