Canadian Camping Week Planned For May

The Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) will officially launch the 2015 camping season in Canada by hosting the inaugural Canadian Camping Week from May 19-24, 2015.

The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Canadian Camping Week will feature special events and participation from CCRVC member campgrounds across the country.

Campground associations from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, representing about 1400 campgrounds, will work with the CCRVC to celebrate the Canadian camping experience.

Parks Canada, the Camping and RVing in BC Coalition, Go RVing Canada, the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) and Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association of Canada (RVDAC) are also supporting this exciting, first ever event of its kind in the camping industry.

The 2015 Canadian Camping Week will showcase the best of what Canada’s camping sector has to offer.

Special events will include a discounted weekend camping rate, fishing contests, jamborees, and bonfires.

The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“We want every campground across the country to participate in promoting the camping and RV lifestyles,” said Maryse Catellier, president of CCRVC.

“Join us in showcasing what Canadian camping is all about.”

The first-ever Canadian Camping Week is scheduled to run from May 19-24. The week will conclude with participating campgrounds across the country offering two nights of camping (May 22-23) at $50 plus tax.

“Campground participation in the Canadian Camping Week is free, and 300 campgrounds are already registered,” said Catellier.

Participating campgrounds and RV Parks are required to offer either two nights for $50 plus tax on May 22-23 or organize an event to promote camping in Canada during the course of the Canadian Camping Week.

Interested campgrounds need to register by March 31. To register, visit www.campingweek.ca and download the registration form.

Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The CCRVC is also organizing a Fall Appreciation Weekend planned for September 11-12, 2015 (two nights, Friday-Saturday) following Labor Day.

Participation in the Fall promotion is optional but participating campgrounds are required to commit to offer two nights of camping for $50 plus tax.

The goals of the Canadian Camping Week in May and the fall promotion weekend are to:

Promote the camping sector and the camping/RVing lifestyles.

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Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC)

CCRVCThe three major players in the Canadian RV and Camping industry joined forces to create in May 2013 a new association: the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC).

CCRVC represents the RV Manufacturers Association, the RV Dealers Association, and the campground owners associations from across Canada.

Address: 2425 Narcisse-Perodeau, Québec (Quebec) G1T 2J4

Phone: (418) 455-8548

Website: www.ccrvc.ca

Canadian Camping Week

From May 19-24 the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) will host the inaugural Canadian Camping Week and officially launch the 2015 camping season in Canada. The Canadian Camping Week will feature special events and participation from CCRVC member campgrounds across the country.

Website: www.campingweek.ca

Worth Pondering…

Hysterically funny, amazingly talented people. That’s what I think of when I think of Canada. That, and cold beer. And mountains.
—Richard Patrick

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Favorite RV Recipes Contest Winners Announced

Go RVing Canada announces the winners of its Favorite RV Recipes Contest.

0001header2The contest was launched in early November and encouraged all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.

Before finalizing the three prize winners, a ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes was chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as ‘The Cooking Ladies’.

Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs. They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The grand prize for the best overall recipe and winner of an RV Weekend Getaway was awarded to Valerie Gervais of Ottawa, Ontario for her healthy and unique Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad.

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

The second prize of a $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online was awarded to Terri Gilson of Calgary, Alberta for her quirky Perogy Potato Salad.

The third prize of a six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives was awarded to Gail McBride of Edmonton, Alberta for her tangy Pickled Shrimp.

In order to choose the top twenty recipes, the Cooking Ladies equally weighed each entry for RV-friendliness, ease of preparation, relevance to the five categories, originality and creativity, as well as proper completion of submission form, taste, and visual appeal.

“We want to thank everyone across Canada who entered the contest and submitted their favorite RV recipe,” said Go RVing Canada Executive Director Chris Mahony.

“We received several delicious and unique entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. Go RVing Canada will be sharing all of the top twenty recipes with Canadians so that they may enjoy them on their RV travels this year.”

Each one of the top twenty recipes will be revealed over the next twenty days on the Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page (see link below).

The grand prize for the best overall recipe, Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad, follows:

Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This healthy, colorful salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. We use fresh raspberries that we pick-up at the many fruit and veggie stands we come across on our journeys. Using pre-washed baby spinach and jarred feta minimizes preparation.

