Your Guide – How to RV in Canada

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Planning an RV trip In Canada is a great way to explore some of the country’s stunning landscapes, but it can be overwhelming if it’s your first time. With this ultimate guide to RVing in Canada, you’ll be prepared for any adventure with tips on where to go, what to pack, and how to stay safe.

If you’re Canadian then you already know we live in a very large country.  It’s impossible to see it all in a very short time but that might not be the purpose of why you want to RV in Canada.

Maybe it’s so you can explore your own province or region. It might be so you can vacation at a nearby lake or campground.

There are so many reasons why you might want to RV in Canada – and that’s ok. This guide is intended to give you some of the basics and then as you gain experience in RVing your skills and knowledge will grow, making your RV travels even better.

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When's the best time to RV in Canada?

When to travel will depend on what a person wants to see or do. For the most part the best time for RVing in Canada is from the middle of May to the middle of October and the high season is July and August. The kids are out of school then so there’s a lot of competition for the sites and attractions.

September is beautiful in Canada most years and the campgrounds, RV Parks and tourist destinations aren’t as busy. It’s something to consider when planning your RV adventure.

However, I am recently learning that RVers are a hardy bunch and winter camping is not out of the question thru-out Canada. If you’re interested in RV Winter Living check out my blog to help you stay safe and warm.

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Choose an RV that fits your Needs and Budget

Before beginning your RVing adventure in Canada, it’s important to choose the right RV that fits your needs and budget. Consider the size of the RV, storage space and amenities, all of which can impact how comfortable you are while on the road. For a more detailed description of the Top 10 most popular RVs read more here.

Give serious thought as to the purpose of your RV. Are you planning on vacation a few times of the year, become full timers, be snowbirds? Do you want to pull something with your car or are you thinking of operating a large Class A motorhome? These are things to think of when doing your research.

RV for Rent in Canada

If you’re not sure what you want or need consider renting an RV to try different types of RVs and then when you purchase you will be a better informed buyer – learn more at RV for rent in Canada!

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Get to know the Rules, Regulations and restrictions for individual Provinces

Depending on your destination, different provinces may have their own rules and laws in place. This may apply to licensing, insurance, and permits – just to name a few items that may differ in each province.

For example in Alberta it’s possible to haul a truck with a fifth wheel and then a boat at the end. I know in BC that’s a no-no.  

Make sure you’re familiar with any restrictions that prohibit RV camping in certain areas. Additionally, be aware of provincial laws regarding quiet hours and campfire restrictions, as well as whether a permit is needed for RV camping in areas outside of RV Parks and campgrounds.

Take the time to research the specific regulations for each area before you begin your journey – you want your RV trip to go smoothly!

Check with your provincial motor vehicles office, where you can find the laws pertaining to towing and licensing.  Visitors to Canada and each province should check as well before their arrival.

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Pack essential Items for Comfortable Travels

Preparing properly for your RV trip is essential to having an enjoyable experience. Pack essentials like comfortable outdoor clothing, sturdy shoes, a flashlight, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, insect repellent and extra blankets. 

Stock up on other items to make cooking outdoors more enjoyable, such as paper plates and utensils. If you’ll be camping in more remote locations, bring along some non-perishable food items like canned goods just in case.


Outfitting your RV will once again depend on the size and your destination. Some of the basics for many RVers include a camp stove, barbecue, chairs, floor mat, and bedding to start you off. If you are anything like the rest of us – you will over pack! It’s a learning experience – we’ve all done it.

Research Camping Locations Before You Go

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One of the most important steps in planning a successful RV trip is researching your campsite options. Do you need services, amenities or are you self-sufficient and able to be more independent?

We are so very lucky in Canada – we have beautiful Federal and Provincial Parks with outstanding campgrounds.In addition most communities, cities and towns have campgrounds as well which can be located by searching their community websites.  

If you’re considering more remote camping in your RV then determine how remote the locations are, if there’s access to water and electricity outlets, what amenities you’ll need for waste disposal and so on.

It’s also worth adding some flexibility into your plans in order to streamline adjusting your itinerary when necessary due to weather or other conditions that may arise. 

One of my big suggestions is for you to be flexible and open to trying something new – there are unlimited options in Canada for camping and RVing – so don’t restrict yourself.

TIP:  Do an online search for words like “camping in Manitoba”, “RVing in British Columbia”, “campsites near Edmonton”. Just switch out the names for your choices and dig in!

Conclusion - The Basics of RVing in Canada

To simplify things here’s the basics to consider when choosing to RV in Canada

  • Why do you wish to RV? Understand the purpose of your RV – vacation, full time living, touring, lake side cottage or guest accommodation.  Be clear as to the reason – this impacts the rest of your plans.
  • Timeline. Do you wish something now or in the future?  
  • Type of RV to purchase. Knowing why you wish to RV in Canada will determine the type of RV you purchase.  
  • Know your Budget. There’s no point in dreaming of a fancy Class A when your budget will cover a very nice fifth wheel.  Research prices after you’ve determined the type you need and want.
  • Ensure you have proper licensing for yourself and your RV for where you live and where you plan on traveling.
  • If the RV is used – have an inspection.
  • Travel plans – not everyone plans in advance. It’s a personal choice whether you make reservations, etc but do your research so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
  • Load your essentials in the RV along with safety gear, tools and all the basics such as food, bedding, toiletries, clothing, etc.
  • Last but not least!  Enjoy your RV journey! 

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