Why should I never visit Winnipeg
You have to see it in Canada
Canada is widely recognized as one of the most popular RV travel destinations. Infinite expanses of untouched nature and the possibility of spontaneously spending the night almost anywhere make every camper's heart beat faster. There are also tons of exciting sights that can only be found in Canada. To make it easier for you to plan a camping trip through Canada, we have collected helpful tips for you here. But where do you start? The great distances of the in Canada make it almost impossible to see it all in a single trip. As a little help, we have therefore prepared a small overview of the most beautiful places and regions in Canada.
Off to Canada!
The main attractions on the east coastCanada's east coast on the Atlantic is divided into the states of Quebec, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Quebec is also bordered by the state of Ontario, which is usually part of the Canadian east. There, in Ontario, is also what is probably Canada's most famous natural wonder: Niagara Falls. Huge amounts of water plunge into the depths from almost 50 meters. Visitors get the best view of it from the two towers, each over 200 meters high, called “Skylon” and “Minolta”. If you love the view from high places, your next destination should be Toronto, the capital of Ontario. Toronto is definitely worth a visit, if only for the CN Tower, the second tallest building in the world. From a height of 553 meters you can enjoy a unique view. If you want to experience Canadian culture during your camping trip, Quebec and its capital Montreal are the right place for you. With over 500 concerts and the Montreal Jazz Festival annually, the city is the cultural heart of the country. In addition to the many musical highlights, the city is home to some impressive buildings. This includes, for example, the Notre-Dame basilica. The Museum of Civilization in Hull in southern Quebec is also recommended as a special travel tip.
The middle states of Canada - pure natureAlong the 7,800-kilometer Trans Canada Highway, the route from the leads through the central states. These include Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Canadian Route 66 also passes the Gros Morne, Banff and Yoho National Parks. Between the few small towns and the parks, however, there are sometimes hundreds to thousands of kilometers of wheat fields and lonely nature. This is almost perfect for pushing all the stress of the big city far away. The drive from the east to the west coast alone takes more than a month with one or two stops. So if you want to travel all over the country, you have to bring a lot of time with you.
Lots of variety on the west coastThe west coast of Canada consists of the two states of Yukon and British Columbia, which couldn't be more different. The Yukon borders Alaska in the northwest and, with its vast landscape, is considered a single, large national park. British Columbia, on the other hand, with its capital Vancouver, is the cultural center of the west. On Vancouver Island you can enjoy culture and culinary delights in the city of Victoria. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve also promises unforgettable impressions. The paradise for surfers is the small town of Tofino on the coast. On the mainland in Vancouver, Stanley Park enchants with its pleasant tranquility in the middle of the big city. If you want to switch to skis in the evening after surfing on Vancouver Island in the morning, you don't have to go far in British Columbia. Less than a two-hour drive north of Vancouver is the Whistler-Blackcomb region, one of the world's largest ski areas. There is almost nothing in Canada that is not there. Beautiful nature, imposing buildings and open-minded people make Canada without a doubt a perfect destination for a vacation in a motorhome. However, we recommend limiting yourself to one state per camping holiday and enjoying the sights there. Otherwise the trip cannot be enjoyed sufficiently. Only those who have several months can travel the entire country via the Trans Canada Highway without missing out on anything.
Motorhome Vacation in Canada - Adventure for the Whole FamilyMost campsites in Canada have their own program for families, but nature is never far away. In the big cities, you can always visit a large amusement park. Toronto is the ideal starting point for a family trip through eastern Canada. Especially for the children, the shores of Lake Ontario with its many beautiful campsites and beaches is an experience. There are also some parks here, for example in Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto. Not to be missed, by the way, is the nearby Niagara Falls. You only drive there by camper for about 90 minutes and you can look forward to particularly beautiful photos. The city of Quebec is also not far away at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River into the Atlantic. Where British homes meet a panorama of mountains, you can't help but fall in love with Canada. Incidentally, you can also reach the aforementioned mountain range with your mobile home. But don't forget your anti bear spray.