(Makes 4 servings)

6 cups (1.5L) pre-washed baby spinach

3/4 cup (175 ml) fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons (30 ml) sliced almonds

1stPrizePhoto1 small green onion, chopped

1 150g jar of cubed feta cheese in oil with herbs and spices

2 tablespoons (30 ml)  balsamic vinegar

  1. Layer spinach, raspberries, sliced almonds, and chopped green onions in a large salad bowl.
  2. Scoop half of the feta cubes out of the jar and onto the salad mixture.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil from the feta with the balsamic vinegar and pour the mixture over the salad.
  4. Gently toss, serve, and enjoy!

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Go-RVing-Canada

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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Go RVing Canada: Top 5 Trends in 2012

The past year saw growth on many levels for the RV industry.

GoRVingCanada-6a00e54f91645288340154344020f0970c-500wiThe year kicked off with outstanding RV show attendance figures and moved into the summer with a jump in RV sales.

The RV industry has seen a change in ownership trends, overall growth of the industry, a national sales rebound, increased outdoor engagement, and an evolution in the economic benefits for the RV traveler, according to a news release.

The top 5 RV trends in 2012 were:

Majority of RV owners under the age of 55

The RV industry is seeing a significant increase in young families, busy career couples, outdoor enthusiasts as well as retirees embarking on their first RV adventure.

Towable trailers most popular RVs sold in 2012

There are over one million RVs on Canada’s roads with over 14 percent of all households owning an RV. Starting at just $6,000, consumers are taking advantage of the variety of units available.

The most popular RVs sold were the towable RVs, which include the folding camping trailer and fifth wheel RV.

While other travel sectors continue to struggle and see declines, RV sales surged 13 percent this year

LogoGoRVingBy mid-summer, RV sales had increased on a national level by 13 percent compared to 2011 with Alberta seeing the largest sales increase of 42 percent. The biggest factor driving this is the affordability of the lifestyle as RV purchase prices are at historic lows.

A number of other factors include intense competition in the industry, increased consumer awareness, and a strong Canadian dollar.

More Canadians are spending time outdoors

90 percent of RV owners say RVing is the best way to see the country. Many campground operators have begun the process of upgrading their sites to accommodate the increase of RV travelers to their campgrounds.

The Alberta government announced mid-summer that they were investing $24 million this year into modernizing several of its campgrounds, as they noted the increase in number of people using RVs versus tents.

Raw cost savings

In February, Go RVing Canada released results of a cost comparison study conducted by PKF consulting that proved RV vacations can be up to 78 percent less expensive than all other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3 percent since the last study, conducted in 2009.

The associated savings come from a variety of factors including the flexibility of cooking in your RV, as well as the low cost of accommodation.

“RVers share a great passion for the lifestyle and it’s easy to recognize the many benefits associated with it,” said Go RVing Executive Director, Chris Mahony.

“What the 2012 RV trends show is that RVing clearly remains a popular vacation choice, especially for those who are looking for an affordable vacation that offers freedom, flexibility, and fun.”

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

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Go RVing Canada

GoRVing.heading.croppedThe Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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Go RVing Canada Launches ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ Campaign

Go RVing Canada launched its third annual ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ national holiday campaign, which serves to benefit The Salvation Army.

GoRVingCanada-6a00e54f91645288340154344020f0970c-500wiGo RVing Canada is encouraging all Canadians to give to their local Salvation Army over the holidays and participate in the charitable events the organization will be hosting across the country over the next couple of weeks.

Go RVing Canada is also promoting its very own iKettle, a user-friendly tool that allows participants to donate to The Salvation Army online, according to a press release from Go RVing Canada.

“The Salvation Army is in desperate need of food and monetary donations this time of year,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Emily Reid.

“Like many local causes in need, Go RVing Canada is asking Canadians to give back this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate.”

salvation-army-logo-272x300 (1)According to the Salvation Army, approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty, making access to everyday needs like food, clothing, and shelter difficult.

With its 2012 holiday campaign, Go RVing Canada hopes to raise awareness in regards to this important fundraising event, which helps hundreds of people every holiday season, states the release.

