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RV Canada: Top Reasons an RV is the Best Way to See Canada

Toronto at night

Plan to RV Canada for the best way to experience this sprawling nation. Canada is filled with stunning landscapes, bustling cities, spectacular beaches, coastlines, prairies, everything in between and so much more! With an RV rental, you have endless opportunities for lakeside camping, the flexibility and convenience you desire to explore this massive nation. Here is a list of the top 12 reasons why a road trip in an RV is the best way to see Canada!

1. It was named the #1 place to go in 2017

The open road

Every year The New York Times publishes a list of the top 52 places to visit. In 2017, they named Canada the #1 destination to visit in the world! The article states Canada is “a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between.” If you ask us, if the New York Times thinks Canada is a top must-see destination then it is time to explore your backyard! Your road-tripping, RV Canada adventure will allow you to explore everything, and all the in-between this spectacular country offers.

2. It’s Big!!

Canada is the 2nd biggest country in the world! To travel the span of Canada is 8030 km of driving. That is at least 106 hours of pure driving time! Now that is a road trip! And, a huge area to explore, escape, and discover! With that much time spent in your adventure mobile, aka RV rental, you will want to be in a reliable, safe, and comfortable vehicle. Exploring a country this big gives to lots of room to find your space!

Plan on driving the whole country? Get all the inside info in this read: RV Across Canada: Hot Tips.

Canada's mountains and clear blue lake

3. Lakeside Camping

With lakes aplenty, approximately 2 million!! (Get all those fun facts here.) There are millions (literally) of options to camp lakeside. Is there anything more relaxing than waking to fresh air, sunshine, and the iconic sounds of a loon in its natural paradise? And, what better way to do it than with your hotel on wheels. Park where services are offered and have all the convenience of home or park in whatever remote Canadian paradise you choose! Check out these 5 epic British Columbia Parks for lakeside camping.

4. Flexibility

RV Canada and park beside this grogeous lake

RV Canada for the thrill of being able to stop, pull over and take in the sights, hikes, animal viewing opportunities, and who knows what other exciting options. The last thing you want when there is an amazing lookout coming up is to be tethered to a schedule. While the whole journey will keep you enthralled with amazing views of lakes, mountains, and grasslands, you don’t want to miss that special spot! The only way to have complete control over all the possibilities on your Canadian vacation is in the freedom of an RV. With options nationwide park where you want, sleep when you need to and be the boss of your Canada RV holiday.

Additionally, enjoy the flexibility of a large variety of campsite facilities. With some larger, privately run sites offering extra resort-like facilities such as cafés, swimming pools, and shops. Or, get a nature-focused experience at most of the National Park or Provincial Park campgrounds. Most campgrounds will offer the sale of firewood, and washrooms. And, many but not all will have electrical hookups and filling/dumping stations for water and waste.

Or drive up that intriguing road you see and find a private paradise to camp. The choice is yours!

5. Take Roads less Traveled

Waterfall

The quickest route from destination A to B is usually via the highways. But if you get off the main roads there’s so much more to see. So, to truly experience Canada doing it in an RV gives you plenty of time to take that road that piques your interest. Potentially, find the nicest campsite you have ever seen! And if not, the journey is part of the adventure. Maybe you just find a nice place, beside a misting waterfall to stop for your picnic lunch before you continue your exploration of this huge country.

Looking for a little inspiration to get off the beaten track! Check out the Roadtrippers website. Just enter your start and finish destination and this website will tell the coolest stops along the way!

6. Room for gear

Canada offers a plethora of Adventure Touring options 🙂 But seriously, from ruggedly amazing heights with jaw-dropping scenery, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, biking, you name it we got it, and it is epic! But with that said the RV offers you extra space for you to pack everything to explore and adventure across Canada properly. Load up the canoe and store the lifejackets, worry-free. And, don’t forget the floaties, yard games, and playing cards!

Candian elk

7. Canadian Wilderness

There is no better way to feel like one with nature than a camping adventure. With more spectacular camping spots than you could explore in a lifetime, your options for adventure are endless. Whether you are looking for nice plush KOA Campgrounds or going for a more rugged approach an RV can take you there. Enjoy the satisfaction of sitting beside a crackling fire, breathing in the fresh air, and taking in the twinkling stars (maybe even Northern Lights) before tucking into bed after a fulfilling day.

8. Save Money

We all like to save a little dinero when we can, and usually, it’s at the sacrifice of something. But, not in this case! On an RV road trip, you will see so much more! You will save money on hotels, airfare, taxi’s, and have the joy of cooking where ever you set up. Load the RV up with snacks, yummy lunches and you will save $100s. This also means eating dinner in some pretty gorgeous places. Getting out into the wilderness usually means cost-free fun

9. The Experience

poutine

Spend quality time with your companions, sing your favourite driving songs, and tell jokes and stories around the campfire. Stop and eat poutine at every restaurant you desire and lose cell reception in idyllic places. Keep your distance but meet fellow travellers, people of all ages, and backgrounds! Get lost, take a new route, and take in the scenery. Eat smores beside the crackling fire before you tuck in for the night, making memories like this are priceless.

