Something delicious is sizzling in Cape Breton.
The iconic Glace Bay Chip Wagon is rolling through the streets of Nova Scotia once again, serving up some of the best fries the East Coast has to offer. Since 1942, locals have been lining up just to get their hands on some of the salty delights. And this year should see some even larger crowds, as the chip wagon just celebrated its 70th birthday.
While no official records exist, it is widely believed to be Canada’s oldest chip truck.
“The first box of chips I bought here was 10 cents. That was 66 years ago,” says regular customer Gordon Simms.
Besides the price, not much has changed since the truck took to the streets in 1942. The chip wagon still uses the same tried-and-true recipe and methods to produce its golden-brown french fries. It even uses the same 74-year-old fryer.
“We never serve a fry before its time. That means tender love and care, and home cut potatoes,” owner Mike Yorke said.
The wagon was originally set up in Montreal but was forced to move after new bylaws came into effect. The truck first went to Sydney, N.S. before settling in Glace Bay in 1946. Even after its long run, Yorke doesn’t have any plans on selling the business. In fact, he hopes he can squeeze another 25 years out of it.
“The wagon belongs in Glace Bay,” he said. “It’s an icon in Glace Bay, and in Glace Bay it will stay.”
We can certainly raise our fries to that. You can see the truck in action for yourself in the video above.