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Our History

From a group of motoring enthusiasts to one of Canada's best employers.

 

1906

The Victoria Automobile Club is founded when a group of motoring enthusiasts gather to enjoy their
hobby and help each other when their vehicles break down.

1931

First printing of BCAA’s inaugural, comprehensive BC guidebook with detailed maps.

1936

First Emergency Roadside Service that includes free towing.

1940

An affiliation of 31 clubs across BC officially amalgamates under the name ‘BCAA’ and opens
the head office in Vancouver.

1946

The first personal accident insurance policies go on sale to Members.

1953

BCAA extends emergency roadside service to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this same year,
BCAA affiliates with the brand new Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

1954

Launch of an automobile insurance plan that becomes the largest auto insurance underwriter
in BC until ICBC is established in 1974.

1959

The first sales centre opens in Nelson, then four more locations in New Westminster,
Penticton, Prince George and Victoria.

1962

Launch of the first club-owned emergency roadside service fleet in North America with 10 drivers.

1963

Membership reaches 100,000.

1973

The first home insurance policy is sold to a Member in Vancouver. This same year,
BCAA’s mobile vehicle inspection service (VIS) hits the road in the Metro Vancouver area.

1975

Introduces the Approved Auto Repair Service (AARS) network of garages. AARS soon becomes
the prototype for this type of service across North America.

1988

Installation of the first digital dispatch system in North America for emergency roadside service fleet.

1989

BCAA becomes the fastest growing auto club in North America and the first CAA organization
to reach 500,000 Members.

2009

BCAA becomes the first CAA/AAA club in North America to offer roadside assistance
services for cyclists.

2014

Open the first BCAA Auto Service Centre in Kelowna, BC

2015

Launch of  Evo Car Sharing – the only car sharing service with a fleet of 4-door,
hybrid cars, built for the BC lifestyle.