Friday, 22 July 2016

Vancouver & Calgary Distance Chart

There are many beautiful sights to see in Canada, especially in the rugged mountains of the Rockies, between Calgary and Revelstoke, Jasper to the US border. Enjoy the wild shores of Vancouver Island at Tofino, or simply relax along side one of the many splendid lakes in the interior of British Columbia.

Vancouver a mere 50 kms from the US border and Calgary only 250, and in most cases you have the option of exploring the Western US in your Canadian RV rental as long as it is returned back into Canada.

MILEAGE CHART (kilometers)
FROM/TO CALGARY VANCOUVER
CANADA

Calgary, Alberta N/A 1048
Edmonton, Alberta 308 1234
Prince Rupert, BC 1650 1510
Regina, Saskatchewan 762 1997
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 630 1669
Vancouver, BC 1048 N/A
Whitehorse, Yukon 2329 2431
Winnipeg, Manitoba 1322 2364
UNITED STATES

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2475 2553
Anchorage, Alaska 3493 3596
Boise, Idaho 1324 1015
Denver, Colorado 1770 2345
Helena, Montana 681 1178
Las Vegas, Nevada 2106 2151
Los Angeles, California 2537 2071
Phoenix, Arizona 2481 2665
Portland, Oregon 1485 508
Salt Lake City, Utah 1423 1551
San Francisco, California 2322 1532
Seattle, Washington 1179 235
Yellowstone Park 1028 1526

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Vancouver Island Loop Road trip

This Itinerary is brought to you by Canada.Travel and highlights the best areas close to Vancouver. We have made additional connotations which we think will be valuable for your your journey!

From cosmopolitan Vancouver with its Pacific Rim and west coast influences, ferry-hop to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Experience coastal BC’s wilderness, art and culinary offerings, and rich aboriginal culture.

Start: DAY 1-2 Vancouver, British Columbia

Inside the city - while these options can be done in a motorhome, you can easily access these with public transportation. If you are travelling from overseas, it is wise to give yourself a break for a couple of days to overcome jetlag and get your bearings if you are used to driving on the left hand side.

Stanley Park 

One of the world’s great urban parks, this evergreen oasis of cedar, hemlock and fir trees is accessible by trails and surrounded by a sea wall for walking or biking. Within its 1,000 acres (400 hectares) are the Vancouver Aquarium, a stand of totem poles, lighthouses and a scenic lagoon.

Gastown 

Stroll the cobbled streets of Vancouver’s birthplace as a logging town. Explore unique boutiques, restaurants and pubs in a maze of historic buildings, courtyards and mews.

Granville Island 

A lively urban farmer’s market, artist community and entertainment center on the waterfront in the middle of the city. Linked by a causeway, it is a popular spot for fine dining, theater, studios, shopping and people watching.

Chinatown 

North America’s second biggest Chinatown is a bustling Asian quarter of fresh food markets and restaurants popular for dim sum. Relax at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or visit the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum.

These destinations are in North Vancouver.

Capilano Suspension Bridge 

Step onto the swaying planks of a 450 ft (137 m) long suspension bridge, 230 ft (70 m) above the Capilano River. Walk a boardwalk rainforest trail high amid the cedar trees along the Treetops Adventure route. 

Grouse Mountain 

Vancouver’s mountain backdrop is a 4,100 ft (1,200 m) year-round playground with hiking, helicopter tours, paragliding, sleigh rides and day and night skiing reached by a 100-passenger tram. Try the Grouse Grind, a steep 1.8 mile (3 km) trail that is nature’s Stairmaster.


DAY 3 Sunshine Coast

Travel via Highways 99 and 1 from Vancouver to North Vancouver and West Vancouver to the BC Ferries’ Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Board the Langdale ferry. Via Highway 101 travel along BC’s Sunshine Coast to Earl’s Cove to catch another ferry to Saltery Bay. Continue on Highway 101 to Powell River. Overnight in Powell River. (Land travel distance is 87 mi (140 km). Travel time on Ferries is 90 minutes in total.)

