Esterel Resort, Quebec

Esterel Resort, Quebec

Since Winter started this year I have been campaigning to do some winter activities mainly snowmobiling and dog sledging. I truly believe in a saying “if you really want something in life universe will find a way to achieve it”.  And so, the universe brought Ford Canada to me. I was one of the few lucky bloggers around Canada to get invited and was sent to Quebec for #FordWinterAdventure. We had two days full of fun activities to do.

We’re flown from Toronto to Montreal. As soon as we arrived (I travelled with my blog bestie Filipa Jackson of www.playingwithapparel.com) we were greeted at Marriot Hotel by the airport with our Car to drive. The first car we tried was Flex to drive to La P’tite Cabane d’la Côte a beautiful sugar shack for lunch and some maple taffy which I have been wanting to try too!

Our first day consisted of sugar shack, snowmobiling, ice sculpting, private dinner in the wine cellar and lastly a bonfire for some smores and hot chocolate.

Everyone was gathered and our lunch was starting to be served already when we arrived. We got a little lost as our GPS was wrong. hahaha thankfully we found it after a few phone calls.

All of our food was homemade and yes maple gravy on my food! It was so good.

I beleive these was pig’s ears. They said t was good and crispy but I’m not really a big pork eater infact I actually don’t eat pork at all. Yes! No bacon for me

I think these was the best maple blueberry cake topped with some cream cheese and maple syrup. I actually should probably email them for the recipe and share them with you guys!

After getting to know other bloggers and media participating on the event. we headed out for some Maple Taffy before leaving for our hotel.

I was so excited!

What they do is heat lots of maple syrup and layer them on the snow to freeze and you’ll need a stick to roll it on.

Like this

and you’ll get these super chewy yummy sugar high.

Couldn’t be more Canadian than that!

Afterwards, we headed to our Hotel driving Ford escape the very same car we used HERE

Our hotel was Estērel Resort in Laurentians, Quebec.

We all have our own Rooms with fireplace facing the Scandinavian pools and the spectacular view of the frozen lake.

After leaving our luggage in the room we hurried downstairs to do snowmobiling.

Filipa and I hurried to get one of our own.

And Sydney too! another blogger babe from Toronto.

Sadly I wasn’t paired up with Filipa but I was partnered up with our guide instead.

We were the first one on the line, We were such a big group that the start of our ride was very slow as it is mostly everyone’s first time.

I was having too much fun even tho it was cold. The snow and panoramic views along the way were just too beautiful!

After 30 minutes of driving it was time head back and change drivers, I wasn’t allowed to drive as I’m partnered up with the guide. hahaha he did make sure tho that we gonna go for a fast and fun ride.

Truly a dream come true!

Now time for some Ice sculpting.

To be honest I have never done this! Another first! everything on this trip was my first time.

We were tasked to create a heart scuplture.

We had a proffesional showed us a trick of how to do ice scupting. He did it in less than 5 minutes and it was perfection.

Sydney here trying to get her sculpture queen inside her.

While Mr.Cavaliere of ( www.mrcavaliere.com ) looking so professional. 

And Filipa is ready for her next big thing.

Hahahaha girl will be girls.

Alex getting so serious.

I think the best accurate sculpture made in the group! some are really talented and good at it.

And this was mine.

After Ice sculpting we headed back to our rooms to get changed and get ready for our special dinner in the wine cellar.

Wine first to warm the night, It was quite chilly inside the wine cellar so we were given blankets.

Everyone from Toronto gathered in our table.

With big smiles on our faces.

I feel so fortunate as well to bond with these girls. Filipa has been with me since we both started blogging together. Sydney whom I have been seeing around events, and she always says hi.

We started eating our food talking about how excited we are for tomorrow’s activity.

Now that were full and buzz from all the wine we were ushered outside (after changing to something more warmer) for some Bonfire and smores. I have never tried smores too.

I know, I know, I’m getting the all Canadian winter treat.

We have everything smores party you could ever ask for. Hot chocolate and endless chocolate and toppings for your smores are here. (craving for some right now as I type this)

And M&M’s too!

I patiently waited heating my marsmallow. you have to turned it around and make sure you dont burned off your fingers from the fire!

How’s that for a first timer? I can’t wait to go for more on next winter!

At 12 Midnight, like cinderella. I was back in my room. Had a long bath, hydration mask on my face. I can’t wait to show what we did the next day! We were taught defence driving on ICE! of course with our own NASCAR drivers coaching us, we also did some hot laps, off road driving and the most anticipated dog sledding.

Good Night!

