Canada is a country of breathtaking beauty. From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the majestic Niagara Falls and the rolling forests of Quebec, it’s simply a marvelous place to explore.
Canada is a country of breathtaking beauty. From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the majestic Niagara Falls and the rolling forests of Quebec, it’s simply a marvelous place to explore. More than anything, Canada’s is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here you can find some of the best hiking, climbing, fishing, and kayaking in the world.
So, if you’re ready for a phenomenal road trip that takes you across the magnificent country of Canada, this is the perfect cross-country RV adventure for you!
Day 1: Montreal Arrival
While you could also start this RV rental expedition from Vancouver, Montreal is an exciting place to begin because Quebec is like a country within a country. Arriving in Montreal is not unlike arriving in France except with its own unique touches. The city is packed with tons of amazing activities for you to discover including the Chateau Vieux Castle (link to the castle needed here). There’s no shortage of high-quality parks too so you can go sightseeing during the day and then come back to your comfy RV.
Day 2: Montreal - Ottawa
Heading the RV out of Quebec, you’ll enjoy the scenic Highway 95 which runs parallel to the Ottawa River. Canada’s capital of Ottawa is another great city and definitely worth taking some time to discover. However, the best place to enjoy is nearby Gatineau Park which features beachside camping on the lake. The park even features great amenities including showers, laundry, and boat rental. It’s a great place to get your first real taste of the Canadian outdoors.
Day 3: Ottawa - Toronto
No RV road trip to Canada is complete without a trip to Canada’s largest city of Toronto. Toronto is a bustling metropolis packed with skyscrapers including the world-famous CN Tower. Here you can find another majestic castle, Casa Loma. It’s also a great spot to stock up on all the essentials you’ll need because tomorrow you’re headed deep into the natural world of Canada. Best of all, you’ll be very close to Niagara Falls.
Day 4-5: Toronto - Lake Superior Provincial Park
You’ll want to start early because today your RV will be racking up some miles. Make sure you have plenty of time to take breaks beautiful places like Agawa Park. Lake Superior Provincial Park (link needed here) is a gorgeous, sprawling park full of amazing campgrounds, hiking trails, and stunning rock paintings. After a long day on the road, you might want to take a few days to relax. Lake Superior Provincial Park has many great campsites with full hookups and other amenities. Take the time to really enjoy the benefits of having the RV: a whole house to enjoy whilst being camped amongst the trees.
Day 6: Lake Superior Provincial Park - Thunder Bay
You’ll continue winding along Lake Superior cruising the RV through incredible landscapes like Pukaskwa National Park (link here) and charming towns including Nipigon. Thunder Bay is the perfect balance between scenic countryside and unique small-town feel. The town has some great RV campsites or you can spend the night on Sleeping Giant Provincial Park which sits on a peninsula and offers some of the best camping in Canada.
Day 7: Thunder Bay - Winnipeg
You continuing on Highway 17 traveling over the countless lakes of Canada. Before long, you’ll be in a new province Manitoba. The provincial capital of Winnipeg is located almost directly in the middle of the country. After a few days in the rustic countryside, you’ll enjoy the shops and restaurant of The Forks district (link here). This trendy area is full of converted warehouse featuring not only great food, but also concerts, festivals, and art exhibits. Park the RV and take a night off from cooking!
Day 8: Winnipeg - Dafoe
Leaving the capital of Manitoba, you’re on the country roads heading into Saskatchewan. The province of Saskatchewan is one of the most rural and forested regions in Canada. You’re making your way towards Big Quill Lake (link). Don’t let the sprawling city of Dafoe and its population of 15 overwhelm you. You can find great campsites for the RV near Dafoe Brook where you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy a little cookout and relaxation under the clear, starry skies.
Day 9: Dafoe - Edmonton
You have two route options today. Heading west, you can choose to go to Edmonton or Calgary. Both are fantastic cities and if you have the time, try to see both. They’re only a couple of hours away from each other. The northern route to Edmonton, however, is slightly more scenic passing through even more of the great countryside. You’ll soon notice the mountains in the distance as you make your way to the Canadian Rockies. Be sure to grab your hiking gear and whatever else you need because you’re headed into the mountains!
Day 10-11: Edmonton - Jasper National Park
Today will be one of the best driving days of your RV rental vacation. There are few roads as stunning as Highway 16 which gradually climbs from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies into some of the tallest mountains in the country. Jasper National Park is a massive nature preserve full of great activities including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, trail riding, and so much more. Even if you spend a few nights here, you’ll just barely scratch the surface of all the amazing things you can do. And, of course, there’s nothing better than enjoying all those fun activities during the day then having all the comfort of RV to come back in the evening.
Day 12-13: Jasper National Park - Banff National Park
You’ll stay inside the national parks today heading down the stunningly gorgeous Highway 93. It’s hard to choose which is a better park between Jasper and Banff. But why do that when you can go to both? Banff offers many of the same amazing things to do as Jasper so make sure you spend a few days getting to enjoy the incredible beauty.
Day 14: Banff National Park - Vancouver
It’s time to start wrapping up your amazing coast to coast adventure. As you descend from the mountains, you’ll start entering the new landscape of British Columbia. Before you know it, you’ll arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. There’s no better place to complete your trip than in this diverse and beautiful city full of exciting things to enjoy. If you have a little more time, head out to Vancouver Island where you can camp right on the Pacific Ocean. Watching the sunset there from your RV is the perfect way to end this incredible journey.