Note you can book your both Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) / Gibsons (Langdale) Ferry and your Power River in advance, but the Earl's Cove / Saltery Bay Ferry is first come, first serve and can not be booked in advance.

Also note you will pay bit extra for an RV, but its well worth it!

Gibsons, British Columbia 

The Seawalk and Heritage Walk Get into the rhythm of a quaint coastal seaside fishing village where fresh seafood sells off the side of a fisherman's boat. Stroll the Seawalk, then settle into a coffee at Molly's Reach café and watch a busy working harbor with barges, tugs, floatplanes and sailboats

Sechelt, British Columbia 

House of Hewhiwus (House of Chiefs) Home to the Sechelt Nation's cultural center, a museum, art center, gift shop and the Raven's Cry Theatre. Afterwards, head to the beach to see twelve Coast Salish totem poles towering over Trail Bay.  Travel along the Sechelt Inlet, go kayaking, and visit the Hidden Grove Forest.

Rockwood Lodge 

An historic, Union Steamship resort built as a boarding house in 1935, a time when all visitors to the Sunshine Coast arrived by boat. Every August, top Canadian authors gather at Rockwood for the Festival of the Written Arts.

The Caren Range Old-Growth Forest Walk 

Through a “cloud forest” of fog-shrouded ancient cedars rooted in lush moss gardens. At an elevation from 2,500 to 4,000 ft (760 to 1220 m), you can see rare 2,000-year-old Yellow Cedar giants.

Powell River, British Columbia 

National Historic District
An historic mill township from 1910-1930 with 400 homes and 30 commercial buildings including a hotel, restaurants, shops and the beautiful 1913 Patricia Theatre where you can see first run films in Canada’s longest running movie theater. Guided or self-guided tours of town are available.

The International Choral Kathaumixw
A five-day choral festival featuring up to 40 international choirs. There are concerts, common song singing, competitions, conductor’s seminars and social events and it is held every second year, in July of even-numbered years.

DAY 4 Comox and Vancouver Island

Travel by ferry from Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia to Comox on Vancouver Island (travel time = 1 hour 15 minutes). From Comox travel south/southeast to Parksville. Then head west on Highway 4, across the Island to Tofino. Overnight in Tofino. 149 mi (240 km)

Comox, British Columbia 

The Filberg Festival (July 30-August 2, 2010) An annual arts and crafts festival that is western Canada's largest juried outdoor arts show. Prowl the tents that pop up on the lawns and under the trees for a handmade souvenir to take home.

Island Gourmet Trails 

A customized culinary adventure takes you throughout the lush local farming region with stops at local farmer’s markets, bakeries, organic farms, oyster and scallop farms, wineries and breweries. Enjoy a cooking class or a gourmet dinner in a local restaurant.

Vancouver Island Music Festival 

The Island’s biggest music fest brings local and international talent together for bluegrass, blues, reggae, hiphop, soul, world, country and folk every July on the Comox Fairgrounds.

Parksville, British Columbia 

The Parksville Beach Festival (mid-July to mid-August) This is the venue for the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, which draws tens of thousands of annual visitors to view the fantastic creations of professional sand sculptors. There is also a Parksville Kite Festival, fireworks and the beach volleyball & croquet tournaments.

Craig Heritage Park, Museum & Archives 

Well-preserved heritage buildings from the early settlement years of the area, like the French Creek Post Office (1886), the Duncan McMillan log house (1885), and the Knox Heritage Church (1912) contain exhibits about early settlers in the area.

Port Alberni, British Columbia 

Alberni Harbour Quay A friendly waterside collection of restaurants, galleries and shops. Stop in to see the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe sculpture, a life-size yellow and red cedar carving of a First Nations whaler's canoe chasing a grey whale.

McLean Mill National Historic Site 

Step back to the early days of British Columbia's forest industry at the restored McLean Steam Sawmill where a troupe of professional actors brings the pioneer era to life with drama, songs, stories, and dance.

