A Luxury Trip to Toronto

Travelling to a big City can be glamorous and Toronto is no exception. What better City in Canada can you go, get all dressed up and hit any type of entertainment you are in the mood for? If you’re on a road trip and Toronto is on your list of places to go, why not check out our luxury RV’s, travel in style and stop at a few of these must see places that will add a bit of extra luxury to your RV trip.

Royal Alexandra Theatre
The Royal Alexandra is a wonderful adventure for a stop over on your luxury RV trip. The theatre coupled with it’s architecture is a night worth going out on the town for.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox
If you’re looking for something a bit more fun, the TIFF Bell Lightbox has a host of exhibits sure to delight. If you’re hungry, there’s a great little cafe right next door with delicious food to hold you over to continue your RV road trip journey.

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Music
The music in Toronto is endless. From the Horseshoe Tavern to the Rivoli, whatever music you’re looking for you can find.

Toronto Music

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Choosing the Perfect RV. Compact and Luxury.

Renting an RV can be a bit daunting some times. We’re here to make it easy for you and answer any questions you may have. Many times we are asked about luxury RV or motorhome rentals and small RV or motorhome rentals. Why not have both?

RV Rentals come in all shapes and sizes and accommodate all types of adventures.

If you love camping.

Our Ventura campervans are the perfect option for 1-2 people – well designed and an efficient use of space. They come fully stocked with a full-size bed & bedding, a 2-burner stove, sink with running water, solar-powered fridge, plenty of cooking and eating utensils, picnic chairs and everything else you’ll need for a perfect camping adventure.

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If you love camping in luxury but want to save some money.

The Touring Coach gives you a fully equipped motor home (including roof air, toilet, shower, generator, awning etc) that sleeps 2 adults comfortably. The vehicle is smaller in size, hence perfect to also explore cities and gives the renter a smooth ride, much more like a regular car and much less like a truck.

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If you’re on the road with the family.

Our smallest C-Class RV is our aerodynamic and fuel efficient C19. It is narrower and will fit into a regular car parking slot. It’s perfect for a couple with its large double bed over the cab, kitchen at the back and all those other facilities. If you have a young child, the dining table easily drops to make the dinette into another bed.

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If you’re road tripping in style.

The perfect motorhome for 3 adults & 2 small children or if you want a luxury compact RV. Considering the length of this 22 ft motorhome, maneuverability won’t be a problem in a single lane traffic. Complete with toilet & shower amenities, there’s nothing more you can ask for when you’re with your family of four.

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Road Trip: Calgary to Edmonton

Alberta has two great booming cities and between them runs the Queen Elizabeth II highway (QEII) with many opportunities for exploring. There are a few must see stops along the way.

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Take in the badlands, ghost towns, abandoned coal mines, and The Royal Turrell Museum of Paleontology. The Tyrannosaurus Rex in the museum is worth the trip in itself.

Innisfail
Continue the tour with a stop in Innisfail to check out Alberta’s Icelandic heritage. The Discovery Wildlife Park which serves as a sanctuary for orphaned animals is also a great stop.

The Rockies
When you’re heading North from Red Deer and want to take the scenic route, turn west towards the Canadian Rockies, joining Banff to Jasper by the Ice Fields Parkway.

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Alberta’s History
Head to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is Wetaskiwin for the history of Alberta’s cars, trucks, airplanes and farm equipment. Maskwacis is the centre of four First Nations bands Ermineskin Cree, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana Samson Cree nation.

Outside the Oil Industry
Leduc is an intricate 35km walkway and beautiful city centre lake  just outside the industrial centre of Alberta’s oil industry.

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Road Trip: Calgary to Vancouver

There are so many fun things to do in the cities of Calgary and Vancouver. And there are so many wonderful places to stop along the way. Why not extend the drive a few days and make the trip a memorable one. We’ve chosen our top not-so-popular places to stay because going to new places you’ve never been is always an adventure worth trying.

Revelstoke, BC
Photo credit: Kevin Couenen, Revelstoke, BC

1) Golden
If you love outdoor adventures, Golden is the place to be any time of year. Home to three national parks, makes it a great base for getting outdoors. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will offer exceptional skiing and summertime hiking. Head to Yoho National Park and check out the impressive Takkakaw Falls.

