The Best RV Destinations in Canada
This third installment in our RV Road Trip Series and it’s going to focus on the family friendly get-back-to-nature Parks Canada destinations you can drive to with your RV.
This is the third installment in our RV Road Trip Series and it’s going to focus on the family friendly get-back-to-nature Parks Canada destinations you can drive to with your RV. Keep in mind some campgrounds are designed specifically for RV’s and welcome them in any size, while others are better suited for smaller RV’s. When booking a site within Parks Canada Reservation Service, you can select the amenities you are looking for such as fire pits; services such as electrical, water, or sewer hookups; as well as the size of your trailer, motorhome or RV to ensure it fits in the campsite you are driving to. If you are not sure what to bring on your first RV road trip check out How To Prepare For Your First RV Road Trip.
Kouchibouguac National Park – New Brunswick
Photo: Parks Canada / Nigel Fearon
If you want your RV road trip to include salt marshes, waterways, lagoons, beaches, and forests you will love Kouchibouguac National Park. – South Kouchibouguac Campground in the park is located along New Brunswick’s eastern shore in an area that is referred to as the Acadian Coastal Drive in Kent County. It’s a one-hour drive north of Moncton with beautiful scenery along the way. During your trip you can learn about the Mi’kmaq and Acadian cultures while you are canoeing along the Kouchibouguac River at the South Kouchibouguac campground.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Nova Scotia
If you dream of driving where the mountains meet the sea get ready to explore Nova Scotia. The Broad Cove Campground is located in a forest not far from enticing sandy beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. The famous Cabot Trail weaves through this gorgeous park and is one of North America’s most scenic travel routes. But save time to check out the canyons, steep rust coloured cliffs, and the plateau that’s covered in thick forests. Cape Breton Highlands is located between the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean and is easily accessible from several main driving routes including the western entrance near Chéticamp or the eastern entrance in Ingonish.
Waterton Lakes National Park – Alberta
Photo: Parks Canada / Jordan Fraser
The Townsite Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park is home to a large assortment of plants and animals that call the prairies of Alberta home. The lakes, waterfalls, and mountains will keep you busy with hiking and swimming to ensure you feel at one with nature. There are also volunteer opportunities within the park where you can learn about the unique ecosystems while planting trees and collecting seeds. Waterton Lakes is located in southwest Alberta and is 271 km south of Calgary, making it an excellent choice for an RV road trip.
Prince Albert National Park– Saskatchewan
Photo: Parks Canada / Kevin Hogarth
Wild plains bison roam free in this preserved northern evergreen forest called Prince Albert. The Red Deer Campground is ideal if you love hiking trails and beaches, as both are nearby. Water activities are abundant and you can canoe or kayak in Waskesiu, the lakeside town. If you want to drive along the scenic route to Prince Albert National Park take Highway # 263. The park is also accessible from Highways #2 and # 264, which is 90 km north of Prince Albert, about an hour drive. If you are driving from Saskatoon it’s a 2.5-hour road trip.
Forillon National Park – Quebec
The Petit-Gaspe Campground in the Forillon National Park is a great place to camp and only a 15-minute walk from pebble beach, a swimming pool, and recreation center. You can go snorkeling in the waters here, choose from an assortment of boating activities, hike and see what wildlife you can discover living in the forest or just sit back and relax to the sounds of seabirds singing. Forillon National Park is located in Quebec at the northeast end of the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s about 700 km from Quebec City and accessible from route 132 East.
Bruce Peninsula National Park – Ontario
Cyprus Lake Campground is home to the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay where you can canoe or kayak along the water, or hike the surrounding trails through the forest. It’s also a great place for a picnic and an after lunch swim. At night you can admire the stars and the beauty of Ontario in Bruce Peninsula National Park. This park is extremely busy and reservations well in advance are recommended. You can drive to the park along Highway 6 from the south or if coming from Owen Sound then head north towards Tobermory and Cyprus Lake Road.
Prince Edward Island National Park – Prince Edward Island
Photo: Parks Canada / Chris Reardon
Cavendish Campground in Prince Edward Island is home to red sand dunes and spits, archipelagos, cliffs, forests, and sandy beaches that are ideal for a family RV camping trip. It’s a great destination for picnics, bike rides, hiking, building sandcastles and sitting around a campfire at night. PEI National Park runs 40 km from Cavendish to Dalvay including the tip of the Greenwich Peninsula. The Cavendish Campground is on Graham’s Lane and accessible from Route 6 – just look for the white sandy beach and smiling faces!
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