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we receive in Ottawa every year from individuals and organizations like Go RVing Canada. It is because of our generous community that we are able to serve more than 20,000 people through critical programs and services at

To donate to The Salvation Army through Go RVing Canada’s iKettle, visit fillthekettle.com.

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army kettle-resultsThe Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people, and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Address: 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4

Phone: (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Website: salvationarmy.ca

Worth Pondering…
Count your blessings. A grateful heart attracts more joy, love, and prosperity.

—Cheryl Richardson

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Go RVing Canada Launches Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Go RVing Canada is launching its Favorite RV Recipes contest on the coalition’s new website.

The contest will run until December 24, 2012 and Go RVing Canada is encouraging all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes, according to a news release.

A ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes will be chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as The Cooking Ladies. Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs.

They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The winning recipes will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • RV-friendly
  • Ease of preparation
  • Relevance to the 5 categories
  • Originality and creativity
  • Visual appeal and taste
  • Proper submission format

There are three prizes available to be won in all:

  • Grand Prize for Best Overall Recipe: An RV Weekend Getaway, including a Class C RV rental, gas card valued at $150 and a grocery card valued at $150 (Total value $1,050)
  • Second Prize: $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online
  • Third Prize: A six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives (Valued at $170)

The total approximate retail value of all three prizes is $1470.

Recipes can be submitted in one of five categories:

  • Savory appetizers
  • Soups and salads
  • Main course dishes
  • Mouth-watering desserts
  • Kid-friendly snacks

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

Details Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Start Date: Tuesday, November 6

Entry Deadline:  Monday, December 24, 12:00 a.m. EST

Winners Announced:  Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST, Ottawa, ON

Click here to read the full contest rules.

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The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.

The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 29 Haslett Avenue, Toronto ON M4L 3R1

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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RV Advice for a Family with Young Children

Traveling in a recreational vehicle is one of the more convenient ways to holiday with young children: you can pull over and change a diaper, make lunch, or take “time out” on a moment’s notice.

Camping in a Class A motorhome at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Go RVing Canada may tempt you further; it cites the average cost savings of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer at 41 percent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option, and around 54 percent cheaper than an air/hotel option, the Globe and Mail reports.

Obviously, you need to invest some capital upfront to purchase an RV.

To determine which type of unit is right for your family, there are a few things to consider, including your budget.

“It’s tough to do an apples-to-apples comparison, but normally a travel trailer is significantly less expensive than a motorhome, dependent of course upon age, size, condition, etc. With a motorhome, you have an engine and drivetrain, and because of that insurance is typically higher. It’s almost like having another vehicle,” says one Alberta RV retailer.

Check with the manufacturer for the towing capacity of your current vehicle. Some lightweight trailers can be pulled with mid-size vehicles, including the family car.

If this doesn’t meet your requirements, you’ll need a heavy-duty vehicle or pickup truck to safely pull a larger conventional trailer or fifth-wheel unit.

If you need to purchase a second vehicle, going the tow route may not be more cost-effective than a motorized RV.

If economy is your foremost concern, consider a pop-up trailer or hard-top tent trailer.

Camping at Arches National Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“The investment in a tent trailer is comparatively low, you’ve got plenty of sleep-ability, and they’re easy to tow with almost any vehicle, but it’s just a lot more work setting up and taking down. There are also typically no washrooms, so when the kids are younger it can be a bit of a pain if you’re not close to the public washrooms,” says another dealer.

Many of the differences between a motorhome and travel or fifth wheel trailer also come down to convenience.

An advantage with towing a trailer is that once you arrive and set up, you can use your vehicle for shopping or touring around.

In a motorhome, you have to pack up first, unless you want to tow a car.

However, with a trailer you don’t have immediate access to amenities when you’re traveling down the road. For pure convenience with small children, a motorhome is hard to beat.

There are pluses and minuses for each type of recreational vehicle.

Your choice will depend to a large extent on your budget, and which extras you want and can afford.

Before making a final decision estimate the length of time you’re likely to keep the RV, and whether its sleeping arrangements will accommodate a growing family.

Because you’re new to RV life, consider renting before committing to ownership.

Camping at Laura Walker State Park, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You’ll discover the features you don’t like, and those you can’t live without. And, you may even decide that renting, without the worry of maintaining, insuring, and storing an RV, is the way you want to roll.

