July 29 and 30, the population of Maxville will swell as thousands converge on the village for the Glengarry Highland Games.
Since the first event was held in 1948, the people of Glengarry have extended close to a million welcomes to visitors who come to see one of the largest Highland Games in the world. Everyone is Scottish, or pretends to be, on this weekend of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition.
The spectacle is breath-taking as massed bands lead the opening ceremonies.
More than 50 bands vie for honours in the North American Pipe Band Championships, more than 200 dancers strut their stuff in the Highland Dance competition. As the name implies, the heavyweight contests test the brawn of men and women, professionals and amateurs.
It all started in 1948 when a small group of local businessmen wanted to ensure that the Scottish traditions would not be lost by the younger generations. To their surprise, their little event attracted close to 10,000 people who flooded the small farming community of Maxville.
Today, the gathering has put Maxville on the map; it is one of the best known festivals in the country.