We love a fun winter adventure, especially when it involves getting out of the city and into the woods. When Steele Ford offered up the use of a brand new F150 for the weekend, I knew I wanted to take it off road and have some fun with it!
I have to admit, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed driving such a big truck. I wasn’t even sure I could get up into it! Thank goodness for the door handles and side step. I was also really surprised at the gas mileage. With the EcoBoost engine, the mileage was really close to my van.
On Family Day we hit the road for a family road trip to check out Sugar Moon Farm in winter. It was so beautiful driving through the hills covered in snow! One of my daughters brought a friend and I was surprised to see that all three children fit in the back of the truck with no fighting over space!
It was a freezing day so we took a tour of the sugar camp first. The owner Quita gave a wonderful presentation with lots of Q&A about the history of maple syrup and how to make maple syrup. I had no idea that Aboriginal Canadians used to make maple syrup using hot rocks!
They have a huge boiler for turning the sap into syrup!
How much do you know about maple syrup? Can you answer these questions? Comment below if you think you can!
- What two types of maple trees can be used to make maple syrup?
- Which Canadian Province makes the most maple syrup?
- In what countries and areas can you find maple trees?
- How many litres of sap does it take to make 1 litre of maple syrup?
Sugar Moon is a lot of fun during every season. In winter you can rent snowshoes and hike up the hill to see the sap lines.
It doesn’t matter when you visit Sugar Moon, you do not want to pass on having brunch in the restaurant. Their pancakes with maple whipped cream are so delicious! You can even get maple whipped cream on hot chocolate. I had a delicious pecan maple pancake and my husband had sausages with maple mustard.
One special treat I’ve been having at maple farms since I was a little girl is sap on snow. This is a delicacy and is so yummy!
Make sure you follow Sugar Moon’s Sap Journal. The Sap started running today!! It’s the earliest they have seen it start in the last 25 years!
As for the F150 we had a blast playing with it in the snow. The four-wheel drive handled the snow-covered roads like a dream. My daughters loved opening the twin panel moon roof and sitting in the front heated seats. I loved the remote start especially first thing in the morning and after hiking at Sugar Moon! Of course we also loved the Sirius satellite radio. You can’t get enough Disney channel when you have tweens! My favourite feature of all the Ford cars I’ve borrowed has to be the backup camera. I’m terrible at backing up, especially in a big vehicle and the camera makes it so easy!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ford Canada, however all opinions are my own. A big thanks to Steele Ford who make picking up and dropping off vehicles so easy and always point out all the fun features to me, before I drive off!