On the way back from my Dad’s place in lower coastal area of mainland British Columbia last week, I stopped in at the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum. This is a relatively new museum which opened in May of 2012 and is located on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway, east of the small town of Sorrento in British Columbia. It is owned by Mark Lane pictured to the right, and it is well worth a visit if you are lucky enough to be in the area ! The hours of operation vary with the season and are updated on their web site which can be found here, and the admission is $10 which includes the audio tour guide.
The growing collection has a broad selection of roughly 85 British, European, American and Japanese motorcycles currently on display, ranging in years from 1924 through to 2002, with plans to increase this to eventually be about 100 machines. Included in the collection was a very nicely restored example of my personal favourite model ( the Suzuki GT750 in case you were curious ), but as well there was a very tidy Scott Squirrel, a 1973 Gt550 in all original condition with only 2.8 miles on the clock (!) and at the back of the display area was a T500 waiting to be restored.
Behind the display area there is viewing access to the very well equipped restoration shop where machines are prepared for display. The day that I visited, there were several machines from the recently purchased Delta-Niner collection just being unloaded which will be added to the display over the summer. These included a really nice looking 1947 Vincent, some Manx Nortons and several other interesting machines.
The gift shop features motorcycle themed items from suppliers local to the area which is a nice touch, and just behind the gift shop is a small theatre with seating for about twenty visitors, where short video clips featuring motorcycle races and related topics can be viewed.
During the summer, every second and fourth Friday of the month is a motorcycle drive-in with a BBQ featured between 6:30 and 9 PM – if you show up at some other time then beside the museum is the Sprokkets Cafe which is open year round and is also well worth a visit featuring a broad selection of home made soups, sandwiches and speciality desserts such as the ‘Moto Guzzi Muffin’ and the ‘Suzuki Cinnamon Bun’ !
Check it out !