10. Camping is an all-ages activity

lighthouse Canada

These priceless memories camping in an RV is an experience the whole family can enjoy. From young kids to grandparents, and all ages in between everyone can enjoy taking in the wonders of Canada. At every age, one can appreciate nature, wildlife, gaze in amazement at waterfalls, and feel small in the shadow of a mountain. An RV offers the next level of comfortability and enjoyability so the whole family can partake.

11. Different Climates

With such a huge country and variety of landscapes; from deserts to mountains, to the coasts you are going to drive across different temperatures and weather. You will need different gear and clothes for the variety of climates across Canada. The raincoat you will need on Vancouver Island will be packed neatly away while you are sunbathing in the warm Okanagan sun. The sundress you wear in hot, humid Ontario will be different than the sweater you need to explore the East Coast lighthouses! Even within each province exists different microclimates, so you will want to come prepared.

beach

12. An Abundance of National Parks to Explore

Buy a Discovery Pass and have access to 47 National Parks and 976 National historic sites all with one pass. Explore the parks nationwide! Affordably, the pass pays for itself in a little as seven days and grants faster entry to these magical places. Kids under 17 are free! A National Park tour would make a great summer holiday. National Parks are a refuge for animals! So, take in mountain goats and big-horned sheep in Banff National Park, or the wild gophers in Saskatchewan, wherever you are, enjoy the protected nature of Canada’s National Parks.

Check out this article for a guide to Explore Ontario’s National Parks.

sunset

13. Have the opportunity to recharge

Take a technology sabbatical. An RV adventure is an ideal time to take a break from your phone, computer. Reconnect with nature, your friends, family, or yourself. A holiday is a great time to relax, take a break, and being outside in nature is the best way to do it! Spend days on the beach, go for a hike, chase waterfalls, and escape the everyday pressures of life. Unplug and give yourself a chance to recharge.

Canadian cherries

14. Enjoy the cuisine in each province

With your kitchen on wheels Make the cuisine in each province. In the Maritimes eat fresh lobster, make poutine in Quebec, cook pancakes with authentic maple syrup. Grill fireside steak with fresh Alberta beef or salmon caught that morning on the West Coast. Hit farmer’s markets to see food in different areas indulge in the Okanagan’s apricots, cherries, and peaches. Ontario means delicious strawberries and the best fall corn and Quebec poutine and maple syrup, Find Canada’s food culture in your kitchen on wheels. Each province offering its own specialties.

The only way to have complete control over all the possibilities on your Canadian vacation is in the freedom of an RV. With options nationwide park where you want, sleep where you want, make your dreams a reality and be the boss of your Canada RV holiday.

Do you want to see more posts on RVing Canada?

blue sky over Waterton Lake

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in southwest Alberta where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains. The park shares its borders with Glacier National Park in Montana to the south. In 1932 the first international peace park was created, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, to commemorate the peace, goodwill, and cooperation between the USA and Canada. The park’s unique position at the meeting of the grasslands and the mountains creates a birder’s paradise and provides the opportunity to view a large variety of wildlife including bears, bison, and bighorn sheep. The park and townsite have a rich history from its establishment during an oil boom to the golden age of railway resort tourism, surviving evidence of these times past can be seen at the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel which still stands today on a bluff overlooking spectacular views of the mountains, lakes, prairies, and townsite.

Best Time to Visit Waterton Lakes

Spring

The spring season lasts from April through June. These months have the most clouds and rainfall, and average temperatures range from -5-15°C (23-59°F). The spring is the best time to see wildflowers colour the prairies, migratory birds arriving, and newborn wildlife. The snowmelt and spring rains have filled the canyons making waterfalls their most impressive at this time.

Summer

Summers are the park’s peak season and last from July through August. Summers in the park are short and cool with some hot spells. Average temperatures range between 5-19°C (41-66°F). Visitors are encouraged to consider coming on a weekday to avoid a rush or to visit popular locations early in the mornings or in the evenings.

Autumn

Fall lasts from September through October. Temperatures average between lows of -1°C and highs of 13°C (30-55°F). Fall is one of the best times for birding and wildlife viewing as well as enjoying the vibrant colours of the larch and aspen groves.

Winter

icy Waterton lake
Winter in Waterton Lakes National Park

Visitors in the winter should come prepared for highly variable mountain weather. The winters in Waterton Lakes are long, mild, and snowy. Winter begins in November and lasts into the beginning of March with average temperatures ranging between -13/ -1°C (8.6-30°F). The warm chinook winds frequently blow into the park, making it one of the warmest places in Alberta in the winter with highs of 10°C (50°F) during these events. January and February are typically the coldest months and even though weather is typically mild, winter lows have been recorded at -40°C (-40°F). Waterton Lakes is windy! High winds, 30 km/h (20 mph), are common as well as gusts that can reach 120 km/h (75 mph) or higher in the winter.

Visitor Centers

It’s always a good idea to start any National Parks trip with a stop at a visitor centre where you can speak to park rangers, purchase a daily or annual pass, or pick up gifts, maps, books, brochures, and backcountry permits. Learn about weather information, avalanche reports, and road conditions.

Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre- 209 Fountain Ave, Waterton Park, AB.

