Selfies in the Scrapyard: Auto wrecking facility becomes go-to location for photographers

Cardinal, Ontario — The Eastern Ontario Boneyard, an auto recycler in Cardinal, Ont., has become a hot-spot for photographers and Instagrammers searching for rare vintage vehicles. 

Unlike most auto wrecking facilities, the Eastern Ontario Boneyard prides itself on saving older cars with half of its stock dating back to 1950-1980.

With its vast collection of over 600 vehicles — old and new — this site provides a rare aesthetic for shutterbugs and models.

Joe Martelle, the owner of the Eastern Ontario Boneyard, told CBC they open up the property to photographers on designated days, and instead of charging them, they ask them to donate to the South Grenville Food Bank. 

Martelle and his family are currently making a trail that will lead visitors to the most vintage part of the collection. 

“We’re kind of the stewards of history here, it’s just a different kind of history we’re taking care of,” he told CBC. 

The Boneyard has been family-owned and operated for nearly 50 years. They welcome all visitors and auto enthusiasts to “stop in and take a walk thru the past.”


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