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Top RV road trips in Canada

Top RV Road Trips in Canada

Top RV road trips in Canada

There's something special about the freedom of the open road in Canada. You've got the window rolled down, a cool breeze in your face, a ribbon of highway ahead - and countless possibilities on the horizon. Indeed, some 38,000 kilometres of paved pathwaysExternal Link Title crisscross the country.


But it's all the more sweet if you're exploring Canada by camper, RV or trailer, checking into campsitesExternal Link Title at the end of the day. You can make your own meals, huddle around a crackling fire, fall asleep to the call of loons, and wake up to the sun rising over a lake. Plus, there's no packing and unpacking between destinations.


To help you make the most of your RV experience in Canada, and guide you through those countless possibilities, here's a province-by-province coast-to-coast top RV road trip list.


1. Coast to the Rockies, British Columbia

It may only take two days to drive, but this seaside-to-peak-side routeExternal Link Title screams for several days of exploration. From hot springs and award-winning wineries to enchanting provincial and national parks, the variety of British Columbia sites along the way will have you stopping often. Hop into your RV or camper rental in VancouverExternal Link Title, then head east to HopeExternal Link Title and Hwy. 3 (also known as the Crowsnest Hwy.). Pull into all-season Manning Provincial ParkExternal Link Title to spot 206 species of birds while canoeing on Lightning Lake. Then sample local fruit and wine in the southern OkanaganExternal Link Title town of OsoyoosExternal Link Title and sink into steamy Radium Hot SpringsExternal Link Title before arriving at the bustling mountain town of Banff, AlbertaExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Vancouver

Length: 700 miles

Time: 3-5 days

Essential stops: E-Bike SafarisExternal Link Title, Christina LakeExternal Link Title, Kootenay National ParkExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

2. Cowboy Trail, Alberta

Catch a glimpse of Alberta's Wild West and ranching life on the fabled Cowboy TrailExternal Link Title. Tucked among the Rocky MountainExternal Link Title foothills, this gently rolling route is ideal for experiencing Canada by mobile home. After picking up a pair of cowboy kicks at Calgary's Alberta Boot CompanyExternal Link Title, you're all set to explore Bragg Creek's antique shopsExternal Link Title, Millarville's famous farmers' marketExternal Link Title, Turner Valley's Western arts and craftsExternal Link Title, and Longview's Bar U Ranch National Historic SiteExternal Link Title. And lay down at these campgroundsExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Calgary

Length: 65 miles

Time: 1-2 days

Essential stops: Calgary StampedeExternal Link Title, MacKay's Ice CreamExternal Link Title, Eau Claire DistilleryExternal Link Title, and more.External Link Title

3. Trans-Canada Hwy., Saskatchewan

The Trans-Canada Hwy.External Link Title is an ideal choice for motoring across the country while stopping to enjoy sites lesser known along the way - especially in Saskatchewan where pleasant plains and rolling hills give way to accessible side tripsExternal Link Title and places to pull into for the nightExternal Link Title. Heading east to west, first stop is Moose Mountain Provincial ParkExternal Link Title and its network of forested hiking trails just 36 miles off the highway. Other stops cater to the foodies and nature lovers on board.


Starting point: Whitewood

Length: 963 miles (includes side trips)

Time: 3-6 nights

Essential stops: Indian Head BakeryExternal Link Title, Little Red Market Caf?External Link Title, Chaplin Nature CentreExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

4. City to Country Circuit, Manitoba

Stock up on locally sourced supplies and goodies at WinnipegExternal Link Title's historic The ForksExternal Link Title, then head west from the provincialExternal Link Title capital on the Yellowhead Hwy.External Link Title. Take time to explore the southern Manitoba towns dotting the route, including NeepawaExternal Link Title and its Margaret Laurence HomeExternal Link Title (a Provincial Heritage Site), and Wasagaming on the sandy shores of Clear LakeExternal Link Title in Riding Mountain National ParkExternal Link Title. Here, settle into your campsite before embarking on a self-guided bison tourExternal Link Title through fescue grasslands. Also stay a spell in Spruce Woods Provincial ParkExternal Link Title to the south, where landmarks like Spirit SandsExternal Link Title and Devil's Punch BowlExternal Link Title delight. Swing back east to Winnipeg to complete the circuit.


Starting point: Winnipeg

Length: 372 miles

Time: 2-3 days

Essential stops: Farmery Estate BreweryExternal Link Title, Lake House RestaurantExternal Link Title, The Chocolate FoxExternal Link Title, and more in central ManitobaExternal Link Title and the Parkland regionExternal Link Title.

