OSHAWA, ON – The Canadian Automotive Museum has been open since 1963 in a building that was formerly a new car dealership. It is easy to find on Simcoe Street in Oshawa, just ten minutes north of Highway 401, with lots of parking in the area.
When you enter the museum, you will notice its vintage construction, which has been undergoing many renovations the past few years. From the wood floor to the overhead pipes, you know you are in an historic building.
Many of these cars have a Canadian history either because they were originally built in Canada or have a direct connection to Canada. The museum has one of the largest collections of Canadian cars anywhere, currently about 80 cars.
The cars are displayed on two levels with a staircase to access the second floor. Lighting is sufficient for viewing the cars and for taking photographs. Here are a few of my favourite cars from the collection. If you want to see the whole collection, contact the museum for tickets and take the family. It is a great outing.
- Words and Photos by Howard Cohen