Classic Car Shows in Ontario’s Cottage Country

The sun is out, the temperature is rising and classic automobiles are hitting the roads in Ontario’s cottage country. Plan to attend one or more of the popular antique & classic car shows taking place in the region this summer, where like-minded fans will gather to check out these incredible rides.

Kicking off the season (and celebrating their silver anniversary in 2018), the 25th Annual Gravenhurst Car Show returns to Gull Lake Rotary Park on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 16, 2018. Bring Dad to Northern Ontario’s largest car show, with over 400 rare, classic and collectible machines on display. The show features food and beer vendors, a kids zone and dozens of prizes ready to be given away to car owners and guests. With the big anniversary in mind, organizers have also lined up a full day of special celebrations. Have your photo taken in the photo booth – located inside a renovated 1960s VW bus, say hi to Silver Elvis who will be making the rounds, and tap your feet to upbeat tunes that will be playing throughout the park over the state-of-the-art wireless sound system. And be sure to vote in the event’s popular ‘People’s Choice Award’, with a trophy for the Grand Prize winner and Top 10 finishers being awarded!

Make it a full Father’s Day weekend getaway and take in the Bracebridge Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, June 17 as well. From 9am to 3pm a section of downtown’s historic Manitoba Street will be closed off and filled with over 150 classic and special interest vehicles. The Main Stage will feature live music throughout the day, and local food vendors will also be taking part, providing delicious eats and sweet treats. Make it a weekend trip and check out their Stay & Play package partners here.

For participants, the show offers a wealth of prizes over a wide range of categories. These include awards for Best Original Vehicle, Best Street Rod and Rat Rod, muscle cars of the 60’s, the 70’s and modern, as well as modified imports and pick-up truck categories. Be sure to stay long enough to witness the prize awarded for Best in Show – always a fan favourite.

If you’ll be spending some time in the region this summer and are looking for a weekly event, check out the Eagle Lake Cruise Night Show & Shine that takes place each Thursday evening from June 21-September 27 from 7pm-dusk at the Eagle Lake Narrows Country Store in South River. These events offer free admission and feature classic and special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. This is a wonderful family friendly night out, as the location is directly adjacent to the public beach and playground. Food and refreshments will also be available for sale inside the store.

Head a bit north to the Village of Rosseau on Saturday, August 4 for the annual Classic Cruise Car and Boat Show. Held at the beautiful waterfront park, the show features both classic and antique cars and boats. Take the opportunity to view some of the elegant wooden boats that plied the waters of Muskoka’s lakes, many of which were actually designed and built in Muskoka. This year Sunset Cruises will be on hand with the Idyllwood and Peerless II – boats from the 1940 era. With a large display of cars and boats, this show has something for everyone.

Saturday, August 18 is the date for Parry Sound’s Downtown Car Show. A wide selection of antique and classic cars will be on display on James, Gibson and Mary streets. The event features numerous prizes in multiple categories. The show has a selection of food vendors, live music and activities throughout the day for both visitors and participants to enjoy.

This year, head to Ontario’s cottage country and take in one or more of the season’s excellent car shows. Plan your weekend getaway and travel winding roads for some of the most scenic touring in the province as well.

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