B.C. 2008 Fernie to Victoria Tour
Celebrating 150 years of British Columbia


Phil & Ella Foster with their 1912 Model T.  The Fosters drove their car,
nicknamed  "Elizabeth," both ways from Victoria to Fernie.                     

In May of 1958 a small group of adventurous car buffs set out on a landmark trek across southern British Columbia.  The occasion was B.C.'s Centennial - 100 years since the formation of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, under governor James Douglas.  The provincial government sponsored the trip, with fuel provided by Imperial Oil.

The group departed Fernie on May 19 and arrived in Victoria on May 24, covering a distance of over 1000 kilometres.  Along the way other cars joined in when possible and the group brought a sense of both history and celebration to many small communities as it travelled the province.

This historic event was also the first major event for the newly formed Vintage Car Club of Canada and the first of many annual vintage car tours.

Now,  fifty years later, British Columbia is celebrating its Sesqui-Centennial.  As part of the celebration, a re-creation of the Fernie to Victoria trip will take place, once again uniting the communities of southern B.C. with a show of history and celebration.

Watch for an announcement of when this tour will pass through your community!

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
through BC150 Years, a Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts initiative.

We also appreciate the support of the following groups and organizations: