The Vancouver International Auto Show features sports cars and all the latest vehicles from March 19 to 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in 2019.
The International Auto Show
The Auto Show usually runs for just under a week and features cars of all kinds including exotic sports cars like the Aston Martin, Alpha Romeo, Lamborghini and Porsche, plus the full range of the latest models by Toyota, Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and all the other car makers.
Using 290,000 square feet of exhibition space and two floors, the Vancouver International Auto Show is the largest trade show put on at the Vancouver Convention Centre all year. There are cars everywhere!
What to See at the Auto Show
At the Vancouver International Auto Show there are practical vehicle floor models, exotic cars, a Classic Alley with vintage automobiles and a selection of famous cars all to admire.
Floor Models to Help You Buy
The Auto Show has something for everyone. On the practical side, there is the full range of the latest in standard vehicles. Looking to buy a new vehicle, but don’t know what brand or model? Then the Vancouver Auto Show is the perfect place to browse and compare.
You can’t test drive the vehicles, except maybe for a few parked outside by Jack Poole Plaza, but you can get all the information you want and look and feel the vehicles, all without having to hit the auto malls in the rain. They have everything from the basics to hybrids, Minis, SUVs, Lincolns and a variety of Lamborghinis. Take your pick!
Exotic Cars to Help You Dream
Not in the market for a new car, but like shiny things that go fast? There are lots of those at the Vancouver International Auto Show. The Convention Centre floor is like a giant room full of life-sized Hot Wheels cars.
For antique car buffs there is also a collection of fine classic cars. Presented by the Vintage Car Club of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter, the Classic Alley section includes a variety of classic vehicles.
Famous Cars for Hollywood Fans
In addition to practical cars and exotic roadsters, the Auto Show also showcases a few recognizable individual vehicles. In past recent years there has been the Mystery Machine van from the Scooby Doo movie, a replica of James Bond 007’s Aston Martin DB5, and a black full-sized Batmobile tribute car. What will there be in 2019? Can’t wait to see!
Vancouver Auto Show Admission
The Vancouver International Auto Show takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, at 1055 Canada Place by Thurlow Street.
Admission to the 2018 Auto Show on weekdays was $17 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, free for kids 6 and under, and $37 for a family of four with two adults and two children ages 12 and under.
Admission on the Saturday and Sunday was slightly more, at $20 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $6 for children ages 7 to 12, and $42 for a family.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of our visit to the Auto Show.
TIP #1: If you can, try to go on the weekdays. Not only will you save a couple of bucks, but it’ll be way less crowded. From Friday evening on, expect there to be lots of people.
TIP #2: There are a number of great restaurants in the area, including the Cactus Club right outside by the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. On the other side of the Convention Centre is Mahony & Sons, or Miku Restaurant for great Japanese on the other side of Canada Place. Make a reservation in advance, or try to avoid going between noon and 1:30 pm to avoid the rush.
For other great Vancouver dining options, check out The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants where you’ll find a number of good places in the Coal Harbour and Gastown sections. Also, for fast food, there’s a food court in the basement of the Waterfront Centre at 200 Burrard.
For more information on the event, check out the Vancouver International Auto Show website.