Our Major Events

Whisky Tasting

On Sunday December 2nd, the Scottish Society of Ottawa is repeating one of it’s most popular events at Milestones – Lansdowne Park. The SSO has hand selected five very special whiskies for the next tutored whisky tasting. You’ll want to Read More …

Hogman-eh 2017

New Year’s Eve, Scottish Style! Join us on Dec 31, 2017 for the 6th Annual Hogman-eh! festival – our unique new year’s celebration with a Scottish flavour.
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Kilt Skate

Thanks for all who join us in Ottawa at the Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate on Jan 28, 2017. Kilt Skate events were planned in 7 locations across Canada in 2017 – Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lloydminster and… Read More …

Burns Supper

The Scottish Society of Ottawa holds an annual Burns Supper to celebrate Scotland’s national bard on the weekend closest to January 25th. Details of the 2018 Burns Supper will be available mid-December 2017. For more information on Robert…. Read More …


Welcome to the Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). We’re a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the links between Scotland and the National Capital Region, Eastern Ontario and all of Canada. We were founded in 2012 to revive and rejuvenate the historic ties between Canada and Scotland.  We use special events and educational programs to highlight Canada’s and Scotland’s shared history and connect to the continuing development of Scotland. More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. In the early 1800s, Scots helped settle eastern Ontario and built vibrant communities named after the places they left behind – Glengarry, Lanark, Perth and Renfrew, to name just a few. The waves of immigration that created a blood link between Canada and Scotland crested in the 1960s and 1970s. The Scots brought their love of Scottish music, dance, history, sport and literature, and the SSO keeps alive those Celtic connections. The SSO’s flagship event is an annual, free New Year’s Eve party – Hogman-eh! It was first held December 31, 2012, as a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall. Over 5,000 people enjoyed our rendition of the excitement of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on the world famous Royal Mile.

Throughout the calendar year, the SSO also celebrates Rabbie Burns Day, commemorates St. Andrew’s Day, hosts a Scottish Breakfast in the spring, and organizes Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate, an event which began in 2015 to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s bicentennial and is spreading to other cities across Canada. The SSO also promotes itself through SSO-sponsored Whiskey Tastings, key sporting events (Scottish Day at the Senators, The Ottawa Fury etc.), The Perth Kilt Run (June) and the Glengarry Highland Games (August).General membership to the SSO is free. VIP membership entitles people to a 10% discount and first access to all SSO hosted, ticketed events. The cost is $20 for individuals or $30 for families (in the same household) per year. Join here

SSO and other coming events

    Sir John A. Macdonald – The Musical

  1. November 2 @ 7:30 pm - November 4 @ 4:30 pm
    Centrepointe Theatre

  2. St. Andrew’s Day Tutored Whisky Tasting

  3. December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Milestones – Lansdowne
    325 Marché Way #101

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