Exploring Haliburton, Ontario as we go further with the Ford Raptor #GoFurther150

Two weeks ago we went on a family adventure to explore some of Haliburton’s quirky landmarks and other things to see along the way for Canada’s 150th Birthday is the amazing Ford Raptor.  If you’ve been following my tweets and Instagram you’ll know how much I loved this truck.  So with snacks in hand, provided by Ford we were off!

Ford has been Canada’s longest established automaker and they’ve called Canada home for over a century, they started out in 1904(August.17 to be exact!) where only 8 men began to build the first Ford automobile, the 1904 Model C.   Here’s a little history on Canada’s partnership with Ford. It was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Works and was located in Walkerville, Ontario(now a part of Windsor, ON) and the founder, Gordon McGregor, convinced a group of investors to invest in Henry Ford’s new automobile which was being produced across the river in Detroit. Historically Ford was one of the most powerful companies in Canada, and in the 1970s, Ford was the “largest” company in Canada.  Did you know that in 1976 the 10-millionth Ford was made in Canada? 

Ford has been a part of our family road trips for the past three summers so you can say we have a soft spot for Ford. Ford was also my mom’s first car when she got her license after living in Canada for about 15 years and she got the good ‘ol Ford Tempo!  Ford was there when there weren’t any highways, Ford was there through the wars and Ford goes now even further.  All of Fords plants, offices and distribution centres and more than 400 Ford-Lincoln dealerships from coast to coast are proud to be a part of the Canadian heritage and I’m happy to share with you some Canada’s heritage with you!  

Check out my three top picks to visit in the Haliburton Highlands.

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First Stop:

Stanhope Heritage Museum

The Stanhope Museum is one of Ontario’s smaller museums but it has one of the largest archives of Ontario pioneer history and records. The museum is only a two-hour drive from Toronto just north of the town of Minden in the scenic Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.  You can’t miss the giant lumberjack in front of the museum.  The kids loved the freedom to roam around, learn about the pioneers and the heritage garden.  The garden pays homage to the pioneers who adapted their farming and gardening knowledge to this climate at the height of settlement in the late 1800s and early 1900s.   Another cool, historical and educational experience was the log chute.  A log chute is a man-made trough that was used to carry logs over rough river landscape to a sawmill. The log chute was developed in Canada in 1829 to circumnavigate the Chaudière Falls in Quebec.  Please watch the video here, as pictures don’t do it justice.


Second Stop, the Avro Arrow Museum(Zurakowski Park) in Barry’s Bay.
This is pretty cool as it’s named and honoured after its local resident and tester pilot, Janusz Zukarowski.  He was a courageous man.  On March 25th 1958, Janusz climbed aboard Avro Arrow RL-201 and became an icon in Canadian aviation history. However, he was already almost a household name in Great Britain for his service in Spitfires in the Battle of Britain and post-war aerobatic displays at Farnborough. Furthermore, he was, at age 43, already a legend and hero in Poland for having damaged a Dornier 17 over Poland after the Nazis attacked September 1st, 1939. What is especially amazing about that feat was that he had been flying a trainer plane with WW I type armament and ammunition that was probably just as vintage, while his plane was significantly slower than the Dornier he hit!  


Third Stop: We visited was a wolf sanctuary at The Haliburton Wolf Centre.  In July of 1996, the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre opened its doors to the general public. The Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest had humble beginnings as far back as 1977 in the backwoods of Upper Michigan … however that is a story in itself, but it is here that the blood lines of the Haliburton Forest pack began.   We bought a family pass for $25 and the kids walked around and learned about wolves and even left with some souvenir.  There’s an observatory and the guide made a call for the wolves to come.  It was amazing!  Scroll the instastory above to see.

Where to stay when in Haliburton?   We LOVED The Red Umbrella Inn.  I recommend booking a cottage.  It was clean and the grounds were beautiful too.  We had a stunning lake view and we all slept so well.  The beds were great.  I do plan on returning as the little beach was perfect the kids.  The food, oh the food!  Talke about quality as the GM, Michael is also a chef.  The staff were great.  I can’t say enough good things about The Red Umbrella Inn.  I’ll share more on them in another post.  But here’s our lake view from the beautiful property, the kids roasted marshmallows and enjoyed the view and playing games that are all offered at The Red Umbrella Inn.