Temporary location

Construction is underway on a new park visitor centre scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. The new centre will have interpretive exhibits and educational programs where visitors can learn about local indigenous culture, history, and their connection to the land.

Getting To / Around Waterton Lakes

Calgary AB

From Calgary International Airport (YYC) drive south 282 km (175 miles) for 3 hours via AB-2 S, AB-3 W to AB-785 in Pincher Creek No. 9, then take AB-6 S to the park.

Banff AB

From Banff AB drive southeast 327 km (203 miles) for 4 hours via Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 E, AB-22, AB-6 S in Pincher Creek No. 9, then take AB-6 S to the park.

Glacier National Park MT

From St. Mary drive north via US-89 N through the USA/Canada border crossing, through Cardston, and west via AB-5 W. The drive is 42 km (68 miles) and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the Chief Mountain International Highway seasonally from May 15 to September 30.

A private company offers a hikers shuttle from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters in the village in the summer season. They offer regular shuttles to all the trailheads such as Cameron Lake, Red Rock Canyon, and to Chief Mountain Customs where hikers can connect to a Glacier-based shuttle to explore various trailheads in Glacier National Park.

Things to Do and Main Attractions

Scenic Drives

There are many different scenic drives to choose from in Waterton Lakes. The Entrance Parkway starts at the park entrance and overlooks the Waterton Valley as you travel from the prairie, follow along the Waterton Lakes Chain, past the Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site, to arrive at the townsite of Waterton Lakes. Drive the speed limit because this road is a likely place to spot wildlife.

The Chief Mountain Highway connects Waterton Lakes with Glacier National Park in the USA. This scenic route begins in the prairies and climbs to incredible views of the Waterton and Blakiston valleys at the Chief Mountain lookout. Drive the Red Rock Parkway to see where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains as well as views of Mt. Blakiston, the park’s tallest mountain. Along the route, there are pull-offs and viewpoints marked with interpretive signs and at the end of the road, you can hike the Red Rock Canyon loop trail to stretch your legs.

Hiking

Red rocks and creek in Waterton
Red Rock Canyon

There are trail options in the park for all abilities. For an easy stroll try walking the paved interpretive trail around Linnet Lake, the Prince of Wales trail, or the Blakiston Falls trail. For a moderate day hike, try the Lineham trail which offers views of the highest peak in the park and a 250 m (820 ft) high waterfall. A difficult day hike to try is Crypt, which requires a boat shuttle to and from the trailhead and includes steep climbs and narrow cliffs that will reward you with incredible views of mountains and waterfalls. For a hike to the top of a mountain try the Carthew-Alderson trail which will take you on a series of switch bakes to reach Summit Lake and finally the Summit where views of the Carthew Lakes, the Waterton Valley, and prairies are waiting for you.

The Park also has a multi-day trek, the Tamarack trail, which takes you through meadows, past mountain lakes, and along ridges while you follow the continental divide for 32-36 km (20-23 miles). The best time to hike in the park is from July to mid-September. Many higher elevation trails will be impassable due to snow and avalanche risk the rest of the year, park staff recommend lower elevation trails at these times.

For an added challenge on your adventures, try to find the Park’s Canada red chairs! The park has placed five sets of large red chairs at various viewpoints throughout the park. Some will be easy to find and others will involve more of a challenge, but the scenic locations will be worth the effort!

Climbing

There are traditional climbing routes on the cliffs of the Bears Hump and climbers can use the Bears Hump trail for their descent. There are many popular scrambling peaks in the park including Galwey, Crandell, and Mt. Blakiston- the park’s highest peak at about 2909.9 m (9547 ft).

Cycling

Waterton Lakes has many paved roads that are great for cyclists. The Chief Mountain Highway has wide shoulders, large hills, and rewarding viewpoints. The Kootenai Brown trail is an off-road paved route for both cyclists and pedestrians that runs from the park gate to the Waterton townsite

Watersports

Canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities on Waterton’s mountain lakes. Good swimming beaches include Upper Waterton Lake, Emerald Bay, and the Marquis Hole picnic site along the Waterton River. Fishing is permitted within the park with a daily or annual national park fishing permit.

Crystal clear water of Waterton Lake

Winter Activities

There are many trails in the park ideal for snowshoeing in the winter. Try going to Cameron Lake, Red Rock Parkway, Crandell Lake, or Wishbone Trail. Snowshoes are available for rent in the community. Parks Canada will be grooming many potential cross-country ski trails. Refer to the visitor centre for up to date information. Winter camping is possible at Pass Creek Day Use Area from November 1st to April 1st.

Wildlife Viewing

Waterton Lakes supports a large amount of wildlife due to its location where the prairies meet the mountains, creating many different habitats. You can find the plains bison, mule deer, and Columbian ground squirrel on the grasslands. Visitors may come across bighorn sheep or pikas in higher elevations. There are many elk, whitetail deer, and moose, foxes, coyotes, and black bears. The park also supports large carnivores such as grizzly bears, cougars, lynx, bobcats, and wolves that visitors are less likely to come across.

