Our History

Tremblay Motors circa 1934 at 4th and MacDonald – Canada’s First Chevron Station!

Tremblay Motors was started April 1st, 1934 by Sam Tremblay’s grandfather, “Chief” Tremblay, at 4th & McDonald in Kitsilano, as a Chevron gas station.

His 4 sons, George, Art (Sam’s father), Bernie, & Freddie, carried on the family business.

Fred branched out to open & operate his own business at 16th & McDonald with his sons www.thegarage.ca

In 1993, Chevron redeveloped the site, and Tremblay Motors relocated to Pacific & Howe in downtown Vancouver where it operated for 10 years.

“The Chief” and Sons (George, Fred, Chief, Art, Bernie) in approximately 1960.

Forced again to move due to tremendous residential growth in the Yaletown area, we are currently located at the entrance to Granville Island at 1505 w 3rd Ave. (6 years now).

The business is currently operated by Sam Tremblay & his son Brad, as well as a host of long-term, dedicated employees, comfortable in servicing & repairing all vehicles from “Collector cars” to the latest vehicles on the road.

Sam is the “Resident Mechanic” on CBC’s “Almanac” radio program, hosted by Mark Forsythe, and answers callers Questions about their cars & other automotive Questions. This popular program airs several times a year, and has been “on-air” for 12 years now.

Tremblay Motors 1505 West 3rd Avenue –  2010

Tremblay Motors 1505 West 3rd Avenue – 2010

As a “long term & well known” technician, Sam regularly sits on automotive advisory boards at BCIT & BCAA to help design courses & encourage newcomers & students to the automotive industry

Sam is the 3rd generation, and Brad is the 4th of the Tremblay Family operating in the West Side.

Sam’s Father, (Brad’s Grandfather), Art, still comes down to the shop several times a week to “hang-out”, and enjoys seeing & visiting with the many customers that remember him well from the “4th & McDonald” days.

Even today, at the shop on West 3rd, you’re very likely to see three generations of Tremblays on site!

Three generations of Tremblays: Sam, Art, & Brad

The “Tremblay Family” is one of Kitsilano’s oldest & best known Families to this day.

According to Sam Tremblay: “I am continually amazed by how many people I meet, all over the place, who know of us…It’s kinda fun!”

You can hear Sam Tremblay on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac as the program’s resident expert mechanic – click here for B.C. Almanac podcasts & more…