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Camping in Pog Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario. 2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

As soon as the good weather hits, it’s time to dust off the summer shoes and start enjoying our time outdoors. Though there are many activities we enjoy doing as a family during the cold winter months, summertime is the season we most enjoy. As soon as July comes around, the countdown to our yearly camping trip begins.

Sometimes I don’t know who’s more excited, my husband and I or the kids. It’s so great to just get out of the city, away from the gadgets and obsession with technology, and just enjoy being outdoors hiking and swimming and making s’mores over the campfire.

Camping also means a great road trip made even more fun and exciting thanks to Honda Canada. Every year they equip us with a new vehicle to take on our vacation. Half the fun is trying to fit everything we need into the car. It’s like fitting the pieces together of a jigsaw puzzle. Every year we get better though with our packing skills, and having had the Honda Odyssey last year, fitting all of our things in the trunk was that much easier.

So this year, we were hoping to get the latest edition of the Odyssey again, but unfortunately it had already been booked. Instead, we were given the 2015 Honda Pilot, which was also fabulous, and with the roof rack we were able to attach our rooftop carrier for extra storage. Compared to the 2014 Honda Odyssey we had the year before, the Pilot does have a bit less room though it has quite a few compartments for storage and with the roof rack, it does make up for some of that lack of space. I must admit though, that I’m a bit biased when it comes to the Honda Pilot, lack of space or not, I just love it. It’s been my favourite vehicle to drive to date. And if I had to leave some stuff behind just so I can have the Pilot I would have done so.

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Muskoka district in the 2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

The 2015 Honda Pilot LX 4WD is very fuel-efficient with it’s 3.5L V-6 engine, which is wonderful when going on a road trip up north to Algonquin Park. It’s about a four-hour drive with no stopping, with a view that is just breathtaking. Once you enter the Muskoka district the calm and beauty of the nature surrounding you is so calming and relaxing, it’s like you’ve entered another world. No traffic, no city noise, no smog, no hustle and bustle of every day city life – just beautiful landscapes and bodies of water, boats, cottages, forestry and fresh clean air.

The Pilot has always scored high in my books for passenger comfort with its plush seating, recline feature and we certainly can’t forget the lumbar support. While we enjoyed sipping our coffee and listening to music on our drive up to Pog Lake, Algonquin Park, the boys sat comfortably in the second row seating with their pillows and blankets watching movies on the Pilot’s dvd player.

The ride itself was wonderful and so smooth you could barely feel any bumps on the road, the car just glides on the highway. The Pilot’s traction was also great especially once we were off the main paved roads, it was easy to handle and simple to maneuver thanks to its responsive steering and tight turning angles.

Driving in comfort in the 2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
Driving in comfort in the 2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

Anyone who has driven a Honda knows that this manufacturer truly builds well-designed, reliable vehicles. Honda truly adds to our camping experience every year. It’s fun and exciting test-driving a new car, but it’s more than that. It gives us peace of mind being behind the wheel of a reliable vehicle from a company who takes pride in doing what they do and doing a good job of it. After all, Honda is a top seller in Canada, with the Civic being its most popular-selling car here for the 17th year in a row, the CR-V comes in third and the Accord is in the 10th spot on that list.

My husband, who’s obsessed with cars, told me during our trip that there’s a newly designed Pilot being released soon, and though I’m not sure what this new Pilot is going to look like or feel like, I really do enjoy the rugged look and feel of this one.

2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
Bear paws or not bear paws? That was the question! 2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

The rest of our camping trip was pretty awesome, off-roading on unpaved dirt roads looking for wildlife, cooking over the campfire, sleeping in our tent while it rained – it was another trip we surely won’t forget. Even when my husband made fun of me when I thought a bear had visited out campsite, meanwhile, what I thought were paw prints on the back window of the Pilot, were actually my husband’s hand prints. We definitely had fun, and didn’t want to leave.

The trip back home was pretty good until we hit Barrie and it started to pour what felt like buckets, I’ve never driven in so much rain but I managed to keep control of the SUV even when we started hydroplaning. I just remained calm, took my foot slightly off the gas and just let the vehicle slow down as I guided it to where I wanted to it go. Once we got to Toronto it stopped raining, thank goodness, so we were able to unpack everything without getting wet.

2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
2015 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

Soon we will be planning next year’s camping trip, and I look forward to seeing what Honda will have for us then! For more information about any of Honda Canada’s vehicles, please visit www.Honda.ca.

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Check out my gallery below for more photos from our camping trip. My boys loved playing with and feeding the family of ducks who visited us every day we were there. They nicknamed them the Ninja Dusk after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the fifth duck was named Master Splinter.

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