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Can we talk about the Ford Raptor?  I mean, really.   I never thought a Ford Raptor would be an ideal family vehicle.  Honestly, this is my favourite Ford and I have good taste as the prices start at $68,399.  Aside from the many features that it came with what I loved the most was the ROOM! I always thought we’d need a three row SUV but after “puttering” around in the Ford Raptor I can confidently say, I want a truck.  She is my beautiful beast; it ruled the road.  It was a smooth drive, nice handling and parking and going through the drive thru was good.  My husband was nervous but managed. I wish we had a cover for the back bed part of the truck as we wasted a day trying to find one, even a tarp would have been fine but there was not much help at the shop my husband went to.  I like that the side mirrors can be turned to face in when needing to get into a tight squeeze.  I have never seen so much admiration from strangers as we did with the Raptor.  So I love the room, the safety, the power and it was good on gas with all the driving we did and my kids could get in and out easily. Take it out for a test drive with your family and see for yourself.   I wish we could have kept the Raptor.
FordRaptor_1There’s a whole lot of power in this beauty. Come on, don’t you agree???  This is the all new 2017 F-150 Raptor Supercrew and I didn’t want to return her to Ford, lol. We went up hills and dirt roads as we explored cottage country in Haliburton and the military grade aluminium alloy makes the new Ford F- 150 lighter than before! It’s the only purpose-built, high-performance off road truck.   It’s a first of its kind as it merges all wheel drive and four -wheel drive capabilities enabling the 2017 F-150 Raptor to handle any driving situation on road or off.

I loved the ease of loading our luggage in the back bed.  Just toss it in and off you go. Great for a family and their road trip adventures. I loved the ease of loading our luggage in the back.  Just toss it in and off you go. Great for a family and their road trip adventures.  

The space! 3 good sized seats. Look at the back seats where my kids can stretch out their legs.  I have even more space for packing like pool noodles under their seats and so much more.
FordRaptor_SpaceFrom winter to summer to the in between season’s the dual-zone electric automatic temperature control keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s got a 10-way heated power front and rear seats cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel for ultimate comfort, 24/7.

FordRaptor_SeatsHave some peace of mind with their safety features and blind spot information system.  The “BLIS” is a cross traffic alert that uses sensors to detect traffic in the driver’s blind spot. It actually provides a visual warning if other vehicles are detected.  You also can experience the driver-assist technology which for someone like me would be so useful. You can simplify parking and reversing.  Don’t worry about sharp corners as it has two sensors to measure vehicle roll and turning rates.


The road is an open highway-will you go further this summer? Follow the hashtags #GoFurther150 and check out all the other landmarks across Canada that other bloggers have participated in thanks to the wonderful team at Ford Canada.   To learn more about the Ford Raptor, visit www.ford.ca and follow them on Facebook and check out their tweets.

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Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Ford CANADA. In exchange, I received perks of compensation and/or product. All opinions are always my own.


  1. Sapana V | 26th Jul 17

    This Ford Raptor looks so spacious. A perfect car for family vacation or trip.

  2. Danielle | 30th Jan 18

    Whoa, this truck DOES look hot! I would never have thought of a family vehicle….Hmmmm. Love that blue!

  3. Joely Smith | 30th Jan 18

    Dang! The Ford Raptor is one sic looking truck! SO MUCH ROOM! I love it! Looks like a fun adventure too!

  4. Jennifer Van Huss | 30th Jan 18

    Finding a vehicle that seats five is often tough, unless it is a mini van. I love the idea of a truck because it lets you carry a lot more luggage. The raptor is a great looking truck! I have never been in one before, but if you are looking to explore Ontario, it would be a great one

  5. Lisa Favre | 30th Jan 18

    That truck is absolutely stunning! I love the blue color you chose and also, it looks like there’s so much room in it.

  6. Kim @ Berly's Kitchen | 30th Jan 18

    That truck is pretty sweet! It also looks like you guys had an awesome trip. Someday, my husband and I hope to make it to Ontario. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. Sara | 30th Jan 18

    That is a really nice looking car! Every place you visited looks like so much fun, I might have to take a trip up there with my family.

  8. Ricci | 31st Jan 18

    Haliburton looks like a fun place to visit!! I would love to travel to Canada one day!!

  9. Stephanie Pass | 31st Jan 18

    Wow that looks like great room in the back seat! If we ever had a truck it would have to be a crew cab like this one.

  10. Cherri Megasko | 31st Jan 18

    I’d love to visit the wolf sanctuary. Wolves are terribly misunderstood and I applaud any organization that is working to protect them and bring back their numbers. We’ve actually seen wolves in the wild in Canada, but it was in Alberta.

  11. Tim B | 31st Jan 18

    I like the lumberjack statue … what a fun photo op! Looks like you had a wonderful roadtrip adventure

  12. Melissa Dixon | 31st Jan 18

    I have never been to Ontario but this makes me want to go. Such a great place to visit!

  13. Amber Killmon | 31st Jan 18

    What a wonderful day trip! Haliburton sounds and looks amazing and that Ford Raptor sounds like a great vehicle to explore in.

  14. Heather | 31st Jan 18

    I’m totally not a truck person but I would absolutely drive this. It’s such a gorgeous vehicle and the color is my favorite!

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