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Here’s what to do for Mother’s Day if you’re just thinking about it now

Last-minute gift and celebration ideas that will make it seem like you’ve been planning for ages.

Some holidays tend to sneak up on us. It happens. For example, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! If you’re prepared, great. If not, read on, because we’ve compiled a list of 10 last-minute gift/celebration ideas that dear old Mom is sure to love. From simple DIYs to fun outings to thoughtful projects, here are 9 last-minute Mother’s Day gift/celebration ideas, many of which don’t require you to buy anything at all.

Plan a movie night

A few snacks and a copy of her favourite old movie can be a thoughtful gift, especially if you plan to stick around to watch it with her. A bottle of wine might be nice, too, unless of course Mom prefers Scotch.

Bake something, anything

Even and especially if you’re not the baking type. Picture her face when you hand her a plate of poppyseed muffins and tell her you baked them yourself.

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A brunch to remember

Brunch gets talked up a lot these days, so if you want to make a culinary statement between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM, you’re going to have to pull out all the stops. A trip to the grocery store may be in order. Here’s a list of sure-to-impress brunch ideas.

A bouquet of Mom’s favourites

You’re not going to score any points for originality, and you may be subjected to a tragically long lineup at the florist, but there’s a reason why flowers are one of the most popular gifts on Mother’s Day. They’re pretty, brighten up most any space, and affordable. What’s your mother’s favourite flower?

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Dinner date

Repay the countless meals she prepared for you over the years with an evening at a restaurant, like any of these GTA standards that offer valet parking. This is a simple gesture, but if you don’t get out for meals together often, it’s sure to be appreciated.

A walk (or drive) in the park

Mothers in the GTA have the good fortune of being able to celebrate Mother’s Day while the local cherry trees are in full bloom. Tell Ma to put on her walking shoes and take her to High Park for a stroll under the blossoms.

Get theatrical

If you’re in or near a large city like Toronto, which has the famed Mirvish Theatre downtown on King Street, take a look at the upcoming shows and see if there’s something fun that will get your mother’s toes tapping. Upcoming shows in Toronto include Wicked, Chicago, Mama Mia (perfect for the occasion) and more.

Floral tea bags

Tea time takes a delightful (and super simple) twist with this super simple DIY project via The Kipi Blog.

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Fridge yourself

Even if you don’t have a frame, print off a photo of you (or you and her, or the family, or the dog, whatever) and tuck it inside a card with a thoughtful note.

DIY face masks

Take the spa to her with an easy and fun at-home face mask.


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Coming soon: the 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec

Not every new variant of vehicle is newsworthy, but Acura’s A-Spec on the MDX, the best-selling three-row luxury SUV ever, is definitely worth a headline. Here’s an oldie but a goodie: this sporty SUV is coming to a dealer near you!

The 2019 MDX A-Spec got a surprise debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show last month, joining the existing A-Spec models, the ILX A-Spec and TLX A-Spec, as well as the 2019 RDX A-Spec, which was also revealed at the New York show.

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The newest MDX comes exclusively with torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and a pick between the 290 or 352-hp powertrains.

Naturally, you can’t have new threads without new shoes; the MDX A-Spec sits on exclusive 10-spoke, 20-inch Shark Grey allow wheels fitted with low profile tires. Forwarding the message of sportiness are other exterior changes like new front fascia, pronounced sills, wider exhaust tips, and gloss-black and dark chrome trim around the tailgate spoiler, grille and headlights.

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The interior gets sports seats in your choice of red or black leather with Alcantara leather detailing, red contrast stitching, a unique steering wheel with paddle shifters, faux carbon console trim, sport pedals and A-Spec gauges that light up in red.

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Beneath the A-Spec badge is the luxury SUV that drivers and critics alike have come to know and trust. The 2018 Acura MDX was recently voted Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. It’s quiet and comfortable, with useful trim options beyond the A-Spec—like the Elite package, which swaps the second-row bench seat for two captains chairs—and loads of standard safety features. The brand’s AcuraWatch suite comes standard, with Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The Acura MDX A-Spec will be available at Policaro Acura in the coming months. Contact us to pre-book a test drive.

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6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Small changes, big impact.

