Northern Lights Tour

Edmonton, Alberta     August 13 -17, 2017

The HCCA Alberta Regional Group hosted the Northern Lights Tour.  It was the most northern HCCA tour ever and it attracted tourists from right across Canada and the United States.  As well, three members from New Zealand attended as passengers.  Overall, about 35 cars participated and it was a great tour.  After Sunday overnight wind, rain, and thunder, we had a week of perfect driving weather.

Mike, Chris, and Bob, along with members of the Edmonton Antique Antique Car Club, did an outstanding job of organizing the event and made sure that all of our needs were met.  After a 25 mile "trial run" on Sunday, we did another 400 miles from Monday to Thursday.  The drives were scenic, with little traffic to contend with and lots to see. 

Monday's drive took us all through Strathcona county, with lunch at the beautiful Northern Bear Golf course.  At this stop, we were treated to a visit by two members of the RCMP, complete with Red Serges and bagpipes.  They posed for a great photo with each car.

Tuesday we experienced the Ukranian heritage of northern Alberta, with a coffee stop at a century old Ukranian church as well a traditional lunch at the Ukranian Village.  The morning's drive also took us through Elk Island National Park - Canada's largest completely enclosed national park.  A few of us were lucky enough to see some buffalo in the park, but I guess they weren't interested in my Cadillac.

Wednesday was our longest day - 131 miles.  After a morning stop at a private home (featuring 23 Rolls Royce cars), we made our way to Wetaskiwin to visit the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.   This outstanding museum is well worth a visit by any car enthusiast.  As a bonus, we were led into the warehouses to see the vehicles that are not part of the public exhibit.  There are many rare, original cars there, particularly some early Canadian models.

Thursday was a short day - only 45 miles - but it was packed with things to do and see.  Our morning stop was at the private collection of one of the tour participants and it didn't disappoint.  The converted warehouse was packed with collectibles of all sorts, all neatly presented in a variety of spaces.  A short distance later, we stopped at historic Fort Edmonton Park where we experienced life in the area through the past 200 years.  Our return to the hotel took us through the most scenic portions of the city as well as right through downtown Edmonton. 

The tour wrapped up with a delicious banquet with awards and lots of photos to see.  It was an outstanding tour.  Thanks to Mike Reid and all the other volunteers who made our visit so special.  


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