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The Best RV Destinations in Canada

Planning a Canadian RV trip and feeling overwhelmed by the number of awesome spots to explore? Narrowing your RV trip down to a single destination can be challenging, so we’re sharing our favorite places to RV in each province to help simplify your trip planning process.

Our choices include the must-see attractions no matter where you’re heading, from lookouts and swimming spots to golf courses and wineries, so you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from during your RV road trip.

British Columbia

Victoria

British Columbia overflows with picturesque RV destinations and parks. On Vancouver Island, Victoria is one of our favorite places to take an RV no matter the season since it doesn’t have the same harsh winters as other parts of Canada. With its ocean scapes, it’s an outdoor paradise for swimmers, hikers, and everyone in between.

Things to do

Want to find a slice of nature in downtown Victoria? Beacon Hill Park is the place to go. For something more fast-paced, you can head to Sooke, just outside of the city, and zipline through the treetops with Adrena LINE Zipline Adventures Tours. Nearby, there’s freshwater swimming at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, and you can also find secluded swimming along the Nanaimo River. If you want a beach day, Thetis Lake is the spot. Prefer to stay dry? Play one of the many world-class golf courses on the island. As for a great lookout, Mount Douglas is your best option. It’s a little bit of a hike to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Victoria and the Gulf Islands.

Weather in Victoria, like anywhere, won’t always cooperate with your plans. If it happens to rain during your visit, then check out X-Men’s Hatley Castle or browse the Royal British Columbia Museum.

When to go

Like most Canadian cities, we’d recommend exploring Victoria in summer when temperatures are warm. However, if you decide to go RVing in the off-season, keep your eyes peeled for snow and ice on the road, especially at high elevations outside the city center.

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Alberta

Banff

A couple of hours outside of Calgary, Banff is home to Banff National Park, one of the country’s most picturesque destinations. It has imposing views of the Rockies, majestic rivers, ancient glaciers, and sublime forests to enjoy and discover around every corner, and it’s the perfect place to take an RV road trip.

Things to do

No matter where you go in Banff, you’ll find something beautiful to see. Aylmer Lookout at Lake Minnewanka has some of the most sought-after views in the province, but to get there, you’ll need to set aside a day to hike 14 miles (23 kilometres) round-trip. But don’t worry if you aren’t an avid hiker—Banff National Park also has a variety of easy-to-moderate hiking trails for people of all skill levels, including the popular Bow Falls Trail. Prefer to see things from your vehicle? Visit Lake Louise or drive the Icefields Parkway to get aerial views of Peyton and Bow lakes. Before heading back to your campground, stop and soak in the thermal water at Banff Upper Hot Springs.

When to go

Banff isn’t just a summer destination. If you find yourself there in winter, then you’ll also find world-class skiing at Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise, and Sunshine Village. Remember to dress in layers as temperatures can dip well below freezing at this time.

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Saskatchewan

Regina

You won’t want to pass up on the chance to visit Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan. If you love warm weather and scenic lakes, then plan to visit in summer, when temperatures regularly exceed 25°C (77°F)—the perfect weather for swimming and exploring outside.

Things to do

Want to take a drive? Take your RV to Echo Valley Provincial Park, just northeast of the city. The lush green park is home to two sandy beaches, a playground, and several hiking trails, and it’s a great spot to spend the day swimming or fishing. Another spot for water fun is the Wascana Centre. There you can go kayaking, canoeing, and bird watching. Music lovers can also find their fix in Regina, which is known for having multiple popular festivals such as the Regina Folk Fest and the Regina Music Fest. For a sweet treat and a retro vibe, hit Milky Way, the local favorite ice cream shop.

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Photo Courtesy of Travel Manitoba

Manitoba

Winnipeg Beach

An hour north of Manitoba’s busy capital city, Winnipeg Beach offers a scenic and secluded, fully serviced area to park your RV. The beach has great swimming and an accessible boat launch, along with plenty to offer bikers and explorers.

Things to do

In summer you’ll find live, local music at The Bandstand, which is within walking distance to great restaurants and shops. The two most popular sites to visit in Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park are Moonlight Special Bay and New Dipps Bay, where you can go swimming or boating. Tennis and volleyball courts can also be found, so bring your racket and balls. Standout Winnipeg festivals include Festival du Voyageur, Jazz Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

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Photo by Buddhi Kumar Shrestha

Ontario

Niagara

Niagara Falls is the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” for a reason. But you don’t need to be love birds to enjoy the sights—Niagara is more than just the falls. Tackle your fears at theme and water parks, watch a world-class show, go indoor skydiving, visit a winery, go for a hike, or even hit up a casino.

Things to do

If you haven’t toured Niagara Falls, now’s the time. And even aside from the falls, popular areas include Lundy’s Lane entertainment district, Niagara-on-the-Lake (known for its wineries and delicious ice wine), and top hiking spots like the Whirlpool Loop and the Woodland Conservation Area. For great views, consider Skylon Tower, Rainbow Bridge, or the Old Fort

When to go

Keep in mind that Niagara Falls is extremely popular among tourists. The area is quite busy in summer, so book in advance and be prepared for crowds.