There are days when it feels like the world is tearing apart at the seams and all we can do is watch from the sidelines. As global temperatures rise, glaciers are melting and animals are fleeing their natural habitats. According to National Geographic, if we continue on this path of environmental destruction, our future generations will face a slew of unpleasantries–all of which sound like the main conflict in an apocalyptic thriller–including an increase in hurricanes and destructive storms, floods as well as droughts, and limited fresh water.

It’s scary stuff, but there are actions we can take in our daily lives that have a positive impact on this planet we call home. On April 22nd, the 48th annual Earth Day will take place, encouraging the world’s inhabitants–that’s you!–to “consume less, play more,” and we’ve got a handful of ways to make small changes in your day-to-day life that can have a big impact on your eco footprint.

Here are six simple ways to celebrate Earth Day 2018.

 

Join the ‘No Straw, Please’ movement.

The #nostrawplease movement encourages people to stop using plastic straws, and is a simple yet effective way to immediately cut down on waste. The movement gained popularity after a video of a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nostril went viral, and since then, both large chain eateries and independently-owned bars alike are saying so-long to straws. Still, if you end up somewhere that offers them, take it upon yourself to politely decline. (EarthDay.org has a handy plastic consumption calculator to figure out how much of the synthetic material you’re using.)

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And cut out the plastic water bottles, too.

Did you check out that aforementioned plastic consumption calculator yet? Because it has a spot to track your plastic water bottle waste, too. Instead, buy a reusable bottle that speaks to you, and get in the habit of packing it everywhere you go. You’ll feel good about limiting your plastic use, but not only that, some coffee shops offer a discount if you BYOB (Bringing Your Own Bottle), so it’s a win-win.

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Get outside and plant a tree. Seriously.

Reforestation does long-term good for the planet. “Trees filter the air and help reverse the impacts of climate change,” explains the EarthDay.org website. “In just one year, a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen as 10 people inhale.” Organize a tree planting day at your child’s school or gather some neighbours and plant new foliage at a local green space or in someone’s yard. If that sounds too labour intensive, you can always put your money where your mouth is–$1 equals one tree planted when you donate to the Canopy Project (a legit organization which is part of the Earth Day Network).

Drive an eco-friendly vehicle.

Opting for an eco-conscious vehicle that uses electricity or electricity and hydrogen-based fuel as your daily driver can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Acura has a couple of outstanding hybrid options–the performance sedan RLX and the midsize SUV MDX–that drastically reduce fuel consumption. For example, the non-hybrid 2018 RLX is rated at 11.8/8.1/10.2 L/100km city/highway/combined while the RLX Sport Hybrid is rated at 8.4/8.1/8.4 L/100km).  2018 Acura RLX

Go paperless wherever possible.

Paper bills feel incredibly dated and so wasteful. Switch all of your services–think hydro, water, internet and television, banking–to paperless bills. According to the Financial Post, in 2014 Bell Canada said the company was saving around 30,000 trees a year because of its customers going paperless.

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Install a Smart Home System.

A tech device like a smart home system will make you feel like James Bond, as you secretly control all of the electronic devices in your house from some exotic Caribbean beach (or, in reality, your office). Smart home systems allow you to lower your electricity consumption by dimming or turning off unnecessary lights that may have been forgotten, or even setting the temperature a few degrees lower to conserve energy. Not only will you be happy about a lower hydro bill, but the planet will be smiling, too.

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How to get your car ready for spring

Spring is a great time to press the reset button and clean things up. Nature does it, homeowners do it, and so should car owners. From changing tires to cleaning the undercarriage, here’s how to get your car ready for spring.

Change your winter tires back to your all-season tires

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Ah the Ontario winter. So generous it is that it sometimes continues to give its frozen gifts well into spring. Just when think you’re safe to change your tires, Ontario gets hit with an April blizzard. If you want to play it safe, wait until you get a few days in a row at 10 degrees Celsius or higher — usually mid-March or later —  before you make the switch.

Check your tire pressure

Once you get your all-season tires back on, it’s time to check their pressure as compared to the recommended pressure settings in your manual. If you don’t own one already, buy a tire gauge – we recommend a digital gauge for greater accuracy – and make sure your tires are ready to take on snow-free roadways.

Have your dealership check your tire alignment

Winter driving can take a toll on your alignment since that’s the worst time of year for overall road conditions. If there’s a statistic for “average potholes driven over per month”, the winter months would surely be in the lead. If you haven’t had your tires rotated in a while, this might be a good time to do it.

