A Winter Adventure in Quebec with Ford

I recently had an opportunity to travel to Quebec to participate in a 2 day winter adventure event with Ford Canada. It was a jam packed event, so I have a lot to share. It was my first trip to Quebec, so it was fun to see Montreal and a bit of the countryside. On this trip I was able to experience some new winter activities, try out some of the new Ford vehicles and I got to meet other influencers that were attending the event from across Canada.

My friend Alicia also went to the event, so we traveled there together.  If you have time you should check out her post about the trip because she has the best vlog that you will want to watch. She has the cutest British accent and is a real hoot!  🙂

Our first day was a full travel day to get to Montreal, Quebec. Alicia and I arrived very late and stayed at a hotel at the airport. The winter adventure with Ford Canada began early the next day.

Winter Adventure with Ford Canada

Day 1

We all met at the hotel at the airport in the morning and got a partner, an itinerary and driving directions…and of course a Ford vehicle for the drive.  My partner for this Sydney Hoffman who is a blogger from Ontario. We got along just wonderfully and found that we both weren’t the best at directions and ended up taking the super scenic route to our first stop which was Les Rondins in Mirabel. It was a really cute sugar shack. There were animals, maple syrup and we had a delicious lunch.

The Ford Escape

We drove the Ford Escape, which I loved…and I wished that I could have brought it home with me. I love that it has a full sun roof (to see the beautiful blue sky), heated seats and that my phone connects so easily. It would be the perfect vehicle to get me out and about on my adventures. I also love that it has a lot of storage room in the back.

Esterel Resort

After lunch, we drove to the Esterel Resort in Quebec where we stayed for the night. The resort is located in the Laurentians and just so amazing. My room had a fireplace and was so spacious with a beautiful view of the lake and Nordic spa (hot pools). I am sure it would be equally wonderful in the summer.

This day was jam packed so we quickly changed into something warm and headed out to go snowmobiling in the forest around the resort. It was so much fun and a great way to get to know everyone that was attending the event.

Fun Winter Adventure

Next up on the winter adventure schedule in Quebec with Ford Canada was ice carving. We got to watch the instructor carve a dear (and make it look so incredibly easy), and then we were able to give it a try. We were carving hearts. It was not as easy as he made it look. I will not be a professional ice carver anytime soon!

Ice Carving

By this point I think we were all freezing so we went inside, changed and headed to dinner at the resort. The food was so good and served in a wine cellar. It was great to get a chance to chat with the other guests and I made many new friends.

At the end of the night we had huge bonfire and made smores.  The smore  combo that everyone loved was KitKat, caramel and marshmallow. It was legit the best smore I have ever had in my life.  🙂  We then checked out the Nordic spa and called it a night because we had another big day ahead.

Day 2

Mecaglisse Motorsport Complex

Day two with Ford Canada started early with a wonderful breakfast at the restaurant in the resort. From there we jumped in the Ford vehicles and made our way to the Mecaglisse Motorsport Complex. This is an outdoor track, which in the winter months is ice and snow, so as soon as I saw it I knew we were in for a crazy ride. Ford arranged for NASCAR drivers to take us out in the Ford vehicles on the track. Let me tell you, the ride in the F-150 Raptor was insane! 

We also had an opportunity to get some winter driving lessons from professionals. This was very good for me because we have had the snowiest winter ever is seems. We did an obstacle course, some emergency stops, and were instructed about what to do when your car begins to skid on the ice or snow. 

Next up on the Ford Canada agenda was sled dog rides, and I was so excited because this was something that was on my winter bucket list. It was raining, so not the best weather, but it was still something that I will always remember. The dogs were all super friendly.

Dog Sledding or Mushing

That was the end of the Ford winter adventure, so we all said our good-byes, packed up into the vehicles to drive to the airport in Montreal. Alicia and I extended our trip by an additional day and explored downtown Montreal…but that is another blog post that I will have up soon. Stay tuned!

A huge thanks to Ford Canada for this amazing winter adventure experience.

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  1. Robin Rue wrote:

    So happy you had a fun time in Quebec. It sounds like quite an adventure up there.

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  2. Alli Smith wrote:

    What a fun adventure! It all looks exciting – from dog sledding to ice carving and everything in between – and meeting so many new friends.

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  3. Jeanie Hevener wrote:

    What an amazing experience you had! I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the “nascar” type ride – the dog sled ride might be more to my liking. But it all sounds wonderful.

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  4. Kimberly M wrote:

    What a wonderful adventure! We are looking at purchasing a Ford Escape soon and I really love that shade of blue! I wonder if it comes in the the Escapes?!
    You look absolutely darling as always and your friend too! Sledding looks so fun!

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  5. Christy Maurer wrote:

    It looks like you had such a fun time! I would love to go dog-sledding too (Balto!). If I’m in the market for a new car, I’ll check out the Ford Escape. It looks like the perfect size for me.

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  6. Candy Kage wrote:

    What an awesome time you had with driving great cars, enjoying the outdoors, meeting new friends. The dogs are adorable and the food and drinks look delicious.

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  7. CouponDivaAndi wrote:

    And you and the car both matched!

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  8. Heather @ Kraus House Mom wrote:

    That looks like it was a great adventure. I would love to go on a dog sled and carve ice.

