Why Rent an RV in Alberta?

Alberta’s under-explored, drastic landscape is what makes Alberta a destination to be experienced. From the west glacier mountains and valleys to the prairies and dessert of the east, you don’t have to go far to see it all. Alberta is the 4th largest province and one of two land-locked provinces in Canada. At the east border is Saskatchewan, and BC is to the west. In Alberta there are 2 major cities: Edmonton & Calgary. We offer RV pick-up nearby both international airports.  (Edmonton YXD and Calgary YYC).

The best part about travelling in an RV is you get to go at your pace. That means if you aren’t too excited about a certain spot or, more likely, completely fall in love with a place, you can decide to stay as long as you want! Driving an RV around Canada means that you can have a hot meal right in an attractions parking lot instead of driving all the way back to your hotel and eating at the restaurant there. You’ll save money on food and time on travel. Simply, it is comfortable and convenient.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site includes 4 national parks. These are Banff, Jasper, Kootenay & Yoho. In the mountains and the towns around them, there is everything ‘outdoors’. Whether you want to try paragliding, skydiving, rock climbing, river rafting, or hike your way up to a stunning view, the Rocky Mountain Parks have it all.

Banff

Banff is a town within Banff National Park. Originally a hot-spring spa stop used for funding the railway, Banff became the first National Park in Canada. There are 9 museums in Banff which you can view at Discover Banff .

Visit Banff for the festivals, hot springs, hiking or ski resorts.

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Banff National Park

 

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Lake Louise in Banff National Park

Take a half hour drive north of Banff to Lake Louise along the scenic 1A highway. Often spotted on this road are herds of elk.

Located about 25 minutes southeast of Banff is a town called Canmore. For a truly unique and memorable experience take part in a caving tour here. You will be led by professional caving tour guides to caves that you will rappel down, climb up, and squeeze through!

Jasper National Park is the biggest park in the Canadian Rockies. There is a high chance you will see wild animals here such as bears, elk, and moose. You may hear timber wolves if you decide to camp near here. Popular activities in the area include visiting Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca falls, Lake Edith, Lake Patricia and driving across the Columbia Ice field.

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Black Bear in Jasper National Park

 

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Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park & Lakes National Park

In the 1930’s, Canada and the US joined together two beautiful parks called Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, which together made the Waterton Valley. This was the world’s first International Peace Park and is celebrated as putting the environment above borders. Come and see what all the fuss is about, you will not be disappointed!

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Waterton Lakes, Alberta Rocky Mountains

Drumheller

Drumheller is known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of the World’ and is abundant in geological history and fossils! Royal Tyrrell Museum is located less than 10 minutes from Drumheller and showcases dinosaurs found from around the area. While in Drumheller check out the Canadian Badlands Passion Play for a theatrical show in a delightful venue.

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Hoodoos in Drumheller

 

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Fossil at Royal Tyrrell Museum
Photo by ceasol from Edmonton, Canada (Chasmosaurus Belli) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

To get the real Canadian feel, take in a hockey game while sipping on some craft beer or stay in Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.

Looking for a one-way RV Rental in Canada? Pick up in Alberta at either Edmonton or Calgary and drop-off in Vancouver for the ultimate Canadian Rocky Mountain experience. Another option is to drive across the prairies to Toronto, Montreal or Quebec City. Or if a Cross-Canada road trip is in store for you, consider ending your holiday in Halifax.

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Prince Edward Island

PEI is a destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in stunning scenery. Explore ocean coves, relax, and let ‘island-time’ set the pace. The whole island has remote beaches under discovered by tourists and the colour of the rocky cliffs can range from bright orange to burnt red depending on the time of day.

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There are a few tourist destinations in PEI connected to Lucy Maud Montgomery and the books she wrote about Anne of Green Gables. These books captured the hearts of people across Canada and the world. The first novel was published in 1908 and has since been converted to 20 different languages.

Charlottetown is the capital of PEI and has much to offer in itself which you can check out on our Charlottetown Blog Post.

Here are some things to do in PEI outside of Charlottetown.