5. Georgian Bay, Ontario

Hit a few of Ontario's top natural beauties, along with several provincial parks and ample campgrounds, on this RV driving loopExternal Link Title in the provinceExternal Link Title's vibrant southeast corner. Start with a Journey Behind the Falls TourExternal Link Title at Niagara FallsExternal Link Title, where some 168,000 cubic metres of water plummet every minute on summer days. Then take to the road around lighthouse-lined, clear-blue Georgian Bay,External Link Title hopping the ferry to laidback Manitoulin IslandExternal Link Title on the way. Head west for the return jaunt past canoe-friendlyExternal Link Title French River Provincial ParkExternal Link Title and Killbear Provincial ParkExternal Link Title with its sublime bay sunsets. Explore more Georgian Bay RV road tripsExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Niagara Falls

Length: 720 miles

Time: 1 week

Essential stops: Winery Tours of NiagaraExternal Link Title, The Island JarExternal Link Title, Island Queen CruiseExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

6. Summit Drive, Quebec

Leisurely motor up the highest mountains in southern Quebec while cruising past shimmering lakes and 18 lively villages on this Eastern TownshipsExternal Link Title journeyExternal Link Title. Panoramic views are guaranteed, including from outlooks in Frontenac National ParkExternal Link Title on the shores of Grand lac Saint-Fran?ois, Mont-Ham National ParkExternal Link Title and Mont-M?gantic National ParkExternal Link Title - the latter boasting a star observatoryExternal Link Title in the world's first International Dark Sky ReserveExternal Link Title. Pull in for the night at one of these well-serviced campgroundsExternal Link Title.


Starting point: La Patrie

Length: 120 miles

Time: 1-3 days

Essential stops: Lambton Church and Historical TourExternal Link Title, Granite MuseumExternal Link Title, PiopolisExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title

7. Viking Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fossils, Vikings and icebergs, oh my. Discovering Canada by camperExternal Link Title puts you in touch with the country's natural and human history - especially on western Newfoundland's storied Viking TrailExternal Link Title. The route passes not one but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each celebrated for profound discoveries and captivating landscapes. Fossil-rich Gros Morne National ParkExternal Link Title impresses with fjords, mountains, and beaches just beyond the start of the trail, while L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic SiteExternal Link Title harbors the remains of a Viking settlement at the northernmost tip of the province. Also here, 12,000-year-old icebergsExternal Link Title floating off the coast - watch them from your own ride or on a guided boat tourExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Deer Lake

Length: 327 miles

Time: 3-5 days

Essential stops: Gros Morne Theatre FestivalExternal Link Title, Port au Choix National Historic SiteExternal Link Title, Grenfell Historic PropertiesExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

8. River Valley Ride, New Brunswick

Dip into culture and cuisine along New Brunswick's St. John River - designated a Canadian Heritage RiverExternal Link Title for its First Nations and early explorer history. Capture the waterway at its most spectacular in the city of Grand FallsExternal Link Title, named for the 23-metre-high waterfalls plunging into a gorgeExternal Link Title - its 401 steps await you. Then visit Potato WorldExternal Link Title in Florenceville-Bristol, dubbed the French Fry Capital of the World, and pick up fresh fiddleheads and fruit at the Fredericton Boyce Farmers MarketExternal Link Title in the provincial capitalExternal Link Title. Tour the artsy Village of GagetownExternal Link Title or the twisting Kennebecasis RiverExternal Link Title on the southern stretch of the routeExternal Link Title. And choose from this mix of campgroundsExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Edmundston

Length: 310 miles

Time: 3-4 days

Essential stops: Les Brasseurs du Petit-SaultExternal Link Title, Florenceville-Bristol Outdoor Summer MarketExternal Link Title, Kings LandingExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

9. Central Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

Scenic seaside drives abound on Prince Edward Island - making it ideal territory for campers and RV travelers. In particular, the Central CoastalExternal Link Title circle route serves up two different sidesExternal Link Title of the province that can easily be enjoyed on one trip. The southern Red Sands ShoreExternal Link Title tempts with its namesake rouge-hued beachesExternal Link Title, cliffs, and clay roads. And while more red landscapes beckon along the Green Gables ShoreExternal Link Title, so do white-sand beaches, 11-plus golf coursesExternal Link Title, and Anne of Green Gables points of interestExternal Link Title - learn all about Canada's famous fictional redheaded heroine at Green Gables Heritage PlaceExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Charlottetown

