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Ghosts of Victoria Festival - Victoria

Various Locations
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3Z3
Websitehttp://www.discoverthepast.com/ghostly-walks/ghosts-of-victoria-festival/
Toll-free800-663-3883
Phone250-384-6698

Daily from October 17, 2014 to October 31, 2014

The Ghosts of Victoria Festival is an annual event featuring spooky activities throughout the city. The events are separately conducted by many groups at different locations. Please see website for more details.

Participating Locations/Activities 2014: Ross Bay Cemetery Ghost Tours; Ghost Tours at The Maritime Museum of BC; St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site "Voices From the Past" Tours; Ghostly Walks; The Original Ghost Bus-tours; Horse Drawn Ghost Trolley Tours; Galey Farms "Festival of Fear"; Pumpkin Art on Oak Bay Avenue.

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Downtown Halloween Howl - Nanaimo

Diana Krall Plaza and throughout downtown
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5B8
Websitehttp://www.dnbia.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-754-8141

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Get out the makeup and costumes, it's that time again! The fun filled day begins in the Old City Quarter with the Halloween Pet Parade. Critter fun doesn't stop there though! Drop by the booth in the Heritage Mews for a paw reading and while you're at it check out the Mystic Faire and Halloween Celebration. Diana Krall Plaza will be buzzing with activity while costumed critters of the human variety will be getting ready for the spooktacular trick or treating at the downtown businesses starting at 12pm until 2pm. Calling all Zombies!!! Groove to the iconic Halloween tune "Thriller" by Michael Jackson in the Plaza. Zombies, get dressed in your deadliest costume, don the bloody makeup and moonwalk to your heart's content

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The Victoria Masquerade Ball - Victoria

721 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1W5
Websitehttp://www.victoriaball.com
Toll-free
Phone250-580-6275

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Come join us for an evening of intrigue, in Masquerade at the Castle on the Harbour - The Fairmont Empress.

Red Carpet, performances, roaming appetizers & Martini Mashed Potato stations, bar, dancing, auctions, prizes & more.

This is a fundraising event with proceeds going to the BC Cancer Foundation.

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Halloween Spooktacular - Victoria

1999 Country Club Way
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 6R3
Websitehttp://bearmountain.ca/Events/Halloween-Spooktacular
Toll-free
Phone1-888-533-2327

Friday, October 31, 2014

We're happy to announce the return of our Halloween Fireworks!

On Halloween night, join us for a spooktacular evening of tricks, treats & fireworks! There will be a children's costume contest (adults, we still encourage you to dress up!), live entertainment, and nibbles & bites for all ages.

The festivities start at 6:00 pm on Masters Terrace. Come early to get a great viewing spot. Fireworks start at 8:00 pm sharp!

Proudly supported by the City of Langford, the Bear Mountain Community Association, Mark Anthony & Coca Cola.

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Santa Fly-In - Nanaimo

Harbour Air Seaplane Terminal
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5B8
Websitehttp://www.dnbia.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-754-8141

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Santa Claus has made his list, checked it twice and has decided that the children of Nanaimo have been oh, so nice! Now, Santa has decided to make a special visit, all the way from the North Pole to Nanaimo. On Saturday, November 30th at the harbourfront in downtown, children from all over will come to welcome Santa and his entourage of singing dancing Elves, who will be arriving in Nanaimo aboard a Harbour Air sea plane. Santa's arrival in Nanaimo is to officially open his namesake workshop in downtown Nanaimo and to star in the Lion's Club Santa Parade at 5pm. The DNBIA invites children and families to kick off the holiday this season and celebrate Santa's official arrival in Downtown Nanaimo!

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Galiano Literary Festival - Galiano Island

134 Madrona Dr
Galiano Island, British Columbia
V0N 1P0
Websitehttp://www.galianoliteraryfestival.com
Toll-free
Phone250-539-3340

Daily from February 20, 2015 to February 22, 2015

This year, the 6th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will be held February 20th - 22, 2015. This year's theme will be exploring Nature and The Environment. The Festival will be again held at the beautiful Galiano Oceanfront Inn which provides a relaxed and unique atmosphere. Our goal was and remains to bring lovers of the book, be they readers, writers or publishers, together in a fun, informal and educational festival. The 2015 Galiano Literary Festival will begin with a Welcome Reception at the Galiano Inn which gives guest authors a chance to meet each other and the other attendees at the festival. Participants will be treated to a variety of sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Tofino

Websitehttp://www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com
Toll-free
Phone250-726-7798

Daily from March 14, 2015 to March 22, 2015

Join the fun on Vancouver Island's wild West Coast, as we celebrate the arrival of nearly 20,000 grey whales on their migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska's Bering Strait.

Experience the wonders & charm of the 29th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival & the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

It's an all-out celebration of coastal living! It's about grey whales & marine life education, inspirational talks & interpretive walks, children's fun for the small & culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops & more - come & experience a coastal tradition!

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152nd Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival - Victoria

Topaz Park
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 3P9
Websitehttp://www.victoriahighlandgames.com
Toll-free
Phone250-598-0120

Daily from May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015

The 152nd Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival is a great weekend for the entire family to celebrate Scottish culture.

Saturday events include kilted mile athletics, tug of war competition, haggis hurling competition, sheep dog herding competition, Victoria International Heavy Events Challenge, Amateur B & Novice heavy event competition, pipe band performances, falconry & sword fighting demonstrations, cultural & heritage presentations, music & entertainment activities.

Free large children's entertainment area.

Scottish & Celtic vendor (food & goods) along with two beer gardens & a single malt whisky tasting school.

Traditional Scottish Games; great entertainment activities & hospitality continue on Sunday!

See website for schedule.

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