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Carnival returns to Island communities

Buckle up for a thrill — those in Campbell River and beyond will soon be able to have some fun at the carnival again.

West Coast Amusements (WCA) is bringing the fair back to town over four days, from Thursday, August 19th to Sunday, August 22nd.

They’ll be set up along Osprey Avenue, between Seahawk Drive and Eagle Drive. That’s around the corner from the Quinsam Shell gas station.

The gates open at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 1:00 pm on Friday, and noon on both Saturday and Sunday. However, hours are dependent on weather and guest attendance.

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This summer, WCA crews are stopping by a handful of communities across Vancouver Island. This past weekend, they were in Duncan, and starting tomorrow, they’re in Nanaimo, with another stop in Port Hardy from August 12th to 15th.

This all comes as welcome news for B.C.-based West Coast Amusements. Last year, fairs were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded over 80 years ago, WCA credits itself as the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada. They have around 125 rides and employ 500 staff at peak season with four travelling units.

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