Things to See and Do

What kind of big animals can I look for in western Canada?

The west is a mecca for viewing big game. Elk, moose, black bear, grizzlies, big horn sheep, mountain goats, deer, wild horses and even a rare breed of antelope. It is unusual that Guests return without seeing numerous bears and elk. Moose are harder to spot.

Can my vehicle travel on BC Ferries?

There are frequent daily services to Vancouver Island between Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, and between Horseshoe Bay and Naniamo. All our vehicles are over-height, and charges are based on the overall length. Allow at least a foot or two for each category.

There is twice weekly service between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert. Reservations are mandatory. You should allow at least one day between Vancouver and Port Hardy. More time is recommended for sightseeing to view the killer whales at Telegraph Cove, and the outer west coast at Tofino, Sooke and Winter Harbour.

Just how good are campgrounds in Alberta and BC?

One of the best things about a motorhome holiday in Canada is the extremely high quality of campgrounds. There are campgrounds in the national parks such as Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Pacific Rim, etc, and a wide range of provincial parks such as Wells Gray, Manning, and Strathcona in BC, and Kananaskis Country and the Badlands in Alberta, and a huge number of private campgrounds that offer a wide range of services such as laundry facilities, swimming pools, and convenience store.

How far should I plan to travel?

Overseas Guests travel an average of about 200 km/day. You are not supposed to be in a rush to get anywhere! That’s the freedom of a motorhome holiday.

You can travel to Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatchewan to experience the history of the Northern Plains Indian culture, the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, Glacier National Park in Montana, the rugged Oregon Coast and weave your way through the giant redwoods’ national parks in California. Head South to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming when you have time.

Payment of a Northern Surcharge is required for travel north of Dawson Creek on the Alaska Hwy, Meziadin Junction on the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy, and any travel in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.  The surcharge also applies for travel north and east of Sept-Iles and anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Travel on the Denali and Dalton Hwys in Alaska, the North Canol Highway in the Yukon and to Death Valley between May 1 and September 30 is not permitted. Travel on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon is not permitted between 15 September and 14 May due to road conditions. We are happy for our Guests to travel on this road between 15 May and 14 September.

Can I take a West Coast Mountain Campers RV to Burning Man in Nevada?

There is a surcharge of $1,000 for all RV vacations starting from any of our locations with permission to travel to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.Vehicles for Burning Man must be expressly requested and confirmed at time of reservation.Guests who travel to Burning Man without permission will be subject to a $1,500 penalty and will void all insurance coverage.

How long do I need for my RV vacation?

It depends! There are so many choices of routes through the Canadian Rockies, the Kootenays, Okanagan Valley, Fraser Canyon, Yellowhead Hwy, all around Vancouver Island and the Inside Passage, and lots of places south of the Canada/US border.

Most Guests make circle trips in about 18 days covering between 2000 and 3000 kms. One-way trips between Calgary and Vancouver are usually about 1200 to 2000 kms.

How will I know where we are going?

We provide free road maps and campground guides for the province in which you are planning to travel. The Go Camping BC Provincial Parks Guide is also free. There are Visitor Information Centres all along the way.

When is the best time to visit Canada?

We like to think that anytime is a good time. But Canada gets cold, and Canada gets snow, so these are not the best times for a camping holiday. Spring starts in mid-April when some parks and campgrounds begin to open, and animals graze along the roadsides where the vegetation is lush. Spring is sprung by mid-May, with days getting longer and the snow receding up the mountains. The peak season begins when schools are out and families are on the road. Mid-July to mid-August are the busiest times and the hottest weather. The days start to shorten in early September and the night-time temperatures begin to drop. The air is fresh and visibility beyond belief. Early snow on the peaks starts to show in late September. The camping season winds down after Thanksgiving week-end in early October when the majority of campgrounds close for the winter.

It is always a good time to visit when there are local festivals and events. The period around the Calgary Stampede is very popular in early July, the Okanagan Wine Festivals in May and October, and the Williams Lake Stampede.

What are some of the best things to see in Canada?

Our country has some of the most spectacular World Heritage Sites such as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and historic Fort Macleod, home to the first western outpost of the Northwest Mounted Police. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks straddle the Alberta-BC border where you find majestic Mount Robson, highest peak in the Rockies. Wood Buffalo National Park, and Dinosaur Provincial Park are landmarks in Alberta.

There are powerful rivers that rush down the Continental Divide such as the Athasbasca and Bow that flow towards the Atlantic Ocean, and the Columbia, Fraser, and Sitkine to the Pacific. Hundreds of lakes such as Okanagan, Kootenay, Shuswap, Buttle, Bowron and thousands of small streams and creeks flowing from the Coast Mountains, Monashee, Purcell, Selkirk ranges, and Rocky Mountains.

The area has some four hundred glaciers. Don’t miss the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper with stops at Peyto Lake and Athabasca Falls. Some of the public hot springs are located at Ainsworth, Radium, and Fairmont Hot Springs near Kootenay National Park.

Explore the mining history in BC at the ghost towns of Galena and Sandon, and the discovery of oil at Leduc, Alberta. The glory days of railroading in the rugged west is to be seen at exhibits in Revelstoke and Cranbrook.