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Buccaneers ahoy! GET YOUR EYE PATCH AND SWORD READY – IT’S PIRATE TIME! Buccaneer Days Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1129 Esquimalt Rd. May 10 to 12, all day

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days are always well attended, with over 20 community organizations participating. The community proudly works and plays together. The weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, beer garden, rugby tournament, sky divers, kids’ play zone, races and a big parade. Neighbours from Victoria,Oak Bay, View Royal, Saanich and all other communities are invited to join the festivities. For details, visit:

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days

Buccaneer Days Community Barbecue Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1129 Esquimalt Rd. Friday, May 10, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbours for a delicious meal at this year’s Buccaneer Day’s Barbecue. Space is limited so register early to reserve a seat. Lunch is served at noon with entertainment to follow. All ages event. To register, contact Esquimalt Rec Reception: 250-412-8500.


Buccaneer Days Parade Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. Old Esquimalt Road and Dominion to Admirals

MAY 10 TO MAY 12

Marshals will be located along the route to assist vehicles during this time with alternative routes.

Buccaneer Days Midway Friday, May 10, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wristband tickets available at Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

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Spring Events in Esquimalt

Esquimalt 9th Annual Ukulele Festival Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St. May 23, 6 p.m. to May 26, 3:30 p.m.

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Esquimalt Recreation is hosting the region’s annual Ukulele Festival, which promises to be the best event to date. Festival pass gives access to all festival activities, $60 pp through Esquimalt Rec: 250-412-8500 or online. Tickets to the Strum Along, Gala Concert and Movie Night (Stanley’s Gig) can be purchased separately. There’ll be plenty of strumming for everyone.

Join the free Ukulele Love-In at Esquimalt Rec Centre, the festival’s closing concert, Sunday, May 26.

Fifth Annual Fort Macaulay Historic Interpretive Tour Macaulay Point Park May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The buildings and gun emplacements at the site will be matched to a handout with historical references. Guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. led by local historian, Jack Bates. Also featured will be members of the VictoriaEsquimalt Military Fort Macaulay historic interpretive tour military re-enactors. Re-enactors Association with their encampment, the Esquimalt Archives, Toad Hollow Photography. Esquimalt Lions will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs, with proceeds to the community.

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Gods Acre Veterans Cemetery Candlelight Ceremony 1190 Colville Rd. May 30, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

On the last Thursday in May, a Candlelight Tribute is held to honour those who have served and continue to serve our country. This year, we honour the 75th anniversary of D-Day. After the ceremony, Veterans, and members of the public will place candles at each grave. There will be approximately 3,000 candles representing the “light of freedom” we all enjoy today. God’s Acre Veterans Cemetery is located off Colville Road behind the Base Hospital inside Gorge Vale Golf Course.

Neighbourhood Party Esquimalt Rec Centre Parking Lot, 527 Fraser St. June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Esquimalt Recreation kicks off the summer season with a huge party. Bring your neighbours and join the fun. Esquimalt is building a strong, resilient community. Communities that celebrate together are safer and more enjoyable to live in. Join the fun!

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Captivating Esquimalt has it all Beautiful scenery in Esquimalt’s Macaulay Point Park. The Lawrence family from Esquimalt take advantage of the park. TC File photo.

istoric Esquimalt lies just minutes from downtown Victoria in the heart of the Capital Region. Shaped by a stunning shoreline setting and our storied military and shipbuilding past, the Township of Esquimalt is a captivating blend of maritime geography and fascinating history-with a contemporary setting and forwardthinking outlook. The Township features stunning seafronts, incomparable parks, easily accessed urban pathways, affordable real estate, a full calendar of community events and friendly residents. It is the home of Canada's Pacific Fleet at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt and of a vibrant ship repair industry, bringing


added energy to the community. Our recreation facilities are among the best in the region, playing host to national sporting events and music performances by notable artists, as well as providing a range of programs and services for residents. The family-friendly Esquimalt Adventure Park is a popular downtown destination at all times of the year. Visitors and residents are flocking to our thriving arts and culture events, including the Memorial Park Music Fest, our annual Arts Festival, the Township Classics music series, and the awardwinning Esquimalt Farmers Market. The Township also hosts the popular Ribfest each September, attracting visitors from

throughout the region and Washington State. Esquimalt Town Square, currently under construction, will be a catalyst for sustainable development in the community for years to come. It includes civic, residential and commercial uses and will feature a public square and through-block art walk, easy access to transit, and bicycle and pedestrianfriendly spaces. Esquimalt is growing. In light of this, the Township has been working hard to encourage sustainable development that works for residents, the business community and visitors. Several new housing and commercial developments are underway adding opportunities for

families and businesses. Need we say more? Well, yes! There are no development cost charges levied on development projects, and Esquimalt has a revitalization tax exemption bylaw as an incentive for businesses and properties to beautify the corridor while also supporting heritage conservation. This makes Esquimalt not only a great place to visit, but to do business as well. Explore opportunities in Esquimalt. As you can see, we’re ready. Are you? For more information, visit:

Hero Warship: HMCS Beacon Hill and her daring commander

Ted Simmons and Victoria Mayor commissioning the HMCS Beacon Hill.

he story of Victoria’s adopted ship, the HMCS Beacon Hill, and the courageous naval hero who commanded her, are the focus of a new exhibit at CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, opening 17 May. “Hero Warship: HMCS Beacon Hill and Her Daring Commander” celebrates the ship’s historical ties to Victoria, and the deep local connections between her commanding officer, Edward Theodore ‘Ted’ Simmons, and the city he called home. Ted Simmons became a celebrated hero of the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. Yet he remains relatively unknown in his former home community, and his daring exploits have gone largely unrecognized. Like many other Canadians who sacrificed personal security for the uncertainties and danger of wartime service, Simmons displayed genuine bravery in the face of terrible — and terrifying — circumstances. As a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), he received a unique combination of gallantry awards for his bravery during the Battle of the Atlantic — he was awarded both the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Service Cross. His hair-raising exploits, which included boarding a sinking German U-boat in search of ‘Enigma’ code books and equipment, served as the basis for the wartime motion picture Corvette K-225, featuring Hollywood star Randolph Scott. He was also featured in the National Film Board of Canada production, Corvette ‘Port Arthur’. The exhibit showcases the link between Simmons, his ship and the citizens of Victoria. It also explores his personal development and training as a naval officer in wartime. The grand opening takes place Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in the Museum Building 37 at Naden, off Admirals Road in Esquimalt.





Exhibit runs until September 30, 2019

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LCdr Ted Simmons inspects his ship’s company during the commissioning of HMCS Beacon Hill.

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Experience Esquimalt May 5, 2019  

A special section of the Times Colonist

Experience Esquimalt May 5, 2019  

A special section of the Times Colonist