The warfs in Gravenhurst, Muskoka were all but empty when I shot these Photos but on On Sat July 5th they will be a bee hive of activity as they play host to the 28th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. A place for the young to dream and and the old to reminisce. A place to see History come alive once again.
"The theme for this years show is "GO Slow Boats" and the joys of cruising slowly. There will be a contingent From the Dispro Owners Association showing off their collection of boats built originally in Port Carling and were also built in Lindsay, Tonawanda, and finally in Gravenhurst in a factory that once stood adjacent to the show site."(Gerry Lodge, Show Committee Chair, Muskoka Life July 2008)
The Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre has an exibit on all things Dispro. These artifacts will be on display all summer long. If you miss the show and love historic old boats a visit to the centre would be very enjoyable.
There will be something for everyone here starting with the ever popular field of dreams with a wide array of boats just waiting for someone looking to restore an old dream boat. The traditional flea market will be back where you can check to see if that missing part you so desperately are looking for may be hidden away and of course there will be many vendors with everything from "A" to "Z" of boating.
Children under 12 are free and there will be a special tent where they will be able to build and paint model boats.
Some of the anticipated entries in this years show include a 1906 Truscott, a 1906 Fay and Bowen day cruiser, a 1905 26 ft Minett canoe. There will be Minett's and Greavettes,Dispros and Ditchburns, canoes and steamers all in all likely one of the finest collections of classic and antique boats to be found in one place.
The Wenonah II The Wanda III The Segwun and The Wenonah II -- click on images for larger picture
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