3 Fun Camping Adventures Near Toronto

3 Fun Camping Adventures Near Toronto, ON

One of the best things about owning a Jeep® is the ability to go further and explore the world around you. Here are a few great camping spots to enjoy near Toronto!

Sand Hill Park

If you want to climb some of the tallest sand dunes in Ontario, you need to visit Sand Hill Park. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, this beautiful spot has a huge camping area that includes a basketball court, horseshoes, shuffleboard, a BMX track, hot showers, and more. When it’s time to relax, head to the beach for family fun.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Camping in Algonquin Provincial Park can be just how you want it to be. From developed campgrounds with amenities from home to yurts and cabins, you’ll find your ideal camping experience here. If you want to go farther than driving allows, try a backcountry camping spots where you can paddle in via canoe!

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Head west to explore Elora Gorge Conservation Area. Here, you’ll find 450 campsites that range in the amenities offered, including water, electric, and plumbing. Depending on when you visit, you could enjoy a long list of activities in the area, like birding, boating, fishing, hunting, geocaching, swimming, and more.

Before you head out on your next adventure, stop by and see us at Downtown CDJR to make sure your Jeep® is ready to go!

Jeep® Wrangler Wins Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Award

Jeep® Wrangler Wins Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Award | Toronto, ON

Each year, Canadian Black Book provides consumers with insights on the latest vehicles and even recognizes some for excelling in various ways. The Jeep® Wrangler recently won a 2021 CBB Best Retained Value Award in the SUV: Main Mid/Full category.

The introduction of the all-new Wrangler 4xe and first V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 both played big parts in the model’s success in 2021. Whether consumers were looking for a more fuel efficient SUV or something with a bit more brawn under the hood, the Wrangler delivered.

This isn’t the first time the Wrangler has been praised by Canadian Black Book. Before the award segments were updated for 2021, the popular model was the 2020 winner in the Compact SUV category. In total, the Wrangler has been recognized by CBB for 12 consecutive years in the Best Retained Value Awards.

Some of the latest Wrangler’s highlights include its standard 4×4 capability, the cutting-edge Uconnect® 4 system, a wide variety of exterior colours to choose from, and the 12 versatile models available in the lineup. When you consider the starting price of $38,145 and the fact that the Wrangler has been going strong for decades since its debut, it’s no wonder it was considered such a great value by CBB.

To learn more about the new Jeep® Wrangler or to experience it for yourself, contact our team at Downtown CDJR in Toronto, Ontario.

[1] “Starting at” price represents the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base model minus Total Discounts (where applicable). Price does not include taxes, freight (from $1,895 to $2,795), insurance, registration, license, A/C charge, retailer administration fees and other charges, and new tire duties (in Quebec). Model shown may be an upgraded model. Total Discounts may vary from time to time and may vary considerably by model and trim. Total Discounts include Consumer Cash Discounts, which are applied before taxes, and/or Bonus Cash Discounts, which are applied after taxes. Retailers may sell for less. See your retailer for complete details.

Meet the 2022 Jeep® Renegade Lineup

Meet the 2022 Jeep® Renegade Lineup | Toronto, ON

The Renegade is the perfect Jeep® for city dwellers thanks to its unique, urban style and its at-the-ready capability. For 2022, the Renegade arrives with a handful of exciting updates, from new standard safety and tech features to improved performance.

The 2022 Jeep® Renegade is available at three trim levels: North, Altitude, and Trailhawk®.

What’s new for 2022?

Every 2022 Jeep® Renegade will be equipped with a turbocharged 1.3-litre engine that’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Together, you can expect to achieve 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. All models also come with 4×4 so you can travel off-road with added peace of mind.

When it comes to safety, new standard features include LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, and Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems.

Inside, a beautiful 8.4-inch touch-screen display with GPS navigation is standard. This system includes a one-year SiriusXM® radio subscription, a one-year SiriusXM® Guardian subscription, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. Rounding out the interior upgrades is the inclusion of a premium cabin air filter on all trims.

If you’re looking to customize your Renegade, the Altitude Package (available on North model) adds black accents — inside and out. This includes badging, exterior mirrors, wheels, and headliner. You’ll also get lush leather-trimmed seats with Ski Grey accent stitching.

To learn more about the all-new Jeep® Renegade, contact our team at Downtown CDJR in Toronto, Ontario.

Jeep® Reveals Redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee

Jeep® Reveals Redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee | Toronto, ON

The midsize Grand Cherokee SUV has been an iconic part of the Jeep® lineup since the early ’90s, offering the ideal blend of capability and luxury. Jeep® recently revealed details regarding the redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee, making it the most advanced version yet.