The Park is a great place for birdwatching because of the large variety of habitats within the park, from the prairies, wetlands, lakes, montane forests, and sup alpine, that can support many different species. Common birds to spot in the park include the American dipper, Common goldeneye, Gray jay, Steller’s jay, and the Mountain chickadee. Visitors can also see birds in the winter months including ravens, eagles, woodpeckers, or pygmy owls.

Where to Stay in Waterton Lakes

Prince of Wales Hotel

The Great Northern Railway established this iconic Canadian hotel in 1927. They built the hotel on a bluff overlooking views of the park’s prairies, lakes, town, and mountains. The hotel has a refined dining Room, Windsor Lounge, and afternoon tea.

majestic hotel with green roof over looking Waterton Lake

Frontcountry Camping

Townsite Campground

A sunny, open, and grassy campground located at the south end of Waterton townsite. The campground is within walking distance of the town’s amenities, Upper Waterton Lake, and Cameron Falls. I recommend you make reservations.

Belly River Campground

Located 26 km (16 miles) from Waterton townsite near the Chief Mountain border crossing. This primitive and unserviced campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a more secluded campground that sits along the Belly River in an aspen forest. Group camping is available with a reservation for groups of 25-100 people.

Backcountry Camping

There are ten backcountry campgrounds in the park. All campgrounds except for one are equipped with outhouses, tent pads, food storage poles, and picnic tables. These campsites are only accessible by the park’s hiking trails and two can be accessed by personal watercraft.

Cameron Cabin

The cabin was built as a Warden’s cabin in 1929 and is now the oldest backcountry cabin still surviving in the park. The cabin is about 2km (1.2 miles) away from Little Prairie Day Use Area at Cameron Lake. Visitors can make the trip by cross-country skis or snowshoes in the winter months (December 1- April 1).

Photo Credit: RockiesFamilyAdventure.com

Things to Remember While Visiting Waterton Lakes

  • Follow ‘Leave No Trace’ principles.
  • Follow the speed limit and drive cautiously through the park to decrease wildlife collisions.
  • From November to April, most facilities in the Waterton townsite are closed.
  • There is no dependable cell coverage in Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • There is no public wifi available in the park. Free wifi can be found in the Townsite Campground.
  • Pets are allowed on trails in the park. They must be on a leash at all times for their safety and the safety of park wildlife.
  • Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Raingear and layered clothing are essential.
  • Respect wildlife from a distance: don’t feed or approach them or let them approach you.
  • Human food has a serious impact on wildlife. Don’t feed wildlife, keep camps free of all traces of food, store food in an animal-proof food locker or food storage pole, and dispose of all garbage properly. Follow the ‘BARE’ campsite program.

Check out some of Canada’s other awe-inspiring parks.

 

Pillow and Powder RV Rental Special

As we all stay closer to home this year you may be wondering what to do with your winter vacation time. Why not try something different and rent an RV for a winter getaway? Hit up one of Canada’s many amazing ski slopes, visit friends and family, or tour some local hot springs. There is so much to do in our own backyard during these snowy months. This Pillow and Powder RV rental special is just what you have been waiting for.

Pillow and Powder book now
  • Pick up an RV from one of Canadreams locations including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary or Halifax.
  • Fully insulated for winter MH-A Maxi Motorhome, sleeps up to 6 (4 adults and 2 children).
  • Pick up dates between November 4, 2020, and April 4, 2021.
  • All Convenience Kits (Utensils, linen, towels, bedding).
  • US Travel Fee
  •  One Additional Driver
  •  Early Pick Up and/or Late Drop Off (Transfers to depots and vehicle pick up between 10 am – 12 pm. Late Drop off by 3 pm.)
  • Unlimited Generator use.

Booking is easy, our quote program does all the complex calculations for you. Click the “Book Now” button, input your dates and our program automatically calculates the best price.

So what are you waiting for? Your next Pillow and Powder RV rental special vacation awaits.

If you are looking at planning next years summer vacation we have deals for that too. Check out our specials in the article below.

Amazing Deals on RV, Camper and Motorhome Rentals

Do you need some other ideas of what you can do on a winter RV rental vacation then check these out.

Winter Festivals in an RV

RVing in the Snow: Tips and Tricks

 

Early Bird Booking Specials 2021

Amazing Deals on RV, Camper and Motorhome Rentals

Looking for an amazing deal on RV, camper and motorhome rentals in 2021? We have some great early bird RV specials for you when booking before October 31, 2020.

Available Options:

Choose 1 from 4 available options and save up to $812.50 on your 2021 Canadian RV vacation when you book by October 31, 2020, for travel between April 5 and October 31 2021.

Early Booking RV Special

One Way Special

The One Way Special allows you to pick up between selected CanaDream locations and drop off in selected CanaDream locations for half the normal one-way fee.  This special will save you up to $700.00 on your booking. (Minimum 14-night rental applies). Note: The One Way Special is applicable to pick up and drop off between Vancouver, Calgary, Whitehorse, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

Unlimited Kilometres Special

The Unlimited Kilometre Special will allow you to travel as far as you want at a 50% discount ($812.50) saving off our regular price.

The Unlimited Kilometre package regular price is $1,625.00 for a maximum of 21 nights.  Price for additional nights is $50.00 per night.