Flying Water Tankers 

The world’s largest water bombers, the Martin Mars, scoop up to 27 tons of water from Sproat Lake each time they thunder off to extinguish forest fires. Only seven were ever produced and one or more of the planes is moored at the Coulson Flying Tankers visitor center. Guided tours are available.

DAY 5-6 – Tofino, British Columbia

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve 

The long empty beaches of the Long Beach sector of this three-part park are renowned for their big breakers that have attracted an active surfing community. Visitors can sign up for classes. In the winter months, go Storm Watching and see powerful Pacific rollers pound the shores.

Aboriginal Artwork 

Eagle Aerie Gallery, a hand-hewn longhouse, displays Tsimshian artist Roy Vickers' works. The House of Himwitsa is home to many artists and features traditional First Nations artwork including totem poles, sculptures, masks, paintings, basketry, and jewelry.

Hot Springs Cove 

In the remote northern end of Clayoquot Sound, boiling spring water cascades down a small cliff into a series of layered rock pools cooled by the incoming ocean. Open year-round and accessible only by sea or air, guided tours from Tofino explore Hot Springs Cove, a popular destination with kayakers.

Tofino Crab Dock 

One of Tofino's government wharves is known locally as the crab dock and is used by crab fishermen to store traps and tie up their boats - a good place to buy fresh seafood and chat with locals.

The Whale Centre Maritime Museum

On exhibit is an assortment of traditional native jewelry, cedar baskets, paddles, sea life, local artifacts - from traditional whaling equipment to original navigation charts of the area - and a complete 40 ft (12 m) gray whale skeleton.

Meares Island Big Cedar Trail 

After a 10 minute boat ride from Tofino, hike the island’s 1.8 mi (3 km) trail to the Hanging Garden Cedar, a living tree estimated to be over 2,000 years old with a trunk circumference of 65 ft (20 m)

Black Bear and Whalewatching 

From the deck of a boat, spot black bears emerging from hibernation to feed all summer and fall. Watch for Grey whales, Humpback and Killer whales who migrate the coastal waters. You might also see porpoises, seals, sea lions, and elephant seals along the coastline. Many privately led whalewatching expeditions set out from Tofino daily, or you can whalewatch from the shoreline.

DAY 7 –  Nanaimo

Nanaimo, British Columbia 

Travel east on Highway 4 back to Parksville and south on Highway 1 to Nanaimo for 127 mi (205 km). Overnight in Nanaimo. Scenic Agri-Tourism Tour Take a summer day trip along country roads dropping in at working farms and gardens. Sample home made cranberry preserves and visit an annual corn maze. Shop for bent willow furniture, stained glass and driftwood birdhouses.

The Great International World Championship Bathtub Race 

On the last weekend in July every year, various quirky forms of motorized bathtubs race one another from Nanaimo Harbor to Departure Bay near Victoria. Because Nanaimo has the highest number of pubs per capita in Canada, it’s sometimes nicknamed the Hub, Pub, and Tub city.

DAY 8 Chemainus and Duncan

Travel south on Highway 1 (the Malahat Drive) to Victoria for 72 mi (115km). Overnight in Victoria

 Chemainus, British Columbia 

View over 35 murals and 13 sculptures depicting the town's history and people. It's the world's largest outdoor gallery, and every year new artworks are added to the walls of the community’s shops, antique malls, art galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Duncan, British Columbia 

Qwu’utsun Cultural and Conference Centre Meet local carvers transforming cedar blocks into works of art. Catch Great Deeds, an oral history of the Cowichan tribes and experience traditional dance and songs. From June to September, sample contemporary Native cuisine like salmon, venison, buffalo, and halibut at their Riverwalk Café.

Duncan Farmer’s Market 

A year-round market in the main town square offering the fresh, local produce of “Canada’s Provence”. Meet cheesemakers, organic farmers, winemakers and taste their goodies created amid lush farmland in the warmest corner of Canada.

DAY 8-9 – Victoria, British Columbia 

Butchart Gardens

Stroll meandering paths through a spectacular 50-acre year-round garden in a former stone quarry on the Saanich Peninsula. A fine restaurant set amid the floral finery serves fresh, local cuisine.

