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Northern Surcharge

What is the Northern Surcharge for and where does it apply? Can I travel into the USA with my RV? Is there anywhere I can't travel in a CanaDream RV?

The Northern Surcharge is a fee that is added to all rentals picking up from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal & Halifax that travel to the northerly parts of Canada.
Use the interactive map to see where the Northern Surcharge area applies

Any destination north of the line on the map is deemed to be in a Northern Surcharge area. Vehicles for northern travel must be expressly requested and confirmed at the time of reservation. By virtue of the remoteness, weather, and road surface conditions in northern areas, it is important for CanaDream to know when a Guest is driving into these regions. Guests who travel to these areas without permission will be subject to a $1500 penalty and will void all insurance coverage. CanaDream RVs are all tracked for insurance purposes and Guests will be contacted when they drive into a northern surcharge area if they have not pre-purchased the Northern Surcharge fee. CanaDream reserves the right to restrict driving access at any time.

If you pick up in Whitehorse, you will have the Northern Surcharge included in your rental. Permission is automatically granted to travel in Northern Surcharge areas with the exception of the 'No-Go' areas of the Denali and Dalton Highways in Alaska, the North Canol Highway in the Yukon and any other prohibited routes.

Driving in northerly regions of Canada is not without risks. We encourage Guests to research their trip and route carefully, understanding and adhering to the CanaDream prohibited and restricted roads.

Guests should also be conscious that vehicle recovery following a flat tire, incident or lockout can take a considerable time to resolve and can therefore be very expensive.

Cell signal can also be very limited and we encourage Guests to travel with a satellite phone.

YesUnless U.S. travel has been included in your reservation at no cost, there is a  fixed charge for travelling into the United States.   See our Pricing page for this charge. Please note that U.S. Agriculture may not allow fresh meat, fruits and vegetables across the border.  If you are planning on crossing into the USA we suggest you shop for your groceries once you are in the United States.  If you decide after you pick up your RV that you wish to travel into the United States, you can call us on our toll-free number and we will add this to your booking.  We will process the fee on your credit card. Please be aware, there is no coverage should you travel in the U.S. without prior authorization.


Mexico – travel to Mexico is prohibited at any time.

St Pierre & Miquelon (off the coast of Newfoundland) – prohibited at any time.

Denali Highway (Highway 8 from Paxson to Cantwell),
Dalton Highway (north of Livingood)
Eagle, Alaska (Hwy 5 north) from the junction of Hwy 9 (Top of the World Highway) and Hightway 5 west
McCarthy Road between Chitina and McCarthy
Northway Road (off AK-2) to Northway
Nabesna Road (off AK-1) to Nabesna

Mainland USA
Manhattan Island – RVs are prohibited at any time
Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

British Columbia
North Shore Road east of Kissinger Lake Campground (on Vancouver Island)
Head Bay Road (Highway 28) from Gold River to Tahsis (on Vancouver Island)

North Canol Highway

Newfoundland & Labrador
Trans Labrador Highway (Highway 500) from Goose Bay to Labrador City
Highway 389 from Labrador to Baie Comeau
Highway 510 from Red Bay to Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Highway 167 north of La Doré
Highway 389 from Baie Comeau to Labrador
Highway 109 and James Bay Road
Anticosti Island

View Prohibited Travel Areas map in English or French.

Some roads in the United States and Canada have seasonal restrictions on them. This means that Guests can travel these roads only at specific times of the year.  Currently these travel restricted areas are:
  • Travel to Death Valley is limited to the low season (1 October through 30 April ) due to extremely high temperatures which can cause system failures.
  • Travel on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon is not permitted between 15 September and 15 May due to road conditions. We are happy for our Guests to travel on this road between 16 May and 14 September. Guests must have completed all travel on the Dempster Highway by 14 September.
Guests assume all responsibility for any expense or loss of time while travelling in restricted areas.
Parking of your vehicle is prohibited in the greater metropolitan areas of Montreal and Ottawa. This includes all pay parking lots, hotel parking lots, side streets, malls, etc. To travel into these areas, park your vehicle at a campsite and use public transportation, taxi, etc.

Travel in an RV is prohibited on Manhattan Island in New York.  Please leave your RV at your campsite and travel to Manhattan Island by public transport.
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