BC and Alberta National Parks You Must Visit

This year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. While this is young compared to many other countries, Canada still has a majestic beauty and a rich history that makes Canada the perfect place for your next RV rental journey. Deciding on which piece of Canada you want to visit will be the problem, with almost 10 million square kilometre, Canada will be a country you will want to keep coming back to as every corner of the country offers a beautiful and totally different experience. There are 40 national parks and over 1000 provincial parks, this with just be a taste of the great Canadian experience. British Columbia and Albert hold some of Canada’s most famous national parks, so why not start on the west coast and work your way east.

Parks Canada offers a Discover Pass, for $136 (2018) you can buy unlimited entries into all the National Parks for a year for a family of up to seven people. Camping fees are extra and reservations are a good idea. You can either camp in the national parks or many of the parks are close enough to small cities and towns that you can stay in private campgrounds that have more amenities for your motorhome rental.

Pacific Rim National Park is located 5 hours north of Victoria British Columbia and is situated on the Pacific Ocean. This is the perfect park if you are looking to see humpback or killers whales. There are many hiking trails that follow along the ocean or that take you deep into the BC rainforest.

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Mount Revelstoke National Park offers a paved drive up the mountain to a parking lot where the shuttle will take you to the Meadow in the Sky Parkway. Here you can stroll through a field of Indian paintbrush, heather, arctic lupin and dozen of other wildflowers. Or take a hike right from downtown to the old ski jump that was popular in the 1920’s. Here you can actually stand right where the ski jumpers used to stand overlooking the jump.

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Kootney National Park is one of seven continuous national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find the natural contrast of cold mountain rivers with the steamy hot water of natural hot springs. Radium Hot Springs is one of the largest developed hot springs but if you get lucky you many stumble into one of the not so well known undeveloped springs. The picture below is Lussier Hot Springs, the hot pools sit right beside the icy cold flowing river.

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Jasper National Parkin Alberta is home to Mount Robson, the highest Mountain in the Canadian Rockies. If wildlife is on your list of things to see this park may just give you that. It is very common to see Big Horn Sheep and Elk standing right on the side of the road.

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Banff National Park, just an hours drive from Calgary Alberta, is one of Canada’s most famous national parks. Summer or winter Banff has local galleries, museums, upscale shopping and amazing world class restaurants. In the winter take in unparalleled downhill skiing and in the summer visit the championship golf course. The sights from the gondola can be taken in year rounds as can a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. And whether you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel or not the hotel is spectacular to see.

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Traveling around the west of Canada has spectacular sights year round. Rent an RV from Vancouver British Columbia or Calgary Alberta and let your RV rental vacation begin.

Cheap RV Rentals Edmonton

Edmonton is home to some of the best street festivals in the country. Or spend some time at Fort Edmonton or West Edmonton Mall.

If you are going to spend some time in Edmonton you will want to get a cheap RV rental for your vacation. Here are a couple of tips to get you the cheapest RV rental possible.

  • book early, the earlier you book your RV rental, usually the less you are going to pay per night.
  • be flexible in RV size, smaller does not always mean cheaper.
  • be flexible in dates. If you can leave a day earlier or a day later you may save some money. Use the quote program to check out other dates for cheaper nightly rates.

So grab a cheap RV rental from the Edmonton RV rental location and take in all that Edmonton has to offer.

Cheap RV Rentals Calgary

Calgary Alberta is known world wide for its yearly rodeo and exhibition, the Calgary Stampede. Calgary is a great starting point for your cheap RV rental, whether you are staying in the Calgary area or venturing off into the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Calgary is the closest location to Banff National Park that you can fly into and the closest place that you can rent an RV.

If you are looking for a cheap RV rental in Calgary you will want to avoid popular events. Over one million people from around the world visit the Calgary Stampede, you will find it hard to get a hotel room let alone a cheap RV rental during this time.

