Rideau Lakes Region Hosts Tour to YesterYear
July 30 – August 6, 2006
"50 Years of Touring" was the theme for this year’s tour which opened with a Wine and Cheese get together at the Crystal Palace in historic Perth, ON. Tour participants dressed in costumes reminiscent of the 50’s era got our 50th anniversary tour off to a great start.
Monday saw us going to the Diefenbunker in Carp to revisit the Cold War’s emergency shelter as well as the Hershey Factory in Smiths Falls. The hospitality room hosted a jam session Monday evening with guitars, violins and singing.
On Tuesday, the hottest day of the year, the “impossible” trip into Ottawa, our nation’s capital, with 100 antique cars was executed without a hitch. After parking at the Aviation Museum, 200 or so tour participants were transported via air conditioned busses to various sites in Ottawa. Folks enjoyed thoroughly their visits to museums, the Byward Market, the Rideau Centre, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery, and Parliament Hill etc.
On Wednesday, the gang drove along the mighty St. Lawrence River to the area known as the Lost Villages. Between 1955 and 1957 as many as 6500 residents were relocated to higher ground as their villages were submerged to accommodate the seaway. The stop over at Wayne Morgan’s Antique Car Emporium in Winchester gave our car enthusiasts a chance to view an extensive collection and variety of autos.
Thursday the group meandered about the picturesque countryside visiting various towns along the Rideau Canal system while completing a Poker Run. This day was topped off with an old fashioned drive-in movie at Port Elmsley complete with a hamburger supper.
Friday was a leisurely tour to Westport, located in the heart of the Rideau Lakes, and back to Smiths Falls to tour the local Railway Museum and then enjoy a wonderful supper at the Civitan Club. Later that evening, a well attended Karaoke night took place at the Last Duel Camp Ground in Perth.
Saturday was sort of a free day until the restoration hour commenced prior to the Banquet held in Perth’s Farrell Hall. On this occasion, approximately 200 car loving ACCCC members from different regions were brought together to eat, to dance, to share ideas and to continue to develop lasting friendships. The Banquet was an elegant wrap-up for a very exciting and wonderful week. Rideau Lakes did itself proud with this event!
The Sunday morning breakfast, held at the Perth Civitan Club, was the final get-together to say good-byes and make promises about the TTYY ’07 in Brampton. See you there!