A group checks out the Whoville display on a truck trailer at Western Speedway after the Island Equipment Owners Association Truck Light Convoy. Dozens of decorated vehicles will make their way through Greater Victoria on Dec. 7 for the event, which also brings in thousands of pounds of donations for local food banks. (Black Press file)

Greater Victoria’s truck light convoy an annual jumpstart to Christmas

Lit-up commercial vehicles, food drive, part of huge community event

One of the most well-attended and colourful events in Greater Victoria, the Island Equipment Owners Association Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive, returns for a 21st year as part of the region’s kickoff to the Christmas season, Saturday, Dec. 7.

The evening sees dozens of illuminated commercial vehicles, from cement mixers to dump trucks, flatbeds and more roll along in a convoy from Ogden Point through neighbourhoods around the region, rain or shine. Many municipalities plan light-up events in conjunction with the truck parade.

Spectators line much of the 35-kilometre route, which runs along Dallas Road then passes through Oak Bay, downtown Victoria, Saanich and the West Shore, before winding up at Western Speedway in Langford.

Over the years, approximately 174,000 lbs. of food has been collected for distribution to local food banks. The communities through which the convoy rolls designate drop-off locations where the public can donate non-perishable food items on the evening, and in other locations during the two weeks before the convoy.

The convoy rolls out from Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m. and arrives at the speedway at approximately 8:30. For more information, visit ieoa.ca.



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