Thoroughly clean your car inside and out

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Simple, right? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you live in areas where roadways get salted, it’s imperative that you take your car through a car wash that features undercarriage cleaning so you can protect it from rust damage. That takes care of the exterior, and then you can shake out your floor mats, vacuum out the seats and carpet, and remove any garbage or clutter. If you really take pride in your car, consider taking it to a professional detailer so you can truly get it looking and smelling like new again.

Don’t forget about the small stuff

You don’t want to learn the hard way, during that first spring rain shower, that your wipers are shot, so make sure to address the small stuff. What state are the floor mats in? Should you order some new ones? Or how about the mud flaps?

Following these spring-specific tips and making sure you continue to follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for oil changes, air filters, cooling system, etc. will ensure you’re as ready as you can be for the spring driving season.

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The Acura NSX: Then and Now

How Acura redefined the supercar.

What Acura accomplished when they launched themselves on the North American market was nothing short of miraculous: by concentrating an impressive amount of technologies into all-new vehicles, Honda’s top engineers managed to create a brand that could stand on the merit of its own products.

However, while the Legend and the Integra scored well against their competitors, Acura needed something to make themselves known. And what better way to make people talk than to create a supercar?

 

1984: Genesis of an idea

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via Honda.com

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via Honda.com

In 1984, Honda dreamed big, internally launching the HP-X project, which aimed at creating a V6-powered mid-engine coupe that could beat the V8 Ferraris of the era while being more reliable and cheaper to buy for the consumer. The lead engineer for the project was Shigeru Uehara, who would go on to create the Integra Type R and the S2000. During development, no expenses were spared: the car was designed by taking cues from F-16 fighter jet’s canopies and their excellent visibility, and a completely new factory was built for the future vehicle. The Honda NSX (marketed in North America as the Acura NSX) would end up being the first mass-produced car to be built completely out of aluminum and would feature futuristic technologies like electric power steering (on some versions) and a 3.0-litre V6 that could reliably rev up to 8,300 rpm. During the final stages of development, Honda even enlisted the help of one of their biggest drivers–Top Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna drove the car on some of the world’s most renowned tracks and offered inputs on suspension settings and handling tweaks.

1989: First public unveiling

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via honda.com.

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via honda.com.

At the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the public caught the first glimpse of what would become the NSX. Thanks to very favourable comments from the press, the NSX was quickly put into production and was sold in North America in November 1990.

The Acura NSX immediately garnered a cult following. Here is what some of the era’s prominent publications had to say back in those days:

“Its fresh, clean-sheet design is about to offer other exotic cars a lesson in civility.” — Road & Track

”The NSX is the most precise and attuned mid-engined machine we’ve ever driven.” — Car & Driver

The original NSX was not only an amazing car in its own right, it did more than just wow critics; it forced the industry to take notice. From that point, nobody could simply build an unreliable supercar and call it a day. They had to make their exotic thoroughbred more useable on a daily basis. After all, if Acura could do it, they had to, too, right?

The NSX got various updates through the years, but it always stayed close to its roots. Finally, in 2005, after having been in production for almost 15 years, the mid-engined Japanese supercar was retired.

2007: Rumors of a successor

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The first rumours of a new NSX came as early as 2007. Back then, the whispers were about a V10-powered supercar. Following the 2008 market crash, however, Acura chose to can this project and instead focus on an environmental variant.

The first concept of what would become the NSX we know today was unveiled in 2012. After many changes in design (like a complete redesign of the engine bay), the production version was finally shown in 2015.

2015: The new kid

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The new NSX was radically different compared to the previous iteration. Instead of minimizing weight, the car now played the high-tech card. It now packed an advanced four-wheel drive system as well as a hybrid powerplant. Its twin-turbo V6 produces 500 horsepower alone; with the help of the electric motors, a total of 573 horsepower are available under the car’s right pedal. The new NSX can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, and will eventually hit 307 km/h.

The Acura NSX has evolved from a simplistic driving machine to the marvel of modern technologies it is today. However, despite its changes, its reputation for disrupting the supercar industry hasn’t waned.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Acura

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”…

Mind. Blown.

Acura has enjoyed tremendous success on the luxury market, but compared to much of the competition, it’s relatively young. Let’s explore the history of the intriguing and innovative Japanese brand.

Here are 6 things you may not have known about the Japanese automaker.

