The tee shirt read “Don’t crush that Scotsman, hand me the Caber!” Whoa said I, what the heck’s a “Caber”? Little did I know a Caber is a log the size of telephone pole tossed about by some of the strongest men in the world who just happen to be Scots wearing kilts. There are Highland Games showcasing BC’s Scottish heritage scheduled all over British Columbia this year beginning May 22 in Victoria and in the Comox Valley. Victoria’s games are, for the first time, in conjunction with the IHGF World Heavy Events Festival so book your Victoria B&B accommodations early as it may get crowded. The games are not all about strength, though the big fellows also throw heavy hammers, stones, kegs and bales. There are world class pipers, drummers, piper bands and highland dancing displays as well.
This Highland Games link lists all the BC events including the Cariboo Highland Games June 1 & 2 in Quesnel, the Sons of Scotland Games June 10 in Abbotsford, the BC Legion Highland Gathering June 19 in Sqamish, the BC (United) Scottish Highland Games in Coquitlam June 26, the Penticton Highland Games July 1 and the fall finale Castlegar Highland Games on October 4. Followers of the Games will find friendly BCsBestBnBInnkeepers close to all the locations for a nice rest after all the caber tossing, dancing and maybe even a fine meal of haggis and a pint or a wee nip of single malt!