36 Comments

  1. March 21, 2017 / 3:52 am

    Oh man, this just looks like the coolest day! So much fun! It’s great that you got to all go together. I would have loved the driving and of course the sculpting looks like a fun activity too! SOOO cool!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  2. March 22, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Wow these photos are absolutely amazing! Looks like you had soo much fun!
    Thanks for sharing darling!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  3. Shiz
    March 22, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Darlene!! You look great and these pictures are wonderful!
    I’m looking for a new car and will def check out Ford:)
    What camera lense do u use for your pics???

  4. March 23, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Your experience was crazy awesome. I need to do something like this. I am loving all of your photos. You really gave us the tour of your trip. This makes me want to jump on a snowmobile. I have yet to try one of those out. There is always next winter.

  5. March 24, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Wow, I am beyond impressed with this trip with Ford! What an unbelievable experience and opportunity. I love Filipa too and follow her on Instagram and her blog so it is nice to see that you are friends and also got to experience this together. The resort and the food all looked amazing. It is definitely something I would love to do. That rolled maple syrup, the ice sculpting, and all the activities you got to do are so fabulous. So lucky! Thanks for sharing this adventure with us and so incredibly generous of Ford to do this with your group! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  6. March 24, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    First of all, let me tell you that I loved your images! They are amazing and very well taken. This resort looks simply wonderful. I’ve never been in Quebec but I’d love to visit soon such a truly paradise!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  7. March 24, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    I’ve always wanted to spend a few days at a cabin and this seems like the perfect place to start! On another note, Fords have always been great vehicles. They’re what my dad swears by since they’re all he’s ever bought. They are such reliable cars and he’s a testament!

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  8. March 25, 2017 / 8:35 am

    This is truly such a phenomenal post about such an amazing adventure with Ford Canada . I really enjoyed all the instastories and all your Instagram posts . The views are outrageously gorgeous and you looked beyond fabulous in every picture . I especially enjoyed the recap of the ice sculpting and rolled maple ! So completely fun and inspiring!

  9. March 25, 2017 / 9:45 am

    OMG so jealous babe I been looking for a winter wonderland adventure for a while. I been doing so many beach locations that I think my feed is screaming for snow adventure hahahaha. I hope to do one this year! So cool you were able to share this great adventure with your bestie. You girls looks like you had a great time . I will make sure to visit your friend website too.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Marcy

  10. March 25, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Wow. You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? You captured your entire trip so beautifully and not only that, but the photos evoked how much fun you had. I almost felt like I was watching a video, but every single shot was so stunning. I went to Big Bear back in January and your post made me miss the snow so much! I’ve never been snowmobiling but it looks so fun! I definitely need to try that next time! Also, I would love to see ice sculpting in real life.

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

  11. March 25, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Omg, lucky you to be part of this cool adventure. I love all your photography and it sounds like a cool place to be and spend a fun adventures weekend. I actually never went to travel where is a lot of snow, but canada is one my list. I hope we can travel some there one day, seems like a lot of cool places to go!

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  12. March 25, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    OMG girl this looks like the coolest trip ever!!! Looks like you had so much fun!
    Yay to Ford for organizing this, seriously! They knocked it out of the park!
    Love all your pics and all the things they planned for you guys to do!
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  13. AMC
    March 26, 2017 / 3:30 am

    This trip with Ford is incredible! What an amazing opportunity for you. Oh my goodness the food looks sooooo good and the resort is so inviting, I want to go and visit!! All the things you did looked amazing girl! <3

  14. March 26, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    This looks like an amazing adventure. I live in Vancouver and we never had so much snow . Those snow candy look delicious but I wouldn’t be able to handle the cold weather 🙂 I love Filipa, I know her through IG and she is super cute. Loved all your pictures from your trip!
    Aurela xoxo
    http://www.aurelafashionista.com

  15. Darya
    March 27, 2017 / 1:56 am

    It looks like you had so much fun there!
    I wish I would see #FordWinterAdventure! What a perfect place, organization, activities!
    And your insta-stories are truly amazing dear!

  16. March 27, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    omg babe that sounds like such an amazing trip! Yes I did hear about some of my own blogger friends who also got to experience the same thing with the kind sponsorship of Ford! It really is such an amazing experience to be in Montreal in the wintertime.
    I’ve recently also visited montreal (in the summer) and fell in love with the beautiful structure and architecture of Old Montreal. Also i see you tried their maple candy – wasn’t it just delicious?!
    So glad you had a great time babe

    wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

  17. March 27, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    That looks like an amazing adventure with Ford! So charming and the food looks amazing! And I’ve always wanted to try snowmobiling. You are one lucky girl!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  18. Maryam
    March 27, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    You are so lucky to have experienced such an adventure. This resort looks so cool and cozy. I normally don’t vacation in cold places with snow but now seeing your pictures, I might just change my mind 🙂

    xx, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

  19. March 27, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Girl as I scrolled through this post, I got more and more jealous of your trip. At first I was like wow the view here is so amazing. Then the food looks great, i wanna try that maple syrup snow candy thing whatever you call it. Then i see you got to drive Ford vehicles? Urghh. As the day progresses, it gets better and better. Snowmobiling and ice sculpting have gotten to be on my bucket list and you did them all! Wow what a great event and I cannot wait to see your second day. It sounds like I’m about to drool some more already haha

