In Trail, natural beauty surrounds us. From the Monashee Mountains to our west and the Columbia River flowing through Trail’s borders, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy. Two of the most popular are hunting and fishing. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle your hunting and fishing adventures in British Columbia, then you should consider these options.
When it comes to outdoor adventures, few trucks offer you the off-road readiness of theRanger. This midsize truck has a high-strength steel frame and off-road chassis to take on rough terrain. If your hunting trips take you into the middle of nowhere, you can opt for the Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package, which comes with tuned off-road monotube shocks, all-terrain tires, electronic-locking rear differential, a steel front bash plate, and a heavy-duty front skid plate, among other features. In addition to its adventurous capabilities, the Ranger will also easily carry your gear, fitting up to 1,466 litres of cargo volume in its bed and offering a towing rating of 3,402 kg.
If you need a family hauler during the week, but an adventure buddy when the weekend comes, consider the Escape. This crossover can seat up to five passengers, which means you can bring your friends with you on your next fishing trip, while still offering an impressive 974 litres of cargo space behind the second-row seats. If it’s just you, fold down those rear seats and load up all of your fishing and hunting gear with a maximum of 1,851.9 litres of cargo capacity. And, when you need to tow your boat, simply hitch it to your Escape, which can tow a maximum of 1,587 kg. Plus, if you need to warm up during the cooler months, the Escape also comes available with heated seats — ideal after long hours spent in the blind or out on the lake.
The ever-popular F-150 is an obvious choice for hunting and fishing excursions. With its six powerful available engine options, you have the ability to harness best-in-class towing of 6,350 kg and best-in-class payload of 1,015 kg. Outside of its pure power, the Ford F-150 offers a variety of advanced technologies to make towing and hauling easier. The available Smart Hitch helps you distribute weight properly to ensure a safe tow. Meanwhile, the first in its class available onboard scales can be utilized through the SYNC® 4 screen, FordPass™ app, or via LED visual display in the taillamps. Inside, the available rear locking under-seat storage makes room for more gear that you don’t want in the bed. And if you’re planning on camping and need some power, the available Pro Power Onboard lets you use the F-150 like a mobile generator.
Another family option is the Ford Explorer. This mid-size SUV is available in five trim levels, including the Explorer Timberline, where rugged meets comfort. The exterior of the Timberline is both stylish and useful, thanks to its steel underbody skid plates and improved ground clearance to offer the capability you need when traveling off-road to hunt or fish. One key feature of the Explorer is the Terrain Management System™ with Intelligent 4WD. With the easy-to-use dial in the centre console, you can switch between these seven drive modes: Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco. If it’s just you and a pal up front, you’ll have 2,486 litres of space to utilize for gear and any catches. To keep the interior clean on your trips to the outdoors, you can add accessories to the Explorer, like seat covers or all-weather floor mats.
The Bronco Sport packs a ton of utility and capability in a compact package. In fact, many of the vehicle’s features — inside and out — are ideal for trips to the mountains, lakes, and forests. Take advantage of the safari-style roof with roof rack side rails or choose the available roof-rail crossbars to haul all of your hunting gear. Inside, the rubberized cargo floor and rear seatback protector on Big Bend™ and higher trims make clean-up simple. When it comes time to adventure, this SUV is equipped with a standard H.O.S.S. Suspension System, 4x4, and G.O.A.T. Modes™ to make off-roading easier and more thrilling. Not only that, but you can access an available 23.6 inches of water-fording capability, meaning you get to make your own path.