Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Day 1:

Leaving from Vancouver take Highway 1 W to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Take the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale ferry. The ferry ride is approximately 40 minutes long and you only pay one way. While on board you will sail through some of the most scenic waters, passing by Bowen Island, Gambier Island, and Keats Island. You may get the chance to see some incredible wildlife such as seals, otters, or even whales.

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Arriving on the Sunshine Coast, follow the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately twenty minutes until you arrive in Roberts Creek. Here make a stop at Roberts Creek Beach. You will see a giant mandala painted on the cement. Each year the locals paint over the old mandala and everyone gets to fill in their own section. This small beach has an incredible white sand that reaches as far as the tide goes out. Cool off in some of the clearest waters in B.C. then get back in your RV and continuing driving towards Davis Bay for lunch.

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Across from the pier in Davis Bay is the Wobbly Canoe, a restaurant with a first class view of the bay from any table. Refuel with locally sourced food at this local favourite.

After lunch continue on to Bayside Campground and RV Park. Settle in for the rest of the day and enjoy the beach volleyball court, nearby hiking trails, a game of horseshoes, or explore the bay with a kayak or paddleboard rental.

Day 2:

After packing up camp head to Wheatberries Bakery to grab a quick breakfast or lunch such as muffins, cinnamon buns, soap, sandwiches, or burritos.

Continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately 50 minutes until you see a sign for Dan Bosch Park. This is the parking lot for Ruby Lake which is another beautiful spot for a relaxing swim. Be sure to bring floaties, kayaks, or paddle boards because this is a large lake with lots of islands to explore.

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From Ruby Lake it is just a short drive to the Earls Cove ferry terminal. The ferry is free going to Saltery Bay and takes about 50 minutes. Be sure to take in the stunning views as you sail through Jarvis Inlet.

Upon arrival continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway until you get to Powell River. Be sure to fill up on gas and any essentials before you leave because there is no gas station on Texada Island. There is a small grocery store and a convenience store if you need to resupply while you are on the island but don’t expect too much.

Proceed to the last ferry from Powell River to Texada Island (Westview to Blubber Bay). The crossing time is 35-40 minutes and you will pay the ferry fee in this direction. Head to Shelter Point Regional Park Campground to set up camp. This spacious campground has both beachfront sites and forested sites, either way you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the sunset over the beautiful coast line and see seals, oysters, and crabs. Flush toilets, showers, and a small concession are available here.

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Day 3/4:

Spend your time on the island enjoying the relaxed pace of the locals. Enjoy nature by beach combing, taking a swim in the ocean, or walking through coastal old growth forest. The Dr. Kay Garner Nature Trail is located at the intersection of Gillies Bay Rd. and Shelter Point Rd.

If you are lucky enough to be there on a Sunday then stop by the local farmers market located at the Gillies Bay Ball Park from 12-2:30. You will find canned goods such as salsas and jams, local art, fresh produce, and friendly faces.

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Explore the islands history and learn about the early 1800’s pioneer settlements at the Texada Heritage Society Museum in Blubber Bay.

Try to time your stay for the Texada Blues & Roots Festival that celebrates local performers from within 100 km. Or possibly go to the much larger Diversity Festival where a diverse audience of all ages are drawn together at the Shingle Beach Forest Service Site to listen to artists, composers, and bands from all over the continent.

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If you want to enjoy more of the local art then go on the Texada Island Studio Tour. The artists work with everything from stain glass, jewellery, sculptures, photography, and more. Artists will be there to answer any questions about their work and share their passions.

Day 5:

Pack up camp and head back to the ferry to Powell River (Blubber Bay-Westview). Drive to Saltery Bay and take the next ferry to Earls Cove (you will pay the ferry fee travelling in this direction). Continue back along the Sunshine Coast Highway stopping at any point to enjoy one of the inviting lakes along the way.

Arrive back in Roberts Creek for dinner time and grab a table at the Gumboot Restaurant. Tables are available both inside and outside where there is a grassy area for children to play. Service is fast and friendly and the BCCLT burger and the Thai noodle salad are not to be missed.

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Spend your last night at the Roberts Creek Provincial Park Campground. Your site will be in the middle of a towering cedar, hemlock, and douglas firs and the cobblestone beach is great for seeing sea creatures such as sea stars, mussels, clams, and crabs.