New technology

The cabin of the 2022 Grand Cherokee is getting an upgrade in the form of the new Uconnect® 5 infotainment system. This innovative tech comes with an expansive 10.1-inch display with faster operating speeds as well as seamless over-the-air updates. In addition to the standard touch-screen display, an available 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display is a new option for the Grand Cherokee. And in the back, available 10.1-inch rear seat entertainment displays with built-in Amazon Fire TV make long trips even more enjoyable.

More capability

Jeep® vehicles are known for being exceptionally capable. As such, the 2022 Grand Cherokee offers three versatile 4×4 systems for off-roading: Quadra-Trac® I, Quadra-Trac® II, and Quadra-Drive® II. Additional capability comes in the form of the class-exclusive Quadra-Lift™ air suspension, which provides a class-leading 28.7 cm of ground clearance and 61 cm of water fording. Meanwhile, the available 5.7-litre V8 offers an impressive 3,625 kg of towing capability.

First-ever Grand Cherokee 4xe

Like the Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe is estimated to provide 40 km of all-electric range as well as 4.1 Le/100 km. Even with this incredibly efficient powertrain, the Grand Cherokee 4xe still has the capability you’d expect from a Jeep®. The PHEV is expected to generate 375 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, and have a max towing capacity of 2,720 kg.

These are just some of the highlights of the 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee. For more details, contact our team at Downtown CDJR in Toronto, Ontario.

3 Great Off-Roading Destinations Near Toronto

Toronto off-roading | Toronto, ON

To get your adrenaline pumping, there’s nothing like heading off the beaten path in your Trail Rated® Jeep®. If you’re looking to get out of the bustling heart of Toronto and go exploring, head to one of these off-road destinations around Ontario.

Ganaraska Forest

If you don’t want to drive too far, head to Ganaraska Forest. This lush 11,000-acre forest offers all types of trails. The ones that you can explore in your Jeep® are located in the West and East Forest areas. Prepare for nearly anything, since the paths can go from wide to narrow and change directions in an instant. Consider purchasing a park map before heading out.

California Road

Once part of a local settlement, this trail near White Lake is rough and unmaintained, making it ideal for vehicles that have at least 12 inches of clearance. Expect wetlands, rocks, deep ruts, narrow passages, and thick brush. There are even campgrounds nearby for you to spend the night in if you want to make a weekend out of it.

Gun Mountain Loop Trail

Nestled near Madawaska Valley, the Gun Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.3-km loop that is moderately difficult. It has varied terrain, steep inclines, wetlands, and a variety of other obstacles that are really fun to overcome. Along the trail, you’ll find a number of campsites to enjoy, along with breathtaking views to go with up to 151 m in elevation.

Need a Trail Rated® Jeep® for your big off-road trip near Toronto? We’ve got you covered here at Downtown Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram. Stop in soon to check out our inventory and find your perfect Jeep® adventure vehicle.

Fun Winter Day Trips Near Toronto

Toronto day trips | Toronto, ON

Winter is a magical time in Toronto. The snow falls, the cold weather allows us to bundle up in cozy sweaters, and there are so many ways to enjoy some winter fun — but sometimes, you just have to get out of the city to truly appreciate it. If you’re looking for things to do this winter, keep these fun winter day trips near Toronto in mind.

Escape to a spa at Blue Mountain. Rejuvenate and relax this holiday season at Scandinave Spa. This spa is known for its Scandinavian Baths, heated outdoor pools that allow you to take in the beauty of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment. The spa has strict protocols in place to ensure your experience is relaxing as possible, and it is only two hours outside of the city.

Enjoy the beauty of the Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Just one hour outside of Toronto is the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, which is the perfect setting for a winter hike. You must check out its meromictic lake,  a rare type of lake that has layers of waters that don’t intermix, giving it a unique appearance. It also has a 1.4 km boardwalk throughout its beautiful natural scenery, making it a fantastic place for a winter stroll.

See what it’s like behind Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is only 1.5 hours away from Toronto, which makes it an ideal day trip. Experience what it’s like behind the falls themselves with the Journey Behind the Falls experience. You will get the opportunity to venture 125 feet down into 130-year-old tunnels for an up-close view of the waterfall.

Remember to stay safe as you travel outside Toronto this winter, and be sure to visit Downtown Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for service before you leave.

See These Safe Toronto Sights This Weekend

Safe Toronto Sights | Toronto, ON

As Toronto begins to open back up, there are a lot of options for things to do if you’re looking to get out of the house safely. Here are a few sightseeing activities to consider if you want to enjoy everything our city has to offer.

