Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews By-The-Sea

This summer my family took a road trip to New Brunswick for a little vacation, visiting with my father, and exploring the province for a few days. It was such a great trip, driving over 3,000 km from Toronto to Saint John, and back again that I had to make a video.

If I had the chance, some day I would love to spend the summer at a cabin or in an RV somewhere. Every year I look forward to summer vacation, and nothing really beats getting out of the city for a few days to one of Ontario's incredible forests, nestled along a lake somewhere.

Give me the open road, a reliable car, and some time with my family, and I'm a very happy guy, especially when I get to drive to the east coast from a little time away.

W. Andrew Powell & the 2017 Ford Mustang GT

What a perfect day for a drive. Ford invited me and my brother-in-law, Matthew, down to Toronto Motorsports Park on Wednesday to help celebrate Father's Day, and as part of the fun they arranged track time for us behind the wheel of the 2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback and the Ford Focus RS.

Ford Flex in Parry Sound, Ontario | Canada 150

Summer is around the corner, I just got back from a Canada 150 road trip with Ford, and there are only 85 days until the Toronto International Film Festival. There is a lot going on, but the festival is front of mind since I'm prepping The GATE's Interview Lounge at TIFF, and my accreditation application came in Monday too.

Ford Moto Dreams

Parents have been there time and again: it's bed time and your little one just won't fall asleep, but when they're in the car, they seem to be able to fall asleep almost instantly. Some parents may resort to driving their wee ones around to get them to sleep, but Ford has unveiled a concept crib that may make bed time even easier.

Lincoln Navigator concept

This week's excitement started with the media preview for the Canadian International AutoShow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The AutoShow opened for the public yesterday, and it's bound to be another big year for the event--there's a lot to see and do: classic cars, concepts, prototypes, and new vehicles that are either coming out, or making their way to market late this year.

Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong

Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE's best years. It's worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.

Ford Flex

There are dozens of great destinations within a short drive of Toronto, and one of the best, whether you go in summer, spring, fall or winter, is Collingwood and the Blue Mountains. During a recent trip in the Ford Flex Limited, my family and I had a chance to escape and really take the beautiful area in while testing out the vehicle.

Ford autonomous car

Autonomous vehicle technology is on the way in the next decade, and it's positioned to change the world in ways that we're not even sure of yet. At the recent Further With Ford conference at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, the company offered a glimpse into their strategy for the future, going so far as to point out that they are now "an auto and a mobility company".

The Beaches

Welcome to September, and wow, is it busy. I've certainly noticed that I'm busier than usual, but you really know you're especially busy when publicists start responding to your schedule by telling you, 'Wow, you're busy'. There's busy, and then there's a level of busy that even a publicist can appreciate.

Don't look now, but summer seems to be waning even though it feels like it just started. That's the usual story this time of year, and it's why I always try to make the most of things. That's probably my mantra, come to think of it--and at least I've had some great things to work with these last couple of weeks.

Weekend road trips are the best kind of adventure, and on Saturday I had a fun trip out of town, right here in Ontario's glorious back yard thanks to Ford and the 2017 Escape. The real adventure might just be that I had no idea where Ford was going to send me though right up until I left my door, but I knew I was in for something special with their #EscapeAndDiscover weekend.

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