Welcome to the Campbell River Highland Gathering Website. This is an all-new event as part of the 51st Annual Campbell River Salmonfest and Logger Competition. Get ready for Bagpipes and Buzzsaws!


CRHG General Information


Step 1:

  • Competitors must enter the Campbell River Highland Gathering events on-line and pay by credit card on Eventbrite.
  • No paper entries or cheques will be accepted. If you do not have a credit card, you may use a Visa® Gift Card purchased at any of the following locations. In Canada: Vancity credit unions, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave, 7-Eleven, and other retail outlets. In the USA: Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, US Bank, and other retail outlets.

Step 2:

  • You need to print this information document in order to read the information, music and rules requirements on both pages.

Step 3:

  • Complete all fields of the competitor information section.

Step 4:

Where tune submissions are required, (Band and Celts have Talent), tunes must be entered online or submitted to bshaw@mackieresearch.com before the entry deadline of July 1, 2018.

  • No refunds. For questions regarding entries, contact 250 287 8807 attn Brian Shaw or bshaw@mackieresearch.com

Solo, Trio and Section Competitions begin 8:30 am August 11, 2018.

All events subject to time change.

For food service, there is a good selection of Kiosks nearby.

Gates open one hour before the competition starts.

Compulsory massed bands are scheduled for the Grand Opening at 12:30 pm and the closure at 4:30 pm

Bands are requested to be at the forming up points 15 minutes beforehand.

Band and “Celts Have Talent” contests begin at 1 pm.

These times are subject to change, dependent upon the number of entries received.


All spectators will pay a daily entry fee of $5. Free for under 2.
Note:  Friday 9 Aug everyone will pay a gate fee of $2.

Performer Fees are paid on Registration

Salmon/Chicken BBQ tickets to are available for advance purchase.

Bands and “Celts Have Talent” participants are encouraged to perform at the BBQ and ensuing Ceilidh.

All pipers and drummers are encouraged to bring along their instruments other than bagpipes and pipe band snare drums (such as small pipes, uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrans, guitars, etc) and play pipe tunes together in small groups on stage. Players planning to take part are encouraged to indicate so in their online entry.

All awards will be presented at the Ceilidh immediately following the Salmon/Chicken BBQ.


Buzz saws and Bagpipes, or the Art of the Birl and the Skirl

People who enjoy the sound of buzz saws at Logger Sports and the skirl of the bagpipes of traditional Scottish Highland Gatherings are in for a major treat at next August’s Campbell River Logger Sports at Nunns Creek Park on August 10,11 and 12.

The “Highland” Games will get underway early Saturday morning as solo and trio competitions get underway. Everyone who performs will get an adjudicator’s review and trophies given to the winners. Click Here to register for events

The Official Grand Opening of the Gathering will take place at 12:30 pm with a mass band performance to herald it.

The afternoon events will include Pipeband Field competitions, the Highland Heavy Events and a new class of entertainment:


To demonstrate that the pipes and drums are not just relegated to a defined set of rules you’ll see that they integrate well with other musical instruments and styles.

We are going to have two categories

  1. Celts Have Talent – 6 pipers and more + any instrument – The objective is to have bands perform their medleys on stage and integrate other instruments to showcase the variety of music that can be produced.
  2. Celts Have Talent – 1 to Five Pipers + any instrument including vocals. Many pipers and drummers are joining Celtic Groups to complement them with a very special sound.

(see events section for rules)

Adjudication for these events will be based on popularity via a panel of Celebrity Judges as well as the audience.

The afternoon will culminate with another massed band wrap up and everyone will be invited to a $10 salmon BBQ where winners will be recognized and given some very attractive prizes.

After supper performers will be asked to get back up on the shared mike stage and perform again for the fun of it.

Sunday will see the Highland Heavy Games continue and on stage, the Highland Dance Competitions will get underway

Vendors will be a big part of the weekend as participants and spectators alike can avail themselves of Celtic goods, a wide variety of meals and tastings from some of the areas local brewhouses and distilleries.

Volunteers are encouraged to click here.

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Piping and Drumming Schedule

Piping and Drumming Schedule of Events

Pipes and Drums – Saturday, Aug 11th

Solo and trio events 8:30 am to 12 pm

Massed Bands 12:30 pm

Band Field Events 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Massed Bands 4:30 pm

Salmon BBQ and Award Ceilidh 5 pm


Celts have Talent Events Schedule of Events Saturday, Aug 11th 1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Highland Dance – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm