Once you’ve visited your Alberta RV Dealer and found the perfect home on wheels, it’s time to do a bit of exploring. Why not start with the province of Alberta? Park your rig in the shadow of Alberta’s capital, in a rapidly growing prairie town, or in a mountain haven that earned worldwide attention as an Olympic venue.
Capital Camping – Edmonton
Set up your campsite in the shadow of Alberta’s provincial heart at Shakers Acres RV Park & Campground. The RV Park, on the outskirts of Edmonton, offers fully serviced sites that can handle even the largest rigs. Shop at Canada’s mind-boggling West Edmonton Mall, tee off at one of the local golf courses, 70 in all, or just explore the open parkland along the North Saskatchewan River. Seasonal events in the city include the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival and for music lovers, both a Blues and Folk Festival. The TELUS World of Science and the Valley Zoo, open year-round, both offer fun learning experiences for the whole family.
Swans, Golf and More – Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie is in northwestern Alberta, and it’s growing. Known for its Crystal Lake Waterfowl Refuge, a nesting site for the endangered Trumpeter Swans, this Peace Country city is also making headlines with its dinosaur finds. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, still in the planning stages, will one day house an enviable collection and offer learning programs for young and old. Even so, the Trumpeter Swans are equally enticing. Trails, some of them wooden bridges over the marshy parts of Crystal Lake, lead to bird watching platforms that overlook the nesting sites. Back in town, the 1,100-acre Muskoseepi Park offers hiking and cycling trails that are used for cross country skiing during the winter. Country Roads RV Park, open year round, offers fully serviced sites on the northwestern end of town. The Bear Creek Golf Club is next door.
Olympic Memories – Canmore
Calgary created quite a splash when it hosted the Olympics in 1988. The town of Canmore played a part in this global athletic celebration, hosting the cross-country skiing and biathlon events. This age old mining town hugs the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies and provides just enough civilization to keep things interesting. Spring Creek RV Campground offers a wilderness camping experience just 10 minutes from Canmore. Fully serviced sites are available year-round, with electric only sites being offered during the winter. Play some golf, do some hiking or fish for your dinner in the stream that runs through the campground. Some campsites front that stream, so all you need to do is step out of your motorhome and toss your line in the water.