History

Fritz Rodenstein had the idea that the new Volkswagen Westfalia would make a good camper for rental back when it was first introduced in 1980. Together with Frank Ludtke and Gord Rees, the trio set up Westcoast Mountain Campers. Three campers were bought and sold in the first year. A group of exchange teachers from Germany were our first clients.

The Company grew through the 80’s, with Expo ’86 in Vancouver, and the ’88 Winter Olympics in Calgary, which focused much attention on Western Canada.

A Calgary station opened near the airport in 1986, and we relocated our Vancouver station closer to the airport in 1995.

We operated more than 140 VW Campers, and accumulated more kilometers than any other user anywhere. Vanconversions were introduced in 1989 followed by motorhomes in 1995. Powerful diesel trucks with 10’ campers were added to the fleet in 2002. WCMC clients travel more than three million kilometres a year, and spend eight thousand nights a year in campgrounds and parks every where in Western Canada and USA.

Now that’s a lot of happy camping, folks!