1000 Free Kilometre Package Special

Purchase two 500 km packages and receive an additional two 500 km packages at no charge. We provide four 500 km packages for a total of 2000 km, with 1000 of these coming to you free of charge. This special will save you $350.00.

Convenience Kits, Additional Drivers, and U.S. Travel Special

This special includes up to 6 convenience kits ($95.00 per person normal value), up to 2 additional drivers ($5.00 per person per day) and US travel charges ($10.00 per day) – a total saving of up to $740.00.

Terms and Conditions apply to all specials.

So get the family together and start planning your next RV rental road trip with these early booking specials.

Want to hear more about our specials, promotions and exciting trip itineraries? Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/CanadaRVRentals/ or Twitter @CanadaRVRentals.

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WheresSafe GPS Tracking device for RV

Keep your Camper Van Safe and Track your RV

When deciding whether to rent out your own RV or camper there are many things to consider and can be a bit worrisome. Who is actually renting your RV? Where will they be going? What if they break down? What if the RV gets stolen? And so many more questions. Being in the RV rental business for over 20 years, there are a few tricks of the trade that you learn along the way. An important one is that you always want to know where in the world your RV is.

Why would you want to track your RV? For a number of reasons:

  • To provide support should anyone break down or become lost;
  • To ensure your RV can be found if stolen;
  • and Peace of mind.

That’s why we recommend the WhereSafe GPS tracking device. It’s incredibly easy to install and comes with a number of features that we love.

Track your RV with GPS tracking device

A few top features include:

Real-Time Mapping:

The real-time mapping allows you to view both current and past vehicle locations on a big dynamic map taking away the worry of where your vehicle may be or where it may be going. You’ll be able to see the routes driven and the stops that are made. And this can all be viewed from either your desktop or mobile device (yes there’s an app for that!) or anywhere that has internet access so that you can be enjoying a vacation while your RV is making you some extra cash to pay for said vacation.

Track your RV with GPS tracking device

Notifications

If you’re thinking that always logging into your account to check what’s happening with your camper can be a bit of a pain, fear not! You can set up notifications based on whatever worry you may have.

  • Set geofencing entry/exit alerts so you know when a vehicle enters/exits a boundary you set.
  • Ignition on/off so you know when your RV is about to be on the move.
  • Excessive speeding so you know if things are getting out of control
  • Power disconnect so you know when/if the device is being tampered with
  • Alarm trip so that you have the ability to recover your RV if it gets stolen
  • And a low battery alarm so that your device stays up and running
Track your RV with GPS tracking device

The Device:

The device itself is small, compact and the battery lasts forever. At 10000 mAh, the battery can last up to 2 months on standby, or 1 month with average daily driving. This GPS tracker sleeps when the vehicle is not in motion and updates every 8 hours. When it starts to move, you get regular updates every 2 minutes.

WheresSafe GPS Tracking device for RV

What more could you want to settle your mind and rest assured your camper van is being taken care of. Pop over WhereSafe to purchase your WhereSafe GPS device today.

WheresSafe GPS Tracking device for RV

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CORONAVIRUS RV rental cancellation policy

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Travel Advisory: RV Rental Cancellation Policies

Adventure Touring sends our regards to our customers during these uncertain times. Our principal focus at this time is the health and wellbeing of our customers. The COVID-19 virus has brought many changes and unexpected challenges to all of us. Including, highly impacting the travel industry. (Included below is a list of updated CoronaVirus RV Rental cancellation policies).

With travel across the nation coming to a halt, our reservations team is working hard to get through hundreds of cancellations. Our rental partners across the country are doing the best they can to meet the needs of our customers at this time. Due to the high volume of cancellations, processing, and sorting through individual cases is taking much longer than our normal, making it difficult to meet the high service standards we pride ourselves on. Thank you for your continued support and rest assured we are working hard to process every case. Trust that our reservations team will respond to each of you as soon as we can. 

With recent travel restrictions imposed we wanted to share the revised CoronaVirus RV cancellation policies of our rental partners and how they may impact your booking. Please be aware of the pre-emptive steps being undertaken by our partners to continue to ensure that all RV’s are both disinfected and fully sanitized.

Please note many of our rental partners are still operating and that a 14-day campervan trip does meet the requirements of self-isolation. 

We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information. Suppliers are refining their Terms and Conditions on an ongoing basis as Governments amend policy’s on the movement of people.

Government Information and Support regarding COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS RV Cancellation Policies

CANADREAM – Updated March 30

https://www.canadream.com/faqs/covid19-update/

With daily changes being announced across the Canadian provinces we operate in, we will be limited in our physical presence at our stations. We are helping businesses to provide essential services for mobile self-isolation units and we will continue to offer support to any Guests on the road. 

We strongly advise you to call our locations if you have an inquiry – please do not turn up unannounced as we may not have a Cast member ready to help you at that time. 

Upcoming Bookings

If you have an upcoming booking in May, contact us at [email protected] to discuss rebooking or cancellation options.

If your booking is in the summer months of June-October and you have concerns about travel, you can contact our team to discuss options for cancellation and changes. Email us at [email protected].

You will appreciate that we are handling many Guest queries and we will prioritize those with the most imminent travel dates.

