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Heritage Boat Festival

Arrgh Pirates, You Say?

Yes, Ladysmith, it’s that time again when pirates roam amongst us! So, put on that eye patch and join the fun!

One of the most exciting events each year in Ladysmith is Kid’s Pirate Day, which this year is Saturday, June 2. Pirates, including the notorious Captain Jack and Miss Scarlett, will begin to invade the Town starting June 1 with a “Pirates Walk” through downtown and a final stop at the Ladysmith Primary School. Kids, make sure you wear your pirate outfits that day and show the Captain your swarthy side!

Friday evening kicks off more scallywag behaviour with a “Pirate’s Feast” at the Ladysmith Community Marina’s “Dine on the Dock” dinner — first of the season! Purchase your tickets well in advance because this is the most popular event of the summer! But make sure you wear your pirate gear, or you may end up either walking the plank or making a donation to Rotary’s Disaster Aid charity.

Saturday is Kid’s Pirate Day at the Community Marina, starting at 8 a.m., where you can again see Captain Jack, Miss Scarlett and a crew of other pirates who will arrive aboard the tall ship Thane. And then the fun really begins: the Kinsmen Bullhead Derby, Bouncy Castle, food vendors, Sea Life Centre viewing and much more!

Don’t miss this memorable event. Kid’s Pirate Day is open to all and FREE!

Heritage Boat Festival

A week prior to Pirates Day it’s the annual Heritage Boat Festival also at the Ladysmith Community Marina Saturday, May 27th, 10 am – 4 pm. Come and see unique and beautiful heritage vessels from all over the west coast. Talk to the Skippers and learn how these vessels were first used in our waters and the work that has been done to restore and maintain them.

And don’t miss all the other interesting displays, artists and entertainment! The Maritime Museum provides an a fascinating look into our marine history. Take a free Harbour Tour aboard Maritimer and stop into Oyster Bay Cafe where you can enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast or lunch, or your favourite coffee! As of May 19th the Cafe is open daily from 8 am – 3 pm.

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