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Millions of tourists flock to Canada each year mainly because of the allure of its beautiful natural outdoors, including dozens of secluded rugged mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and glaciers.

The best way to explore Canada's stunning outdoor scenery is by RV. One of the biggest advantages of touring by RV is that it makes travelling easy and comfortable. Plus, Canadian landscapes are well-suited for camping since they offer plenty of areas with fresh water sources.

However, before you set out to explore Canada by RV, here are important things to know:

1. Winter is a good time to explore Canada by RV

If you thought you couldn't explore Canada by RV during winter, think again. Famous for its legendary winters, many tourists think it's a perfect time to stay indoors by a roaring fire. But you'll be surprised by the incredible number of exciting things you can do.

Canada offers a lot of exciting winter camping spots for any adventurer, such as the Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, Algonquin Provincial Park in the Muskoka Area, Fundy National Park in Alma, New Brunswick, and Glacier National Park in the Backcountry of British Columbia.

Canadian Rockies in winter
Canadian Rockies in winter

You can enjoy exciting winter activities near these camping spots, such as skating, surfing, dog sledging, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing. Why not also visit Niagara Falls, see the amazing Northern lights in the north or soak in the assortment of hot springs spread throughout the country?

2. Reserve your campgrounds in advance

The Canadian camping season is typically long, and the demand for campsites is high. Many popular Canadian attractions like Niagara Falls and Montreal's Ile Sainte Marie are already quite booked well in advance during peak season. By reserving your campsite early, you may snag a spot near these attractions without paying high prices.

And because campgrounds are the only places you're allowed to park your RV for the night, it can be a hassle to find an alternative location if you fail to find a spot.

Campground near the border with Alaska
Campground near the border with Alaska

The best time to make a reservation is 2-3 months in advance, but it's possible to secure a campsite as late as 6pm the night before your trip.

Even if you're looking to explore Canada during the low season, it's a good idea to plan your itinerary and reserve your campgrounds before leaving your home. You don't want to waste time looking for places to park when you should be exploring.

3. Bring your RV motorhome to a Canadian music festival

Your Canadian adventure won't be complete without rocking up to a music festival in your RV! It's the quintessential Canadian thing to do and it'll enable you to have a truly different experience. The most popular Canadian music festival spot is the Boots & Hearts Festival - often considered the ultimate country music festival in the country.

Boots & Hearts festival 2021
Boots & Hearts festival 2021 [📸]

4. Wild animal spotting

If you're looking to explore the Canadian wilderness, you will see many wild animals. For example, if you explore the forest regions, you will likely see animals like timber wolves, mooses, Canadian lynxes, chipmunks, martens, snowshoe rabbits, and porcupines.

Exploring the rocky mountain regions will likely see grizzly bears, elks, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, flying squirrels, and cougars. You'll also see various aquatic species if you explore the lakes and rivers.

Brown Moose spotted in Jasper, Canada
Brown Moose spotted in Jasper, Canada

While seeing native animals will add excitement to your adventure, you'll need to take care of yourself and the animals - remember, these are wild animals and they can be dangerous in some situations. Most animals come out at night, so if you're driving and you see animals on the road, stop or pull over on the roadside.

If you're exploring at night, only leave your RV if your guide or driver says so, or you're in a safe, public area.

Respect, consideration and awareness for the environment is crucial.

5. Make the most of your RV adventure

We always say, "the fun doesn't start when you reach your final destination. It starts when your journey begins". You've got the RV, and Canada provides the scenery; those two things together make something extraordinary.


Exploring Canada by RV will be an unforgettable experience. The Canadian outdoor scenery is beautiful, consisting of thundering waterfalls like Niagara Falls, natural and uninhabited lands, untouched and natural lakes and rivers, and rugged mountains and plains.

The Canadian provinces are unique; you get a new experience every time you visit. So, plan your trip today to enjoy Canada's natural wonders.

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