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Posted: 12/07/16 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this is a really broad question...but I'll ask it anyways...How does rv camping in Canada differ from the US? We've camped all over the U.S. and expect most campgrounds in Florida to be pretty full in May and for the most part reservations are needed in the more popular campgrounds.

Canada has so much smaller of a population I'm wondering if we can head off and a long trip and not book everything in advance. Or is Canada full of Americans in the summer and are there a lot less campgrounds because the population is so much less....

Like I said I know this if a really broad question and like asking someone whats America like...but I really know nothing about Canada other than what I'm starting to read in guidebooks.

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You should book. Canada gets a very small window of good weather and most of the population there takes advantage of that. Far more so as a percentage of the population than anywhere in the USA that we've traveled. Every place has a season but Canadians love their summer and get out.


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in bc,provincial parks are busy during the summer but you can get sites as not all of them are reservable.no hookups or firewood,but the sites are mostly large,flat, have a table and fire ring and are reasonably secluded and have generator run time limits and most of them have flush toilets but no showers and max stay limits.fees range from 15 to maybe 30 bucks a night.forest service sites have no amenities save for a table and a pit toilet but the're off the beaten path,most are under 10 sites and secluded and almost all are lake or river side sites and are rarely full and are user maintained and beleve it or not are the best places to camp and are quieter than provincial sites by far.most are free,some have a small fee or a donation box.as for small window of weather,it starts in april and lasts till mid to late october.


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bcbouy wrote:

in bc,provincial parks are busy during the summer but you can get sites as not all of them are reservable.no hookups or firewood,but the sites are mostly large,flat, have a table and fire ring and are reasonably secluded and have generator run time limits and most of them have flush toilets but no showers and max stay limits.fees range from 15 to maybe 30 bucks a night.forest service sites have no amenities save for a table and a pit toilet but the're off the beaten path,most are under 10 sites and secluded and almost all are lake or river side sites and are rarely full and are user maintained and beleve it or not are the best places to camp and are quieter than provincial sites by far.most are free,some have a small fee or a donation box.as for small window of weather,it starts in april and lasts till mid to late october.


Thanks, that's good info.

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Yes, much different! The Canadian are much more friendly then some here in the states. Government parks seem to be cleaner then US.
Actually there is very little difference. Camp grounds are general set up the same way. One item that we have run into is the lact of 30 ampp RV receptacle in some older parks. They were built before Canadaian elctrical code adpoted the NEMA 30TT receptacle. There fore make sure you have adpaters. 50 male to 30 female, and 30 female to 15/20 male. Most parks have upgraded but to be safe.
Make sure you have Canadian currency of various denominations.


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Any recommended websites or books for finding and researching campgrounds in Canada?

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My wife is Canadian, and we always visit in late summer over Labor Day. For Provincial Parks - which are mostly very nice! - they get very busy in season, especially over Holiday weekends, so we always reserve. Privately owned parks are a mixed bag - many of the most desirable ones accept seasonal rentals, and are full all summer long, and only have a few transient sites which go fast. There are parks along the major highways, etc that cater to transients, and more likely to be open for a night or two without reservations.


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My camping experience in Canada consists of a trip around the north shore of Lake Superior. We found the campgrounds smaller with not as many frills, i.e. some with only 20 amp service.


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Parks book up quickly online 5 months in advance in Ontario. They do hold a couple of spots as unreservable and they are first come first serve. Pretty risky and stressful. If you don't get in the next park could be hours away. Once you get north of Sudbury and the Sault it gets easier to show up without reservations. Most provincial parks have hydro sites but not many have water and sewer. There are a lot of private parks too but they are hit and miss. We find a lot of them cater to seasonal campers and tend to be drinking holes for the locals.

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I email many of the Canadian Provinces tourism office and received good information. At times too much.
British Columbia is well covered in books about the Alaska Highway such as The Milepost. Alberta is partly covered in The Milepost as well.

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