It's hard to argue that packing up an RV and hitting the open road isn't the pinnacle of what summer should be for any family. For those lucky enough to live the dream, Canada boasts many great destinations to spend a few—or more—days taking in the ambiance before getting back on the highway.
Below we've compiled five locations you may want to add to your list of adventures this summer.
If adventure is what you're after, Tobermory, a harbour village on the Bruce Peninsula, is an excellent location to put your RV in "P" and take a load off. Whether exploring Flowerpot island, taking a dip in the grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park, walking along the squeaky landscape at Singing Sand Beach or strolling the quaint atmosphere on Bay Street, there is a lot to love. Did we mention there are multiple shipwreck dives? Don't forget your snorkels!
Paradise Valley, Squamish, British Columbia
If you're genuinely looking to get away from it all, the campground at Paradise Valley, approximately 22 km north of Squamish and in the heart of Vancouver's Sea to Sky Region, is a nature lover's dream. Touted as music-free camping, aside from acoustic guitars (if that's your thing), you'll be immersed in 28 acres of coastal rainforest—prime for exploring, whether on foot, by kayak or on a mountain bike. And even though it's remote, there is still access to washroom facilities, showers and more. It's also a stone's throw away from Alice Lake, which has fantastic swimming.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba
Spruce Woods Provincial Park has a lot to offer curious travellers. If you're looking for something unique, Kiche Manitou Campground (named after an aboriginal phrase meaning "Great Spirit") is a desert-like area that houses one of Canada's very few natural sand dunes—complete with family-friendly activities such as campfire talks, guided hikes and interpretive programs. Not to mention epic bird watching (keep your eyes peeled for hawks) and clear skies perfect for star gazing.
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park, Alberta
Whether hauling a boat with your RV or not, Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park in sunny Alberta is an ideal destination for trout fishing enthusiasts, with a boat launch at McLeod Lake and a lake fish wall with park benches for fishing along the shoreline. However, if things get a little too laid back and you're hoping to get your blood pumping a bit more, there is a gorgeous beach primed for an afternoon of fun and water sports. Just a heads up, make sure you have a fishing license before you cast off; they are available online.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, Gros Morne is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fjords, mountains with panoramic beach views, forests and barren cliffs. Find a spot to park your RV and prepare for wildlife-watching and gorgeous hikes along the seaside. You could spend up to a week there and still have lots to see and do—right down to your last second at the east coast gem.
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