(Esquimalt Buccaneer Days/Photo by Happy Designs Photography - Facebook)

Esquimalt’s annual Buccaneer Days has officially been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival usually features amusement park rides, games, food vendors and more, and was slated to take place on May 9th.

“The Buccaneer Days Committee recognizes that it is not possible to proceed safely with this event given the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2020 event is cancelled,” reads a statement from the Township of Esquimalt.

Enthusiastic festival-goers who already purchased wristband tickets for the event can use those tickets at any future West Coast Amusements event.

However, all planned West Coast Amusements events have been put on hold due to the pandemic. Updates will be available on the company’s website.

Vendors who have paid a deposit to set up at the festival’s marketplace will be refunded, and should expect an email from the Buccaneer Days Committee.

“The Friends of Esquimalt Buccaneers looks forward to welcoming you with the greatest of ‘AHOY MATEY’s’ in 2021,” says the statement.