CanaDream’s commitment to you

Guest experience and safety has always been our number one priority. We consult with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other agencies to ensure we are aligned with the latest information to help us make the best decisions for our Guests and Cast. You can get the latest information at www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.

Countries with restricted travel

Where Guests are due to travel up to 30th April 2020 from a Country which has imposed short term travel restrictions where they cannot travel to Canada, CanaDream has several options for Guests to choose:

  •  Rebook to a future date in the 2020 season, where the value of your current booking will be credited to use on the new trip. The new dates would be priced as per the dates when you booked your first trip, subject to availability. Any special offers given at that time would also be carried over. Any increase/decrease in price will be charged/credited to you.
  • Rebook to a future date in the 2021 season. CanaDream will reprice the new trip details based on the new prices for the 2021 season giving the new early booking offers for the new dates of travel. Change of location/units are also permitted in this rebooking process. Any increase/decrease in price will be charged/credited to you.
  • Guests that booked a relocation offer/special offer which is not available for their new selected dates, CanaDream will credit the value of the booking to a new booking.
  •  If you wish to cancel with no rebooking, CanaDream will waive cancellation fees.

Countries able to travel

Where Guests are due to travel in the summer season and there are currently no travel restrictions to Canada or from their country of origin, they can change or cancel their booking under our standard terms and conditions. Which allow:

  • Rebook to a future date in the 2020 season. The value of your current booking will be credited to use on the new trip. The new dates would be priced as per the dates when you booked your first trip, subject to availability. Any special offers given at that time would also be carried over. Any increase/decrease in price will be charged/credited to you.
  • Rebook to a future date in the 2021 season. CanaDream will reprice the new trip details based on the new prices for the 2021 season giving the new early booking offers for the new dates of travel. Change of location/ units are also permitted in this rebooking process. Any increase/decrease in price will be charged/credited to you.
  • Where guests booked a relocation offer/special offer which is not available for their new selected dates, CanaDream will credit the value of the booking to a new booking.
  • Guests that wish to cancel with no rebooking, our standard cancellation terms will apply, and guests should be advised to pursue a claim with their travel insurance.

Any special cases where a guest is unable and has supporting medical documentation recommending them not to travel as a result of Covid19, we are happy to review these on a case by case basis.

NEW BOOKINGS

CanaDream does want new bookings to be made with confidence. Therefore, for the booking period from today up to 30th April 2020 for the travel period up to 31st October 2020, they will offer flexibility on new reservations. Such that, if there should be government travel restrictions put in place due to Covid19 making the journey impossible they will:

1. Allow rebooking to another date up to 3rd April 2022 (as per rebooking terms stated above)

2. Waive the cancellation fee with a full refund

CRUISE CANADA – Updated March 24

We continue to monitor the situation closely with regard to the travel ban and restrictions surrounding Covid-19. For International travelers affected traveling to the USA and Canada and have now updated our policy for reservations and cancellations to all Cruise America & Cruise Canada departures as follows:

  • Cancellations: For all Cruise America and Cruise Canada departures (for International travelers affected) booked to depart through to May 31st, 2020, Cruise America and Cruise Canada shall waive ALL cancellation fees.
  • Reservations Changes and Re-bookings (with 20% discount!): For all departures during this period (for International travelers affected) booked to depart through to May 31st, 2020, Cruise America & Cruise Canada will be happy to modify or change any bookings during this departure period to any other dates during the 2020 season. In the cases where clients are willing and able to rebook their trips, we will offer a 20% discount on daily flex rate and mileage from the current Cruise America & Cruise Canada offer at the time of rebooking.
Details of Re-booking offer with 20% discount:
  •  We do understand that due to European Travel regulations, some tour operators may have no choice but to cancel every booking during the official travel ban period (currently in effect through April 12th). In these cases, if the client cancels and then re-books, we will treat this the same as a change or modification and we will happily honor the 20% incentive mentioned above.
  •  If the affected booking is a one-way, a one-way approval will be necessary before the re-booking can be confirmed.
  •  Group bookings are not included in the above offer – please contact Cruise America / Cruise Canada reservations directly to discuss re-booking options for existing Groups.
  •  Example: Client A is scheduled to depart April 1st for a 20 day rental from LAX to LAX. Client A elects to change the reservation or cancels and re-books the reservation for departure June 15th for a 20 day rental from LAX to LAX. In this case, all terms of the new departure dates as per Cruise America’s (or Cruise Canada for Canadian rentals) current program (currently published flex rates, current specials, etc.) shall apply, less 20% discount on all time and miles.

Here at Adventure Touring we look forward to a brighter future and know that together we will all get through these challenging times. We will continue to make updates on the CoronaVirus RV cancellation policies. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please stay healthy and take care.

You may be interested in the following article: RVing in 2020

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RVing in 2020

RVing in 2020 is the perfect holiday. With extra time at home, you have lots of time to plan your dream 2020 Canadian RV road trip! Summer and fall are the best times to rent an RV and explore our incredible country. Start planning for brighter days, filled with adventure, spectacular sceneries and making memories of a lifetime. Read on, for our top reasons why an RV vacation may be exactly what you need for the upcoming summer and fall of 2020.