Nature

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Cavendish Beach, PEI

Photo courtesy of: Santryl at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Cavendish Beach

Cavendish Beach is arguably the most beautiful ocean side beach on the island and it definitely merits a visit. Tune in to your Canadian side and take a dip in the chilly waters!

PEI National Park

The coastal national park offers many different attractions such as sand dunes, beaches, a Victorian era mansion, Green Gables, wetlands and saltmarshes.

Confederation Trail

Walk or bike a famous rail to trail path in Canada that will take you through villages, rivers, wetlands and hardwood groves.
Attractions and Entertainment

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Island Hill Farm

Take the family for an afternoon filled with animals! The cost is very reasonable, currently at $5 dollars per person. There are bunnies, kittens, goats, a donkey, pigs, roosters, ducks, lamas and an alpaca. You can pet, play and have the animals eat right out of your hand!

The Bottle Houses

Where else in the world can you find buildings made from whole glass bottles and concrete? This is a truly unique attraction that has three buildings as well as gardens and a gift shop. Although this attraction is pretty sweet it does not take that long to go through it, so allow an hour or less.

History & Museums

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Photo courtesy of Welcome Pei Blog (http://welcomepei.com/blog/anne-of-green-gables-museum/)

Anne of Green Gables Museum

If you are a fan of Anne, or just want to see ‘Anne’s Land’, this is a must-visit. The museum is in the house that Lucy Maud Montgomery spent lots of summers with her aunt and uncle. The settings provided inspiration for Lucy, and the Lake of Shining Waters is here. There is artifacts, gardens and a gift shop.

Canadian Potato Museum

The right way to see the Potato Museum is to first eat at their restaurant where there is everything from potato fudge to potato stuffed lobster. Then, spend an hour or so learning about PEI’s biggest industry, this will provide some context about the many fields of potatoes you are sure to drive by during your travels. Did you know PEI produces more potato per capita than any other place in the world?

The must-do’s in PEI include eating local lobster and potatoes, relaxing on remote beaches and visiting the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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To rent an RV or hire a campervan in P.E.I, consider picking up in Halifax or Quebec City.

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Fall in Algonquin

Fall always reminds me of leaves changing and the beautiful colours that follow. As the weather turns a bit cooler, kids are back to school, and Thanksgiving arrives, I always want to escape to Algonquin and its internationally renowned brilliant fall colours.

Algonquin Park

If you can catch the right window in the fall, it’s a waterfall of colours for kilometres on end. And if you’re lucky the wildlife viewing is spectacular birds on end, beavers making and repairing dams and moose wandering along in the river system.

Wondering when to go? Well that depends on the colours you want to see:

Late September: Red and Orange Maples
The first trees to change colour are the Sugar and Red Maples providing an the amazing red-orange colours which can be found most brilliantly in the western portion of the Algonquin Park. Traditionally the best time to view is the last week of September leading into the first days of October.

Early to Mid October: Yellow of the Poplars and Birches
The fusion of yellow are more common in the eastern highway 60 Corridor and the Park’s East Side.

Mid to Late October: The Tamarack Finale
These coniferous trees grow in the wetlands and are unique in that their needles change from green to a bright yellow and then fall off for the winter months.

There’s also camping for everyone and acts on a pack out what you pack in system. With all the wonderful wilderness around it easily becomes second nature to do just that. And if you’re feeling adventurous the canoeing is a wonder. Canoe rentals are available and they will drop off and pick up the canoe at a multitude of drop in locations, it makes for an easy fun filled day. Check out their autumn day use guide for more information.

Algonquin Adventures

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Charlottetown

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Charlottetown Harbour
Photo By Charles Hoffman [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Charlottetown is known for being the “Birthplace of Confederation”. The city sits on Prince Edward Island’s south coast, at the point where 3 rivers merge before joining the North Atlantic Ocean. The people here are passionate about history, wilderness, remembrance of Anne, tasty local cuisine and fine arts.

