Planning Guide For RV Travel In Canada

RVing in Canada is gaining in popularity as an affordable vacation.

The scale and grandeur of this incredible country must be seen to be appreciated. Canada is a country that once visited, creates memories that last a lifetime.

Snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas are just one part of the allure of Banff National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas are just one part of the allure of Banff National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Canada is a major RV travel destination renowned for its vast natural landscapes and stunning scenery. America’s northern neighbor offers visitors a truly unique vacation experience with a exceptional diversity of natural and man-made attractions. Whatever adventure you may seek, Canada has a destination.

From the rugged Pacific coastline and ancient rain forests of British Columbia, across the majestic Rockies and the rolling wheat field plains of the prairie provinces, past the great waterways of the east and on to historic sites and small fishing villages along the Atlantic coast…Canada has it all!

Some of the finest National Parks anywhere in the world are found in Canada. The peaceful serenity of the parks, the unique wildlife, and the jaw-dropping scenery create magical RVing memories.

The Canadian Rockies are stunningly beautiful and immense, with spellbinding views of snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, fast-flowing rivers, and endless forests. Within the Canadian Rockies is some of the most beautiful, serene and, at the same time, breathtaking scenery on the earth’s surface.

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why. The park is a wonderland of dazzling glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and evergreen forest, all surrounded by mountains. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. The park is a wonderland of dazzling glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and evergreen forest, all surrounded by mountains. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You will never tire of RVing in Canada because over the next horizon there is something amazing to see and experience.

Canada is a vast country and RVing in Canada is an ideal way to experience its true magnificence.

So… having chosen Canada as your RVing destination, the challenge is deciding where to go and what to see and do when you get there.

Language

Canada has two official languages, English and French. English is spoken by 60 percent and French by 23 percent.

Metric System

Canada uses the metric system. American visitors may find the following conversions helpful.

Fuel in Canada is measured in liters. One U.S. gallon equals 3.785 liters.

Temperature in Canada is measured in degrees Celsius (°C). To convert a Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit: Degrees Celsius = Degrees Fahrenheit x 1.8 + 32 (e.g. 20°C = 20 x 1.8 + 32 = 68°F)

Distance in Canada is measured in meters (m) and kilometers (km). One yard equals 0.9 m; one mile equals 1.6 km.

Speed in Canada is measured in kilometers per hour (km/h).

The mountain parks are home to caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, wolves, black and grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep (pictured above). © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The mountain parks are home to caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, wolves, black and grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep (pictured above). © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Border Requirements

To ease your border crossing the following regulations and suggestions are offered.

Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship.

Have proof of where you call home, especially if your driver’s license and vehicle tags list different states.

You must have proof of ownership and insurance for all vehicles. If towing a second vehicle be prepared to show the agent the registration for both vehicles.

If your RV is a diesel pusher DO NOT set air brakes when stopping at the booth.

Remove your sunglasses so the border agent can see your eyes. It allows them to read your expressions and shows you aren’t hiding anything,

Answer only questions asked and NEVER volunteer additional information.

Do NOT relay to an agent that you are a fulltime RVer. Officials feel that if you have no home you may have no reason to return to your home country.

From ice-capped mountain peaks to vast glacier-formed valleys, the Glacier Skywalk is your front row seat to nature's most grand performance. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

From ice-capped mountain peaks to vast glacier-formed valleys, the Glacier Skywalk is your front row seat to nature’s most grand performance. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Due to new diseases that surface from time to time, the rules of what food—especially meat—that you can have on board may differ from day to day. As a result it’s best to travel north OR south across the border with minimal food.

Every traveler entering Canada must declare all food, plants, animals, and related products.

Worth Pondering…

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.”
―John F. Kennedy

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