Canadian Rocky Mountains
Photo Credit: Joshua Reddekopp, Unsplash

Get Outside

When it is time to get out and about again, it will be wonderful to cruise the open road and explore the great Canadian outdoors! This summer, rent an RV and plan hikes, canoe trips, and evenings next to a crackling campfire under the stars. Explore Canada to find hidden gems, untouched pristine lakes, and spend quality time making memories of a lifetime with the family. Maybe 2020 is the year you explore the Maritimes.

RV Road trip bay of fundy
Photo Credit: Peter Lloyd, Unsplash

Avoid Potential Travel Bans

During these uncertain times, enjoy a family RV vacation amongst any travel restrictions. It is unknown how international travel will resume for the rest of 2020. With that said, we all deserve a little fun, and adventure. With kids out of school, planning an RV vacation for August or September gives you something to look forward to without the worry of lingering travel bans affecting your plans.

Alberta pristine lakes
Photo Credit: Johny Goerend, Unsplash

Contribute to Canada’s Economy

What better way to help give our economy a boost then traveling and exploring our amazing country! Now is a time to think not only about safety but about benefiting our economy. With so many options, get intimate with our majestic Canadian landscape, support local Canadian business, and give back to our economy. Plan to go RVing in 2020 and have an experience you will never forget. Plan to drive the Icefield Parkways, one of the most spectacular drives worldwide,  get info here.

Safety

At Adventure Touring our fleet of RVs are meticulously cleaned and sanitized for each rental (this has always been the standard at Adventure Touring). With over 750 RVs we will find one to fit your needs and budget! Give your family a chance to get out on the open road and take in new scenery. With contact-free pick up and drop off you can still have the road trip of a lifetime while keeping yourself and family safe. We also offer cancellation insurance just in case anything changes.

Cruise Canada
Photo Credit: Aston Yao

Summer Vacation Season

While you previously may have thought of airplanes for your 2020 vacations, RVing is a great alternative. By the time summer rolls around, we will all deserve a vacation! RV rentals provide memorable and affordable, summer road trips. Book now and start planning your summer and fall RV adventures. Check out this article for hot tips for Canada wide trips!

While this may be an uncertain time we are looking brightly towards the future and the many epic RV adventures you and your family may undertake in 2020. For that reason, we will remain open and active during this time. Please feel free to contact our reservation specialists at any time. We are happy to help you plan your 2020 RV road trip, to celebrate a positive future and create a memorable Canadian vacation.

 

 

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RV Across Canada: Hot Tips

RV across Canada for an epic adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. Canada is the world’s 2nd largest country, with an area mass of almost 10 000 million km²!  Which means, there’s lots to explore on your RV adventure. From giant mountain ranges, vast prairies, busy cities, pristine beaches, and beautiful countryside, adventures are waiting for you all along the way! RV across Canada and have the time of your life with these Hot tips!

RV Across Canada: planning tips
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Route Planning

With 10 provinces and 3 territories, your options are endless! Here are tips to ensure you see everything on your Canada bucket list:

  1. Get a general idea of the distance between your desired stops on MapQuest. Hot tip: take the total number of km and divide by the number of days and voila! You can get a good estimate of how many hours you want to drive each day.
  2. Check out the Trans-Canada Highway. Spanning from Victoria BC to St John’s Newfoundland, it is the world’s longest national highway. A whopping 7 821 km in length!

Remember, keep some flexibility in case you want a day off from driving, come across bad weather, or find that absolutely perfect place that you just aren’t ready to leave.

RV Newfoundland
Photo Credit: Wikipedia, Shhewitt

Things to Pack

  1. Paper Map: there will be places on your road trip where you won’t have reception. Hot Tip: there are great backcountry road maps from BRMB if you plan on doing any hiking, find conservation areas, and other natural highlights.
  2. Bug Spray: unless you are going across Canada in the winter at one point or another you will be very grateful you packed this! Hot Tip: Unless you are going on a winter adventure, an RV trip across Canada is ideal in the Summer or Fall months.

While on your Epic Adventure

  1. Keep gas tank over half full: Just in case you hit road closures, a detour, or even if you get lost you don’t want to run out of gas. Hot Tip: There can be big stretches of highway without and fuel services, watch for the signs that will advise you how many km to the next services.
  2. Drive during the day: With winding mountainous roads and plenty of wildlife, you are better off driving during the day. Also, you don’t want to miss the spectacular sights! 
  3. Check the weather: If a storm is rolling into your planned destination you may want to stay where you are. There is no need to rush on your road trip or drive in unpleasant conditions.
  4. Check out the province-specific webcams to see the state of the road.
RV British Columbia
Photo Credit: handluggageonly.co.uk

Fun Tips 

  1. Consider a camera dash to capture that epic scenery along the way
  2. You can get a short term Fishing license, all the info for how in each province is here.

Enjoy the stunning scenery, culture, attractions, and the vastness of a road trip across Canada. With these hot tips, you can plan an epic RV adventure across Canada.

Get more inspiration for your Canada RV Adventure with these articles: The Maritimes in an RV: A Dream Roadtrip, Vancouver’s Must-See Destinations, and Toronto Adventures

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Quebec Carnaval

Winter Festivals in an RV

Winter festival season in Canada is the perfect way to break free of winter hibernation. Book your RV today, pack your toques, and get ready to celebrate at these fun winter festivals nationwide.