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  20. March 28, 2017 / 1:35 am

    What a great opportunity, sweetie! this experience is just magnificent and all those dishes look really delicious!!! loving all your beautiful pictures and the amazing moments that you have captured!!!

    Happy week ahead!! xx.

    http://www.artsyrunway.com

  21. March 28, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    You had soooo much Fun with this Ford Trip, The Winter Looks soo Amazing and Fun:) Lovely Photos and the Food, ohhh sooo Delicious:) Such a Nice Trip Darling, wish I could Enjoy as well:) Fantastic experience and event:) Lucky You:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday:)
    Kisss

  22. March 28, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Darlene, your photographs are absolutely gorgeous. Your trip with Ford Canada looks like an amazing adventure. I especially love your photographs because I have never experienced so much snow or taken part in winter activities (haha that’s what happens when you grow up in a desert). But the ice sculpting and snowmobiling sound so fun, I would love to do that one day. The resort and all of the food looks so delicious too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

    xxx
    Sarah
    http://sarahatiq.com/

  23. March 28, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Such a COOL event! Gosh I bet this was such a fun time! I loved all these fun winter activities that had you all do and be a part of! All the food looks amazing and so comforting! I haven’t been snowmobiling in a few years and I so miss it! Something about being in fresh snow in the middle of a white forest is just so amazing! Loved this post and that Ford.

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  24. March 28, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Okay this seriously looks so amazing and fun! Love that it was a snow adventure! I’ve never been snow mobility but definitely want to go

  25. March 29, 2017 / 1:17 am

    This looks like such a fun event by Ford! I love the old wood cottages and making maple taffy, it is really something so Canadian. The snowmobiling adventure looked so much fun, it is def something I’ve been wanting to do in winter season, and the landscape is so beautiful! I’m glad you had a fun filled event and got to meet other bloggers.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

  26. March 29, 2017 / 4:21 am

    How cool are your pictures?? Beautiful photiography and love to see this adventure full of fun and happiness. You’re Always very pretty.
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com.

  27. March 29, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Wow, this is such an adventure! I bet you had a great time there. Everything looks just great. And the outdoor pool! OMG, this is such an excitement! I wish I could have such a vacation!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  28. March 29, 2017 / 8:17 am

    You’re really lucky to be chosen to work with Ford Canada to do this as it seems like they’ve made a trip full of wonderful activities come true for you and I truly enjoyed watching the pictures and reading about it all. No wonder I felt “like home” when reading about all this as the hotel had Scandinavian decor and pools (not sure what a Scandinavian pool is though, haha). Such a lovely adventure! Hope there are many more to come.
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  29. March 29, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    OMG!! This trip is like a dream. You’re really soo lucky to be chosen to work with Ford Canada! This is such an adventure! I’ve been to Lapland with work last year and it reminds me of our trip! Such a great experience and beautiful nature! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience! xoxo Elif

  30. March 29, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    This trip with Ford Canada looks like it was jam-packed with so many fun activities. First of all, where you stayed looks incredible. I love how outdoorsy it all was- like creating the maple taffy on the ice and that snug bonfire 🙂

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  31. March 29, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Hi babe,
    so glad to come through this post, it really left me breathtaking.
    all the beautiful moments and amazing scenery and adventure
    so glad for you my dear, thank you for sharing with us about this epic story with Ford Canada.

    xx
    Hadasah
    http://www.styletolove.com

  32. March 29, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Omg this trip was picture perfect! I agree, “if you really want something in life universe will find a way to achieve it”. I have always believed in this. That town was super cute as well. I really want to try that frozen syrup! YUM!

  33. March 30, 2017 / 2:35 am

    What an amazing adventure you had! Such a major partnership with fords and they are taking such good care of you! Everything looks so luxurious and the meals look delicious – can’t wait to read about day 2!

  34. April 3, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    You always have such amazing adventures and this one made no exception! Also glad hearing about your partnership with Ford, that should have such a great opportunity! As for the dishes, I’ve been drooling over all those homemade plates. Have a lovely week! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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