Length: 157 miles

Time: 2-3 days

Essential stops: Victoria-by-the-SeaExternal Link Title, Indian River FestivalExternal Link Title, Prince Edward Island National ParkExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

10. Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia

Adventure on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Nova Scotia's Eastern ShoreExternal Link Title RV driving route skirts a rocky coastline interspersed with sandy beaches - all within reach of well-kept campsitesExternal Link Title. Surf at Lawrencetown BeachExternal Link Title and sunbathe at Martinique BeachExternal Link Title provincial parks, then take a break to browse Canadian folk art at the Black Sheep GalleryExternal Link Title. Get up close and personal with the province's 100 Wild Islands on a kayak day tripExternal Link Title before winding down the day - and your Eastern Shore journey - over a refreshing Rare BirdExternal Link Title IPA in the sleepy seacoast town of Guysborough.


Starting point: Halifax

Length: 249 miles

Time: 3-4 days

Essential stops: Murphy's Camping on the OceanExternal Link Title, Taylor Head Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, Sherbrooke VillageExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

11. Klondike Kluane Loop, Yukon

Fly into the Yukon capital of WhitehorseExternal Link Title to pick up your RV or camper rental, then make tracks north on the Klondike Highway for a flash of gold rush history. Take a guided walking tourExternal Link Title along wooden boardwalks in the National Historic Site of Dawson CityExternal Link Title before striking out for the nearby goldfields. Next up, nature. Veer west on the Top of the World Highway with its mountains-forever views, and southeast on the famous Alaska HighwayExternal Link Title along Kluane Lake - watch for grazing Dall's sheepExternal Link Title on the slopes above. The loopExternal Link Title's return stretch passes through the wilderness village of Haines JunctionExternal Link Title at the foot of the massive Saint Elias Mountains. Choose from a variety of campsitesExternal Link Title en route.


Starting point: Whitehorse

Length: 892 miles

Time: 1 week

Essential stops: Sourdough SaloonExternal Link Title, Kluane National Park and ReserveExternal Link Title, Da K? Cultural CentreExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

12. Deh Cho Travel Connection, Northwest Territories

Explore a slice of Canada's vast northExternal Link Title on this all-encompassing circle tripExternal Link Title. Starting in either British Columbia or Alberta, the mostly paved route passes by two UNESCO World Heritage SitesExternal Link Title, three major river systems and seven Insta-worthy waterfalls in the Northwest Territories. Along the way pick up aboriginal arts and crafts in the hamlet of EnterpriseExternal Link Title and supplies in the town of Fort SimpsonExternal Link Title - steeped in First Nations, gold rush and fur trade history. Then roll into comfortable campsites at Sambaa Deh FallsExternal Link Title, Queen ElizabethExternal Link Title and other territorial parksExternal Link Title.


Starting point: Dawson Creek, B.C., or Grimshaw, Alberta

Length: 1,864 miles

Time: 1-2 weeks

Essential stops: Nahanni National Park ReserveExternal Link Title, Wood Buffalo National ParkExternal Link Title, Alexandra FallsExternal Link Title, and moreExternal Link Title.

Tips for Travelling in Canada by Camper



  • Campsites in Canada's parks fill up fast. For national parks, visit https://reservation.pc.gc.caExternal Link Title to make reservations and purchase a park pass. For provincial parks, visit individual government websites to reserve. Aim for mid-week stays to avoid the busier weekends.
  • Note that many campgrounds and establishments are seasonal or scale back on services and availability from late fall to spring.
  • Respect campground quiet times and house rules.
  • Check if campfiresExternal Link Title are permitted, and always make sure your fire is completely out before leaving.
  • Store all food away to help prevent bear and other wildlife encounters.
  • Pack out what you pack in and leave each site as you found it.
  • Whenever possible, stay on established hiking and biking trails to reduce erosion.


RV Renting and Driving

  • Book your Canadian RV, mobile home, camper or trailer rental well in advance of your trip. And confirm what is and isn't included, such as mileage, insurance and convenience packages (dishes, utensils, cleaning supplies, etc.).
  • Make sure you have the proper licence and insurance requirements for driving an RV in Canada (check with individual provinces and your car insurance broker).
  • Be courteous on the road by staying in the right-hand lane to let faster vehicles pass on the left.
  • Talking on a hand-held device while driving is against the law and subject to distracted driving legislationExternal Link Title.
  • When passing emergency vehicles at work, Slow Down, Move OverExternal Link Title laws apply.


Visit Go RVing CanadaExternal Link Title for more tips.

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