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Laurentians Escape with the Ford Fusion 2017

I received a few weeks ago an invitation to try the Ford Fusion 2017 from Ford of Canada in an experiment called the Art of Fusion. The program was perfect: driving the car for 2 days in the Laurentians, painting workshop, spa, stay at the Estérel Resort and wine tasting!

Photo: RDPmag

Photo: RDPmag

It’s a start, on July 8th,  with my friend Catherine de l’équipe de Coeur Intelligent to accompany me. Knowing it would be a pretty zen weekend, I knew right away that it would be the perfect weekend for my friend Catherine. So we have to go to the airport for 9:30, the Ford Fusion 2017 vehicles being there. So we go to Téo Taxi (neither I nor Catherine have car) and arrive in advance at the magnificent Marriott Terminal Montreal Airport.

A breakfast in fusion with the Ford Fusion 2017!

We are greeted with a wonderful lunch including a fresh smoothie from the smoothie bar.

Here are the recipes of the Fruit Fusion experience.

Bar à smoothie Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Smoothie’s bar
Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Here are the ingredients for the recipes

  • 1 avocado
  • 5 bananas
  • 1 pint of blueberry
  • 7 oranges
  • 4 mangos
  • 2 ananas (680 frozen grams)
  • 2 pintes of strawberry
  • 2 pack of spinach (568 grams)
  • 2 pack of kale (680 grams)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bouquet of coriander
  • 1 mile carton of unsweetened almond milk (1 litre)

FUSION Tango Mango

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup fresh spinach
  • ½ cup fresh coriander
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • ½ avocado

Instructions:

  1. Combine spinach, coriander and water until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

FUSION Banana Berry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 banana

Instructions:

  1. Mix almond milk and spinach together until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

FUSION Green Pineaple

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 cup strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Mix spinach, water and orange together until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

FUSION Morning Fuel

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ avocado

Instructions:

  1. Mix almond milk, kale, and oranges together until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

FUSION Mango Mixer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups mango
  • 1 cup of pineapple

Instructions:

  1. Mix the kale, spinach and water together until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

FUSION Fresh Orange

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 bananas

Instructions:

  1. Mix almond milk, kale and oranges together until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix to the desired consistency.

Learn more about the Ford Fusion 2017

It’s nice to eat, but before heading to the Laurentians, we had to know a little more about our vehicle, the Ford Fusion 2017! So the new Fusion is a revolution in the sedan category, being the most technologically advanced range including 2 hybrid models as well as the new Fusion V6 Sport all-wheel drive that will be on the market in about 1 month. The V6 Sport and Platinum models are therefore added to a range already offering 3 choices of EcoBoost engines, in addition to two hybrid models, the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi Rechargeable Hybrid.

The Fusion Energi is equipped with a battery of a lithium-ion battery of 7.6 kw / h with which you can travel 35 km only using the battery, probably well enough to go to the office all the week. As soon as the battery is flat, the gasoline engine of 2 L energy efficient, which will allow you to cover a total of almost 1000 km. In addition, the battery can be recharged in 2.5 hours, or during your day at the office. And another innovation, always compared to the electric battery, thanks to braking that recovers 95% of the energy lost in the form of heat in braking and recharges the hybrid battery on the road.

Apple CarPlay, your iPhone in your Ford!

The most interesting innovation for me is the Apple CarPlay, which thanks to Ford’s new SyNC 3 system allows you to be connected with your phone with the same interface as your device! Here is what it looks like in the Mustang (I forgot to take the picture while my friend Catherine was driving).

Apple CarPlay Photo: Ford Canada

Apple CarPlay
Photo: Ford Canada

The Estérel Resort departure with theFord Fusion 2017

So it is a departure to the majestic Laurentians, not with the 15, but rather via the scenic route 342 which passes through the Outaouais. This trip is truly magnificent and demonstrates the qualities of the vehicle when we take the highway to reach the 342. The car is extremely comfortable, the steering wheel is also very comfortable, it seems when you are not used to driving and you Take the steering wheel for a long distance. Besides, it is for this reason that I like to be in the car, to travel long distances, to be able to stop, to discover beautiful places, etc.

