When you’re traveling across Canada or even just a section of the country, in a CanaDream RV, you really must make the most of your trip. And doing that means being able to travel no matter how bitterly cold it might be.
As most people know, Canadian winters can be quite harsh, but this is true only in some places
. Eastern Canada--encompassing the major cities of Toronto and Montreal, for instance--gets harshly cold between December and February, while the coast of British Columbia in the west remains more moderate
. Most regions across the country get some amount of snow through the winter, with some areas liable to receive two feet on occasion
A true adventure in an RV rental in Canada will not come from staying home and waiting out the unpleasant weather
. A winter trip through Canada can be enormously fun in its own way. You just have to know where to camp along the way
To give you some guidance in this area, here are five of the best Canadian winter campsites for your RV adventures this year
1.) Wapiti Campground - Jasper, AB
First up on our list is the Wapiti Campground at Jasper National Park in Alberta
. Although we have found that families love camping at this site all year-round, the winter is when the campgrounds really come alive
. With a combination of electrical and tent sites, campers have the option of truly enjoying the great outdoors when spending a few nights here
. The upside of wintertime camping in Wapiti is that, if you can arise early enough each morning, you will be able to enjoy first access to the ample ski slopes and cross-country trails on offer nearby
. Plus, the Wapiti Campground is located near enough to the town of Jasper for campers to go and grab any supplies they need
. The campground also gives visitors access to showers, flush toilets, drinking water, and a cooking shelter
. Enjoy some time in the majestic Canadian wilderness at Wapiti!
2.) Tunnel Mountain - Banff, AB
Situated in Banff National Park - the oldest of its kind in Canada - are the campgrounds at Tunnel Mountain
. The area features a few separate campgrounds, including Mountain Village I, Tunnel Mountain Village II, and Tunnel Mountain Trailer
. Each area has its own restrictions on how many people, tents, and RVs are allowed at a site, so be sure to check out the rules online before reserving a spot
. The other difference you will notice is the kinds of services available at each type of site
. While the Trailer area features electric, water, and sewer services, the Village I area features none of those
. No matter where you end up camping, know that you will enjoy mostly fair weather in Banff National Park
. Spring and summer, of course, offer manageable daily highs of between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius
. However, it still gets cold at night, around 0 degrees or lower, and it can snow, rain, or even hail in any season
. Therefore, campers around Tunnel Mountain should be advised that warm clothing, bedding, and blankets are a must when camping here.
3.) Riverside Resort - Whistler, BC
If it’s activities and a range of accommodation options you are looking for, Riverside Resort in Whistler is the place to go
. The site advertises itself as a cottage and RV resort, but the truth is that it is so much more than that
. You have your choice of walk-in tent sites, yurts, serviced and partial-serviced RV sites, and, of course, log cabins
. As far as activities, where should we begin
? There’s nothing quite like a snowy Canadian winter, and to that end, be sure to enjoy some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing while staying at Riverside
. And who could forget the classic outdoor activity of hiking
? The Valley Trail and Lost Lake Park are ideal for the walkers out there
. Take in some scenic views while getting some exercise at the same time
. Also, while visiting Riverside , don’t forget to take advantage of the Comfort Stations, Riverside Market, and Riverside Lodge to enjoy many of the comforts of home, including restrooms, board games, a payphone, and RV supplies available for purchase
4.) Cedar Falls Campground - Vernon, BC
Cedar Falls campground offers campers all the traditional options you would expect from such a place: unserviced sites for tents and RVs, powered sites that provide RVs with all the utilities of home, and a cabin in the middle of the campground
. To ensure your time at Cedar Falls is all it can be, each campsite features a fire pit and picnic table
. While staying here, be sure to check out all the nearby activities and attractions in and around the Vernon area
. These include hiking trails, the BX Press Cidery, and Lake City Casino , which offers all the table games, slots, and food you could possibly want
. Or, if it’s just the beautiful Canadian winters you’re after, stick to the RV sites, where you can enjoy cooking over an open flame and simply walking in the woods. It’s the best of both worlds when you stay in Cedar Falls
5.) Fernie RV Resort - Fernie BC
Last on the list is Fernie RV Resort. This full-service winter RVing campsite is located within the City of Fernie and appeals to those who enjoy a wilderness setting, beautiful snowy mountains, and being close to all services.
Winter is the perfect time for RVing in Fernie, there are endless activities in this winter wonderland. Whether you're planning to downhill ski, snowshoe or Nordic ski, or walk the groomed trails – having a base in this winter paradise opens all the options. The campsites connect with groomed trails giving you instant access to Fernie’s extensive cross-country skiing, walking and biking trail network. And the lift skiing is only a few minutes away.
The Fernie RV Resort is a quality RV resort with 172 campsites and five heated yurts. Full-service hook-ups including water, sewer, and 30 and 50 amp electrical service are available at all RV sites. And the Resort has private washrooms and laundry services, and the wi-fi is fast. All campsites are plowed and equipped with frost-free water hydrants.
Whether you’re looking for an RV rental in Vancouver or any of our other locations throughout Canada, CanaDream will provide you with the exact model of RV you need for your journey
. Choose from a range of models that include travel campers, van campers, and motorhomes. Contact our head office in Rocky View County, Alberta, with any questions