High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel 

For almost a century, the stately Library of this landmark hotel overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbor has played host to the ritual of Afternoon Tea complete with scones and cream and cucumber sandwiches.

Royal British Columbia Museum 

Explore British Columbia’s human and natural history from the last Ice Age to the present with everything from Woolly Mammoths and a replica of Captain Cook’s ship to the Ocean Station exhibit that re-creates a submarine voyage to the offshore marine world. There is also an IMAX film theater.

Aboriginal Culture 

Stroll through thickets of totem poles and around Mungo Martin House, a traditional longhouse. Paddle a canoe on a narrated excursion from Sidney around the Southern Gulf islands to ancient tribal sites or ride in a traditional whaling canoe through a fjord to temperate rainforests.

Day 10 - Back to Vancouver

Back to Vancouver - the ferry terminal Leave Swartz Bay (Victoria)  to Tsawwassen (Vancouver).

Friday, 1 July 2016

Rent Long, Save Big Rental Deal

Rent a motorhome for 50 days or more and receive a special discount off the base rental rate when booking selected vehicles on Camper Vancouver. This discount CAN be combined with other special offers as applicable.



PROMO CODE: LHD50
Booking valid from 07/01/16 to 10/31/18
Travel valid from 02/01/13 to 10/31/18
Coupon Terms and Conditions

1. Discount applies to new bookings only.
2. Discount applies to selected suppliers and is shown own the search screen.
3. Remember to select the coupon on the booking screen to add to your rental.
4. Discount applies to the base rental rate only. 5. Travel must be longer than 50 days to qualify for the discount.
6. If the length of your booking is later reduced below 50 days, the discount will be removed.
7. Further discounts apply for longer rentals and will calculate automatically.
8. Standard rental terms and conditions apply.

Click here to get this deal

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kettle River BC Roadtrip

Kettle River from Railway TrestleLooking to explore British Columbia but are looking for something off the beaten path? Why not try the exploring the Kettle River area?  The Kettle River is tributary of the Columbia River, and is 282 kilometers long.  It starts at in the Monashee Mountains at Holmes Lake and flows south Midway, British Columbia. There are many tributaries, including Rock Creek and West Kettle River. The river goes United States through Washington state hooking back north into British Columbia, before flowing back to the United States again.

The highlight of Kettle River is Kettle River Recreation Area. With over 179 hectares to explore, this area is jammed packed for family fun and and activities. One the most popular attractions is the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), abandoned part of the Canadian Pacific Railway which has been converted to bike trail.
  • Bike in the wilderness  
  • Go swimming in natural pools
  • Go tubing down the Kettle River
  • Go canoeing 
  • Set up your campsite. 
  • Go Fishing
Rock Creek Canyon Bridge, British ColumbiaThere is much to see of this region just by travelling with your motorhome down Highway 33. See serene valleys, farms, streams and forests. There are numerous small communities to stop by including Carmi, Beaverdell, Westbridge, Rock Creek and Midway where the Kettle River veers into the United States. Here are some of the highlights you can see from the British Columbian end of the of the highway.
  • Conkle Lake Pronvicial Park is peaceful place to go camping and great location for rainbow trout fishing. Take Rhone Road before Westbridge and then take the forest road.
  • Crowsnest Highway - This the highway that connects BC to Alberta, and was once part of the historic Dewdney Trail. 
  • Midway - the start of the Kettle Valley Railway
  • Ferry-Midway Border Crossing - for those wanting to explore the United States you can cross over here. Open 09:00 to 17:00. 
  • Boundary Falls - a 12 meter waterfall near the eponymous town. 
  • Christina Lake - this where Kettle River loops back into Canada then back to US. Its tributary feeds Kettle River.
  • Gladstone Provincial Park. Just north of Christine Lake, which has 39,387 hectares waiting to be explored!
Getting There From Vancouver:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcinchady/
Christine Lake
Its about 5 hour drive :
  1. Take Kelowna-Rock Creek Hwy/BC-33 S to Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W 6 min (6.7 km)
  2. Follow BC-3 W and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W to E 1st Ave in Vancouver. Take exit 27 from Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W 4 h 50 min (440 km)
  3.  Continue on E 1st Ave. Drive to Howe St
For those who want to keep your driving to a minimum, you can also fly from Vancouver to Penticton (50 mins). From Pentiction its only 1 and a half hours:
  1. Turn left onto Airport Rd
  2. Continue on Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W. Take Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N to Airport Rd 1 h 24 min (106 km)
  3. Take Kelowna-Rock Creek Hwy/BC-33 S to Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W 6 min (6.7 km)

