The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA), in conjunction with B.C. Transit and the City of Victoria, are primed to celebrate Father’s Day by hosting Car Free Day.
One of the year’s most anticipated events, Car Free Day runs June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and covers nine blocks along Douglas Street from Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney streets, where organizers have invited local artisans to ply their wares to the tens of thousands of visitors to the celebration area.
Free stages on Yates and Fisgard streets will feature an all-day eclectic mix of entertainment, including performances by the Le La La Dancers, The New Souls, Tyler Harvey, Rugged Uncle and more. The entertainment on each of the stages begins at 11:30 a.m., with the last acts taking the stage at 4:50 p.m.
The goal of the event, according to the DVBA, is to make the downtown a place of celebration, to expose Douglas Street as a shopping destination for people who may not have travelled downtown for some time, and to improve residents’ appreciation of the impact that car travel has on the environment.
Last year’s Car Free Day saw more than 35,000 visitors take part in the free family-themed event.
With a nine-block stretch of Douglas Street being blocked off to traffic for much of the day, there will be changes in regular transit service in the downtown core. See bctransit.com.
For more information on the event, visit downtownvictoria.ca/events/car-free-yyj.