We received an invitation to a pre-opening day event at Cabelas’ new store in Barrie, Ontario. So, for a day out and in search of bargains, we took the two hour trip to Barrie. We also took the opportunity to visit my great uncle who lives in a retirement home in the city.
He had just turned ninety (although his uncle, he was only seven years older than my father) and was in fine form. We were able to observe one of the great laws of nature: the length of time that a 12 year old boy can sit still listening to talk about the long departed equals the length of time that a 90 year old man can deal with a visit from relatives before his afternoon nap. The visit lasted 45 minutes to their mutual agreement and the creation an unspoken bond.
And so, on to Cabelas’.
We have visited stores in Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. This was our first visit to a Canadian one. The contrast was disappointing. The Barrie store was not the day out that one of the American stores is. The space was limited and the merchandise was crammed. There was only room for what was in season. The ladies’ section was not sufficient to hold my wife’s and daughter’s attentions while my son and I did our rounds. The guns and optics departments were well stocked and served by knowledgeable staff. The reloading materials were sparse. The fishing section was good, but the fly fishing section wasn’t. There was no restaurant. The place was lacking in selection and price. My local brick and mortar gun shop has little to fear.
We went to Barrie excited to visit Cabelas’. We came back having had a great time with the children’s Great Great Uncle Jack.