Looking to stay at and around Kettle River? Check out Kettle River RV Park. They have 46 sites, 16 of which pull thru sites, 4 of which are 100' long and have 50 amp service as well as 30 amp. They have plenty of amenities for those that wish to camp there. Its The RV park is situated between the beautiful Kettle River and Highway 3.








Living the 'Cana'dream - all inclusive deal!

For those who just read our border crossing post, here's a great deal for your Canada/USA camper journey!

Book a CanaDream ROF (MH-B or MH-A) by 31 May 2016 for Vancouver return travel, to enjoy this cheap rate. You must pick the vehicle up from 24 May and drop it off no later than 11 July 2016. Offer includes: 2400 kms mileage allowance per total rental duration (Extra payable at 0.37cents per km), all convenience kits, extra driver and US travel supplement. A great packaged special! This deal is only available if selected during the booking process online prior to your departure. Please note there is a max rental length of 21 nights.

PROMO CODE: CDALTSYVR
Booking valid from 04/28/16 to 05/31/16
Travel valid from 05/24/16 to 07/11/16

Coupon Terms and Conditions


  • Special cannot combine with long term discounts.
  • A longest rental length of 21 days.
  • Special offer is valid for: Run of Fleet (ROF).
  • Available for these pick up locations: Vancouver, Vancouver Intl Airport.
  • Available for these drop off locations: Vancouver, Vancouver Intl Airport.
  • Special cannot combine with any other special offers.
  • The supplier reserves the right to withdraw the offer from sale at any time.
  • Normal terms and conditions apply.
  • Offer is subject to vehicle availability.
  • Offer applicable for new bookings only.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

British Columbia Border Crossings

Travelling between USA and Canada does not have to be stressful if you are prepared. Here are our top 5 tips for making your Border crossing easier with our RV Rental.

1. Check and see if you are allowed to take your rv rental over the border! While most companies in both the United States and Canada allow this, some don't. Others may have a surcharge. Read all the fine print. You don't want to get a double whammy of getting into accident AND getting an additional fine if you break your rental companies contract.

2. Have your documents.
As obvious as this sounds, nothing spikes the ire and suspicion of border guards when you come unprepared! Though citizens of the United States do not need a passport or a visa, they will need to bring proof of citizen and/or photo id. Also its not just about personal id, make sure you have all your vehicle's documentation including proof of insurance! If renting and in doubt, the rental company should walk you through all the vehicle's documentation.


3. Plan your crossing off peak times - know your border wait times! 
Avoid travelling around times around popular public holidays in the US or Canada. Here are the dates to remember:

  • March / April: Easter Holidays
  • May: Victoria Day (Canada)  Memorial Day (USA)
  • July:  Canada Day and July 4th USA
  • August: Canadian Civic Holiday 
  • September:  The Labor Day Long Weekend (US & Canada)
  • October – Canadian Thanksgiving / U.S. Columbus Day
  • November – Veterans (USA) Remembrance Day (Canada)
  • November – U.S. Thanksgiving and Black Friday

June - September average nearly 3 million border crossings per month; so take special time to prepare for summer travel! For more information you can visit the official border USA border site which updates its wait times by the hour: https://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/mobile.asp

4. Know your crossings

Below are the British Columbia Border Crossings - check this page for more information about border crossings for other Canadian Provinces.


