Hiring a campervan and travelling around is one of the best ways to see Canada as you can take your time, stop where and when you want, enjoy the stunning natural landscapes and can easily social distance.
What makes a campervan hire in Canada even more appealing is the fact that the country is geared up for road tripping with its wide roads and well-equipped, top quality campsites. With a motorhome, you can either plan where you want to drive to in advance or go with the flow as you can stay in one place for as long or as little time as you want.
If you’ve never driven a motorhome before, then here at Canadian Affair we can help assist you in planning your trip. We have a selection of motorhomes available so you will have a range of RV rental options that will suit your needs and your budget.
Something we’d recommend you do is research the different campervan sites you can stay at before your holiday. To save you some time we’ve compiled a list of some of the best campgrounds and campsites in Canada that are perfect for motorhomes.
•Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds
•Lake Louise Trailer Campground
•Kicking Horse Campground
•Ingonish Beach Campground
Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds
Location: Banff, Alberta
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The Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds are just minutes away from Banff and consist of three separate campgrounds but Tunnel Mountain Village 2 campground is perfect for families or people needing a big space for their motorhome.
The campground is open year-round, is close to local attractions, has stunning mountain views, access to lots of hiking and biking trails and there is even a bus service into Banff. There are around 160 parking areas with electricity that you can use at this campground.
Geneve Brand, the Accessories and Outdoor Leisure editor at UK caravan and motorhome website Out and About Live told us that Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds were her favourite during her trip to Canada.
“We stayed here at the start and end of our trip and it was probably our favourite! High up on a hill, the views of the mountains and valleys are spectacular. There are some lovely walks into Banff itself from here, through the woods and along the river, and a regular bus also runs between Banff and the campground, so it’s really convenient. Banff makes a great base and is handy for stocking up on supplies (we bought bear spray here), and it is a nice town that is well worth a visit in its own right.”
If you are heading on the Icefields Parkway drive, then another campsite that you can stay at near Icefields Parkway is the Mosquito Creek Campground.
Geneve Brand also stayed here during her motorhome holiday in Alberta and she told us a bit about this campground.
“Despite its unappealing name, this was the most picturesque and romantic campground we stayed at. We hadn’t planned on it but, when we drove past, it looked so nice that we had to stop and spend a night! It’s only small and there are no facilities, so we were glad to have a well-equipped RV, but the location by the river and in the mountains was stunning. From here, we also visited the Icefields Parkway and Peyto Lake.”
Lake Louise Trailer Campground
Location: Lake Louise, Alberta
Just minutes from Lake Louise village, this campsite is also open all year round and it boasts unrivalled mountain views and offers access to all the best hiking trails around the world-famous lake and the nearby Moraine Lake.
There are more than 180 camping spots that have electrical hook-ups and there is a maximum of six people and two vehicles permitted on each site.
Lake Louise is a jewel in Canada’s crown and the town is a picture-postcard town with a small selection of restaurants, bars and shops where you can enjoy the peacefulness at the end of a day exploring.
Kristen Bor, the founder of travel blog Bearfoot Theory, enjoyed her stay at the Lake Louise campground. She told us a bit about the campsite: “Lake Louise has a large campground right off the highway and next to the train tracks, and it is separated into two areas – one area for hard-sided campers and another for people who are tent-camping. The tent-camping area is surrounded by a fence to keep the bears out, and you are not allowed to pitch a tent in the hard-sided campers area. The Lake Louise campground has hot showers and flush toilets and consists of pull-through sites where you share a parking spot with your neighbour.”
Kicking Horse Campground
Location: British Columbia
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Located in Yoho National Park and just west of Lake Louise, this campsite is the largest in the area with more than 80 sites available and it is also the only one with flushing toilets and showers. The fact it is just off the Trans-Canada Highway also makes it easily accessible.
Yoho National Park is within the Rocky Mountains and is certainly worth staying at. Here you will find spectacular landscapes that consist of mountain peaks that are among the highest in the province and large ice fields.
Geneve Brand told us a bit about her experience staying here in a motorhome: “Yoho National Park is quite different to neighbouring Banff and Jasper and so we spent a few days here to explore the area, doing lots of hiking. It seems more temperate and there were so many wildflowers here – especially orchids. A particular highlight was visiting Natural Bridge of the Kicking Horse River. The site was everything we’d expected from a Rocky Mountain camping trip – free firepits and logs were readily available for all campers, and sitting out in the evening enjoying a barbecue was a real highlight.”
Adventure travel blogger Kristen Bor also loved staying in Yoho National Park during her motorhome holiday in Canada. She told us about her main highlights: “If the campground lists above for Banff and Jasper National Parks overwhelmed you, don’t fret. Yoho National Park only has 4 campgrounds with slightly over 150 sites. Yoho National Park had some of the best hiking trails (in my opinion), so one of Yoho’s campgrounds is a very convenient place to base yourself for a couple of days during your road trip. Yoho is located just west of Lake Louise.”
Location: Wheatley, Ontario
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On the shores of Lake Erie, Campers Cove is a motorhome-friendly campground that has now been celebrating over 50 years of camping.
The popular spot features 1,200 feet of sandy beach with some of the nearby attractions that you can enjoy including golfing, world-class wineries, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens and the Jack Miner’s bird sanctuary.
What was once the dreams of Larry and Dee Burr, Leo and Jan Hornett and Tony and Mary Gerrish, the Campers Cove campground became a reality back in the early 1960s and is now a hugely popular destination for campers. It has grown in size from the original 23-acre campsite to 61-acres today.
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Despite the ominous name, Destruction Bay is a great campground to stay at if you are exploring the stunning Yukon Territory as it is a convenient stop along the Alaska Highway.
The campground is an easy-going and welcoming community and with great facilities like hot showers, a laundry room, RV parking covers and food, it is a great place to relax after a day of driving.
One of the great features of Destruction Bay is its spectacular views of Kluane Lake and the surrounding mountains. You can go fishing at the lake as it has a good population of trout as well as several other species.
The campground is on the boundary of Kluane National Park and Reserve and the area is renowned for its abundance of wildlife so make sure your camera is always with you as you could spot a grizzly bear during your travels.
Ingonish Beach Campground
Location: Nova Scotia
The 185-mile Cabot Trail is one of the best drives in the world and is the best way to see the highlights of the picturesque island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.
Along the Cabot Trail, you can take in the beautiful coastline and highlands as well as try a range of outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, whale watching and kayaking.
One of the top stops along the Cabot Trail that is a must-visit is Ingonish Beach, which is famed for its rugged headlands and sandy beach. A unique trait that the beach boasts is that you can jump from saltwater to a freshwater lake in a few steps.
The Ingonish Beach Campground is located in a quiet, sparsely wooded area and is just a 10-minute walk to the beach. There are more than 50 campsites with fireplaces, showers and toilets, kitchen shelters and firewood at this picturesque campsite in Nova Scotia.
If you’re into your golf, then there is a world-class highlands links course close-by, lots of hiking routes and you can book whale watching tours from the town.
If you have been inspired to book a trip and want to stay at some of these places you can look at our motorhome holidays or our different Canada self drive tours that are available.