Image: View of the first-ever Car Free YYJ (jusubar / Instagram)

Douglas Street’s annual Car Free YYJ is once again taking place on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

One of the year’s most anticipated events, Car Free Day covers nine blocks from Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney Street.

Visitors will see local artisans, great food from local restaurants, free goodies, four stages with a range of entertainment, three alcohol licensed areas, plenty of local shopping and much more.


Last year, the event saw over 35,000 visit Douglas Street.

Furthermore, Douglas Street will be closed an extra hour to explore Car Free YYJ.

The event allows businesses, individuals, and the city to further explore what one of Victoria’s most vibrant communities has to offer.

Keep your fingers crossed for another clear and sunny day on Car Free YYJ 2017.



  • Nine block street festival from Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney from 11am-6pm with the street closed from 8am-8pm
  • Four stages with a range of entertainment
  • Three licensed areas – two family friendly with food trucks
  • More than 300 vendors
  • The Park on Douglas with grass and seating
  • Bike valet on Pandora, East of Douglas


Bus detours to know about


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.

From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., buses that use Douglas Street will be re-routed onto Blanshard between Bay and Courtney Streets. Temporary stops will be set up on Blanshard, corresponding to the stop locations on Douglas.

For east-west routes, Johnson, Yates and Fort Streets will all be open, with traffic control personnel on-hand to ensure pedestrian safety.

Customers in the Capital Region should expect longer travel times and be patient when waiting at bus stops. People taking transit to BC Ferries are encouraged to take an earlier trip to make sure they’ll be on time.




Main Street Car Free Day 2017

  • When: Sunday, June 18th, 2017
  • Where: Douglas Street (Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney Street)
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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