Ready to hit the open road this summer and looking for a spectacular destination to explore? Not only does Canada offer an abundance of adventure opportunity, it also has plenty of accommodations for RV camping.
Famous for the towering Alberta Rockies, Banff is a tourist hotspot filled with interesting shops, art galleries and a variety of good restaurants. You can settle in to enjoy after setting up camp at Tunnel Mountain Village, a nearby national park campground with two RV campsites, with and without electrical hookups. In Canadian parks dogs are welcome as long as they’re leashed.
Take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for the incredible views and visit Lake Louise and the smaller, but pretty Moraine Lake. Head out to Jasper via the TransCanada Highway or the more scenic Bow Valley Parkway that passes by the deep blue waters of Peyto Lake.
Jasper, Alberta has plenty of local attractions including the Columbia Icefield and Maligne Lake. There’s an awesome day hike to Mount Edith Cavell that offers some panoramic views of glacial areas. You can camp close to town at either Whistler’s Campground or Wapiti Campground, but be careful…these parks are in grizzly country and black bears are frequently spotted as well. Carry bear spray when hiking.
You’ll notice some difference from the US version when exploring Glacier National Park from the British Columbia side. Here the park has a series of pull-offs and signage alerts for what to expect ahead. It’s always breathtaking scenery, well-marked trails, and in the warmer months is blanketed with waves of colorful wildflowers rising from the valley floors.
Continuing along the TransCanada Highway you’ll leave the mountains and descend into the Thompson Okanagan, Canada’s wine country. This lush area also grows an abundant variety of fruits and vegetables too tempting to resist.
The Vancouver area has it all: ocean, pristine beaches, and majestic mountains, plus a vibrant cosmopolitan city nearby. Take the ferry to Vancouver Island to explore the capital city of Victoria. It’s well worthwhile to make a side trip – a somewhat challenging three hours away – to Tonfino and Ucluelet, charming seaside villages on the island’s far west coast.
Olympic National Park
Before you head home, take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, Washington and end your adventure with a stop at a true US treasure, Olympic National Park. Settle in at the Salt Creek Recreation Area, just 40 minutes from the ferry dock and right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This site has tent-camping and RV areas plus 50 amp hookups, so it’s a convenient spot to layover as you discover Olympic’s old-growth forests, coastal beaches and snow-capped peaks.