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Day 6:

Return to Vancouver on the Langdale to Horseshoe Bay ferry. 

*ferry schedules are not guaranteed, so be sure to plan accordingly.

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 Vancouver

We all hope to get the perfect RV rental at the cheapest possible price when we are renting an RV from Vancouver. Vancouver is a beautiful city with the Pacific Ocean to the west of it and the North Shore Mountains to the east. Vancouver is a popular tourist destination world wide so if you are looking to get a cheap RV rental you will need to plan ahead.

Planning ahead is actually the best way to get the cheapest price on an RV. Many company’s have early booking specials for those who book well in advance. The best time to look at booking to get the best deals is December or January for travel the following spring or summer.

Another way to get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver is to look at traveling in the off season. Traveling in the spring or fall will usually give you a cheaper nightly rate.

Be aware that a smaller RV isn’t necessarily cheaper than a large RV. Check out the prices of the bigger RV’s you might just find a cheap nightly rate.

Vancouver British Columbia is a beautiful city to spend some time in, and with these tips you can get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver.

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Beautiful British Columbia

British Columbia is the western most province is Canada and is nestled in between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known for its old growth forest, mountainous terrain and friendly people, BC is a top tourist destination known world wide.

Vancouver is a great place to start your Canadian RV rental holiday, with so many great things to do and places to visit you could make this your only stop on this great adventure. There are 5 RV rental pick up locations available in the Vancouver area so you are sure to find the perfect RV rental at the perfect price.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park.  Visit the beach where you can look out at the tanker ship as they wait to unload cargo at the port of Vancouver, swim, paddle board, kayak, or just lay on the beach and take in the sun. You can rent a bike and bike the paved path that goes all the way around Stanley Park. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, play Pitch and Putt, play a game of tennis, stroll through the gardens, visit the totem pole display, take a ride on the miniature railway, or take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. There are lots of great places to eat in the park so you can spend the whole day here.

Welcome to Kelowna, it’s wine country. Kelowna has over 40 wineries in the area, a wine tour is a great way to spend the day if your RV rental vacation does not include the kids. You can leave your RV rental parked as there are many shuttled wine tours around Kelowna. If you are traveling with kids a must stop is Kangaroo Creek Farm. Located just outside of Kelowna, Kangaroo Creeks unique program allows children (and adults) to hold baby kangaroos, wallaby’s and sugar gliders. There are many other animals here so plan on spending a few hours. Kelowna is situated on Lake Okanagan, home to many great water activities, but keep your eyes open as many people have reported seeing the famous Ogopogo in these waters.

All aboard for Revelstoke. This little railroad town is home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a downhill ski hill known world wide to have one the best verticals in North America. In summer Revelstoke has many mountain biking and hiking trails. Lamplighter Campground and RV Park is located a 20 minute walk from downtown making it easy to leave your RV rental and take in the free nightly music at the plaza any night of the week all summer long. The Revelstoke Dam and the Railway museum will give you interesting glimpses into Revelstoke’s past through the self guided tours. On your way out of town be sure to stop at Giant Cedars. This short walk (about 20 minutes) takes you on a boardwalk path with interpretive signs through this old growth forest.

Next stop is Radium Hot Springs. Radium is known world wide for the odourless mineral pools and is surrounded by Sinclair Canyon. The canyon is home to many big horn sheep, so sit and relax in the pools and keep an eye out for the sheep on the rocky ledges above. From relaxing pools to the high excitement of whitewater rafting, ziplining through the trees, hiking or mountain biking Radium Hot Springs is a great look into Beautiful British Columbia.

Cranbrook is located in a wide valley right between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcells. Mount Baker RV Park and Willow Creek Campground are located right in Cranbrook making it easy to access the city’s amenities while you are staying in the area. Go back in time and experience how the Ktunaxa Natives lived thousands of years ago with the Speaking Earth weekend package, you will even get to sleep in a teepee.

Nelson BC is known as the Queen City of the Kootenays. With over 350 heritage buildings in the city, most within walking distance, a walking tour will be an evening well spent. This eclectic little community has some of the best unique shopping around. From artists showcasing their designs, handmade clothing, locally made hats, there will be the perfect Canadian gift for everyone on your list.