Remember Robin Williams and the movie, RV?

Worth Pondering…

The RV lifestyle is like nothing else.

It’s leaving home, exploring America, and yet bringing your home along with you!

Stopping at a wayside picnic area, preparing lunch in your kitchen.

It’s sleeping in your own bed every night, yet waking up to a new vista each morning!

The sounds of a crackling campfire; of a mountain stream, of frogs, and crickets.

It’s families drawn closer; it’s retirees being rewarded for many years of labor.

—Loren Eyrich, Two-Lane Roads

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Go RVing Canada Announces Excellent RV Show Attendance for 2012

Go RVing Canada is kicking off the May long weekend by announcing another successful RV Show season for the RV industry.

From Abbotsford, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, thousands of Canadians visited their local RV show to see the incredible selection of recreational vehicles available to suit their specific needs, and all the great vacation options available for RV enthusiasts, according to a news release.

With reports indicating that RV prices are remaining stable at record-lows, RV shows are a great way to see all different types of RVs, at many different price points.

RV dealers were on hand at the winter and spring shows to offer advice to visitors looking to purchase RVs.

Overall, attendance numbers this year were higher than 2011, as visitors capitalized on the opportunity to engage the experts.

In Alberta in particular, RV show attendance broke records with an impressive 35% attendance increase in Calgary and a 25% increase in Edmonton. Show officials reported a noteworthy shift in the demographic of visitors as well, with more young families discovering the joy of RVing.

Ottawa also saw a significant increase of 27% in attendance this year. The Toronto International RV show saw an increase of nearly 30% in attendance, and the Hamilton show a 7% increase.

“With show attendance reports indicating a successful RV show season, we project that this will be a busy summer for RVing across the country,” stated Go RVing Canada National Spokesperson, Alana Fontaine.

“We are excited for the summer RV season to get underway this May long weekend.

The May long weekend has traditionally been considered an official “kick-off” to summer and with more families discovering the joy of RVing, provincial parks and local campgrounds are expecting many RV visitors this summer.

The Ontario Government is encouraging families to, “Enjoy the great outdoors” this weekend, citing most Provincial Parks officially opening their doors.

Depending on the RV model, a typical family RV vacation can be up to 78% less expensive per day than other forms of vacation travel. According to a recent cost-comparison study conducted by PKF Consulting, an RV trip is shown to be more economical when compared to a traditional week’s vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels and eating out at restaurants.

“RVing is a very affordable vacation option because it is so flexible, not to mention how much fun it is. More families than ever are discovering the joy of RVing and it is sure to be an exciting RV season ahead,” concluded Fontaine.

Summer RV Season Begins this Victoria Day Long Weekend

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.

The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Celebrate Family Day/Presidents Day by Planning an RV Family Vacation

Go RVing Canada is celebrating Family Day with RV prices remaining stable at record-lows. In uncertain economic times, RVing offers families fun, flexible, and affordable options for family vacations.

While Americans celebrate Presidents Day on Monday (February 20), Canadians observe Family Day. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

“Family Day is a wonderful time to sit down with your family and talk about the upcoming holidays,” said Go RVing Canada National Spokesperson Alana Fontaine.  “An RV holiday is the perfect way to stay connected with your family while maximizing your vacation budget.”

There is an RV to fit every lifestyle and budget, and stable prices further add to the affordability of the RV lifestyle, making an RV purchase a realistic opportunity for even more Canadian families.  RVs offer economy not found in any other vacation option.

Go RVing Canada recently released the results of a cost comparison study conducted by PKF Consulting, which found that, depending on the model, a typical RV vacation can be up to 78 per cent less expensive per day than any other type of family trip, regardless of trip duration, distance, or location.

After factoring in leasing payments, insurance, maintenance, tires, and registration, an RV vacation still works out to be the most economical choice, compared to a traditional vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels, and eating out at restaurants.

The cost benefits of RVing come from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds which offer both electrical and water hookups. According to the PKF Study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten day trip from Halifax to Quebec City. The same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

As an example, the average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer was 41 percent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option; and about 54 percent cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option.

“Families want to stretch their dollars in tough times, and RV vacations are a great way to do that,” said Fontaine. “Not only that, but ninety percent of families agree that RVing is the best way to travel with children. So celebrate Family Day by planning a holiday the whole family will enjoy!”