2) Revelstoke
Revelstoke lives and breathes mountain culture. If you’re only there for a short time, take a drive up Mount Revelstoke National Park and check out the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. If you have more time to spare, Mt. McPherson offers mountain biking trails for everyone and Revelstoke Mountain Resort has year round fun and a big bad ski resort with endless runs.

3) Salmon Arm
Shuswap lake is a water lovers paradise. Stop at Canoe beach for a paddle or go exploring with one of the many rental companies boating attire.

4) Hope
The Coquihalla holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Check out the Othello Quintette Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, just north of Hope. The tunnels are carved out of solid granite and were once part of an active railway. Now the trail is still operational as an outstanding bike route.

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Rocky Mountain RV Destinations

The Rocky Mountains are a sight unlike many. From the towering mountains themselves, to the trees, wildlife and quickly changing weather there’s so much to explore. A few favourite spots in the Rockies that bring and immense sense to those who choose to take the journey include:

Moraine Lake
Exploring the national parks are an adventure of their own, but Moraine Lake has a special quality. The water is incredibly blue and the Rockies that surround are towering. Be sure not to be fooled by the locals’ stories about draining the lake and painting the bottom, it may seem like the lake is impossibly blue but paint isn’t involved.

Moraine Lake

Photo Credit: morainelake.com

Icefields Parkway
The drive is one of the most scenic drives that there is. Be sure to enjoy the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields on the way. There aren’t many experiences like the ice fields out there.

Columbia Icefields

Photo Credit: ourglobaltrek.com

Canmore Cave Tours
For the more adventurous, head into Canmore and go on a cave tour. The caves are in their natural state, so there is no walkways, handrails or built in lighting, making the experience wild and unaltered.

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Travel the Powder Highway

The powder highway, the place where winter dreams come true. From the sky high slopes, back
country turns, and powdery glaciers, there’s nothing that the powder highway doesn’t offer. If
you’re wondering where our favourite stops along the powder highway are, here’s our top 5:

Kicking Horse
The expert skiers paradise with approximately 60% of runs hitting the black diamond or higher
mark. Lifts were only installed in 2000 and was previously a top heli-skiing location. Kicking
Horse is often compared to Jackson Hole and offers some serious steeps with its 4133 vertical
drop.

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Photo credit: luxuryskitrips.com

Lake Louise
Lake Louise is one of those few places where you can stand in awe of the view around you;
from the stunning lake itself to riding true in the Rockies. Lake Louise hosts the World Cup
races each autumn. The varied terrain at the lake is stunning with something for everyone –
being one of the biggest areas in North America to ski.

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Photo credit: myvisaluxuryhotels.com

Red Mountain
Located in the Kootenay Rockies, Red offers the world’s biggest cat-skiing operation with a
tenure of 19,300 acres and prides itself on being the only cat-skiing operator in British Columbia
to run trips for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders.

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Photo credit: Red Mountain Resort Lodging

Revelstoke
When you’re stuck between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges, expect 480 to 720
inches of white fluffy snow to fall annually. Couple that with the hill boasting North America’s
longest vertical descent at 5,620 feet, you’ll spend far more time riding pow then on a lift.
Revelstoke has also been dubbed the heli-ski capital as well. The endless pow days not to be
missed.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Sunshine
With one of the longest ski seasons, Sunshine offers natural snow as the base elevation starts at over 5,400 feet, not to mention the 3,300 acres of ski runs and a 3,000 foot vertical drop. What’s not to love about natural pow from November to late May.

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Photo Credit: Adam Locke

With so many other mountains to explore, these are just a few highlights and it’s always difficult
to pick just five. Every mountain is unique and every mountain offers an experience in the snow.

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Top 5 East Coast Beaches

To round out celebrating our summer beaches in Canada, here are our top five East Coast favourites.

Manitou beach, Little Manitou Lake, Saskatchewan

Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan
Why we love it: Have you ever wanted to visit the Dead Sea? This is the prairies’ answer. Absorb the therapeutic minerals in this shallow saltwater lake.

Not to miss: With five times as much salt as there is in the ocean, give swimming a try but you’ll have better luck floating away.

For more info: manitoubeach.ca

Photo credit: @__b3ths/Instagram.