The word “Acura” doesn’t mean anything in Japanese.

Unlike Honda, which gets its name from its founder Soichiro Honda, Acura doesn’t have a deeper definition in Japanese. Acura is a slight modification of the Latin word for “done with precision.” This theme is echoed in the brand slogan: Precision Crafted Performance.

Acura was the first Japanese luxury automotive brand to arrive in North America.

Acura was launched in 1986 in Canada and the US, making it the first Japanese luxury automaker to stake a claim on the crucial market. The early success of the Integra and Legend spurred the competition along and soon Toyota and Nissan both arrived on the scene with their luxury offshoots. Acura, however, was the first.

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”

The Acura logo sticks to the theme of precision or accuracy with a clever logo that some interpret as a capital A or H. The truth: it’s actually an outside caliper, a precision tool used to measure thickness.

Look familiar?

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Acura has an impressive motorsport pedigree.

Testing new technologies in a racing environment is a great way to ensure their reliability and help spread awareness for the brand’s credibility. If a car can drive at full throttle on a racetrack for 24 hours straight, it will certainly last much longer in the hands of customers. Acura gets this.

Since the brand’s inception, they have been involved in SCCA and IMSA GT Championship, two prominent series in the US. They won the SCCA World Championship in 1997 using the NSX and Integra, proving the cars’ performance chops. In the 2000s, the brand even developed its own LMP1 car, which raced admirably in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. More recently, an ILX raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, won in its class, and came in 8th place overall.

And the NSX was the world’s first supercar you could use daily.

The first car to be classified as a supercar was the Lamborghini Miura, in 1966. From that point, there have been many supercars, and most of them Italian. While they were all undoubtedly very fast, beautiful and exotic, you couldn’t really use them as a daily-driver. They had poor reliability, running costs were exorbitant and they weren’t practical.

And then in 1990, the Acura NSX arrived.

Just like the Italian stallions, it was mid-engined and aerodynamic. It could reach speeds greater than 300 km per hour and rev to 8,300 rpm. However, unlike its Italian competitors, it was reliable, easy to use, had good visibility and didn’t require a second mortgage to maintain.

The NSX ushered in a new era in the supercar world, forcing the industry to rethink their way of building cars.

The Policaro Group ran the first Acura dealership in the country!

As part of Policaro Group, Policaro Acura is proud to have been a part of Acura’s history since day one! In 1987, following years of working with the Honda brand, the Policaro Group’s founding members were awarded the first Acura dealership in Canada. Learn more about the Policaro Group’s fascinating family story here.

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7 Cozy Southern Ontario Restaurants That Are Perfect For Valentine’s Day

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February in Ontario can be…dreary. There are a lot of words we could’ve used there, but “dreary” will have to do as this is a family-oriented blog.

Luckily, there is an event right smack dab in the middle of it that gives us adults an opportunity to get a little extra (ahem) cozy. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day, the day dedicated to lovers, chocolate, and cheesy Halmark Cards.

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It is, if nothing else, the perfect opportunity to book a table at one of these seven cozy restaurants in the GTA. Hole up at an ultra cozy eatery with your lover and fill your bellies with a warm, hearty meal.

KB Food, Whitby

KB Food is an eclectic restaurant by chef Kevin Brown in the heart of Whitby on Brock Street. The atmosphere inside is snug and comfortable, perfect for ordering several dishes to share, like a charcuterie or cheese board, before going on the entrees.

East & Main Bistro, Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has become a summertime hotspot for its wineries and beaches, but the region is just as awesome when the temperature drops. Try East & Main Bistro which serves up locally-sourced dishes at long farm tables, so plates can be shared and conversation can flow.

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Sonny’s Drive-In, Brampton

Order some classic North American comfort food over the counter at the Brampton institution, Sonny’s Drive-In, and scarf it in the cozy confines of your vehicle. Save the cute, picnic table seating area outside for a warmer season. Charcoal broiled burgers, however, are a good idea year round.

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The Cornerhouse, Stouffville

Sitting pretty on Main Street in Stouffville is The Cornerhouse, a three-storey restaurant with a whole lot of charm. Candle lit tables create an intimate vibe, perfect for indulging in a melt-in-your-mouth steak–this spot’s speciality. Order the eggplant fries to start.

