Family trip to Canada
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 9:45 AM Last Post By: travelinstyle46
Feb 17, 2013 4:15 PM
Feb 17, 2013 6:33 PM
1There are not very many areas of Canada where RVing in December and January is a good idea. Where are you planning to go?
Feb 17, 2013 8:22 PM
Feb 18, 2013 5:10 AM
3Just to restate the other posters, December and January are the dead of winter. Travel can be difficult and cold that time of year. I'm not sure RVs are designed for winter travel. You will be limited to the Pacific Coast. Vancouver and Vancouver Island are milder than elsewhere in the country but also wet, wet, wet.
Feb 18, 2013 5:18 AM
Yellowknife is nice to visit at that time of year!
Feb 18, 2013 5:24 AM
5Seriously though, it is NOT a good idea to go RV'ing in winter here in Canada, those things are hard to manouever in good conditions, and near impossible in snow. Think about it. Be safe kids!
Feb 18, 2013 3:00 PM
6I would like to add my voice to that of the others and recommend that you do more research before you undertake this trip.
There are many Canadians who hate to travel the highways in winter. And they are accustomed to the conditions. And they are driving vehicles with which they are fully familiar. And they have been practicing skidding and correcting skids since they were kids in parking lots.
Also -- check out where you will be able to park your behemoth. Most RV Parks are closed at that time of year because everyone has their RV safely parked all winter. If you can't find a sani station, you might begin not to like your motor home as much any more.
Having said that -- I also agree that the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island are about the only places you might find mild enough to make your trip enjoyable.
Feb 18, 2013 4:11 PM
7At that time of year whatever Canadian RVs are still dug out of snowdrifts are heading in the other direction, south to Florida or Nevada or anyplace else without such an entertaining winter climate. Many provincial and national parks won't have facilities for RVs open, either.
One practical point for your budgeet: Check the price of fuel, from province to province, which is substantially more than in the US.
Feb 18, 2013 4:16 PM
Feb 18, 2013 8:30 PM
I can only agree with everybody above. I am currently living in Lake Louise (near Banff) and there is no way you could do a RV trip around here in winter. Not only is it dangerous due to road conditions but there is nothing open to accomodate a RV in winter, which for you will mean no power, no gas, no water, no dump stations,.....NO FUN! Get yourself a rental 4x4 and sleep in motels, we stay in cheap motels all the time and they are (almost) all clean and good value. Most of them have a repeat customer program which makes every 6th or 7th stay for free.
All the best!
Feb 24, 2013 1:33 AM
10do you like snow? does your motorhome have snow tires or chains? Otherwise you'll have to spend your holidays in rainy Vancouver.
Feb 24, 2013 5:57 AM
Feb 25, 2013 3:20 PM
Feb 25, 2013 9:33 PM
Feb 27, 2013 9:45 AM
14Could some people who have nothing relevant to say to the OP please refrain from responding. Smart *ss responses aren't hard to make. Even a JJack (is that a stutter) can manage it.
RVing in Canada in the winter presents two specific problems. One, the cost of heating the RV at night can add a signifigant amount to your overall costs. Two, many 'RV parks' are seasonal and will not be open at all.
Having said that it is quite possible to RV in Canada in the winter if that is what you want to do. Have a read here for starters:
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