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Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« on: November 03, 2007, 12:03:49 PM »
Hey Guys,

I am planning a Canadian trip for next summer...

What are some of the best places to go rv-ing in the Great White North?

Thanks  ;D
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2007, 12:57:13 PM »
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007, 01:35:31 PM »
The Banff/Lake Louise area is high on our list of Canadian stops, also Vancouver Island and Victoria.

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007, 03:24:19 PM »
The Maritimes are great too, including Newfoundland.  The Bay of Fundy is amazing, especially at the "Flower Pots" but be sure to stay there long enough to see them at both high and low tides.

The Gaspe Peninsula is nice IF the weather is good which we got on our third try.

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2007, 06:27:50 PM »
We're over 3,000 miles Coast to coast to coast.  Where are you at, and where are you thinking of going.  I'm from the Maritimes, so know it well, but I've travelled a fair bit, and there's lots to see.  What are your interests, ie do you like to fish, if so, lots of fresh or salt water fishing.  Sight seeing, there's plenty of rugged coast lines either east or west, or even along the Great Lakes.  Lots of open area, or even a few cities that you likely couldn't tell much difference from thos in the States.  Give us a hint, and we'll help out, we all love to spout off with our opinions
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2007, 06:30:05 PM »
We enjoyed all of the spots in the Yukon on our way into Alaska.  We took a side trip  all the way up to Inuvik.  450 miles of gravel road.  Took this ride in the car, NOT the motorhome.   From what I have seen of Canada, all of the spots are wonderful.  We enjoyed the ice fields in Jasper too.

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2007, 06:49:11 PM »
When you say "Canada", we are talking half a continent of glorious places. Would you say "we are going to America - where should we go?".  Can you narrow it down a bit?

Personally we love western Canada, BC, Yukon and western Alberta (Jasper & Banff, Calgary, etc) but that is still only a small portion of the country.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2007, 08:25:49 PM »
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a Canadian trip for next summer...Great White North

Are you talking about travel to the Arctic? 
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007, 04:25:45 PM »
One thing that caught me off guard traveling within Quebec (including Gaspe area) is that pretty much all RV parks I've been to close by 11PM so you HAVE to plan to arrive / check-in before that otherwise you can't get in.  Not sure if this is common in any other areas but I've never seen it elsewhere in my (limited) travels in the US and Canada.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2007, 04:34:44 PM »
Michelb,

I think you'll find quite a few campgrounds here in the U.S. close the office after most people have arrived.  They usually have a self-checkin arrangement for those arriving later.  For example, if you have a reservation, there may be a sign telling late arrivals what site they have been assigned.  Without a reservation, they generally tell you to select an empty site and they'll get to you in the morning or they ask you to leave your money in an envelope that is put into a slot.  How they handle late arrivals varies by location.  They'll often also tell you where to find the campground manager.  If you go to one of the very large parks, they may have someone on duty all night as a security measure.

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2007, 04:40:08 PM »
One thing that caught me off guard traveling within Quebec (including Gaspe area) is that pretty much all RV parks I've been to close by 11PM so you HAVE to plan to arrive / check-in before that otherwise you can't get in.  Not sure if this is common in any other areas but I've never seen it elsewhere in my (limited) travels in the US and Canada.

By 11PM we will have been off the road already for about 8 hours enjoying ourselves.  We have no problem with RV parks closing the office even at 6PM.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2007, 05:49:38 PM »
Michel,

Do you mean they close the gate to the campground? I've seen a few campgrounds in the U.S. that do that. I don't know whether to feel safe or be worried I can't get out in the event of a CG fire. It's more common at state or regional parks, but I've seen it at private campgrounds too.
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2007, 06:47:30 PM »
I don't think we would stay in a campground that felt it was ok to lock us in at night.  I am afraid if we did and I felt the need to get out in case of an emergency their gate or lock would be history.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2007, 08:38:17 PM »
Every campground we've stayed at that closed a gate a night, didn't really lock it.  It was always able to be opened.  There may have even been a chain and lock but the lock wasn't locked and the chain was easily removed.  To do otherwise would probably be in violation of local and state laws regarding emergency access.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2007, 11:28:46 AM »
Update on 11pm gate in Quebec

We visited about 10 different parks (some public, mostly private) and all but 1 was gated/closed after 11pm.  I believe all of them allowed you do leave (had an exit only gate with sensor or some other way to open the gate) but I think only one of them (public) provided access cards so that you can re-enter in a vehicle after hours.  Most did have a large parking area that wasn't fenced in so that if you did leave with your toad or something and you can come back late you could leave your car in the parking area and walk back to where your RV is setup.  It's really more an issue if you like to check-in late (i.e. no 'self check-in' drop box) and / or don't have a toad so actually travel around in the RV.  (we travel with a young child and it's often easier / better to drive while he sleeps in his car seat (so that he can be out and about during the day) so we often drive from 7PM-1AM).

As mentioned, it probably wouldn't affect many but it's good to know beforehand (first night we boondocked in the parking lot and another night I think we got caught in traffic and barely made it in.  We also had to adjust our destination on a few occasions).