Langdon Hall, Cambridge

Whether you want to treat yourself or impress someone special, Langdon Hall will leave you feeling like an A-list celebrity. The five-star Relais & Châteaux property is set in a stunning heritage building, and after a fresh dusting of snow feels just like stepping onto a movie set. Inside the dining room, regal decor with velvet couches and large chandeliers set the mood for a memorable meal by Chef Jason Bangerter.

La Vecchia, Toronto

La Vecchia is one of the coziest spaces in Toronto’s midtown. The Italian eatery is known for its fresh pasta dishes like tagliatelle bianchi and ricotta tortelloni, while its impressive wine list makes it hard to have just one glass. Have two and call an Uber.

The Olde Angel Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Some call it haunted; others call it a delightful little locale in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Olde Angel Inn is the coziest of cozy pubs dishing out English staples like bangers and mash, chicken pot pie, liver and onions and more. The dark wood finishes and low ceilings add to the snug feel, as does the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

C’est What, Toronto

Tucked below street level in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is C’est What, a hidden gem that’s easy to lose a few hours in. The pub has an extensive beer list, fireplaces, live music, pool tables, and a lamb burger that’s one of the best in town.

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Acura unveils the all-new 2019 RDX at Detroit Auto Show

For Acura, one of the biggest events at this year’s Detroit Auto Show was the unveiling of the all-new 2019 RDX. Being that this SUV is one of the brand’s most popular vehicles, Acura knew they had to bring their A game for the new generation.

Did they achieve their goal? Let’s find out.

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Firstly, this SUV is built on an all-new platform that is both lighter and stiffer than the one it replaces. The 2019 RDX is about 30 mm wider and 63 mm longer than its predecessor, but since the front and rear overhang are shorter, the vehicle won’t be much harder to drive in congested city centers, though it will offer more interior room than before.

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This will be the brand’s first SUV that gets an A-Spec version, a visual treatment reserved until now for Acura’s fastest sedans. Keep in mind, what we’re looking at here is a prototype; however, the production version shouldn’t be that different.

The 10.2-inch screen in the 2019 RDX’s dashboard is controlled by the manufacturer’s new True Touchpad Interface. The way this system works is interesting; instead of touching the screen directly, you can use a small remote touchpad to select the functions. We can’t wait to get one inside the showroom to test it out! An optional 16-channel, 710-watt sound system will be offered for music aficionados, with Acura’s advanced AcuraWatch safety suite coming standard.

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The powertrain will be another new piece of technology. A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder will send power to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the manufacturer’s Super-Handling all-wheel-drive system will be optional in the US. While Canadian specifications haven’t been confirmed, it stands to reason that we will only get the AWD RDX north of the borders. Another thing that hasn’t been announced yet is the horsepower rating; the outgoing RDX extracted 279 horsepower out of its 3.5-litre V6, and it’s safe to say that the new turbocharged engine can give a lot more.

The 2010 Acura RDX will arrive in dealerships in the middle of 2018, so stay tuned to our social channels for an update on arrival.

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7 entertaining things to do in Brampton this winter

Brampton isn’t exactly a “hidden gem.” With over half a million residents and millions of neighbours in the GTA, it’s definitely on most Ontarian’s radar. Still, it remains something of an underrated city…which, for its residents, is pretty great!

Suburban though it may be, Brampton doesn’t lack for fun outing options, even when the province freezes solid. From skating to skiing to shooting Nerf arrows at your besties (yup, you can do that), here’s how to have fun in Brampton in the wintertime.

Hit the slopes Caledon Ski Club.

Head to the local ski club for some afternoon downhill mountain sports, and then explore the latest automotive offering from the Policaro Automotive family. Policaro Automotive has partnered with the Caledon Ski Club to bring its performance brand to life through a series of winter events including test drives of the latest models from Northwest Lexus, Policaro BMW and Porsche Centre Oakville, a high-performance ski-service centre, and scavenger hunts for those still too young to get behind the wheel. For more information, call the Caledon Ski Club at 519-927-5221 ext. 225.

 Get some air time at Aerosports Trampoline Park.

From a toddler zone to ultimate dodgeball to open bouncing, the 18,000-square-foot trampoline park at Aerosports has jumping options for the whole family. It’s the perfect spot to host a birthday party or spend any old super-cold Sunday afternoon.

 

Sharpen the blades and head to the Chinguacousy Park​ skating ribbon.