Outside in the City

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Sunset in Victoria Park
Photo By Tony Webster from San Francisco, California [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Victoria Park
Victoria Park is a waterfront park originally gifted to the Queen. Here you can rent bikes or enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk by the water. There is a not-to-be-missed ice cream shop located in the park. There are also tennis courts, a playground, a pool and ball fields to make for a great family adventure!

Ardgowan National Historic Site
This National Historic Site is also known as Ardgowan Park. The park is close to the city yet not well-known which makes it the perfect place to unwind. Find a spot for yourself to have a picnic, read a book, and when you’re ready, gather information on other Canadian National Parks.

Boat Tours
Take a boat tour to see the harbour, sail in the open waters and see lobsters and seals!

Attractions & Entertainment

Confederation Centre of the Arts
The Confederation Centre is devoted to being a cultural centre. They have a theatre, public library, art gallery, and a memorial hall. There is also a restaurant for you to grab a bite to eat or sip on a glass of wine before a show begins. At noon there is a free show, great for families, and the exhibit ‘The Story of Confederation’ is free as well.

Upstreet Craft Brewing
A nice way to spend an afternoon is to catch a tour of the brewery then enjoy the craft beer, food and board games.

Charlottetown Farmers Market
Open Saturdays throughout the year, with Wednesday added for the summer months.
Saturdays there is more produce, and Wednesday it is less busy and easier to find parking. There are artisanal crafts, food samples abound, and all kinds of homemade treats!
History, Museums, Points of Interest

St. Dunstan’s Basilica
The old church is located in the historic part of Charlottetown. Take a stroll around the neighborhood to see the surrounding attractions such as the Province House, Confederation Centre, the Confederation Landing on the waterfront, PEI’s Convention Centre, or the Queen Charlotte Armory. Currently, it is free to see the inside of the church. You will be able to see the 3 towers of this church from almost all over town!

Victoria Row
Walk down this pedestrian-only street lined with art galleries and gift shops right on the waterfront. The main thing to do here is enjoy a meal on an outdoor patio listening to the live music.

Where to camp around Charlottetown:
Southport RV Park
Cornwall/Charlottetown KOA
Lord Selkirk Campground
Pine Hills RV Park
PEI National Park
Vacation land RV Park and Family Campground

Where to go from Charlottetown:
Roadie around the island or for a bigger road trip pick-up in Halifax, head to PEI, then see Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick and make your way to Quebec City.

Use our quick and simple quote program at the top of this page to check availability and book your campervan hire. To travel PEI in an RV, pick up in Halifax or Quebec City. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 1-877-778-9569.

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Getting To Know Halifax

Halifax is a coastal city rich in Canadian history. We recommend your first excursion be walking the Halifax waterfront boardwalk where you can really get a feel for the place. The boardwalk is 4 km winding around historic buildings, local eateries and shops, and may have street performers and other entertainment. You can beat the crowds by arriving in the morning. Start at the north end by Casino Nova Scotia or the South end by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

What is on the boardwalk?

Privateer’s Wharf formally known as Historic Properties
The Privateer’s Wharf played a huge role in Halifax’s early success. The oldest building here was built around mid-late 1700’s by a privateer and initially used as a tool to transport goods against Napoleon’s blockade. In the 1970’s the buildings were going to be demolished but a public outcry and petition stopped that, thankfully! The most popular buildings here are the Pontac House, Privateer Warehouse, The Red Store, Kings Warehouse (now the Carpenter Shop), and the Wooden Storehouse/Loft. Most of the buildings are now repurposed with shops and restaurants. The Harbourside market is also located here.

Maritime museum of the Atlantic
Permanent exhibits include the Titanic, The Halifax Explosion (during world war 1), Shipwreck, Age of Steam and Days of Sail. The HMCS Sackville is docked close to the museum in the summer time, even though it isn’t owned by the museum. HMCS is a world war 2 artifact ship with tours offered.

Visitor Information Centre
I personally love making a visitor centre my first stop as soon as I get to a new place. Usually the information people are kind, helpful and enthusiastic about their local area. You can learn about current entertainment events, receive deals, ask about local secrets and get quality tips for your stay.

