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Come and travel thru time at the Manitoba Highland Gathering! Wear a wee bit o’ the Tartan (items available for purchase) and/or a costume of your favourite period of Scottish/Celtic history.
When you visit the Manitoba Highland Gathering you will see Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, Heavy Games, Canoe/Kayak Races, Sheep shearing, Mounted Archers, Clan booths, Sword demos & so much more!
The members of the Manitoba Highland Gathering strive to preserve, promote, nurture, share and educate folk about our colourful Scottish Culture and Heritage, Arts, Sports and Agriculture.
We are a non profit organization run exclusively by volunteers (youth to senior) putting on a R.M. of St. Clements designated family fun filled outdoor event with the rain venue on site.
If you are interested in working with us throughout the year and on the days of the Gathering. We love what we do and have a good time doing it. Shared jobs make the load much lighter, easier and more fun. Sign up below!
Be sure to bring your chairs and umbrellas as we happen rain or shine!! Some of our events happen outdoors in the rain. If it rains some of the events will join the environmentally sensitive vendor booths and the Regional Historical Groups Exhibits and story tellers in the area.
When you visit the living history or reenactment villages you will travel trough time. Experience different periods of Scottish history. See the Vikings (Hands of Lugh 793-1066). Not only will they be portraying marauding Vikings but one shelter will be portraying the life of Vikings that have settled into Scottish villages that they captured! Experience Medieval times with the Barony of Castel Rouge, Mounted archery with the Crescent Moon Mounted Archers in period costumes & riding horses representing the Heritage Breeds of Canada; The last Jacobite Uprising (Outlander) in 1745-47; The Selkirk Settlers at Red River 1812-25 with The Manitoba Living History Society, thru to the present day with the Red River North Tourism’s Arts & Heritage Committee displays. The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, MB Genealogical Society, Clan Booths, hand spinners, The Lord Selkirk Settlers Association, Robert Burns Club of Winnipeg, The Fort Garry Horse Museum, a Gaelic info booth and more!
The villages are set up the night before. The reenactment/living history folk dress, live, shelter, eat, breath, sleep and function as historically correct as possible to their time period.
Create your costume and equipment surrounded by mentors who will be working on their own costumes, leather working, metal working, weaponry, fighting demonstrations and learning about the history of that time, throughout the year. Please keep in mind that it will take more than one workshop to make a costume.
Hands of Lugh Viking (793-1066)
The Barony of Castel Rouge Medieval European 900-1450 email
Jacobite Uprising (1745-46, Outlander)
Manitoba Living History Society 1812-1850’s The Selkirk Settlers at Red River
Among the activities, you can watch spinning, a foot lathe, carpentry, hide tanning (occasionally), open fire cooking, and you can try your hand at rope-making, turning a quern, simple children’s games, writing with a quill pen, and more….
Manitoba Living History Society
Judy McPherson, Co-Chair
Kristine Phillips, Co-Chair
May Kong Sutherland