How to get inside the Festival


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Parking Map
Parking Map (click to enlarge)

Gates

There are three main gates that will give you access to the festival .

Finlayson Gate (G1) [C2]: If you park your car in the Finlayson/Blanshard area or north or west of the park, this is your best option. This is also the best option for cyclists as there is a bicycle lockup in the lacrosse box by this gate.

Glasgow Gate (G2) [A5]: if you are coming from Quadra St (through Topaz or Spruce, this might be your best option.

Topaz Gate (G3) [C7]: if you parked your car at the school, or you are coming from downtown, this is a good option. There is also a stop for the Shuttle Service just outside the parking lot.

Loading/Unloading

If you are a concession, vendor, athlete, performer or just want to load/unload equipment, please use the Finlayson Entrance.  Part of that parking lot [D1/D2] will be reserved for loading/unloading.

Parking

If you decide to drive to the games, you will have a few options for parking. Keep in mind that the games are very popular and that parking spots are limited. We highly recommend you use public transportation or ride your bike to the games. For more information, see our page on how to arrive at the games.

Here are your options for parking nearby:

S.J.Willis School: the school is on Topaz Ave, between Quadra St, and Blanshard St. In relation the the map above, it would be just south of Glasgow St and Topaz Ave [F3]. The entrance to this parking lot is through Gilles Place (a continuation of Glasgow St).

Topaz Park parking lot off Finlayson Road: [D1/D2] very limited parking as this lot is used for loading and unloading for Games concessions, vendors and performers.

Grass Field parking lot on Hillside Road between Blanshard and Quadra Streets: this field is on the south side of Hillside Road and can be accessed off Kings Road through the CDI College parking lot. A FREE SHUTTLE service (see below) will run every hour, from 9 am to closing time on each of the three Games days. (1km south of Topaz Park)

Street Parking: be aware of Residential Parking Only signs. Your best options for street parking are along Quadra St, around Grass Field (use FREE Shuttle Service),  or at more distant streets north or east from the park. If you prefer to park west of Blanshard St (Patricia Bay Hwy), be aware that the only street crossings are on Finlayson or Hillside with nothing in between (no street crossing on Topaz Ave).

Preferred parking

Disabled-Parking Sign

Reserved parking spots for vehicles carrying the disabled parking sign will be available at the parking lot outside Finlayson Gate [D2].

 

FREE Shuttle Service

During the three days of the games, a FREE shuttle service will run every hour, from 10 am to 6pm (Sat/Sun) and from 9am to 5pm (Monday), between the Grass Field parking lot on Hillside Road between Blanshard and Quadra Streets (enter off Kings Road) and the Topaz Avenue entrance (see park map).

VERY IMPORTANT!!!

  1. Please note that there are no exchanges or refunds on tickets.sign-no-smoking-100x100
  2. Following CRD BYLAW 3962 the games are a SMOKE FREE EVENT.
  3. In true Scottish fashion, the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival takes place rain or shine.No Dogs Logo
  4. For the safety of our furry friends, dogs are not allowed at the park/on the field during the Games weekend.
  5. For more important information, please visit our Information Tent page

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016