Quebec:

Carnaval de Quebec: February 7 – 16

Held in Quebec City, this winter festival is not to be missed. Without a doubt, there is something for everyone at this winter carnival. Enjoy spectacular night parades, live music, entertainment of all types, and ice sculptures. As well, meet their representative, Bonhomme de Neige (a 7-foot 400-pound snowman), and tour his castle. For more info, get the whole program here.

Quebec Carnaval
Photo Credit: Seatlestravels.com

Lake Louise and Banff

Ice Magic Festival: January 15-26

Feel the magic of winter surrounded by the gorgeous peaks of the Rocky Mountains.  Wander through the winter wonderland of Lake Louise. With many features, enjoy ice bars, ice carvings, and skating on the famous lake. Don’t miss the iconic ice castle and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Also, witness the fascinating medium of the world’s best ice carving artists. Check out the full schedule here.

Lake Louise winter festival
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Prince George

Coldsnap Winter Music Festival: January 24 – February 1

Purchase tickets for this winter music festival in Prince George. Each night has a different genre from Hip Hop, to Soul, to a Bluegrass night. With many options, the schedule for music performances is here.

Winnipeg

Festival du Voyageur: February 14 – 23

In Winnipeg, the festival slogan is “We don’t hibernate, we celebrate!” Moreover, Festival Du Voyageur is known as Western Canadas biggest winter festival. Enjoy a full line up of live music. Get involved with historic interpretations. Get some exercise on a guided snowshoe tour. Learn their culture storytelling and dance parties. Explore the International Snow Sculpture Symposium. Also, get your thrills on the ice slide, and horse sleigh rides. Get the program for this exciting festival here.

Festival du voyageur, Winnipeg
Photo Credit: Winnipegsd.ca

Yellowknife

Snowking Festival: February 29 – March 27

Construction on the giant ice castle starts in January. You will need to see this to believe it! This festival features a full line up of live music and DJs. Also, enjoy films and dance performances. As well, try out their virtual reality and more. Pack up the RV and don’t forget your camera, if you are lucky you will add to the magic with the aurora borealis.

Get ready to break out of your winter slump and celebrate this gorgeous season! Our RV’s are fully stocked to keep you warm up to -30. So, pack up and catch all the excitement and Canadian warmth, as you cross our nation for these amazing winter festivals!

You may want to check out our winter Hot Deals!

Check out these article for more fun winter RV trips: RVing in the Snow: Tips and Tricks, The Ultimate Skiing and Sightseeing Adventure, Travel the Powder Highway

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RVing in the Snow: Tips and Tricks

RVing in the snow opens the door to winter adventure. Indulge in the crisp fresh air, shimmering snowflakes, and quiet cozy winter evenings.  Chase the winter activities you desire with the comfort and convenience of an RV rental. Here are tips for a successful RV trip in the snow!

RV in the snow
Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler

Before you Begin your Winter RV Adventure

  • Check the weather!! The weather can change quickly and it’s smart to be prepared.
  • Have a backup plan. Flexibility, when you are RVing in the snow, is a nice option. Spend an extra night at your favorite ski resort and travel on when the weather is looking better.
  • Check which campgrounds are open for winter camping. Find winter campgrounds here.
  • Read this article on pro tips for driving an RV in the snow.

What to Pack to RV in the Snow

  • RVing in the snow means pack warm clothes. But, make sure you bring extra clothing layers, gloves, and hats.
  • Pack extra snacks and water.
  • Shovel: you never know when a shovel will come in handy! A shovel will help dig you out if you get stuck. Also, you can dig yourself a nice flat area to park.
  • Boardgames and movies: if its too cold to go out and play, bring fun family activities to keep you entertained.
  • Snowshoes, ski’s, camera, and whatever winter activity gear you require for this adventure.
RV in Snow
Photo Credit: Camping-lovetoknow

 General Tips to RVing in the Snow

  • When parking your RV in the snow, place wooden blocks under the stabilizing jack to keep them from freezing and sticking.
  • Keep an eye on the propane tanks. Running out could lead to a chilly night.
  • Keep your gas tank full. This will prevent ice from forming in the gas tank. Also, it will give you peace of mind if you do hit a detour or need to take another route.
  • Watch for black ice, if you do slide, try to avoid the brakes and keep the RV pointed straight.

Tips to keep the RV Warm and Cozy!

  • Keep the snow shoveled off the roof.
  • Park in the sun, and naturally heat the RV. This will melt the snow off the roof and brighten your day of course!
  • Park the RV with protection from the wind, if this isn’t possible park the RV so the wind is hitting the front of the RV rather than the sides.
  • With our insulated RV’s and weatherproofing to -30C, running the furnace will keep everything warm. Including, water pipes and hoses.
Winter RV Northern LIghts
Photo Credit: reserveamerica

Skip the crowds and cut the cost with a winter RV trip. Enjoy serene winter landscapes, your favourite ski resorts, and quiet snowy mornings. Remember these tips and have a great adventure with your RV in the snow.

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