Osoyoos BC boasts having the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skiis, paddle boarding and swimming, Osoyoos is the best place to spend a day on the lake. If you get lucky you may be in town for one of the annual street dances. This family event  includes free draws and prizes. Take a walk down Irrigation Canal Walkway. This 5 km round trip walk takes you on an abandoned part of the canal and shows you the difference water can make on a landscape, from the natural sage and antelope brush on one side to the contrasting orchards on the other.

This journey ends with the round trip back to Vancouver. This 2000 km trip can be done in just a few days or a few weeks. There is so many amazing things to see in this area of the country. Just start your planning by making a reservation for an RV rental from one of our Vancouver RV rental locations by clicking on the quote program and from there you can customize your RV rental vacation to be just perfect for you and your family.

 

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.

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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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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.

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

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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

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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.

Canmore Caves
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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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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.

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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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Revelstoke

Revelstoke is a great place to stop when Rving across BC or Canada because of its location on the Trans-Canada hwy and all of the camping and recreation opportunities.  It is a 565 km (6 hour) drive from Vancouver and 407 km (4 ½ hour) drive from Calgary.

Revelstoke is a small scenic town surrounded by three mountain ranges.  It only has 8.500 residents, but is full of back country camping trips, RV stops and recreational adventures. In the summer the city’s swimming lake, Williamsons Lake, offers a close place to dry camp and swim.  Paddle boards and row boats are available for rent.  Martha Creek campground is a place to launch your boat for great trout fishing and is thirty minutes up the Big Bend Highway.  At Martha Creek there are beaches and hiking trails in the areas most spectacular scenery. The Revelstoke Campground, the former KOA, has full hookups and quiet wooded sites on a convieniant location near town off the Trans-Canada Hwy.

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Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Winter Rving is possible for those wanting to ski at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  They offer one free night of RV camping when you register at the Sutton Hotel.  The Canada West Campground is open all year.

Revelstoke is most famous for its beautiful national parks.  Mount Revelstoke is one of the most readily accessible parks, just off the No. 1 hwy.  It’s a great stop to really see the beauty of the Columbia Valley.  The 26 km road is paved all the way to the top. The elevation is 2,000 meters.  Viewpoints of Revelstoke all along the way.  Meadows in The Sky is a great afternoon walk in alpine wildflowers, a 2km trail to the summit from the parking lot.  For full day hikes there are Jade and Eva Lake trails.

Stop into the tourist office on the main road downtown for maps and information about mountain biking, bird watching, hiking and street entertainment or visit www.seerevelstoke.com

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Williamsons Lake
campground

Happy Camping!

BC’s Kekuli Provincial Park

Kekuli Provincial Park is an awesome place to camp while RVing in the Okanagan.  A very convenient stop if you are doing a one way rental from either Vancouver, Calgary or across Canada.  The rates are only $30 a night (2016).  The large campground is located in central Okanagan on Hwy 97 off the Trans Canada hwy.  It is 4 ½ hours from Vancouver and 6 ½ hours from Calgary just 15 min outside Vernon, and 30 minutes outside Kelowna.

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Kekuli provincial park is in a natural setting and offers a secluded camping experience while being very close to all the activities of the Okanagan.  There are hiking trails, a beach, a boat launch, and an adventure playground for smaller children.  It is on the central Okanagan highway, an easy place to camp or park the RV for a picnic and swim.

Located on Kalamalka Lake, which is known as a lake of different colors.  As summer progresses the lake changes color from cyan to indigo.  The color of the water is derived from light scattering, causing the precipitation of calcite (CaCO3).  There is both swimming and boating activities on this lake.

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Almost all camp sites have a view of the lake.  Only four campsites have full RV services so be prepared for dry camping by having a full tank of water and a charged battery.  There are warm showers and flush toilets. The nature and hiking trails offer great views of the Okanagan valley and various bird species visit here.  While there in June I was fortunate enough to see several beautiful Tangerine birds. A family of marmots camps there, and the nature signs warn of snakes but I did not see any.

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It is important to reserve campsites in the Okanagan early, especially provincial parks.  For a campsite in July thru August it is best to reserve in April or late March.  The only place to reserve a camping spot in BC’s provincial parks is www.discovercamping.ca.  The reservation process opens March 15 and campsites can be booked only three months ahead of your arrival date.

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