Merrickville Ontario is not really a city, probably classified as more of a small village with rarely more than 3000 people in town. From what I gather they have a bit of an influx in tourist throughout the summer season. Once acknowledge as “The Most Beautiful Village” in Canada the city is an artifact of pre-canal time back in the early 1800’s when Ottawa didn’t destroy a bunch of town by running a canal straight through them.
Northeastern Ontario towards ottawa is filled with spots like this along the way. Tiny preserved villages that are surrounded by farm land. If there’s on thing that really stands out for people when they cross over from the east coast of the states in Canada it’s just how BIG the damn land is. In the U.S you drive your car for days and never escape some of the metropolitan areas. Canada you drive 20k out of their capital city and you’ll feel like your in the middle of farm land, why? because it’s all FARMS EVERYWHERE. Which makes this a great spot (in the summer) to hit the open road and in a luxury hot rod that I rented from service near my hotel in Ottawa I love when the skies are clear out there in Ontario. They realy have it nice, no traffic, air smells clean, wildlife, good camping spots. So I did a little research while I was up there and that’s how I ended up at the 2015 Merrickville Car Shop
Was happy with the show but absolutely gutted that I forgot to bring my camera, so I hope you’re at least a little intrigued by my write up about it…certainly won’t do it justice. Who would have thought Canadian love hot rods so much. IT was a pretty cool event, you get the early risers showing up as early as 8 am to get the best spots and setup and it runs all the way to 4pm on a Sunday. I ended up going out to dinner at a spot in downtown Ottawa since I had the limo rental. And I’ll be clear for my hot rod champs out there, this is a non judged show, theres not any prizes, just pride baby! And damn was there some guys who took pride in their rides there.
My favourite part!? You might be surprised but it wasn’t the hot rods on this day. It was this silly ass event they setup and I got picked to take a whirl at. The lets blindfold some ass whipes and see if they can drive an obstacle course in a golf cart. My buddy bill was my ‘guide’ without a blindfold. Now I consider myself a pretty brilliant driver but Bill is a piece of work as a director haha. I think when we crossed the border he must have picked up the metric system because his ‘about 10ft measurements’ had me driving like a granny thinking I was going to hit something when it was still 30 ft away.
I think there’s a fad up in Canada with people jacking up and customizing school busses. I heard from my son who went to a festival out there, there was as many ‘party or rave as he called them’ school busses as there were rvs with people camping out. I saw some pretty cool ones but man the gas mileage must be deadly if you don’t have a bunch of guys pitching into make the trip. Another cool part was the remote control racing, I still enjoy that stuff as I used to take my son to one of those remote control off road tracks. Still think it’s a great hobby but not nearly as fun as hanging out in my garage with some Millers…speaking of, Butch is outta here!