Like I said, I'm not sure if it's common enough but up until then, I think every other campground we had been to had always had a 'self check-in' and allowed later arrivals (which I guess can be disruptive but probably no more than other campers who are just making noise (i.e. even in small / tight / close campgrounds, I don't think it's all that hard to setup quickly and quietly as to not disturb your neighbors if you arrive late)).
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2007, 12:23:24 PM »
You got to consider you are in Quebec and having lived there for over 3 years nothing would surprise me.
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2007, 11:26:53 AM »
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You got to consider you are in Quebec and having lived there for over 3 years nothing would surprise me when it comes to inconvenience and rudeness, unlike the rest of Canada which is a great friendly country

Ron,

I'll put my fifty years up against your three years in Quebec, to say although there have been issues in past years that unfortunately affected visitors to Canada, as one who has traveled extensively, as I know you have, you would probably be the first to admit you cannot indict an entire group of people because of the behaviour of a few.

Eastern Canada, including the Province of Quebec offers historic areas preserved for over 300 years, along with hospitality and friendliness equal to and often surpassing that which I have encountered in other parts of North America.

Like you, I have encountered occasional unfriendly, and even hostile behaviour by people in both my Country as well as yours.

I have not allowed this bad behaviour by a few to deter me from visiting and/or living in some of those places and would not discourage others from doing so.

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2007, 01:13:35 PM »
Like you, I have encountered occasional unfriendly, and even hostile behaviour by people in both my Country as well as yours.

As an American who lived and worked in a number of different of countries for most of my life I figured out how the bad image Americans have in some places could be easily corrected - all that is needed is for all American tourists, laborers and military personel to tell everyone they meet that they are Canadian. Of course that won't help Canada's image but that is their problem.

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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2008, 08:25:51 AM »
See the problem with that Dexter is that Americans are  proud of where they are from so by saying they are Canadian would never happen . And that is why us Canadians love you guys !! Even though there are some that would try it and not care about our reputation for being helpful and friendly we just tie those ones up and  beat them with stupid sticks !!   

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2008, 10:08:58 AM »
Unless you want to be driving all the time, you have to break Canada into big sections, and just try to do one.
Starting at the west, there is 1.Vancouver and British Colombia
2. The Rockies, Jasper to Banff Highway, with a long side trip up the Dempster to the Arctic Circle and Inuvik on the Arctic Ocean, or a shorter sidetrip into the Prairies.
3. The prairies, quite a bit of driving but includes one of the greatest dinosaur centres in the world. The prairies are a more cultivated taste, but there are ample interesting venues.
4. Ontario is very much like the US and is a three day drive across. Best ignored. Lots of nice cottage country, though.
5. Quebec City and Montreal. This the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and it is one huge party, but space may be at a premium.
6. The Maritimes and the Gaspe. Slower pace and lots of ocean scenery in a small package. PEI and Cape Breton. Whales. Fishing. Lobsters. King's Landing Historical Settlement.
7. Newfoundland   priceless.  But book the ferry early.

(I may be a bit biased against Ontario, but it's vast bulk prevents me from getting from my home in the Maritimes to the Prairies and BC)

Offered as a quick thumbnail sketch
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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2008, 11:02:15 AM »
Good list, Rankjo. I would like to add to it the Yukon (north of BC) for even more scenery and great fishing.

If I could only do one area, I would choose BC & western Alberta (Jasper/Banff parks).  If I did not want to go that far west, then the Maritimes and Newfoundland. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2008, 01:54:58 PM »
I agree with Rankjo about breaking Canada into sections, just as we might the U.S.  The one difference is that you'll be using the TCH to get across to whichever you choose and therefore will end up backtracking since that's the only road across the entire country.  In the U.S. we have many alternate routes and can make huge circles when visiting one section.  One thing you might do if you visit western Canada is to use the TCH in one direction and then drop down into the U.S. and use the I-90 route to return home in the other direction.  This would give you some extra variety in scenery and places to visit.  When we visit the northwestern U.S. it's fun to also visit southwestern Canada.  I also like Gary's first two choices - both great areas to visit!

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Re: Where are the best places to go RVing in Canada?
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2008, 06:26:37 PM »
There's two routes in western Canada - the Trans Canada highway crosses generally in the south and the Yellowhead runs diagonally from about Brandon in Manitoba up into northern B.C.

We don't have much experience in the east but we do know the west pretty well.  Places not to miss include:
- Shuswap Lakes region of BC
- Kootenay Valley in BC
- Icefield Parkway route from Banff to Jasper, Alberta
- Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, AB
- Waskesiu National Park in Saskatchewan
- La Ronge & area in northern Saskatchewan
- Vancouver Island, BC

Note: this list is certainly not comprehensive but, if you "do" this list you'll have a pretty good idea of what else you want to see. 

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« Reply #23 on: February 29, 2008, 10:30:07 AM »
Good list, Bob. And indeed the Yellowhead is a excellent highway in that region - we've traveled almost the entire length of it and would love to do so again.
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