Auto enthusiasts spend hours restoring their timeless beauties. You can admire their hard work, share your passion for cars and swap nostalgic memories at Canadian classic car shows. While enjoying beautiful vehicles, you also support local communities and charitable causes. This year, explore various classic car shows in Canada as you meet new friends and see the country.
Canadian International Auto Show
Travel to Toronto for the Canadian International Auto Show held from February 17 to 26. Exhibits this year include AutoExotica, a curated selection of exotic, luxury and other supercars, and the OBLIVION, a display of 80s and 90s classics.
British Columbia Custom and Classic Car Show
The 25th annual BC Custom and Classic Car Show are held indoors. Visit the longest-running show in the lower mainland from April 14 to 16. In addition to meeting car owners and custom builders from across Canada, vote for your favourites in over two dozen trophy competition classes.
The Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club of Calgary hosts an annual Spring Thaw Show and Shine on April 23. This unofficial launch of the cruising season is held at Heritage Park, and show organizers welcome all makes and models. Admission is free, but guests are invited to bring donations for the Calgary Interfaith food bank.
Kars on King
The city of Oshawa in Ontario hosts a weekend of family-friendly, car-related events from August 23 to 25. The Kars on King show features hundreds of classic and vintage cars. Enjoy live entertainment for adults and kids, such as an interactive Touch a Truck event, Autofest Nationals, and by-donation admission to the Canadian Automotive Museum.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Explore Kemble, Ontario, from September 15 to 17 during the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The main event features international automobiles on the 18th fairway of the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community. You can also view vintage, exotic, and collectible models at the Cars, Plans and Coffee event or check out the Concours d’Lemons display that honours oddball and underachieving vehicles.
British Car Day
On September 17, attend British Car Day, North America’s largest one-day, all-British car show. Here, you can examine classic, vintage, and current models, partially restored, in-progress and concours-level cars and motorbikes. And while you’re on the grounds of the Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville, near Toronto, shop for British-related items at the Vendor Village.
Invite your family and friends to join you for a weekly Country Cruize’In event. From mid-May to September, these weather-permitting shows occur on Thursdays from 5 pm to dusk at the Plunkett Estate in London, Ontario. In addition to classic cars, enjoy entertainment and food while supporting various humanitarian causes.
Tips for Attending Car Shows in Canada
As you prepare to attend Canadian classic car shows, consider a few tips to maximize your experience.
- Verify the admission fee. Some shows ask spectators to pre-purchase tickets. Or you may need to bring requested donations instead of buying a ticket.
- Wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. Dress in layers for the weather and select supportive shoes since you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
- Pack your camera. Prepare to take pictures of your favourite cars as you walk down memory lane or plan your classic car restoration.
- Look but don’t touch. Grease and dirt on your hands could damage a vehicle’s pristine finish.
- Supervise children and pets. Keep everyone safe and protect the valuable vehicles on display.
- Resist criticizing the cars on display. Instead, allow everyone to enjoy their preferred vehicles’ type, style, and imperfections.
- Support sponsoring businesses. Make purchases from the event’s vendors, sponsors, and local businesses.
- Show respect. Allow others to look at the cars, toss all your rubbish in designated bins and remain courteous.
- Have fun. Bring an attitude of curiosity and joy as you inspect the entries, meet new folks, ask questions, swap stories, and enjoy the day.
Enjoy Car Shows in Canada
This year, enjoy a variety of classic Canadian car shows. They’re fun for the entire family. And if you decide to purchase your classic vehicle, request a quote for Collector Car insurance. Protect your investment as you discover a hobby that allows you to make new friends and see the country.