From Ontario to the West: Essential Tips for the WildernessFirst, some tips on how to behave when traveling through the wilderness of Canada. You will often come across black and brown bears along the way. As a rule, however, they do not come very close to vehicles. The animals are curious, but hardly dare to get closer to people when they honk loudly. However, the bears don't like to be surprised. Always take pepper or bear spray with you in case one of these animals should come closer to you. During a break, you should always store food separately from where you sleep so as not to attract wild animals. The authorities generally advise against spending the night in the great outdoors. Because of the long distances, you should always have enough petrol with you and plan your stages carefully. It can happen that you do not find a place or a gas station for more than 100 kilometers. A trip in a motorhome from Ontario to the west of the country begins with the approximately 1,400-kilometer stage from Toronto to Thunder Bay. To do this, take the country road past the Great Lakes. Along the way, you'll pass beautiful spots like Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Thunder Bay. Quetico Park with its lakes and maple forests on the border with the USA is also worth a stop. After Ontario, Manitoba follows with the capital Winnipeg. There is one thing in particular to see on the way there: wilderness and forests. Only a few small communities can be found now and then in a small valley. Past Lake Wabigoon and the lakes of Winnange and Eagle Dogtooth, it finally comes to Winnipeg, the "Gateway to the West". It is worth visiting the Manitoba Museum and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the oldest of its kind in Canada. You can park your motorhome very easily in Winnipeg Beach, a small community in the north.
West Coast: Vancouver and the Rocky MountainsOn the west coast of Canada, dense forests meet wide coastlines and huge mountains. For families, Stanley Park is just as good a destination for a trip as the large aquarium. If you want to experience something even while shopping for your supplies, we recommend visiting the market on Granville Island. The places that you should definitely visit in this region are the two national parks Jasper and Banff. Banff shows all the beauty of Canada with its clear lakes, dark conifers and rocks covered in snow. The 230km long Icefields Parkway connects the two parks and leads you past the bluish shimmering Peyto Glacier. You can enjoy urban flair in the two cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary is known as a ski resort. There you can ski down to the valley on the slopes in the nearby mountains. In summer, the rodeo moves in here during the Stampede event. There are plenty of events waiting for you in Edmonton too, especially the K Days in concerts and fireworks.
Canada's Saint Lawrence River - From Ottawa to TorontoIn Ottawa, the Victorian architecture is the most surprising. Sometimes you might think you're in London or a small town in the south of England. Especially when you let your gaze wander over Parliament Hill. There the 112 meter high Peace Tower rises, which looks almost like Big Ben in London. The National Gallery, which in a certain sense resembles a huge greenhouse, is much more modern. Not only the works of El Greco and Gustav Klimt, but also the paintings by Canadian artists, more precisely the "Group of Seven", are worth seeing.
Next stop: KingstonAbout 200km away from Ottawa, Kingston is located directly on the St. Lawrence River. While there are shorter routes, we recommend that you take Ontario Highway 416 to Highway 401. There you can follow the St. Lawrence River, which marks the border between Canada and the USA. It is best to leave the expressway if you want to experience nature. A smaller route runs right along the shore through Brockville, Butternut Bay and Selton. The latter offers nice access to Hill Island. Shortly before that, the islands of Tar and Grenadier, washed by spray, are worth a look. It's still a little way to Kingston and the coast there. Once there, you can set up your camp on the KOA Campground 1,000 Islands to hit Cordukes Road. The facility is named after the 1,000 islands that are said to be located off the coast of Kingston in the waters of the St. Lawrence River. In fact, few are not. If you look west from one of the islands, you can already see the transition between St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, the body of water that will accompany you for the next few days of your trip. You should go to Kingston in the summer as there are numerous events on the islands. The best known is probably the Wolfe Island Music Festival.
On Lake Ontario - along the coast via Oshawa to TorontoOshawa is a small suburb near the city of Toronto. Particularly noteworthy is the way there, which always leads along the shores of the Ontario Lake. In Oshawa the Glenrouge Campground especially since it is only a few meters away from the highway. The surrounding landscape is green and the Rouge River creates an excellent ambience. Toronto, Canada's largest city, is only 60 kilometers from Oshawa. East Point Park and Scarborough Bluffs Park invite you to take a break in the fresh sea air along the way. A longer stop is also worthwhile at Beaches Park, Toronto's beach resort par excellence. The Beaumont campsite is only a few minutes north of the Beaches and guarantees short distances to the center. The port district with a view of Ward’s Island is particularly recommended in Toronto. There's a lot going on here, especially in the evening. The whole city seems to be on its feet to enjoy fresh fish cuisine in the restaurants on the waterfront. Of course, the backdrop with the huge CN Tower that rises nearby is also great.
