Buccaneers eye centennial

Annual celebration could expand for Esquimalt’s 100th anniversary 

Pirate mom

Esquimalt’s annual Buccaneer Days are barely over, and organizers are already looking to make next year’s festivities bigger and better to help the township celebrate 100 years as an incorporated municipality.

“Hopefully, we can make it more than just a couple of days,” said Bob McKie, Buccaneer Days committee co-chair. The fun could begin Thursday instead of Friday, he said.

Organizers were pleased this year with the weather, the number of spectators who turned out for rugby and lacrosse as well as the size of the Buccaneer Days parade.

From babies to seniors, dogs and even a boa constrictor, spectators from beyond the Esquimalt border watched 68 parade entries navigate Esquimalt Road.

“It was good,” said Saanich resident Ryan Bouma, who stood watching on the sidelines with his wife Annie and their two young children. “(Our children) like the drums.”

Bouma was impressed by the motorcycles showcased in the event, while Annie was delighted to be able to hunt for bargains along the route.

“I liked the yard sales along the way,” she said with a smile.

Esquimalt residents Ed Wheeler and Joyce Beattie were also among the hundreds of spectators.

“I enjoyed it very much,” said Wheeler, a fan of Spectrum Community School’s marching band.

“For a small community, (the parade) was excellent,” Beattie said.

Other weekend highlights included the always-popular free children’s pony rides and the success of a skydiving fundraiser on Sunday, which raised $800 for 1st Arbutus and Francophone Scouts.

McKie said he was also impressed by the volunteers who made the fair a success.

“If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there wouldn’t be Buccaneer Days,” McKie said. “You just couldn’t afford to pay for the hours they put into it.”

 

emccracken@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

City of Victoria to hold formal safety review after man was left hanging from raised bridge

More and more people seen ignoring safety measurements in place, city staff say

Active police incident in Langford prompts police to request nearby residents stay inside

West Shore RCMP ask public to avoid Station Avenue and Peatt Road area

Nanaimo man wanted Canada-wide after walking away from Victoria halfway house

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

Sixties Scoop settlement tour stops in Victoria

The information session takes place on July 24 at the Sandman Hotel

Victoria Police issue warning after man left dangling from raised Johnson Street Bridge

A man bypassed safety measures and became stranded as the bridge lifted

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

POLL: Do you use a food delivery app?

With modern life becoming more hectic with each passing day and so… Continue reading

Vancouver Island teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students, parents

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Most Read