Alexander Keith’s brewery
Immersive, engaging and pumped with beer! And due to the history this is a brewery tour you can feel good about. Who can pass up visiting one of the oldest breweries in North America? The Nova Scotia brewery was founded in 1820, about 47 years before Canada was founded.

Canadian Museum Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum Immigration at Pier 21acts as the national immigration museum of Canada, housed in former immigration quarters.

Halifax Seaport Famers Market
Recommended to visit on the weekend for the full experience.

History and Museums in Halifax

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Visit the scenic, historical fort. Interact with the dressed-up guides, listen to the bagpipes, and dive into history with a trench tour. There are artifacts, historical reconstructions and an interior courtyard.

Fairview Lawn Cemetery
A sobering experience. This is where many victims of the Titanic rest.

Old burying ground
The old burial grounds contain headstones that date back to 200 years before Canada was founded. There is an on-site tour guide and late night tours to add to the ambiance. The tours are informative, visit this if you are a history junkie.

St. Paul’s Church
Visit the oldest building in Halifax and the oldest sustained protestant church in Canada. This church was founded in 1749 (same year as Halifax’s’ founding) and first opened its doors in 1750. St. Paul’s is made from mostly wood, and is relatively small. A bit of the church is marked from The Halifax Explosion and purposely hasn’t been repaired.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, founded in 1908, is currently located in the Dominion Building which was built in 1865 and the Provincial Building. The two buildings are connected by a courtyard used for temporary exhibits and by an underground exhibition room. The museum teaches history through art with a focus on Nova Scotian art. This includes traditional folk art, classical portraits, and Inuit stone carvings..

St. Mary’s Basilica
Besides being historical and having the tallest granite spire in North America, the church is commonly described as majestic, beautiful and photogenic. The architecture is gothic and the ceiling was built by shipbuilders which is evident because the ceiling resembles an upside-down ship frame.

Old Town Clock
The old town clock is a classic symbol of Halifax. The backdrop is the citade,l and the hill which the clock tower rests upon offers great views of the city on a clear day. The bells still chime hourly and can be heard throughout downtown Halifax to this day. It was originally constructed in 1803 by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent who wished to reduce the garrison’s tardiness.

 

Outside in the city:

Halifax public gardens – First developed in 1867, the beautiful 16 acres of Victorian era gardens will wow you with extensive flower beds, statues, fountains, ponds and stone bridges! This haven is picture perfect.

Point Pleasant Park – lots of pathways including some that take you to the ocean front. Along the paths you can find statues and monuments. This park was used during the French Revolutionary War of 1792.

Emera Oval – A local favorited skate rink (ice skating in the winter.)

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park – A nice, sandy, family-friendly beach on the Atlantic Ocean

Fisherman’s Cove – An authentic fishing village located 15 minutes from Halifax. Explore the quaint little village and make sure to eat fish and chips! Recently, there has been more commercial businesses here due to the amount of tourists that visit.

 

Attractions and Entertainment:

Dalhousie Arts Centre is the biggest performing arts center in Halifax. They have a unique outdoor rooftop theatre, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, and much more!

Halifax central library A great local activity for families! Visit the library, have your kids participate in children sessions, gawk at the architecture, and spend an afternoon drinking coffee on the rooftop.

Neptune Theatre – Besides being the go-to place for live theatrical performances in Halifax, Neptune Theatre is currently the largest professional theatre of its type in Atlantic Canada.

Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre in Halifax is currently waiting to be moved into a bigger facility as the current one is dated. The move is supposed to happen late 2016 or early 2017 and will be located on the waterfront. Still, the Discovery Centre is a great family activity because it is an interactive science museum and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Their exhibits include: Tension on Suspension, The Bubble Room, Build Your Own Coaster, and the Lindsay Building Centre with Lego!

Shakespeare by the Sea
– an outdoor live theatre set up in the summer months. If you are visiting Halifax during the season and have the slightest interest in live theatre, this is a must!

RV Campgrounds near here:

Halifax West KOA
Woodhaven Park Campground
Laurie Provincial Park
Shubie Park Campground

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