If you are on the hunt for the perfect vehicle for living in British Columbia and also want to help out the environment, then you may want to consider giving the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a test drive. This compact crossover is the ideal car for all of your BC lifestyle needs. Whether you’re an adventurous couple, a traveling single or a young family looking to explore all that BC has to offer, the RAV4 Hybrid should be your number one pick.
With fuel prices continuing to soar, the sale of Hybrid vehicles across Canada has increased 45.2% since 2015, thus allowing consumers to save money and also help out the environment at the same time. Hybrid drivers use about 30% less fuel than regular cars, thus reducing their carbon footprint. The switch to Hybrid is a no-brainer because it does not affect or change one’s lifestyle or habits, other than allowing them to frequent the gas station less often.
The RAV4 Hybrid is an incredibly versatile car that features some of the best innovative technology, comfort and safety features currently on the market. Some of my favourite features that come with the car are the Toyota Safety Sense P – including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, which are very helpful for driving around busy downtown Vancouver. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control also allows for maximum safety when going on some longer trips. The heated front seats and heated steering wheel also allows for utmost comfort while traveling in the winter time.
The RAV4 Hybrid also has a ton of room for passengers both in the front and the back and with up to 73 cubic feet of cargo capacity, you can comfortably take your friends with you on your next sporting expedition out of the city.
The RAV4 Hybrid offers 194 net system horsepower Hybrid Synergy Drive, built around a 2.5L four-cylinder, Atkinson Cycle engine. Some additional standout characteristics are the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control System (TRAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the All Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i), which is essential when driving on wintery Canadian roads.
Moreover, you know your friends and family are safe when traveling in the RAV4 Hybrid thanks to Toyota’s excellent safety standard, which include eight airbags, a back-up camera, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the Vehicle Proximity Notification System, just to name a few.
The RAV4 Hybrid‘s vibrant Electric Storm Blue colour, 18″ Aluminum Alloy Wheels, sleek black interior and sporty features allows you to ride in style all around British Columbia and wherever your adventures take you.
I was back on the road this weekend visiting yet another region of Southern Ontario for the very first time with Ford Canada. This weekend’s travels brought me to Prince Edward County.
Growing up I heard a lot about Sandbanks so I was excited to finally make the trek up that way and see some of the things that are new and exciting in the county.
For the trip, I had the pleasure of driving Ford’s brand new hybrid the C-MAX Energi. This was my first time driving a hybrid and to say I was excited would be quite the understatement. I’m all about finding ways to be more environmentally friendly on a daily basis and driving a car like the C-MAX Energi is also a step in the right direction. Just driving around with a green Ontario license plate was a big sense of pride for me throughout the weekend.
The C-MAX Energi combines a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine allowing for both gas/electric hybrid driving. You can fully charge the vehicle in 2.5 hrs using a 240-volt home charging station or 7 hours with a 120-volt outlet. The EV Mode on the car also allows you choose your mode of driving – electric only, gasoline only or a combination of both. Furthermore, the dual-LCD next-generation SmartGauge® with EcoGuide allows you to get real-time information to help maximize efficience from the C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid.
The car also comes with all of Ford’s signature features such as the voice-activated SYNC® 3 system, available active park assist, rear view camera and reverse sensing system, heated front seats, etc.
My weekend in Prince Edward County started off with an exploratory drive of the area before heading to the stunning Drake Devonshire for a delectable dinner. Though this property is often talked about in all PEC-related things, it’s well-worth the visit and lives up to the hype.
Saturday morning we headed to North Beach, one of the many beaches in the county but one that is definitely less crowded and more wild than Sandbanks. You can park right outside of the National Park to avoid paying parking fees and can just walk to the beach from there. The beach is stunning because of its clear blue water and sandy bottom. The mix of rocks and sand on the bluffs, make it the perfect spot for a picnic or day-trip.
I also discovered an amazing little café called The Vic Café located in Picton. It’s THE spot if you’re looking for healthy, vegan food options for brunch, lunch and dinner. This super cute space offers some of the yummiest bowls and smoothies as well as homemade treats. I could have eaten there the entire weekend if I would have wanted to.
I couldn’t go to Prince Edward County without stopping by the Shed Chetwyn Farms. I have always loved alpacas but my love for these animals grew even fonder when I watched the hilarious alpaca eating an apple video on YouTube a few months ago. Low and behold, the exact same thing happened this weekend at the farm. You have to watch my video below, it was the funniest thing. These animals truly are special!
Cheese being one of my favorite things, I wanted to go on a little “cheese crawl” while I was in the area. We drove all the way across the county to the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co., where we met the owner and her partner who taught us about the place’s history, etc. They produce all of their cheese on-site and the company prides itself in environmental and sustainable practices. They offer a $10 cheese plate that allows you to taste a selection of 5 cheeses. They also have great outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the pristine view.
Another stop on the cheese crawl was Black River Cheese, a company that has been around in the county since 1901. Though this is a much bigger cheese company and production no longer takes place at the shop, it’s a great place to taste and buy some of their cheese.
Finally, another spot to visit on a “cheese crawl” would be the Windhover County boutique farm. This farm offers not only accommodations, special events but also farm to table organic cuisine and the possibility to grab a delicious cheese & charcuterie platter. They also have the sweetest animals on property: Dave the donkey, Molly the mule and a handful of chickens and sheep.
Our Saturday ended on a high note at the Mustang Drive-In. This super unique outdoor cinema experience runs all summer long with movies for the entire family. Admission is $11 for adults and offers you the possibility to see two movies back to back.
Before we headed back to the city, we stopped by Trenchtown Wake Park a brand new cable park for wakeboarding that opened up just two weeks ago in Trenton. The two co-owners, who are longtime friends, have been working on developping this project for the past six years. After hearing that the city was going to build a new marina and building soccer fields on the old one, they seized the opportunity to build a new business in the area. The cable wakeboarding park is equipped with state of the art installations, kicks and jumps. A must-try!
All in all, we had yet another epic weekend with Ford Canada. I really think a car like the C-MAX Energi is the car for the future. I hope more people will turn to hybrid or electric cars and that they will become more affordable and more common on the road.
For more information on Prince Edward County, go here. A big thank you to April from The Sportsman Motel in Picton for her help with this weekend’s trip. Make sure you check her motel for great local accommodations in PEC.