Wilderness Adventure: From Yukon to AlaskaThe tour across the Yukon to Alaska begins in Canada's capital, Vancover. Passing large lakes, the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains comes closer and closer. A first overnight stay is finally in Banff. The pretty place, enchants with numerous buildings in the style of log cabins. Once you've had enough of it, you can move on to Jasper. There are some public parking spaces near the center. The small wooden boxes with a drawer underneath are funny on Canada's parking spaces. Write your name and registration number on the envelopes inside. The fee of about $ 12 CAN comes in and you put everything together in the mailbox. The court fee is now paid. Simple sanitary facilities are available for this, barbecue areas are available and even wood for the campfire is included. Everyone should use this payment option, because wild camping entails fines of 500 $ CAN. Here is a good chance that you will encounter the animal inhabitants of Canada for the first time. The animals in the national parks have lost their fear of people because of the visitors and are downright trusting.
The Yukon Territory - WhitehorseHighway 16 leads north from Jasper. At Watson Lake you reach Alaska Highway 1. There begins a road that you can drive from Alaska all the way to Tierra del Fuego. In the Yukon, this route leads through the middle of the Rocky Mountains. To the surprise of many, this route is mostly four-lane and in excellent condition - you would not have expected that in the wilderness. In Whitehorse the Pioneer RV Park and Campground offers itself as a parking space. The well-equipped campsite has either 15 or 30 ampere power connections and a laundry and showers. If you want to catch fish in the Yukon, you can get a fishing license for the Yukon here at the tourist information. This costs around $ 36 CAN as an annual license in the provinces of Western Canada. You can also visit the SS Klondike, one of the ships that transported thousands of prospectors north on the Yukon River. Today the paddle steamer is a museum with exciting exhibits. The Whitehorse Museum of Local History is also impressive. Here the visitor is greeted in the entrance area by the largest wolf that has ever been shot in the Yukon. The magnificent specimen measures over 2.20 m in length and weighed more than 90 kg.
Gold rush and gambling in the western town of Dawson CityThe Alaska Highway automatically leads you north, because there are hardly any junctions. Near Yukon Crossing the road becomes two lanes and leads in serpentines through the mountains of the Rockies. To get to the other side of the great river, an extraordinary bridge has been built in the mountains here. The arch bridge leads to a narrow gorge at a height of about 200 m over the water. The steel structure is only connected to the ground on one side, the east side of the crossing is on rollers. Because of the sharp temperature differences and the associated strong expansion of the steel, this was a practicable solution. In addition, there is no road surface, but you drive over bars, which is why this bridge never has to be cleared even in freezing rain and heavy snowfall. It is a strange feeling to cross the river via this idiosyncratic construction and an unforgettable experience, because even the motorhome makes the steel structure sway and the view down is dizzying. There are several good campsites in Dawson. The Dawson City RV and Campground as well as the campsite of the Dawson City Bonanza Gold Motel are equipped with all the necessary extras, from the power connection to the laundry to comfortable sanitary facilities. Dawson City is a gold rush town as it is known from Wild West films. Wooden houses with wooden walkways in front of them, some of them a bit crooked. Some saloons tempt you with whiskey and draft beer, Klondike Kate’s restaurant serves gigantic beef and bison steaks and gold shops offer nuggets. The highlight is the Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, where people still spin the wheel of fortune and play roulette the old-fashioned way. Dancers let their skirts fly during the can-can and create a relaxed atmosphere.
The Top of the World Highway to ChickenWith the ferry in Dawson City across the Yukon, an ascent begins almost at the summit of the Ogilvie Mountains, which extend from here to Alaska. The Dempster Highway from Dawson to Alaska is also called the Top of the World Highway because it is the highest in the world. With the breathtaking view, it is not surprising to see a grizzly foraging for food, a family of black bears playing or a herd of caribou crossing the road on their hike. Chicken / Alaska awaits you right behind the small border station. In the downright cute gold digger village with its 5 inhabitants, vacationers are shown how gold is panned.
The best soundtrack for a motorhome trip around CanadaA motorhome trip through Canada is where you spend a lot of time on long roads in the wilderness. Here you can rely on two things: exciting adventures and radio reception that is not always good. Therefore, it is better to put together your own personal soundtrack before the trip! Also because of the name, we recommend a band called Grizzly Bear. Some members come from Canadian families. If you like it more poppy and prefer music from the 80s, you should stick to the Canadian band Men Without Hats. Her song "The Safety Dance" is often played on the radio. This group also recorded the “Winnebago Song”, which tells of a long drive through Canada. Other world-famous Canadian musicians are Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Author: Tom Sperner
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