One of the great things about having a motorhome in Canada is being able to head towards the snow or escape from it. If you have an Arctic Package, specially designed to allow RVs to handle winter weather, you can go almost anywhere. Combine that winter camping trip with a bit of skiing, snowboarding or even dog sledding. Or, head to some of the less snowy spots of Canada and see how the other half lives, well, at least most of the time. Check with your RV dealer about that Arctic Package, they’ll be happy to fill you in on all the benefits.
Camping and Skiing - Whistler
Camping and skiing, is a divine combination. Whistler’s Riverside Resort offers winterized RV sites with electrical hook-ups and plumbing that won’t freeze. Snowplows keep the roadways and campsites clear, the washrooms and showers have heated floors and there's plenty of hot water. A free shuttle takes you to the village and to the ski-lifts at Whistler Blackcomb. If you’d rather do some cross-country skiing, the Valley Trail is steps from the campground. The onsite Riverside Junction Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Dine in or order take-out to enjoy in your RV. Stock up at the Riverside Market, make use of the laundry and enjoy free wireless Internet service.
Winter Camping and More at Lake Louise
Do some winter RVing at Lake Louise and it may feel like you have the park to yourself. The Lake Louise Campground offers 30 sites for winter RV camping with power hook-ups. Located only one kilometre from the village core, the campground offers hot showers, recycling bins and a dump station. No reservations are accepted; it’s first come, first served. Ski, snowboard or head to nearby Banff for to ride the Banff Gondola. Go for a dog sled ride or time your trip to arrive during the Ice Magic Festival, held each January at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Ice artists take blocks of ice and turn them into a winter wonderland. It’s usually the last weekend of the month, check with the Fairmont for dates.
Winter Camping in the Heart of Downtown Victoria, BC
If you’re up for a drive to scenic Vancouver Island, you might find a camping spot in the center of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Westbay Marina Village offers fully serviced sites, most with water views, on a small peninsula next to the marina. Launch your own boat, moor it or charter a local craft for some fishing, diving or whale-watching. The orcas are in town year-round. It does snow in Victoria but it usually doesn’t last very long. If the snow does happen to stick, the locals head to Beacon Hill Park to sled down one of the hills, using everything from giant garbage bags to pieces of plastic for a slippery seat. Ski enthusiast sometimes head to the park for some cross-country exercise.
As far as the campground, daily, weekly and monthly rates are offered and reservations are advised. This is a popular place with the Empress Hotel, Victoria’s Old Town and the shops on Government Street just a few blocks away. The Princess Mary Café and the Fin & Gill Bar & Grill are nearby offering west coast fare, local beers, wines and spirits in a nautical setting.