As required by the great Canadian tradition, we gathered at Tom Horton’s in Kemptville to begin our drive. Five Citroëns appeared: the two DSs of Christian T and Michel L (with Pierre), and the three 2CVs of Bruce G, Cor B, and Bob McL (with Claudine). Sam H had intended to bring his CX, but the failure of a 30 year-old rubber intake elbow meant that the CX stayed at home, and Sam and Denise arrived in their Fiat 500 (nuovo). We also had the pleasure of the company of Franck P who came all the way from Montréal to be with us. Christian and Franck rode together in the DS, and were
accompanied by their sons.
Christian led us on a delightful drive from Kemptville to Delta Ontario. The route took us through scenic Merrickville, and then on to Jasper, Toledo, and Athens. Imagine visiting Alberta, Ohio, and Greece in one short drive!
Our target for the morning was the historic mill in Delta. As you will be able to read in some of the photos, this mill was constructed in 1810. As it happened, our visit coincided with a harvest festival in Delta. As a result the mill was alive with demonstrations, live music, and best of all: bake sales!
Our Citroëns were an unexpected attraction in the heart of Delta that day, and drew many curious and appreciative onlookers. Although it was a chilly morning, our hardy band took the opportunity to wander around the village of Delta. enjoying the sunshine as well as the various events associated with the harvest festival.
Eventually it was time to jump back into the cars, and head towards our lunch stop. Christian had scouted out the roads, and had selected the most scenic route possible. He lead us from Delta, through Phillipsville and on to Crosby. There, we picked up the Narrows Locks Road which took us (not surprisingly) to Narrows Locks, over Upper Rideau Lake.
We stopped for Franck to do a very quick photo session, much to the chagrin of the traffic behind us! Soon enough, we were on the road again. We turned off onto North Shore Road which was highly entertaining and very pretty, although the autumn colours were not yet at their peak in that area of the province. In fact, the drivers had little time to appreciate the scenery, and Christian decided to demonstrate the legendary road-holding of the DS. The rest of us just tried to keep up!
Eventually we arrived at Highway 10, and enjoyed the spectacular view as one descends into the village of Westport.
Once we gathered everyone together at the parking area in Westport, we walked through the village to the Cove restaurant, where Christian had reserved for a late lunch. Christian had selflessly forced himself to try out the restaurant during his reconnaissance trip a week earlier, and his recommendation was well proven. Meals were very much enjoyed, and conversations were rich. Eventually, everyone bid au revoir, and took to the road for their own route home.
Thanks to Christian for a thoroughly enjoyable outing, and to all the participants who keep their classic Citroëns rolling.