Brampton’s latest ice worthy of your blades? The all-new skating canal at Chinguacousy Park​. The trail is more than 2,000-square-metres of ice surface, which means 500 skaters can be gliding along at once, and on certain days, local food trucks will ensure you stay fueled. Don’t have skates? You can rent a pair Thursday through Sunday during operational hours.  

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 Cheer on the Brampton Beast!

There’s no need to make the trek into Toronto to watch the Leafs when you can catch a Brampton Beast game closer to home. The local ECHL team puts on a powerful show and tickets for most home games can be easily found online.

Get silly tubing at Mount Chinguacousy.

While Mount Chinguacousy offers skiing and snowboarding, the real fun is had over on the tubing terrain. Prices vary depending on use, but $13.35 will get you six slides or two hours in the park. If you have extra littles, note that the minimum height requirement to ride is 42-inches.  

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Fire Nerf arrows at your kids at Battle Archery.

Sometimes the only way to sap your kids’ seemingly endless energy is to let them run it out. At Battle Archery, an indoor nerf gun playing field, they run and jump and scream all while shooting each other and other players with nerf bullets. You can play, too. Or you can sit it out and enjoy a moment of peace from the sidelines.

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Feel the artistic inspiration at the Peel Art Gallery.

For indoorsy folk, head over to the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and experience a variety of creative exhibitions, including one of the latest, Peel Through the Photographers’ Lens. Don’t miss the Family Fun Day each Saturday and Sunday at 1pm for various organized activities.  

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5 reasons the Acura MDX is the ideal SUV

The Acura MDX has come a long way since it launched in 2000. Originally based on the Honda Pilot, this large SUV surprised everyone that was fortunate enough to test-drive it. It was fast, comfortable and came with standard equipment that many of its competitors offered only as options or didn’t offer at all.

The MDX is now a mainstay in its segment, competing admirably against vehicles with a much heftier price tag. There are many reasons why you might want to consider an Acura MDX as your next vehicle. Here are five.

1: Style

The second-generation SUV unveiled in 2013 was attractive, but last year’s update gave it an even more modern fascia and overall commanding presence. The Diamond Pentagon grille complements the Jewel Eye LED headlights while 18-inch wheels (with available 20”) and the chrome-outlined exhaust add a sporty touch.

 

2: Power

If your expanding family forced you to trade in your sports car in favour of a large SUV, you might lament the lack of power and portly handling that is typical of this segment. But have you driven the MDX? Its direct-injected 3.5-litre V6 makes 290 horsepower, and its 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts much faster than a conventional automatic setup (which you can control via a pair of paddles behind the steering). And an advanced SH-AWD setup maximizes grip regardless of conditions. Throw a few curves at the MDX, and you might forget that you’re in an SUV.

3:  On-board technologies

Acura has a reputation of bringing advanced technologies to the masses, and the 2018 MDX is a great example of this. The front infotainment system combines all of the vehicle’s important functions like multi-zone automatic climate control, sound system, GPS navigation, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, etc. into one convenient screen. With the Elite package passengers in back get a wide screen (headphones included) that can receive images from two different sources. The result: nobody argues about what to watch. IMG_9797

4: Safety

By choosing the MDX, you are putting yours and your passengers’ well-being into Acura’s hands, and this is something they take VERY seriously. The MDX comes with AcuraWatch, their most advanced suite of safety technologies. Relying on a network of two cameras and six sensors, AcuraWatch detects and notifies the driver to potential hazards on the road, and can even adjust the vehicle for you to avoid or mitigate certain threats. Techs like adaptive cruise control, surround camera view and blind-spot monitoring will make you aware of everything that’s going on around your vehicle. And should the worst happen, the MDX’s energy-dissipating chassis and airbags will protect you and your loved ones.  

The MDX in Brampton. A perfect fit. #acura #acuraMDX #policaroacura #brampton

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5: Comfort

The MDX’s interior has been engineered to be a very comfortable place to be. The SUV comes standard with three rows of seats (you can choose to have your MDX in a six-passenger setup, replacing the second row of seats with captain chairs), which are all covered in leather. Heated seats are standard, while the second row’s bench can be heated if you want it to. The steering wheel is also heated, a delight in our cold climate. Finally, if you go for the Elite trim, you will be treated to rear sunshades (also available with the Tech package), ventilated front seats and genuine wood trims, among other things.

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