The Rockies are a landscape unlike any other, with snow-capped peaks, wild walking trails and glacial waters all curating contrasts that make it a true beauty of the Canadian countryside. With so much to explore and see, there is no better way to enjoy the extraordinary experiences on offer than on a Canada motorhome holiday.
A motorhome holiday offers you the freedom to explore Canada at your own free will whilst also being able to see the outstanding sights that are on offer, all from the comfort of your very own vehicle. There is no place more ideal for a motorhome exploration than Canada with its wide roads, amazing campsites, and the freedom to roam. Continue reading to find out more about the awe-inspiring experiences that await you on a Canadian Rockies motorhome holiday.
Top sites to explore in the Canadian Rockies
The Rocky Mountains stretch all the way from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada to New Mexico in the US. The Canadian Rockies are with length of 910 miles, so there is plenty of miles to explore and each and every one offers something different. From huge national parks to alpine towns and cities, the routes around the Canadian Rockies are dusted with experiences. In previous articles we talked about what it is like to be on an iconic journey on the Rocky Mountaineer Train. This time we want to introduce to you what a motorhome holiday in the Canadian Rockies would be like.
Kananaskis is located just to the west of Calgary and is situated at the foothills of the Rockies. The site spreads across 4,000 square kilometres of mountain parks and foothills and there is so much to be explored including hiking trails, mountain biking, horse-riding, fishing, white water rafting and more. The site is also home to a selection of great campsites so there are plenty of locations to park the camper overnight.
Banff National Park
Banff is one of the most well-known locations in Canada and its park is known for being Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Banff National Park is a location that motorhome holidaymakers love due to the vast array of activities that take place on its waters and within its mountains.
Some of the amazing things you can do in Banff National Park:
– Relax in the mineral pools in the Upper Hot Springs.
-Take a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain.
-Canoe or Kayak on the blue waters.
-Explore the forests and waters for wildlife
-Walking and hiking – There are endless hiking and walking trails to follow that lead from Banff town or from the top of the Banff Gondola.
Play golf at the Fairmont Banff Springs Lake Louise
Situated in Banff National Park and named after the famous lake, Lake Louise is a small hamlet that is known for its huge lake that is overlooked by a stately chateau. The location is the perfect pit-stop for those who love rambling and exploring ancient trails – keen walkers can hike to Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views of the stunning surroundings.
Lake Louise is one of the perfect places for water sports and those who love adrenaline-filled activities like kayaking, paddle-boarding and fishing as well as those who love a traditional Canadian town. Those planning to visit Lake Louise on their motorhome holiday should also ensure they visit Moraine Lake or they may choose to explore the neighbouring Yoho National Park in British Columbia.
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park’s name signifies awe and wonder and that is certainly what the park has to offer. It is home to some of the most popular tourist spots in western Canada including Emerald Lake, Lake O’Hara and Wapta Falls. The emerald waters of the lake are surrounded by cliffs, wooded trails and stone bridges, making it a magical place for ramblers and keen walkers.
The Icefield Parkway is a stretch of road that takes motorhome travellers from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park. The route is a popular journey for those on self-guided holidays as it offers a plethora of sites along the way and is also one of the most scenic drives in western Canada. Top highlights along the way are Peyto Lake, Athabasca Falls and Columbia Icefield where you can explore the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
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A little alpine town in the heart of Jasper National Park, Jasper is a bustling town full of culture and scenery. The location offers views like no other as it is situated in an area of unspoiled natural beauty.
Things to do in Jasper:
-Maligne Lake and the Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in the Canadian Rockies.
-The Jasper SkyTram to the summit of Whistlers Mountain.
Why choose a motorhome holiday to the Canadian Rockies?
Why choose a motorhome holiday you ask? There are so many reasons that a motorhome holiday might be the perfect option for you and your family when visiting Canada, but here are just a few more to entice you.
-A motorhome holiday offers you the freedom to explore the Rockies at your own pace and to your own unique plan that suits you.
-You can stay at a wonderful variety of traditional Canadian campsites where you can try and catch a glimpse of some rare wildlife.
-You can visit the locations that you want to visit rather than having to follow a pre-made plan or map.
-The whole family are all in one place and can enjoy the experience together.
We spoke to Michelle from The Wandering Queen who has visited the Rockies before and couldn’t recommend the experience enough, especially for those who are looking to visit with a motorhome: “The Canadian Rockies is one of the best summer vacations you can take. The wildness of the area and the stunning views of the tall standing mountains, fantastic bright blue lakes, glaciers galore, and tons of waterfalls will astonish you. It is even better to explore this area in a motor home. The Canadian Rockies are pretty vast, so you have to drive to explore the most beautiful regions. The National Parks such as Banff, Jasper, and Yoho all have plenty of places to camp, so it will make planning with a motorhome pretty easy. Camping with a motorhome in this area is pretty fantastic and one of the best experiences in Canada!”
Our Motorhome packages*
Our motorhome holidays packages are so popular because we plan your holiday differently to many other companies. We tailor make your itinerary based on ensuring you have the right length of journey each day to see all that your destination can offer from a Motorhome touring perspective rather that treat your itinerary the same as a car rental with hotels holiday. We provide you with everything required to get going and can add any extras that you may need, we can even book your campgrounds and take care of your flights for the complete package.
Getting You On The Road!
-Expert planning tailored to your holiday expectations and an itinerary to make the most of the unique experience of a Motorhome holiday.
-Motorhome hire for the duration of your holiday.
-Personal kits and vehicle provisioning kit for comfort during your holiday.
-Motorhome insurance for peace of mind.
-Ample KM allowance to complete your full itinerary.
Our Recommended Extras
-Booking campgrounds in your itinerary.**
-A digital and/or hard-copy route guide to accompany you on your holiday tailor made to maximise the enjoyment of your Motorhome experience.**
-Discuss with our sales agents what activities and excursions are available for your trip so we can organise anything you’d like to do before you go.
-Ask our sales agents to source any “creature comforts” that you would like included, we will do our very best to include them.
The Whole Package
-International return flights from a selection of UK airports.
-First night hotel accommodation, pick-up your Motorhome after a refreshing night sleep!
*Exceptions may apply. Always check with one of our Canada Experts prior to booking your motorhome holiday.
**Campgrounds and guide available on western Canada and Maritimes packages only.
If you are looking for a holiday unlike any other and Canada has always been on your bucket list, then a trip to the Canadian Rockies with Canadian Affair is the only option for you. Our dedicated team will help you plan your trip down to the finest details, ensuring no stone is left unturned. If you want to find out more about our motorhome holidays or car rental in Canada, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.