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Rent an RV in Canada
Putting rubber to the road is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore this beautiful country. With its vast wilderness, famously friendly people and energetic cities, Canada is a dream destination for any outdoor enthusiast or urban explorer. And what better way to experience it all than from the comfort of your own home on wheels? With vans that combine laidback luxury with the freedom to travel wherever your heart desires, RV rental in Canada from our stations in Vancouver or Calgary deserves top place on your bucket list.
Roadsurfer Locations in Canada
Rent an RV and start your adventure at one of our locations in Canada:
Roadsurfer Camper Van & RV Rentals in Canada
Our Canadian roadsurfer motorhomes are perfect for any adventure. Find out more details here:
Your roadsurfer Benefits
Rent a fully equipped roadsurfer camper van or RV and enjoy the ride with exclusive benefits. Your freedom on the road starts the moment you pick up the keys!
Brand new, fully equipped camper vans & RVs
Unlimited mileage & free 2nd driver
Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Camping equipment & kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in Canada
Driving in Canada
While driving a motorhome rental in Canada is much the same as driving in the US, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Canada has vast distances between cities and towns, so planning your route and keeping an eye on the gas gauge is essential.
- The speed limits in Canada are in kilometers per hour, not miles. They also vary based on the province you’re in and the type of road you’re on. It’s important to observe the posted speed signs and adjust your speed according to road and weather conditions. Keep in mind that most speed limits vary between 20 mph and 70 mph (50-100 km/h), depending whether you’re in town or on the highway.
- While honking your horn might be the norm in the US, it’s not widely done in Canada. Honking is generally reserved for emergencies or to warn other drivers about potential hazards on the road.
- During the winter months, road conditions can be hazardous due to snow and ice, particularly in mountainous areas. It’s advisable to check the weather report and road conditions before setting out on your journey, and always carry a roadside emergency kit during winter.
Camping in Canada
One of the best things about camper van rental in Canada is the ability to camp just about anywhere. Here are a few key points to keep in mind before pulling up for the night.
- Wild camping: There’s a nationwide ban on wild camping in cities, national parks and provincial parks. In saying that, it is tolerated in some provinces. Our advice is always to check the local wild camping regulations in your area before setting up camp.
- Park regulations: It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the national/provincial parks and campsites where you wish to stay. Some areas may have restrictions on RV size or prohibited areas for overnight stays. Therefore, it’s worth doing some research before you set out.
- Booking in advance: During peak season, camping spots can fill up quickly. It’s always a good idea to book your spot well in advance to avoid disappointment. Some of the more popular parks and campgrounds even offer online reservation facilities.
- Wildlife: Canada is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, moose and coyotes. While it’s exciting to see these animals in their natural habitat, it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and store food securely to avoid attracting them to your campsite.
- Leave no trace: Lastly, remember the ‘leave no trace’ principles. This means leaving your campground as you found it, disposing of waste properly and respecting the natural environment. This approach ensures that the beauty of Canada’s great outdoors can be enjoyed by generations to come.
Travel Requirements for Traveling to Canada
Booking an RV rental in Canada and traveling from the US is incredibly easy. As long as you have a valid passport, you can enter the country. However, there are a few travel requirements to keep in mind.
- eTA: If you are traveling by air, you’ll need an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes and costs $7 CAD. It’s crucial to apply for this before your trip as you may be denied boarding without it. If you’re crossing the border by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA.
- Vehicle insurance: It’s essential to have valid vehicle insurance when using the local roads and highways. When it comes to camper van rental in Canada, your company will usually provide basic insurance coverage, but it’s worth checking with them beforehand. You can also purchase additional coverage if needed.
- Driving license: If you have a valid US driving license, you can use it to drive in Canada. Please keep this with your van’s auto insurance and the vehicle registration at all times.
Popular Events & Festivals in Canada
If you want to make the most of your experience with an RV rental in Canada, why not plan your trip around some of Canada’s famous events and festivals?
- Quebec Winter Carnival (February): If you’re brave enough to face Canada’s cold winters, then be sure to check out this winter carnival in Quebec City, filled with snow sculptures, ice canoe races and a very cool parade (literally).
- Pacific Rim Whale Festival (March): Over 20,000 gray whales migrate along the west coast of Vancouver Island each spring. This festival honors their journey with art shows, gala dinners and whale-spotting excursions.
- Calgary Stampede (July): Known as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, this annual rodeo event in Calgary is a must-visit for any cowboy or cowgirl at heart.
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July): Held every summer in Vancouver, British Columbia, this festival showcases some of the best folk music talent from around the world. So pack your guitar and join in on the fun!
Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Canada
It’s practically impossible to list all of Canada’s stunning destinations, but here are a few must-see places to add to your itinerary if you’re coming from the US.
- Banff National Park: Located in Alberta, this park is home to some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes in the world. With soaring mountains, crystal-clear lakes and an abundance of wildlife, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a postcard.
- Vancouver Island: Just a short ferry trip from Vancouver, this island is filled with charming seaside towns, picturesque beaches and rugged wilderness. Don’t miss out on the chance to spot whales, bears and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
- Mount Revelstoke National Park: This park in British Columbia is famous for its vibrant wildflower meadows, making it a must-visit destination during the summer months.
- Yoho National Park: Located in the Canadian Rockies, this park is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls and breathtaking hiking trails in Canada. Be sure to check out Takakkaw Falls, one of the country’s highest waterfalls.
- Prince Edward Island: This charming island on the east coast of Canada is famous for its red sand beaches, fresh seafood and Anne of Green Gables. It’s an idyllic spot for a peaceful escape from city life.
When to Visit Canada
Given that Canada is the second largest country in the world and spans six time zones, the weather during each season can vary dramatically. Here’s what to expect during all four seasons.
- Spring (March to May) is a beautiful time to visit Canada, with mild temperatures and blooming flowers. However, some areas may still have snow, so it’s best to check weather reports before planning any outdoor activities.
- Summer (June to August) is the most popular time to visit Canada for its warm weather and longer daylight hours. It’s also when most festivals and events take place.
- Autumn (September to November) brings cooler temperatures and stunning fall foliage, making it an excellent time for hiking and scenic drives.
- Winter (December to February) can be harsh in some parts of Canada, but it’s also the perfect time for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Be sure to pack warm clothes if you plan on visiting during this season.