Some of the Calgary RV rental locations offer great early booking specials. Early booking specials are one of the best ways to get a cheap RV rental from Calgary. You will get a cheap nightly rate and you may also be eligible for other offers to make your RV rental cheaper, such as free kilometres, free dishes and bedding or a cheaper price on your one way rental fee.

Spring, summer, fall or winter, you will also find something do to in Calgary Alberta. From street festivals, the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park, to skating the Olympic Oval or visiting the Telus Spark Science Centre, rent a cheap RV in Calgary and check out all the city has to offer.

 

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.

Drumheller
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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Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an event not to be missed. The annual rodeo, exhibition and festival are held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wondering how to conquer the massive grounds? Here are some must see and do tips and tricks. Before you go explore the Stampede with this interactive map from Canadian Geographic.

Watch the Stampede Parade
The parade boasts over 150 entries with 30 marching bands, 40 floats and 750 horses and kicks off the Greatest Outdoor Show.

Give axe-throwing a try
Give your inner lumberjack a chance to break through. The Stampede’s Adventure Park is a fun place to get down and dirty. Between paintball, climbing walls and axe throwing, what’s not to love?

Who’s top dog?
The Dog Bowl is a blast to watch. The stunts are out of this world!

Sample to fun food
The food… oh the food. The unique concoction’s that people come up with are worth it if you have a daring enough stomach. Check out these insane midway foods.

Find the free fun
If you’re up for pancakes there are free breakfast’s to be had everywhere! Websites and apps have been created so that you can make the most of your pancake indulgences.

A bannock picnic anyone
The Stampede’s Indian Village is a treat. Picnic bags include two drinks, two bannock meals and a blanket. Watching the tipi-raising contest tops off the cake.

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Photo courtesy of: Calgary Stampede

One way road trip: Toronto to Calgary

Driving across Canada is on many people’s bucket list. This shortened version hits all the best stops between East Coast’s Toronto and West Coast’s Calgary. I like to travel in style and rent an RV. Have you checked out some of the luxury RV’s out there? Talk about style! Having to stop and figure out where to stay and check in and out times, the flexibility that an RV offers is the way to go, if you ask me.

Starting Point: Toronto
Toronto is an easy place to pick up an RV making for a great starting point. It also boasts an endless supply of fun and adventure for everyone. From the St. Lawrence Market to Chinatown, the Fashion District to the Entertainment District, and endless music and show choices, how can you go wrong. If you’re lost, downtown is the place to start. The CN Tower, Rogers Centre (The Skydome), all of the Restaurants on King Street West and the shopping on Queen West, you’ll have plenty to do.

Toronto Road Trip: CN Tower
Photo courtesy of: cntower.ca

Next Stop: Lake Superior Provincial Park
The views of the Great Lakes are almost endless and definitely breathtaking. My favourite on route to Sault Ste. Marie is Lake Superior. The lake is cold but photogenic as ever. A great place to stop is the Lake Superior Provincial Park.

One way road trip: Lake Superior
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Stretch your legs at: Kakabeka Falls
Ontario is a big province, plan on stopping a few times during your drive. As you reach the northern route of Ontario, the roads get twisty with rolling hills. After hitting up Thunder Bay, be sure to check out Kakabeka Falls. There are some great trails that lead to the falls and the Kaministiquia River. It’s a great chance to stretch your legs for the day, have a picnic and even camp.

One way road trip: Kakabeka Falls
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Finally outside of Ontario: Winnipeg
As the landscape changes from Ontario hills to the flats of Manitoba, this is where the countdown of provinces begins. Winnipeg is a great stopping point. With the Red River and Assiniboine river connecting. There are trails that run along both rivers and at The Forks National Historic Site of Canada you can see the confluence. If you enjoy touring museums, Winnipeg houses the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The building architecture has an impact, however, as you walk through you can’t help but be pulled in many directions of emotion.