Wasaga Beach, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario

Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Why we love it: Georgian Bay hosts eight beaches, each with their own unique offering. Wasaga has great sand, sun, water and possibly the most fun part – the people watching.

Not to miss: Try to miss the longest freshwater beach in the world at 14 km long.

For more info: wasagabeach.com

Photo credit: @ca_rn67/Instagram.

Parlee Beach, Parlee Beach Provincial Park, Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick

Parlee Beach, New Brunswick
Why we love it: The beach is known for having the warmest salt water north of Virginia, reaching 23-25 degrees Celsius.

Not to miss statue: The world’s largest lobster is in Rotary Park weighing in at 90 tonnes

For more info: tourismnewbrunswick.ca

Photo, @kdorrian/Instagram.

Singing Sands Beach, Basin Head Provincial Park, Souris, Prince Edward Island

Singing Sands, PEI
Why we love it: PEI has more then 800 km of beach but there’s just something about the Singing Sands. It’s warm, the smooth sand stretches out and the solitude is serene.

Not to miss: Can you hear the perfectly shaped sands sing?

For more info: tourismpei.com

Photo credit: @nomadandanova/Instagram.

Lawrencetown Beach, Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia
Why we love it: Although this beach is tiny at only 1.5 km, it also offers world-renowned surfing breaks that are spectacular to see for surfers and non-surfers alike.

Not to miss: Four metre waves.

For more info: lawrencetownbeach.com

Photo credit: @rob_canning/Instagram.

Top 5 West Coast Beaches

Did you know that Canada’s abundance of shorelines stretches farther than in any other country? Coupled with thousands of kilometres of lakes and you have beaches paradise. Because there were so many, we decided to make this beach series a two parter and start with our favourite West Coast beaches – warm water, sunny sand, surf and swimming included.

Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia

Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia
Why we love it: Located in the loved Okanagan Valley it beach hosts volleyball, picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts, a watersplash park, marina with a boat launch, and a playground marina. Oh and did we mention some of the best wind and kite surfing around?

Not to miss event: Penticton’s Annual Peachfest

For more info: okanaganvacationguide.com

Photo credit: @littlemissmagi/Instagram.

Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve

Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve
Why we love it: If you’re looking for a wildlife paradise, this is the place. Kluane translates to “big fish” and it won’t disappoint with lake trout and arctic grayling. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason.

Not to miss: A 100 lbs “monster” fish is said to inhabit the lake. Watch your toes!

For more info: pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/kluane

Photo credit: @aasmanonpurpose/Instagram.


Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Why we love it: Long Beach lives up to it’s name spreading between Ucluelet and Tofino and offering 16km of accessible sand. It’s a surfing hotspot.

Not to miss: Some of the most consistent surf on the planet.

For more info: longbeachmaps.com

Photo credit: @beautycounterbysherri/Instagram.


Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Why we love it: With three km of white sand that reaches out to Frank Island, the winds might blow you away but the view is amazing.

Not to miss: Whales! Humpback, grey, orca, minke and if you’re lucky, a great blue.

For more info: tourismtofino.com

Photo credit: @manduzzo/Instagram.

Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Sylan Lake, Alberta

Why we love it: It’s family friendly and offers everything from boating, fishing, scuba diving to golfing, volleyball and go-carting.

Not to miss: Wild Rapids Waterslide Park

For more info: sylvanlaketourism.com

Photo credit: @photography_and_golf/Instagram.

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Canadian Wine Regions

Canada has three main wine regions; The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Lake Erie in Ontario, and the Niagara Peninsula also in Ontario.

Okanagan Valley, BC

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Vineyard in Okanagan Valley.

Photo Attribution: By Darren Kirby (Flickr: Golden Mile) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Okanagan has three main wine districts; Kelowna, Naramata Bench, and South Okanagan.

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Blue Mountain Vineyard, Okanaga Valley

Kelowna, the hub of the Okanagan, offers more than 30 wineries within 20 minutes of each other and most don’t require a reservation during the summer season. Off-season, most wineries are still open but calling ahead for a tour (if not doing a guided one) is a good idea. Guided tours come highly recommended so you can really sit back, relax and enjoy your day to its full extent.

