Clan Ross Canada – Gathering and Annual General Meeting!
July 03-05, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Do you enjoy – meeting new people? Exploring Canada’s rich history? Great Scenery? Friendly People? Celtic Entertainment?
Then we invite to join your fellow Clan Ross members from across Canada (and the USA) in a place where it all began for many of our ancestors – historic Halifax, in Canada’s “New Scotland”. Halifax is full of history, with friendly people, and a way of life influenced by its beautiful seacoast. With strong celtic connections, it’s fitting that its most famous brewmaster was also its mayor- 3 times (Alexander Keith).
Afterwards, stay on and tour the rest of the incredible Atlantic Provinces and enjoy their famous ‘east coast’ hospitality!
The Gathering will consist of 3 days of fun-filled events in Halifax, July 03-05, 2015, and will coincide with other popular and interesting Celtic activities that will make your east coast trip a memorable one. In addition to the Clan Ross fun, we will enjoy the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax (billed as The World’s Largest Annual Indoor Show) running June 30 to July 7; the International Gathering of the Clans July 1-26 with events planned throughout the province (sponsored by the Federation for Scottish Culture in Nova Scotia), and the Antigonish Highland Games July 05-12, to mention a few.
Other Don’t Miss Experiences while in Halifax:
- Be a Soldier for a Day at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Visit a 200-year-old restored fishing village at Fisherman’s Cove
- Hear captivating sea stories from small to the Titanic at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Discover the stores of over 1 million immigrants who landed in Halifax at Pier 21
- Stroll through the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens or along the Halifax Waterfront
- Be inspired by Atlantic Canada’s largest art collection at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
- Ride the oldest running saltwater ferry service in North America when you take the ferry between Dartmouth and Halifax.
- Venture to McNabs Island, located at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour, for secluded trails, a beautiful beach, and a historic fort.
Enjoy Live Music at one of its many Pubs
The Carleton, Halifax
The Loose Cannon Scottish Public House, Halifax
Celtic Corner, Dartmouth
Durty Nelly’s, Halifax
The Lower Deck, Halifax
The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, Halifax
The Seahorse Tavern, Halifax
Stayner’s Wharf, Halifax
Come Join the Fun and experience for Yourself why Halifax is a Preferred Travel Destination! – (RSVP by 01 April 2015)
CLAN ROSS – CANADA – Gathering and AGM
July 03–05, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Friday, July 03
- Evening – Registration and Reception/Social – Alexander Keith’s Brewery. One of the oldest breweries in Canada, located in a massive ironstone and granite building (c 1820). Animators in period costume and character bring 1863 Halifax to life in song and story as they lead guests through Alexander Keith’s beautifully detailed brew house and taproom.
Saturday, July 04
- Afternoon – The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, 2:30 PM Scotiabank Centre – Billed as The World’s Largest Annual Indoor Show- (www.ticketatlantic.com or 902 451-1221)
- Evening – Choice of Boat Tour of Halifax Harbour with others attending the International Gathering of the Clans, or if you’d rather remain on land, a Bus Tour of historic Halifax.
Sunday, July 05
- Morning – 10:00 Join other clan members at the Kirkin o’ the Tartan Ceremony at St. Matthew’s Church (corner Barrington and Spring Garden Road) followed by reception and music sponsored by The Scots North British Society.
- Afterwards (for those interested) there will be a brief Walking Tour of the historic Old Burying Grounds across from St. Matthew’s Church, including a visit to the monument of Major General Robert Ross, British Army, who was credited as “the man who burnt the White House” in Washington.
- Afternoon – Annual General Meeting. The AGM is the closing event and is scheduled for 2:00 pm. Coffee and Tea will be provided. All members are invited. Included in the meeting will be the election of New Officers. This is time when you can help further support our Clan by participating in our Executive (Please consider this).
(* Please note: Minor changes to scheduled events may need to be made once final no. of attendees is known).
Other East Coast Attractions:
- Antigonish Highland Games, the oldest continuous games in North America, July 05–12, 2015 (902) 863-4275 or antigonishhighlandgames.ca
- Ross Farm Museum, New Ross, N.S. – a single family upland farm on land originally granted to Captain William Ross that is still being farmed the way it was in the late 1800’s. The original home of the Ross family was built in 1817 museum.gov.ns.ca.
- Fortress of Louisbourg, near Sydney – largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park- See the incredible scenery of the world-famous Cabot Trail
- The Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, Nova Scotia, landing site of the first Scottish settlers
- Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, a typical historic Nova Scotia village, a living memory of Nova Scotia. museum.gov.ns.ca/sv
- The Clan Ross monument at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, PEI, plus the Scottish Immigrant Memorial and St. John’s Presbyterian Church at Belfast, PEI
- The beauty of Mahone Bay and neighbouring historic Lunenburg, a UNESCO site, home of the famous Bluenose.
- Enjoy the many beaches, walking trips, golf courses, etc.
For Nova Scotia Tourist Information call 1-800-565-0000 www.novascotia.com
For New Brunswick Tourist Information call 1-800-561-0123 www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca
For Prince Edward Island Tourist Information call 1-800-463-4734 www.gov.pe.ca
For Newfoundland Labrador Tourist Information call 1-800-563-6353 www.newfoundlandlabrador.com
The Registration form is available in the newsletter and at www.greatclanross.org (RSVP by 01 April)
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact your Clan Ross of Canada National President, Donald Ross, at (902) 827-5867, cell (902) 497-2405, or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org