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Photo by Steve Giampa

Honorable mention: Algonquin Park

It’s hard to go RVing in Ontario and not head to Algonquin Park. Canoe and kayak the crystal-clear lakes and cliff jump into the turquoise water—and don’t forget to look up. You might see a jay, hawk, or even an eagle.

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Québec

Québec City

Québec City is the heart of French Canadian culture, teeming with history, architecture, and natural beauty. It’s one of North America’s oldest settlements, and walking through it feels as if you’ve teleported into old France. In recent years, Québec City has also experienced a culinary renaissance, with no shortage of restaurants to try when you visit during your next RV trip.

Things to do

Although you won’t tire of the sights inside Québec City limits, it’s best to check out everything the area has to offer. Jacques Cartier National Park, just 30 minutes north of the city, is an excellent spot to take in Québec’s mountains and valleys—here you’ll find everything from fishing and canoeing to hiking and bird watching.

When to go

If you visit Québec City in summer or winter, check out Montmorency Falls, a fun place to explore during both the sunniest and snowiest parts of the year. The Parc de la Chute-Montmorency has more than just waterfalls, and adventure seekers come from all over to zipline over the plunge pool and scale cliffs along the via ferrata.

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New Brunswick

Moncton

RVers will enjoy the drive to Moncton because the roads leading to the city follow New Brunswick‘s rugged coastline, an area known for the world’s highest waves. With a rich Acadian history, Moncton has famed green spaces, water attractions, beaches, and live music.

Things to do

New Brunswick is perfect for water activities, especially in summer. Water park fans will have a blast at Magic Mountain, and ocean lovers will be mesmerized by the Tidal Bore, a natural wave phenomenon. At Magic Mountain, you stay inside your RV while it defies gravity and crawls backward, uphill.

If going up instead of down is more your speed, head to the Irishtown Nature Park and hike up the scenic trails. Want more adventure? Try zip lining at Timber Top Adventures or Zip Zag. Moncton is also known for its parks and live music, and Centennial Park is a favorite place to relax after a fun day out and about.

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Prince Edward Island

Home of Anne of Green Gables and radiant red beaches considered the best in Canada, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is fertile for fun. At 224 kilometres long, the island is one big destination for RV explorers. Prince Edward Island National Park, near the community of Cavendish, is perfect for sunset watching, campfires, beach hopping, and biking.

Things to do

Music fans will love the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, the largest outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada. There are countless swimming spots in the area, but Cavendish Beach, Greenwich Beach, and Brackley Beach are our favorites. Cyclists can check out the Gulf Shore Way for a scenic ride, while birdwatchers and fishers should hit Prince Edward Island National Park.

When to go

PEI is made for summer fun. With weather into the mid-twenties and tons of activities, it’s the place to be. PEI is a popular tourist destination in summer, so remember to book your RV and camping spots early.

Quick tip: You’ll need a national park fishing license to fish in any of the park’s freshwater ponds, streams, or rivers.

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Nova Scotia

Cape Breton

The craggy cliffs of Cape Breton hold a rich history. Potent with good music and food, world-class golf, and more outdoor activities than you could do in one trip, it’s the perfect location to explore in an RV. For a scenic drive, it doesn’t get much better than the views you’ll find within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Things to do

You won’t be let down by the hiking on Cape Breton Island, where our favorite trails include the Acadian Trail, Cabot Trail, and Franey Trail. If you’re more into water activities, check out Riverside Retreat and CB West PaddleBoards for rentals. You can also take in Celtic culture at the Celtic Colours International Festival every October.

When to go

Since Nova Scotia is an East Coast province, you’ll want to be prepared for changing weather at a moment’s notice. Don’t forget to pack your layers to stay comfortable if the weather shifts.

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Photo by Timothy Holmes

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne National Park

On the west coast of Newfoundland lies Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose landscape was been shaped by grinding glaciers and colliding continents to create some of Canada’s most picturesque mountain formations and inlets.

Things to do

Boat through the soaring fjords and climb peaks that tower above beaches and forests, or visit the park’s fishing villages to hear local music with an Irish influence, taste fresh seafood, and drink craft beer.

If you’re a hiker, consider tackling the highest peak on the island, Gros Morne Mountain, or discovering the exposed earth’s mantle with a walk through the Tablelands. For those who want some water, you can white water raft, zip line at Humber River, or have a beach day at Shallow Bay Beach. Beer lovers should check out the West Coast Newfoundland Craft Beer Festival.

Quick tip: The moose population is high within the park, so watch your speed while driving and keep an eye for moose darting out onto the road. They’re most active at dawn and dusk, and in in winter, they frequently head out onto the roads to lick the salt.

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