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  9. Ashley Hargrove wrote:

    Can I be you?? That entire event looked amazing!! That hotel looked SO awesome too!! Jealous!

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  10. Andy J. Salgado wrote:

    I love Canada!! πŸ™‚ This looked so awesome! ^_^ I rented a Ford for a backpacking trip but never through snow.

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  11. This looks like a really fun trip! I love all the adventure and good times, plus the resort looks amazing!


    Lee Anne


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  12. This looks like such a fun trip! What an amazing opportunity!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

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  13. Sydney Power wrote:

    What a fun trip! I love Quebec it is amazing! Such pretty place!

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  14. blm03 wrote:

    What an awesome adventure! I love Ford vehicles; they’re all we own. And that resort looks all sorts of amazing!

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  15. Kelsey H wrote:

    Looks like such a fun trip! And you are freaking adorable!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

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  16. Erica wrote:

    I think it would be loads of fun to try dog-sledding and make ice sculptures. Those are two things I’ve never tried.

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  17. We have always loved Ford cars. My first car was a Ford. Their cars are reliable and full of great features. I miss Quebec.

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  18. Annemarie LeBlanc wrote:

    Looks like you guys had some really great fun! I would love to try dog sledding too. I am glad that you chose a Ford to take along in this trip. Ford vehicles are by far the best in the market (talking from experience). We have a Ford F150 and it is so comfy, reliable, and easy to drive!

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  19. Wow what a fun trip! That resort looks amazing and I’m such a fan of Ford vehicles too! πŸ™‚

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  20. Mary Gui wrote:

    this resort looks amazing, the room looks so relaxing and love your winter look!

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  21. Amanda Nicole Hughes wrote:

    Looks like such a good time! I love Ford Raptors..they are my favorite.

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

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  22. Wow! This looks incredible. I followed along on Instagram stories πŸ™‚ Ice carving sounds like fun. I would never be able to make a heart though – haha!

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  23. Karen R wrote:

    This trip sounds like it was so much fun!!! How awesome to learn how to tackle snow driving from a pro!


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  24. amy loochtan wrote:

    This trip looks amazing and you’re adorable matching that car!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

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  25. Ricci wrote:

    Your trip to Quebec sounds amazing! I love the cars too!!

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  26. jessica wrote:

    the hot pools look awesome and what a fun weekend!

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  27. paulaschuck wrote:

    That hotel looks amazing. I am a big fan of Quebec. Must return some day soon. Looks like you had a tonne of fun and I need to check out some of those Fords. I need a car that will connect with my gadgets and carry all of our ski stuff. I also need a car with a kick butt four wheel drive.

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  28. Stephanie Pass wrote:

    What an amazing experience! I think I want to get in those heated pools. They look wonderful!

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  29. Danik Bates wrote:

    Wow! What an amazing experience Bella and I loved the way you got matching coat to go with the car in the first photo πŸ˜€ That hotel looks totally stunning πŸ™‚

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  30. Neha Reddy wrote:

    omg that looks like an amazing experience! Stunning photos and the food looked great haha xx

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  31. It looks like you are in a winter wonderland! So fun!

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  32. Sherry Keezer wrote:

    This looks amazing! I’m only a drive away from this resort and I must give it a look!

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  33. Amy wrote:

    How fun! Loved following along with your adventure on Insta Stories!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  34. What a fun adventure! I’m DYING to get to Canada. Looks like a total winter wonderland up there!

    Coming Up Roses

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  35. Wow, what a great opportunity and fun adventure! I was just thinking today how, despite having traveled to nearly 40 countries, I have yet to visit Canada….

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  36. Kita Bryant wrote:

    My dad swears by Ford. He is a big van guy and he’s always had his Ford vans last for a long time. Looked like a fun trip!

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  37. OMG! I have never went on sledge dog rides before. It looks so fun!

    Shi Hui | IreviewUread

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  38. Marie Ernst wrote:

    It looks like the time of your life! I have actually been talking to the resort to stay there, and seeing as you loved it so much it makes me want to go even more!

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  39. this trip looks amazing!!! you did so many cool things. the dogs are the cutest!!

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  40. Mistee Dawn wrote:

    What a fun winter adventure. Looks like so much fun! I love Ford. Such a great company.

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  41. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz wrote:

    This looks like such a fun and exciting event! I have always wanted to go on a dog sled ride!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  42. This trip looks like so much fun!! I love all of the pictures!

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  43. Anosa wrote:

    Oh wow your so lucky to be invited on that winter adventure! I hope I can experience that too! Looks like it’s a super fun experience!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  44. That picture of you and the puppy is too cute, Bella! I loved this post. It sounded like y’all had an amazing time, and I definitely want to try that s’more combo πŸ™‚

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

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  45. sandyalamode wrote:

    Ford has awesome cars, I hope you had a blast! It looks like so much fun!

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  46. Jenn wrote:

    Omg I’ve never seen such a pretty resort…must add this to my list of places to visit!

    insta | bloglovin’

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  47. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    This looked like the best time!!!! What an amazing resort!!

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  48. Amanda K wrote:

    What a beautiful place! It looks like you had an amazing time Bella!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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