RVING: YOU SET THE LIFE­STYLE IN AN RV

Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY JOSEPHINE MATYAS

For many peo­ple, the free­dom of the open road is an ir­re­sistible draw. In 2017, to cel­e­brate Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial, Parks Canada is of­fer­ing free day ad­mis­sion to its 200-plus na­tional parks, his­toric sites and marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas across the coun­try. So, this is the year to try out the RV life­style—get out and ex­plore this vast na­tion, from coast-to-coast-to-coast (www.parkscanada.gc.ca).

RV en­thu­si­asts say they love the flex­i­bil­ity and free­dom that’s un­like any other hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Rather than a trip that fo­cuses on the des­ti­na­tion, RVING puts the jour­ney at the heart of the va­ca­tion, cre­at­ing me­mories from start to fin­ish. Down­turns in the weather or a sud­den change in travel plans won’t de­rail valu­able get­away time. For fam­i­lies, a dry place to wait out a storm can be an on-the-road life­saver. For se­niors, it can be a sim­ple mat­ter of safety and com­fort.

Canada is known for its wilder­ness; a coun­try rich in un­spoiled des­ti­na­tions that are of­ten made eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble when trav­el­ling by RV. The driv­ing routes in the Yukon are tai­lor-made for trav­ellers in­ter­ested in Gold Rush his­tory, First Na­tions cul­ture and quirky small towns like Car­cross and Daw­son City. In the com­pact Mar­itime re­gion, RVERS can eas­ily skip from watch­ing New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy tides, to in­dulging in a lob­ster din­ner on Prince Ed­ward Is­land and then mov­ing south­west to ex­plore the mu­sic-hap­pen­ing city of Hal­i­fax and the ar­ti­san-rich small towns like Ch­ester and Lunen­burg along the south shore of Nova Sco­tia. Québec’s Gaspé re­gion was rec­og­nized by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eler as one of “Canada’s 50 Places of a Life­time.” The forests, lakes and rivers of On­tario and Québec call out to an­glers, hik­ers and those who love a good dose of wilder­ness. In the west, the Rocky Moun­tain parks are pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for trav­ellers look­ing for dra­matic scenery, wildlife and star­splashed skies. Across the coun­try, trav­el­ling by RV can also be a way to ex­plore fes­ti­vals and spe­cial events in large cities by stay­ing in nearby camp­grounds.

There’s an RV for ev­ery bud­get and ev­ery life­style. The most pop­u­lar RV en­try point is with a small tent trailer or camper, some­thing easy to ma­noeu­vre and tow be­hind an SUV or mini­van. Once bit­ten by the life­style, RVERS of­ten “move up” to larger fifth-wheel units or mo­torhomes, of­ten tak­ing along the com­forts of home. With ex­tra space at the push of a but­ton, RVs con­tain queen and king-sized beds, leather so­fas, gourmet kitchens and even fire­places.

An RV va­ca­tion—stay­ing at camp­sites and cook­ing meals rather than eat­ing out— can be very bud­get-friendly. Cook­ing s’mores and singing songs around a camp­fire, grilling din­ner lake­side or play­ing board games while stay­ing dry on a rainy day, all cre­ate pre­cious fam­ily me­mories.

The Go RVING Canada web­site is a one-stop re­source about RVING, with in­for­ma­tion on buy­ing and rent­ing RVs, list­ings of RV deal­ers and RV parks and camp­grounds across Canada, and about the RV life­style. Con­sumer tools in­clude how-to videos, a trip-plan­ning guide, the RV af­ford­abil­ity guide and RV camp­ing themed news­let­ter, along with a choosey­our- RV fea­ture help­ing users de­cide what sort of RV and type of trip best fits their travel style (www.gorv­ing.ca).

Kids want to stare at the stars past their bed­time, to play not have play­dates,

to wan­der and roam free.

BRING BACK WILDHOOD

RV CAMP­ING ON THE BRUCE PENIN­SULA, ON • GO RVING CANADA

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