A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to celebrate the launch of the brand spanking new 2017 Fusion Energi Platinum. After meeting the group of fellow bloggers down in the historic Distillery District – we were given a brief presentation highlighting some of the new features of this gorgeous car.
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Ok, while it’s all fine and dandy to hear about how awesome the new 2017 Fusion Energi Platinum is…I was itching to get behind the wheel. I absolutley love driving and taking road trips – so when I found out I was going to get the opportunity to take this bad boy out on the roads of not only the city, but also the back country roads – I was so excited.
Heading to Belfountain Conservation Area was an easy and peaceful drive…once we got out of all the city traffice, of course. LOL By the time we arrived to Belfountain – lunch was ready to be devoured, but to be honest – I was more excited to get out and explore this beautiful place. The sky cleared up just in time for everyone to get out there and explore the grounds.
There is plenty to see and do at Belfountain. A nature trail spans the river gorge using a suspension bridge and then winds along the steep sides of the Escarpment requiring steady feet and approximately 30 minutes to walk.
A short distance downstream is the juncture of the West and main Credit Rivers, the scenic “Forks of the Credit” area.
— Jenn (@JennAndTheCity) July 16, 2016
After us city folk explored nature for a suitable amount of time – it was time to get back on the road and head to our next, and final stop – The McMichael Art Gallery. Our driving instructions to both Belfountain and The McMichael Art Gallery were already preloaded into the car first thing in the morning, so it was easy enough to let the navigation guide us. We took another scenic route to The McMichael Art Gallery, which gave us ample time to play around with some of the awesome features – like the EcoBoost. After driving through the prettiest of towns, Kleinburg – we found ourselves at The McMichael Art Gallery.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique experience. From the art on its walls to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael provides an introduction to Canada’s art, art making and artists.
Renowned for collecting only Canadian art, the McMichael permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other artists who have made a contribution to the development of Canadian art.
Our group was spoiled rotten here. We were taken on a walking tour of the grounds, where we learned a little bit more of the history of the McMichael and the Group of 7 artists. We also got a chance to check out the unique McMichael Cemetery. Here is where six Group of Seven members and gallery founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.
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Next up on the itinerary was something super fun! We were given a brief art lesson on how to paint Group of 7 style and then handed brushes, paint, and a canvas.
It was our turn to literally create #ArtofFusion featuring the 2017 Fusion Energi Platinum
After our masterpieces were created, we were given another tour – this time of the art installations inside. Walking through the picturesque galleries, many of which have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the forest – we were mesmerized by not only the art on the walls, but by the back stories provided by our tour guides. They were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about each collection – it was infectious!
As the afternoon went on though, we could all sense each other getting a little restless. And just like that – the doors literally opened in front of us and we were greeted by glasses of prosecco and finger foods to nibble on before dinner. Also – each and every one of us scoured the room for outlets to charge our phones, it was hilarious.
After everyone charged their phone enjoyed some cocktails, we were guided out to the terrace where we would be then treated to a succulent dinner. Because we were being chauffeured home, the wine was flowing and the conversations were non-stop. Ford Canada even surprised us by having our masterpieces framed and waiting for us around the dinner table! How awesome is that?
At last, it was time to head home. We were all chauffeured directly home in our own 2017 Fusion Energi Platinum. After the long day of driving, all the walking around at Belfountain and the McMichael, and the delicious food and flowing wine in the evening – it was nice to curl up in the spacious back seat of the 2017 Fusion Energi Platinum and enjoy the ride as a passenger, looking up at all of the stars…before we got back into the city, of course.