Guided winery tours typically start at $129-$169. Most guided tours include 3-6 wineries and a lunch including artisanal meats, cheeses and of course, wine!

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Burrowing Owl Winery, Okanagan Valley

Photo Attribution: By Darren Kirby [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The best wine tour companies offer pick-up and drop-off service to your campground.

Niagara Peninsula is a narrow strip of land connecting Southern Ontario and New York State. On its northern shore is Lake Ontario and Lake Erie on the south. This area of wine is known for their ice wines.

Wineries of note:

  • Inniskillin Wines
  • Jackson-Triggs
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery
  • Reif Estate
  • Henry of Pelham Winery
  • Vieni Estates Inc. Wine & Spirits
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Vineyards on the Niagara Peninsula

Other things to do on the Peninsula
Visit Niagara Falls, of course! Catch a show at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Walk the Niagara Parks Garden Trail. Shop outlet stores at the Outlet Collection or buy Lavender from Niagara Essential Oils & Blends.
Museums & History: Fort George Historic Site of Canada, Brock’s Monument National Historic Site, Niagara Apothecary Museum, Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum.

Essex including Pelee Island

In Canada’s southernmost tip, across the border from Detroit, is a collection of VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wineries. This wine making region is bordered by Lake Erie on the south, the Detroit River on the West and Lake St. Clair to the North.

For a list of Wineries in Essex County 
check out this website: http://www.essexcountywineries.ca/wineries.htm

Other Things to do in Essex County:

  • Visit an art gallery such as Gallery of Windsor, Gibson Gallery, or Leamington Arts Centre.
  • Take in Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village or Kingsville Historical Park – Charlie Campbell Memorial Museum.
  • Enjoy the outdoors in John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Odette Sculpture Park, or Point Pelee National Park.
  • Wander around Colasantis Tropical Gardens or watch a performance by Windsor Symphony.
  • Squeeze in more wine with an art and wine workshop by For Art’s Sake.

Take the 90-minute ferry to Pelee island (in Lake Erie) from the mainland. Just outside of the ferry terminal is a bike rental store, which makes for a great way to see the island. Visit the light house in Fish Point Nature Reserve before heading to the winery where they offer tours and BBQ lunches. Pelee Island Winery Pavilion offers three tours a day; 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm. No reservations required, just show up at tour times. If you still have time in your day, visit the Pelee Island Bird Observatory by the Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve.

For a wine-filled holiday, rent your RV in Toronto and catch both of Ontario’s wine regions after seeing Niagara Falls. If you are looking for a little wine with your holiday, make sure to put Okanagan, BC on your itinerary. This list of Canadian wine regions shows the main 3 regions but there are many smaller regions and wineries around the country!

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Where to Find the Northern Lights in Canada

Northern lights in Canada

Photograph: Daniel J Cox/Corbis

Seeing the northern lights are on many people’s bucket list and it is a sight not to be missed. The colours gliding across the sky is something indescribable and unlike anything else. But where and how do you track down this phenomenon?

In Canada the ‘Aurora Oval’ covers the majority of the country including: the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, British Columbia, Northern Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. But what causes the light show? Electrons collide roughly 80 to 480 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. The result, Auroras guided by Earth’s magnetic field forms as two ovals centered approximately at the globe’s magnetic North and South Poles.

Here are some tips for your best chances to see the Northern Lights:

  • Weather conditions: The Auroras are usually best seen on cold, clear nights when there isn’t a full moon.
  • What time of year is best for Northern Lights viewing: Late August to mid-April.
  • What is the best time to see the Aurora: Typically becomes visible around local midnight.
  • The best places in Canada to view the northern lights: Amazing map from Canadian Geographic
  • Best chance during a trip: For your best chance of a viewing, stay for awhile. Book a trip between 3-7 days long at a high latitude location.
  • Notifications: If you’re going on an Aurora hunt, many hotels offer wake up calls for Northern Lights viewings.

Some great resources for tracking the Northern Lights are NOAA’s Aurora – 30 Minute Forecast and NOAA’s Space Weather Enthusiasts Dashboard. For an easy application on your phone, check out the Aurora Forecast for iOS or Android.

Hopefully this increases your chance of seeing the Northern Light’s here in Canada.

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