With over 1200 vintage vehicles rolling into town, the 2022 Northwest Deuce Days took place July 14 to 17th. In addition to the name-sake Deuces, the festival welcomed pre-1952 hot rods and street rods. This is the largest gathering of Deuces anywhere in the world and has been happening approximately every 3 years since 2000.
The next event will be held in July 2025
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Although there may have been some concern as to whether the 2022 edition would even take place, the event is now being managed by Destination Greater Victoria and they promise to build on the weekend's success and continue to make it better.
The final numbers for 2022 are not available yet however it is anticipated to be similar to the 2019 total of 1367 vehicles. Having grown from 80 Deuces in 2002 to the 650 that registered for the 2019 event, it is clear there is a demand for this type of festival. The 2025 dates are not yet confirmed. Some hotels in Victoria sold out within one day of the 2022 date announcement. Be sure to book early if you plan to be here.
Vehicles and their owners come from as far away as New Zealand, as well as nearly every state and province. One group booked the entire MS Coho ferry, which travels between Port Angeles, WA and downtown Victoria.
I don’t consider myself a “car person” but it is a very exciting event - one that only comes around every 3 years. I was very much looking forward to these beautiful cars and their passionate owners descending upon our city once again. What I didn't expect though was a visit to Butchart Gardens two days before the big downtown celebration that would turn into a mini Deuce Days. Several of the photos below are taken at Butchart.
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of space to park that many cars and several roads in the Inner Harbour were blocked off for the festivities. Deuces get what the organizers call “preferred parking” along both sides of Belleville, on circle drive, the side lawns in front and the parking lot behind the BC Legislature. Additionally, cars were parked on Government Street, Wharf Street, at Ship Point and in the parking lot beside Ship Point.
For the 2019 festival, I got downtown around 9:30 in the morning and clearly about 10,000 people had the same idea! I was a bit surprised at the early Sunday morning crowds – I can only imagine what it was like later in the afternoon. Organizers were expecting up to 100,000 people throughout the day. Even with the early morning crowd though, it was still pretty easy to walk up and down the roads and stop to admire what I wanted to.
Although it appeared that rain would be imminent for the 2022 festival, the event still attracted a similar sized crowd as 2019.
If you’re a car fan - or just appreciate the beauty of vintage vehicles - and you actually need a reason to visit Victoria, then I can think of no other than Northwest Deuce Days. With an event this popular, 2025 promises to be spectacular. See you there!
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