Canada has a long history of tartan, second only to Scotland itself. The very first non-Highland tartan was designed in 1835 by James Logan for the Highland Society of Prince Edward Island. The creation of new tartan designs by Canadians began in the late 1930's and reached a peak in the 1960s and 70s with the creation of many new designs, some drawing on the centennial celebrations as their inspiration. Although nowadays fewer fashion tartans are produced, tartans reflecting and memorializing family and community are frequent themes for the creation of new tartan designs. And the close historical ties linking Canada and Scotland will ensure that the creation of Canadian tartans continues long into the future.
This website aims to be a complete and up to date compendium of all Canadian tartans; geographical, commemorative, personal, corporate and fashion tartans. It is the result of many years of detailed research which continues still as new tartans are created or old ones recovered.
If you know of a Canadian tartan that is not listed here, please let me know. Also, please don't hesitate to contact me if you spot errors, however trivial. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provincial and Territorial Tartans
British Columbia Tartans
New Brunswick Tartans
Nova Scotia Tartans
Religious and Educational Tartans
Military, Police and Fire Service Tartans
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