First Name: Charles
Last Name: MacVicar
Sport: Rugby
Inductee Type: Builder
Year Inducted: 1980
Home Town: Glace Bay
County: Cape Breton County

Charles (Charlie) MacVicar was born in Port Morien, outside Glace Bay, Cape Breton, on February 13, 1891. He moved to Morien Hill, where he was initially associated with the Caledonia Amateur Athletic Club as a rugby player.

Charles and his Caledonian team won their first ever Cape Breton Championships in 1911 and reclaimed their title in 1912. After a four-year hiatus due to WWI, Charles MacVicar became manager of the Caledonian team and led his team to reign as ultimate champions, winning the Cape Breton Championships for Rugby in 1918 and every year thereafter. In 1929, Charles’ team gained the title of Eastern Canadian champions.

In 1932, Charles took over as the coach for Caledonia, coaching from 1932 to 1946. When Charles was not coaching Caledonia, he was serving as an executive for the Amateur Rugby Club. He also coached for the Glace Bay High School team from 1943 to 1951, during which he coached three of his sons.

Charles’ accomplishments do not stop there. He was also councillor and mayor of Glace Bay, high school and junior hockey coach, treasurer of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church for 30 years, and the president of the Glace Bay Minor’s Forum. Charles MacVicar retired at the age of 61, concluding a career of more than forty-five years.


• Manager of Caledonia Athletic Club
• His team won the eastern Canadian crown
• Dedicated hours as coach, manager and executive
• Assisted in many provincial and eastern title wins