Border Canada road / Highway United States Name Hours
British Columbia–Washington


Boundary Bay 56th Street [Delta] Point Roberts 24-hour service year round
Douglas BC 99 [Surrey] Blaine - Peace Arch 24-hour service year round. No commercial vehicles.
Pacific Highway BC 15 [Surrey] Blaine - Pacific Highway 24-hour service year round. Commercial vehicles use.
Aldergrove BC 13 Lynden Daytime-evening service year round (8:00 am–midnight)
Abbotsford-Huntingdon BC 11 Sumas 24-hour service year round
Chopaka Nighthawk Road [Cawston] Nighthawk Daytime service year round (9:00 am–5:00 pm)
Osoyoos BC 97 Oroville 24-hour service year round. Canadian port of entry closed holidays.
Midway Dominion Street Ferry Daytime service year round (9:00 am–5:00 pm)
Carson BC 41 [Grand Forks] Danville Daytime-evening service year round (8:00 am–midnight)
Cascade BC 395 [Christina Lake] Laurier Daytime-evening service year round (8:00 am–midnight)
Paterson BC 22 [Rossland] Frontier 24-hour service year round
Waneta BC 22A [Montrose] Boundary Daytime service year round (9:00 am–5:00 pm)
Nelway BC 6 [Salmo] Metaline Falls Daytime-evening service year round (8:00 am–midnight)
British Columbia–Idaho


Rykerts BC 21 [Creston] Porthill Daytime-evening service year round (2nd Sunday March–1st Saturday Nov. (MST=PDT)
Kingsgate BC 95 Eastport 24-hour service year round. Canadian port of entry closed holidays.
British Columbia–Montana


Roosville BC 93 [Grasmere] Roosville 24-hour service year round

5. What you can and can't bring.

Going into the USA:

  • No Meat Products can be brought from Canada without Permit
  • One Liter of alcoholic beverage can be brought in if over 21
  • Vacuum sealed and canned goods generally admissible

For a complete list of do's and don'ts, visit: https://www.cbp.gov/

Going into Canada


  • 1 carton of cigarettes/50 cigars/14 ounces of tobacco permitted
  • 1.5 liters of alcohol
  • Gifts up to the value of $60 per gift
  • Firearms - allowed with non-resident fire declaration. 
  • Certain firearms restricted (pistols/revolvers)
  • Personal protection devices like mace/pepper spray are no permitted

For more on firearms, see: www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca.

Finally, remember that border crossings are just part of the adventure of travel. If you do a bit preparation, they can even be fun!





Sunday, 27 March 2016

Mega One Way Special Deal - 2400 kms, the whole kit!

Book a CanaDream ROF4 (SVC, MHB or MHA) for one way travel from Halifax to Montreal or Toronto, to enjoy this cheap rate. You must pick the vehicle up from Halifax from 30 September 2016 and drop it off in Montreal or Toronto by 30 October 2016. This great offer includes: 2400 kms mileage allowance per total rental duration (Extra payable locally at .37cents per km), all convenience kits, 1 additional driver, US travel supplement, Northern Surcharge and Free one way drop off. A great package deal! This special is only available if selected during the booking process online prior to your departure.

PROMO CODE: CDALYHX1
Booking valid from 03/28/16 to 10/30/16
Travel valid from 09/30/16 to 10/30/16
Coupon Terms and Conditions

This offer is only valid for one way rentals.

  • Special cannot be combined with long term discounts.
  • Special offer is valid for: Run of Fleet 4 (ROF4).
  • Available for these pick up locations: Halifax, Halifax Intl Airport.
  • Available for these drop off locations: Montreal, Montreal Intl Airport, Toronto, Toronto Intl Airport.
  • Special cannot be combined with any other special offers.
  • The supplier reserves the right to withdraw the offer from sale at any time.
  • Normal terms and conditions apply.
  • Offer is subject to vehicle availability.
  • Offer applicable for new bookings only.
  • All applicable GST and provincial taxes are Extra.
To book this deal, go directly here