First stop: Pointe-Fortune- Carillon ferry

Centrale de Carillon Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Carillon Power Plant
Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

After we have been mistaken a few times, because of GPS a little too precise which wants us to take a path a little shorter, but also by our fault, because of too exciting discussion. In short, we find our way. We find the 342 and thereafter the Chemin Montée Interprovnciale and then arrive at the ferry from Pointe-Fortune to Carillon.

Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

It is very difficult and especially illegal to take a picture while driving. So being at the stop at the ferry is a great opportunity to take beautiful photos of the Ford Fusion 2017 as the rain falls gently.

Marina de Brownburg-Chatham Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Brownburg-Chatham Marina
Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Eventually comes the lunch stage at Brownburg-Chatham Marina (yes we ate a lot during those two days) but it was in order to start again, while it is Catherine who takes the wheel. After a long road with many curves through the mountains of the Laurentians we finally arrive at the Esterel.

 InFusion Experience at Estérel Resort

Estérel Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Estérel Resort
Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

 

Chambre Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

The room
Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Painting & Colors fusion

As we arrive at the Esterel by a day with a sun disappeared but still beautiful, we are now invited to relax a short time and then head towards the painting activity. After a long drive, the trigger is now necessary with a fusion of colors, an oil painting activity with as inspiration, the Ford Fusion 2017! Mine of nothing, we learned of things during this activity, how to use the colors, the mixtures of these, in short, a universe that I did not know at all and where I was going backwards, But which was a huge surprise and really appreciated as much by me as by my friend Catherine.

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

My art!
Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Then, a little rest just before going to supper, time to refresh and head towards the wine tasting. For those who do not know, the mythical Bistro in Champlain, now demolished, has experienced a renaissance at the Estérel Resort, a very good idea to preserve the memory of the great Champlain Charest who owned the largest cellar in Canada during a few years. For wine lovers, this is where François Chartier started his career. Here are the wines we tasted.

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Photo RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

To find yourself in this place is really a crazy experience, to see all the great wines: Les Meursault, Chateau d’Yquem, Les Petrus, etc. In short, it is a little crazy to walk in this cellar, I was like a child in a candy store, in short, it is a little paradise.

Now to the dinner

Then supper. Well balanced in finesse, we had not eaten enough to believe (no it’s a joke), but hey, how to resist with such perfect dishes. And especially in this magical place. In short, hard to do better.

Entrée Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

The Entrée
Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Plat principal - Expérience InFusion Ford Fusion 2017

Main course – Expérience InFusion Ford Fusion 2017
Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger[

Dessert Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

Dessert
Photo: RDPmag par Normand Boulanger

A supper, rich in calories, but especially rich in encounter, we were in total 16 bloggers present on the spot, and being in such an intimate setting allows to discover people really fascinating, I speak of the girls of Blog and the city, of Rose from 1 ou 2 fantaisies, Eric from Geekbecois and other great persons I forgot!

After a dinner as full, what better than relaxing and for that, there are spas and pools, numbering 5, the spas are fresh water, 5 heated and 1 polar. While one of the two pools is heated and the other one is not. In short, it’s perfect for changing ideas and just thinking about nothing but being in the spa.

Spas & Piscine Photo: Estérel Resort

Spas & Pools
Photo: Estérel Resort

And to end the evening, we went to hear the songwriter at the bar of the hotel. It was a great way to start the weekend, especially with the announcement of rain for the next day.

Retour to Montreal with the Ford Fusion 2017 Energi Platinum!

After a peaceful night where I fell asleep with the view of the superb fireplace (with timer) in the too comfortable bed of the Estérel Resort, it was the time of lunch and the end of this superb weekend. But before we leave, we go back to the spa (thank you to the hotel staff for keeping our luggage). After this little hour in the spa to talk and reinvent the world, it’s time to return to Montreal. With the Ford Fusion Energi Platinum 2017!

Ford Fusion Energi Platinum 2017 Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Ford Fusion Energi Platinum 2017
Photo: RDPmag by Normand Boulanger

Thanks to Ford Canada / Ford Québec, Estérel Resort & National PR for this awesome week-end.

President, Publisher & Editor In Chief of Gentologie - Passionate about food, wines, spirits, cocktails, fashion, movies and more, Normand loves to talk about his passions.