The Victoria Day Long Weekend is an amazing time for car enthusiasts. The All British Field Meet takes place at VanDusen Garden on the Saturday and features over 500 classic cars. On the Sunday, dozens of the participating vehicles then drive up the Sea to Sky Highway and go on display for a second day at Whistler.
Whistler Go Fest Car Show
The Vancouver-Whistler All-British Run is where dozens of vehicles from the previous day’s Car Show at VanDusen Garden drive from Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver up to Whistler on the Sunday of the Victoria Day Long Weekend.
2020 & 2021 Car Show Dates
The same as in other years, in 2020 the All British Field Meet was going to take place at VanDusen Garden on the Saturday of the May Long Weekend. The car show at Whistler, meanwhile, was going to happen on the Sunday. Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the spring of 2020, however, the May 16th and May 17th events were both cancelled.
The plan now is for both car shows to take place on the May Long Weekend in 2021. The Vancouver event is scheduled to happen on Saturday, May 22nd. The Whistler event, meanwhile, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 23rd.
The Vancouver-Whistler All-British Run
In years when it does take place, on the Sunday of the May Long Weekend cars usually gather in the parking lot at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre between around 8:30 and 10:00 am. Vehicles then depart between around 9:00 and 10:30 am and head up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. In total, between around 60 and 120 vehicles participate each year.
Park Royal is located not far from the Lions Gate Bridge on Marine Drive just before Ambleside Park. There is a north side to the mall and a south side, with the main road going down the middle. Participating classic British cars usually meet in the parking lot on the south-west side.
All British Car Show at Creekside Village
On the Sunday of the May Long Weekend, after cars leave West Vancouver and drive up the Sea to Sky Highway, participating vehicles head to Whistler’s Creekside Village where they go on display from around 10:00 or 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Also during the May Long Weekend, from the Friday until the Monday, Whistler Go Fest takes place. The festival features sporting activities, art workshops and free outdoor concerts, plus the All British Car Show on Sunday.
Like many activities during Whistler Go Fest, the All British Car Show is free to see (and costs only about $30 or so to participate in).
A few years ago the car show took place up in the heart of Whistler Village. For the last couple of years, however, it has taken place a short drive away at nearby Creekside Village outside Dusty’s Bar & Grill at 2040 London Lane near the Creekside Gondola. In 2020 it was supposed to again take place at Creekside Village.
For more information about the event click All British Field Meet.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your car show experience.
TIP #1: If wanting to see the cars at Park Royal Shopping Centre on the Sunday morning, get there at around 9:00 am. The drivers don’t all arrive at the same time and they don’t leave together either. The majority will likely be there, however, between around 9:00 and 9:30.
TIP #2: Checking out the vehicles at Park Royal is a good way to see some pretty fancy classic cars for free. There aren’t lots of cars there, however, and it’s not a “formal” event. It’s just a gathering of vehicles preparing to head somewhere else. The real events are the one at VanDusen Garden the day before and then the one up at Whistler on the Sunday.
TIP #3: If you really like British cars, then don’t miss the All British Field Meet at VanDusen Garden on the Saturday! It’s amazing! The car show at Whistler on the Sunday is smaller, but also lots of fun and highly recommended.
TIP #4: If going up to Whistler for the car show at Creekside Village, be sure to check out all the other free Whistler Go Fest events too. Whistler is beautiful in May and the festival is a good one.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Whistler Village
- Victoria Day Long Weekend
- All British Field Meet at VanDusen Garden
- Vancouver Auto Show (in late March and/or early April)
- Festivals & Events Calendar