Celebrate Esquimalt Buccaneer Days

Hello all you Buccaneers!!

May 8th – 10th is the 2020 dates for Buccaneer Days – A Non-Profit/Community Groups Fundraising Event! A fun Community/Family event with something for all ages.

Well people, Buccaneer Days for 2019 was a great success. We could not have asked for better weather, people came out in droves, the Buccaneer Dance was successful as well with a large turnout, and everyone on their best behaviour according to VIC PD Esquimalt Division. On the the outdoor stage in Bullen Park, the talent was phenomenal, and we are thankful for all of the groups that volunteered the entertainment. The streets were lined with many people out to watch the Buccaneer Parade which began at 10 am on the dot. Lion’s Pancake Breakfast was also a great success, as was the Buccaneer Market Place. Congratulations to all involved.

A search through ancient documents held at the Esquimalt Municipal Archives reveals some of the histories behind this annual celebration. For well over 60 years, Esquimalt held community events at this time of the year, while each May, the City of Victoria celebrated May Day with the crowning of a May Queen and a May Pole Dance.

When these celebrations were discontinued in 1939, Esquimalt began holding its own May Queen celebration. This evolved into Esquimalt Days and eventually, in 1966, became Buccaneer Days. The town turned out in naval and pirate attire, vying for prizes for the best costume. The citizens of Esquimalt were also awakened at a very early hour by a loudspeaker mounted atop a van calling “Wakey, Wakey!” Apparently, the Wakey Wakey van will roll down the streets of Esquimalt once again this year, complete with members of the Esquimalt Fire Rescue team and a mystery voice.

Buccaneer Days festivities have always been well attended, with over 20 community organizations taking part, which allows our community to work and play together, have a great time, and instil a feeling of accomplishment and pride in our community. This fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, Free local entertainment on the Stage in Bullen Park, skydivers, kids play zone, races, dog agility demonstrations and a great parade. For over 25 years West Coast Amusements have been our Midway provider and they will be once again this year, Robby and Tahra Hauser and their crew are looking forward to being in Esquimalt with their fabulous Midway. May 8th., 9th., & 10th., will be the dates for Buccaneer Days, 2020. The parade will be on Saturday, May 9th. Neighbour’s from Victoria, Oak Bay, View Royal, Saanich and all other communities are invited to join us. We would love to have you enter our parade and you can find the Parade entry form on the Municipal web site, as well as the  Buccaneer Days Website.. Don’t forget the Dance on Saturday Night with two great bands.

For a schedule of events and the Parade Entry Form refer to our Events page.


Website for
Township Of Esquimalt

Parade application forms are
available from the Township
site above.