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari

The Toronto Zoo has so many different species of animals to enjoy. Discover everything the zoo has to offer without needing to leave your car. The Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari is a great way to tour the zoo while social distancing. You can safely stay in your car and travel on staff-only roads throughout the zoo, taking in the beautiful animals that call it home. You will even get your very own zookeeper to educate you on the different animals.

The Royal Ontario Museum

When it comes to fun yet educational things to do, there are few places that can beat the Royal Ontario Museum. This sprawling museum has ample space to social distance, and is using time-based tickets to ensure that it’s easy to do so. You can spend the day walking through the museum to learn more about its current exhibits, which cover topics from dinosaurs to the First Nations of the Great Lakes. If you’re not comfortable heading to such a public place, you can see everything the museum has to offer online with its extensive online collections.

Here at Downtown Chrysler, we encourage you to continue putting safety first as you explore these sights around Toronto.

Holiday Events in Toronto You Won’t Want to Miss

Holiday Events in Toronto, ON
Christmas Decorations

Snow is falling, the nights are getting longer, and it’s almost time for Santa to come to town. To help you greet the season and get in the spirit, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting holiday events in Toronto.

Toronto Christmas Market

There are few things more magical than a Christmas market — especially if it’s the Toronto Christmas Market. This annual market is ideal if you want to get started on your holiday shopping, while enjoying festive food and drink. It’s located in the Distillery Historic District from Nov. 14 to Dec. 22 and will be open every day during this time, minus Mondays.

Aurora Winter Festival

Ontario Place turns into a winter wonderland this year during the Aurora Winter Festival. From its beautiful displays of holiday lights and Christmas market to its skating ring and amusement rides, this festival is one you won’t want to miss. It takes place Nov. 22-Jan. 5.

Black Creek Pioneer Village Christmas

Take a step back into Victorian times at the Black Creek Pioneer Village. Throughout the holiday season, this historic village will offer a range of events that will get you into the holiday mood and teach you all about Christmas traditions in the Victorian era. From its horse-drawn wagon rides to its Santa meet-ups, this event is one you won’t want to miss.

Here at Downtown Chrysler, we hope you’ll check out some of these outstanding holiday events as part of your plans this season.

Drive Safe with These Back-to-School Safety Tips

Drive Safe with These Back-to-School Safety Tips | Toronto, ON

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to prepare your children — and yourself — for a new school year. In addition to getting new supplies and clothes, make sure you remember these back-to-school safety tips to help keep you and those around you safe this fall.

Make sure your kids understand bus safety. With many children getting the school bus every morning, it’s important that you teach your kids the rules for getting on and off the bus. This includes:

  • Never running to or from the bus.
  • Staying far back from the side of the road while at the bus stop.
  • Wait until the bus driver signals that it is safe for you to cross the road.
  • Walk when you cross the road, don’t run.

Keep an eye out for children. As you near school zones, make sure you’re alert and looking for children everywhere. Because children tend to be easily distracted, they can sometimes dart into the road without looking. Being vigilant will help you recognize when this happens, preventing potential accidents.

Stick to the speed limit. Speed limits are there for a reason — to keep both you and those around you safe. When driving, make sure you stick to these limits.

Visit Downtown Chrysler today to get your family into a new family-friendly vehicle just in time for back-to-school.

Enjoy Your Summer with These Road Trip Safety Tips

Enjoy Your Summer with These Road Trip Safety Tips | Toronto, ON
woman in red car get out window

If you’re planning on taking a summer road trip, no matter your destination, it’s important to stay safe. Here are some road trip safety tips from Downtown Chrysler to help make your next road trip a fun one.

Stay alert, no matter the terrain. Canada is home to varied terrain, from mountains to prairies. No matter where you’re driving, make sure you’re staying alert and avoiding boredom. Crank up some tunes, listen to a podcast or audiobook, or play a fun road trip game with your passengers to make your drive easier.

Keep an eye out for animals. Wildlife is abundant throughout Canada, so if you’re heading out on the road, make sure you keep an eye out for animals of all kinds. Continually check both sides of the road as you drive. Keep in mind that animals are the most active at dawn and dusk, so be extra aware then.

Be ready for bad weather. Make sure you know the rules for driving in inclement weather. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to give yourself plenty of extra time to brake, and be sure you’re not relying on automatic headlights when visibility is poor.

Stop in to Downtown Chrysler for a service checkup before your big trip!