The United Scottish Cultural Society was formed by the prominent Scottish societies of Vancouver more than 50 years ago in an effort to create an amalgamated group of first and second generation Scots sharing a passion for perpetuating Scottish culture in all its forms.

The United Scottish Cultural Society encourages the fostering and preservation of Scottish Culture in any and all of its forms, including music, dance, and the gaelic language. To these ends, the USCS also encourages the participation of, and fraternalism between, all Scottish groups.

The United Scottish Cultural Society administers and maintains the Scottish Cultural Centre in South Vancouver as a major resource in the promotion of Scottish culture in Metro Vancouver.

Founding Societies of the USCS

B.C. Highland Dancing Association

BC Highland Dancing Association LogoFormally established in 1934 and the major body for highland dancers and teachers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Host of the B.C. Provincial Closed Highland Dancing Championship. Learn more…

B.C. Pipers’ Association

BC Pipers' Association LogoEstablished in 1932 and promotes the playing of the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish drumming by administering and managing events for pipers and drummers in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Learn more…

Gaelic Society of Vancouver

Vancouver Gaelic Society LogoThe motto, “Follow closely traditions of your ancestry” has inspired members of this society since its inception in 1908.

Established to foster matters of interest to Celts everywhere, the society aims to cultivate a more general knowledge of the language, literature and music of the Gael.  Sessions to learn the Gaelic language are provided each fall and Ceilidhs are typically held every couple months. Learn more…

Moray, Nairn & Banff Association

Instituted in 1931 by the then recently-laden Scots from the Shires of Moray, Nairn and Banff, the association provides a common meeting place where members can share their memories and preserve the traditions, literature and history of those Shires and of Scotland at large. Meets at various times throughout the year. Learn more…

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society LogoClass instruction that began in 1931 has experienced phenomenal growth. Now the Vancouver branch conducts classes in levels of proficiency. Groups are established throughout Metro Mainland. Learn more…

St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society

The oldest existing organizaiton of its kind in the city of Vancouver, the St. Andrews & Caledonian Society began in May 1886, merely a month after the pioneer settlement on Burrard Inlet became a city. Malcolm A. MacLean was the society’s first president and Vancouver’s first mayor. Promoting Scottish culture and ideals are still a large part of the society’s goals. Learn more…

Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association

Sons of Scotland LogoThis leading Scottish fraternal association dates from 1867 in Canada and 1895 in British Columbia. Camps in 29 Canadian cities help to preserve things Scottish by promoting the aims of the association, which include fostering Scottish culture, maintaining a fraternal organization, provide an insurance fund, and promote member social functions. The BC District and camps in Metro Vancouver conduct and sponsor various community events. Learn more…