Ian MacGregor's 20,000-square-foot underground Canadian Museum of Making in the foothills near Cochrane is the stuff of collectors' dreams: "The Canadian Museum of Making began as a personal project to save intriguing machinery and tools from being discarded from local shops, and grew into a renowned, private museum which gathers items from all over the world that live in the intersection between engineering and art.
This museum has over 100 motorcycles on display, many marques and covers decades of motorcycle history. The Gift Shop has unique motorcycle related gift items and great options for decorating the "Man Cave".
"We have one of the finest collections of historic and antique cars in Canada South, most of them owned by the museum. We also have the only EMS museum in Canada. In our village, we have over 20 historic buildings, originating from various areas of Essex County. We conduct many automotive museum and village tours on a daily basis and we see thousands of school children attend the village every year to be a “Pioneer for a Day”."
The museum's basic responsibilities of stewardship and public service are expressed by preserving, documenting and interpreting artifacts and archival materials that help to build an understanding of the history of policing in Ontario since the formation of Upper Canada in 1791, specializing in the material culture of the Ontario Provincial Police from 1909.
Once he was old enough, Rick Treworgy began collecting GM cars, Chevys in particular. At first his interest in old cars was purely economic, (they were all he could afford), but as time passed he found a certain charm in those old cars. He bought, sold and restored these cars, and this was how he kept his hobby alive. After nearly 40 years of turning that dream into a reality and stockpiling well over 200 vintage ’50s to early ’70’s muscle cars, he decided to turn this amazing collection into Muscle Car City. This has become one of the largest GM muscle car collections in the nation.
At the American Heritage Museum it is possible to explore America’s conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War to today. "You’ll discover, and interact with, our heritage through the History, the national effort developing new technologies of warfare, and the Human Impact of America’s fight to preserve the freedom we all hold dear."
The Brumos Collection has been opened to the public in January, 2020. It is the beautiful remnants of a racing team, a dealership, and a distributorship. The Brumos Collection focuses on vintage Porsches, many of them race cars, but also features an assortment of other vintage vehicles.
"This museum is not a personal collection of cars. Each automobile is selected based on its historical and cultural significance. We aim to educate every guest about these cars, but also about what was happening around us when they were made. In doing so, we hope to encourage the preservation of current and future automobiles, thereby preserving their stories."