One way road trip: Winnipeg
Photo courtesy of: humanrights.ca

Crossing the Prairies: Saskatchewan
I’ve never seen beauty like the fields in Saskatchewan. They are endless and peaceful. Saskatchewan and Alberta house the only interprovincial park in Canada: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. There is a great mix of lakes, forests, wildlife and, as the name suggests, hills. The park is a great camp stop for canoeing and kayaking and is not too far off the Trans Canada Highway.

One Way Road Trip: Cypress Hills
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

The Final Stop: Calgary
Before you make your way to Calgary, a great stop is the Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park boasts the world’s richest deposit of dinosaur bones and is a great place to go explore. From there, Calgary is only a hop, skip and jump away where city adventures await.

One way road trip: Calgary
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

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Canada Dream RV Rentals

Canada Dream RV Rentals

 

Come travel Canada in style in one of our luxury RV rentals. With depots in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Montreal,Toronto and Halifax there is a location for whatever adventure you can dream up. There are five styles of RV to fit all of your travel needs. Class C motorhomes are great for families or for those who want a little more room, Class B vans are perfect for couples looking for a cozy getaway and truck and campers for those looking for a more compact vehicle.

All vehicles are easy to drive with no special license needed and come with 24 hour roadside assistance. What could be easier? Book early for nightly rates starting as low as $57 a night and early booking discounts.

Make your Canada dream come true.

Things To Do & See in Calgary

Where the prairies and farmland meet striking mountains and glaciers is where you will find Calgary. Today Calgary is known as a Canadian cultural capital but the roots here go back to before the area was Canada’s ‘Wild West’. Calgary’s worldly ambience lends a sense of ‘pick your own adventure’ to any traveller that decides to explore the city. Here are a few ideas to get you started on planning your Calgary RV Rental Holiday….

Heritage Park Historical Village & Gasoline Alley Museum
Visit “Canada’s Largest Living History Museum”. Activities, exhibits, restaurants and more await you. Learn about Canadian railroad history or take in the Gasoline Alley Museum which showcases antique cars. You can ride a train and a boat at HRH Village, a big hit with kids!

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Fish Creek Provincial Park
Canada’s biggest urban park! Perfect for a day of nature in the middle of the city. The park offers hiking and biking trails, paved and unpaved. Although the park is surrounded by city, it offers 14 km of nature to get lost in. The best part about having an RV for stuff like this is you don’t even have to pack a picnic!
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Calgary Pathway System
An outdoor network of trails taking you all around the city.

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The Military Museums
A group of museums all dedicated to the military. Ten dollars for adults lets you see seven museums including The Air Force Museum of Alberta and the Naval Museum of Alberta plus many archives and galleries!

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Bow River
You can walk the scenic trail along the river or, even better, kayak! A local favourite with many benches to sit, relax, and watch the clouds go by.

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Big Rock Brewery
What better way to spend an afternoon than having a beer brewery tour and tasting? Informative and fun, learn all about the brewing process while sampling their many varieties of beer!

Calgary Tower
See 360 views of Calgary, take a step out onto the glass floor to get your pulse up and visit the restaurant and gift shop at the top of the tower!

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Nose Hill Park
Visit the second largest urban park in the country! Paved walking and biking trails, nature, and a panoramic view of the city!

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Calgary’s +15 Skywalk & Wonderland Sculpture
The skywalk is an inside pedestrian walkway for when the weather is fierce. There is 18 km (11 mi.) of walkway including 62 bridges. There are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions on your way to and fro Calgary’s landmarks. Most of the walkway is located 15 feet above the ground, hence the name.
Look for the tallest building in Calgary and you’ll find the Wonderland Sculpture in front welcoming you to The Bow building which is an entrance to the skywalk.
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Where to go from here:
Explore Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Head North to Edmonton on your way to Whitehorse, or head to BC for some West Coast adventuring.

Use our quick and simple quote program at the top of this page to book your Calgary campervan hire. A popular option is a one way RV rental from Calgary to Vancouver, but reserve early as one way rentals are limited.

Happy Travels!

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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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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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.

red mountain

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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