Since its introduction to the pick-up truck world in 2010, the Ford Raptor has continued to dominate over the similar vehicles in its class. If there was a ever a title for the king of all pickup trucks, the Ford Raptor would easily claim it. For 2017, the latest iteration is packaged in a lightweight, aluminum body that’s issued with a high-output 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine that totals 450-horsepower and 510-lbs feet of torque.

In celebration of Canada’s 150 years, Ford Canada has put together an experience that brings back the love of road trips and the thrill of exploration to the highways that have connected the country throughout the years. We jumped into the 2017 Ford Raptor for a quick day trip to Drummondville, Quebec, the birthplace of the province’s most iconic, poutine. The greasy dish consists of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. It may not sound like much but when all the components are done correctly, it is the one of the most magnificent foods you’ll ever taste. All across the province, you’d find many variations of this dish, along with others squabbling over who claim they created it first.

Along the way we had to pause for a moment to grab a quick photo of the Ford Raptor beside the dinosaurs at the iconic Madrid 2.0 rest stop. The establishment has been dubbed 2.0 because the original buildings were burned down in an unfortunate accident. The original owner has initially created seventy prehistoric animals and now only a few remain. No one really knows why he created them but they make for an interesting story to tell as travellers make their way towards their final destinations!

Our second stop was at Le Roy Jucep, a restaurant founded by Jean-Paul Roy, who has said to have conjured up the decadent dish in 1964. The interior is what you would expect from a classic diner. There are plush booths expressed in a bright white and orange and old photographs from the restaurant’s early days hang along the wall. For lunch, we ordered their classic poutine, the gravy had a touch of sweetness to it and the whole cut fries were perfectly crisp and fluffy.

From August 24th to the 26th, Drummondville hosts the “Festival De La Poutine” an event that celebrates the dish as one of Quebec’s most loved culinary specialities.

The city of Drummondville is split in half by the Saint-Francois River, which originates from Lake Saint-François in Chaudière-Appalaches, it then flows southwest towards Sherbrooke, and it later changes its course northwest towards Drummondville. If you were to follow the river across both banks, you’ll come across heritage town, Saint-François-du-Lac, as well as the Odanak Amerindian reserve, which is a part of the Abenaki Nation.

Another destination is the Drummondville Golf Club, where we would be spending the rest of the afternoon. The distinguished course was founded in 1924 and it is situated on the banks of the calming Saint-Francois River. In addition to the expansive eighteen-hole course, the club features a spacious pavilion with all the services related to the sport, along with a panoramic dining room that can accommodate up to 250 guests. An overcast sky and a cool breeze accompanied us as we moved from one hole to the next. The well placed trees along the course’s fairways helped guide our swing and kept our eyes focused on the flag that awaited us on the putting green.

If you are embarking on a road trip across Canada this year, we recommend that you visit Drummondville!

Even though we didn’t get to go off-roading with the Raptor, we still loved the drive. The height provided by the massive, all-terrain, BFGoodrich tires, along with the wide five-passenger seating, and the expansive SYNC 3 infotainment system – all made for an exciting trip. One unforgettable features is the aggressive turbo hiss from its well-endowed engine.

Be sure to follow the hashtag #GoFurther150 on Instagram to see how others are taking to the open road this summer!

Learn more about the 2017 Ford Raptor here.

Thank Ford for the experience!
Photography and words by Jon Carlo Tapia.

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