Cossack Camp Life
Canada's National Riding and Dancing Cossacks and Company
In the early 1970’s an enthusiastic group of young men were interested in forming a group that exemplified the spirit of the Cossack. From this start, emerged a troupe of riders and dancers that are known today as Canada’s National Riding and Dancing Cossacks and Company. They are dedicated to the education and portrayal of the culture of the 16th Century Zaporozhian Cossacks.
Over the last 46 years, the Cossacks and Company have thrilled audiences with their unique and vibrant performances. They have entertained at numerous festivals and ethnic functions including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and the late Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn. The vitality and versatility of the group is infectious. Audiences instantly become part of the spirit that is alive and strong in the group today. The group’s commitment to Ukrainian culture is displayed through their performances and their reenactments of Cossack camp life.
This year the Cossacks will be setting up an authentic Cossack camp where everyone is invited to come and experience life as a Cossack. Picture food roasting over an open fire, music, dancing, a small village of canvas tents, and the subtle scent of gunpowder hanging in the air. To further complete the camp, the Cossacks will have their horses out and you will be sure to see them patrolling the area welcoming passersby to stop in for some food and other hospitalities.