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British Classic Cars at VanDusen Garden

British Car Show at VanDusen Garden

Jaguars, MGs, Triumphs and hundreds of classic British cars are on display at VanDusen Botanical Garden during the Vancouver All British Field Meet.

Vancouver All British Field Meet

Thousands of car enthusiasts attend the All British Field Meet (ABFM) when it occurs one day each year on the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

In 2019 the show takes place on Saturday May 18th from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm.

For information about the event, see below. For a video of the car show, scroll to the bottom of the page.

About the Car Show

Justifiably dubbed “The Greatest Show on British Wheels,” the Vancouver All British Field Meet has been taking place in Vancouver on the Victoria Day Long Weekend since 1985. In 2019 it celebrates its 34th anniversary!

Lotus Car Display
Lotus Cars on Display

What to Expect

On display at the event are Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Jaguars, Austins, Minis, MGs, Lotuses, Rovers, Aston Martins, Triumphs, McLarens and several other classic models. In all, there are usually around 500 British cars and motorbikes! It’s a car lovers’ paradise!

Also at the All British Field Meet each year are a brass band, pipe band, food trucks, vendor booths and sponsor information.

Fitting the British theme, last year the music was provided by the Little Mountain Brass Band and as well as a couple of members of the Irish Pipe & Drums. 2019 entertainment will be comparable.

After the show at VanDusen Garden, on the following day, up to 100 or so of the classic vehicles head up to Whistler to participate in the All Brit Run, where once again they are on display. See below or click All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run for details.

VanDusen British Cars

Admission to the ABFM

Last year tickets purchased online cost $20.88 for adults, $17.51 for seniors, $16.38 for youth (ages 13-18), $7.38 for children (ages 5-12) and $47.87 for a family for four. These prices were all-inclusive of online fees and taxes of 5% were extra. 2019 prices will be similar.

This is a great deal as it includes admission to beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden and the cars are amazing.

If you love either cars or gardens, the day of the Vancouver All British Field Meet is an exceptional time to visit VanDusen.

All British Car Show at Whistler Creekside
All British Car Show at Whistler Creekside

All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run

Each year, following the Saturday car show at VanDusen Garden, many of the same vehicles participate in the All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run which turns into the All British Car Show when it gets to Whistler. In 2019 the Whistler event takes place on May 19th and, as it has been in the past, it’s part of the annual Whistler Go Fest Outdoor Festival.

This second event takes place on the Sunday starting in the parking lot at Park Royal mall in West Vancouver before heading up the Sea to Sky Highway for a second show at the Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village.

The Vancouver-Whistler All-British Run goes from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Cars begin to gather at Park Royal mall at around 9 o’clock in the morning and head out at around 10:30.

Upon reaching Whistler around 65 or more of the cars are then on display in the Whistler Creekside Village Plaza until around 3:00 pm.

Admission for spectators at both Park Royal and Whistler is FREE. The event at VanDusen Garden is the one you definitely don’t want to miss, however, although the display of cars at Whistler is also fun and impressive. At Park Royal there are cars to see in the parking lot, but it’s not an actual event. At Whistler there are up to about 100 cars, and at VanDusen Gardens there are as many as 500 cars and sometimes even more!

ABFM Video

Check out our video of the Vancouver All British Field Meet. Photos featured are from events in recent past years. The place will look very similar in 2019. It’s amazing!

Other Information

For more information about the event and the organization behind it, click Vancouver All British Field Meet.

For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:

For a list of other Lower Mainland events featuring fancy vehicles click Vancouver Car Shows.