RV Lifestyle Statistics

  • Starting at just $6,000, there’s an RV for everyone
  • 14 percent of Canadian households own an RV
  • There are over 1,000,000 RVs on the road in Canada
  • 67 percent of RV owners are under the age of 55.
  • 40 percent of RV families have children
  • Studies show there is up to a 70 percent saving during an RV vacation vs. a traditional vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 90 percent of RVers say seeing the country is their top priority
  • The top reason given for enjoying the RV life is freedom to come and go

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators. The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

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Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Let’s Go RVing: RV Vacation Still the Best Deal

Go RVing Canada announced Thursday (January 26) the results of a new Family Vacation Cost Comparison Study, which compares RV vacations with several other vacation modes.

This is the second installment of the study conducted by PKF Consulting and the results reveal that an RV vacation can be up to 78% cheaper than other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3% since the last study, conducted in 2009.

Several forms of travel were compared and in all cases, RV vacations were more economical than any other type of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country where the vacation took place, according to a news release.

The Study compared an RV Vacation with two other popular forms of family vacation: driving the family vehicle and staying at hotels, and travelling by air and rental car with hotel accommodations.

All costs associated with a family vacation were analyzed including fuel costs, air fare, restaurant meal cost, grocery cost, rental car cost, campsite cost, and hotel/motel cost. It is also important to note that the study also factored in vehicle ownership costs.

“The margin of savings is amazing. No one can deny that a family vacation in an RV really is incredibly affordable,” stated Alana Fontaine, Go RVing Canada National Spokesperson. “RVing is an excellent choice for families seeking to maximize their vacation budgets.”

Let's Go RVing to Jasper National Park, Alberta. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The cost benefits of RVing come from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds which offer both electrical and water hookups. According to the PKF Study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten day trip from Halifax to Quebec City. The same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

As an example, the average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer was 41 percent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option; and about 54 percent cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option.

The average cost per day of a three-day camping vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park from Montreal using a folding camping trailer was found to be about 43 percent less expensive than the cost of a comparable car/hotel combination vacation; and about 78 percent less than the cost of a comparable air/hotel vacation.

“This is the time when families are starting to think about their summer vacations. “90% of RV owners agree that RVing is the best way to travel with children,” concluded Fontaine.

“Many families are looking for affordable ways to see the country at its best and RVing is the perfect opportunity to accommodate a budget with a fun and flexible vacation.”

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Go RVing Canada

Let's Go RVing to Monument Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators. The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Go RVing Canada Launches ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ Campaign

Go RVing Canada has launched its second annual ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ national holiday campaign, which serves to benefit The Salvation Army.

Go RVing Canada is encouraging all Canadians to give to their local Salvation Army over the holidays and participate in the charitable events the organization will be hosting across the country over the next several weeks. Go RVing Canada is also promoting its very own iKettle, a user-friendly tool that allows participants to donate to The Salvation Army online, according to a Friday (December 9) news release.

“Go RVing Canada hopes that Canadians will get in the spirit of giving and lend a hand to those who are most in need by joining us and taking part in The Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Campaign,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Angèle Lapointe. “The Salvation Army is an important organization and we are extremely happy to work with them over the holiday season. We are hoping to fill an RV full of non-perishable food with the help of cities across Canada. This allows us to give back and help Canadian families who are less fortunate.”

Go RVing Canada is planning different charitable events across the country, and is asking Canadians to get involved in the campaign, as The Salvation Army is in need of help more than ever. According to the organization, approximately 3 million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty, making access to everyday needs like food, clothing, and shelter difficult.

With its 2011 holiday campaign, Go RVing Canada hopes to raise awareness in regards to this important fundraising event, which helps hundreds of people every holiday season.

“The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner again with Go RVing Canada to raise funds in support of our work with Canadians most affected by poverty,” said Graham Moore, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “The support of partners like Go RVing Canada and other Canadians make it possible for our organization to meet our goal of giving hope and dignity to people in need in 400 communities across Canada.”

To donate to The Salvation Army through Go RVing Canada’s iKettle, visit my.ikettle.ca

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people, and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Address: 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4

Phone: (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Website: salvationarmy.ca

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