Independant Travel

Camper Rental And RV Rental – Your Home On Wheels

Canada is a country made for camper and RV travel and you should keep this in mind when you plan your trip. First of all, what you need to know about camper rental: RV is short for Recreational Vehicle and can be a motorhome, caravan or campervan.

Road tripping in Canada with a home on wheels makes you fully independent and allows you to enjoy the freedom of backcountry travel, without having to worry about accommodation. You have your accommodation with you. All you need is a space to park your vacation home.

With a four wheel drive camper rental you can go anywhere, stay anywhere and you never have to pay for accommodation.

Camper Rental

Your Choice Of Campers And RVs

RV Types

  • Motorhomes are RV’s that can drive and they come in a range of sizes and from very basic to luxury models
  • RV travel trailers are designed to be towed behind your family car, SUV, minivan or pickup truck
  • Truck campers/travel campers are carried on top of a pickup truck and are especially ideal for backcountry travel if they come with 4×4.
  • Popup Trailers are pulled behind a car and some come with kind of an innovative design that makes it easy to tow and easy to camp.
  • Van campers are ideal for solo travellers or couples, and they are easy to get around on narrow backcountry and logging roads.

Here you see a few examples to give you a taste of what you can expect.

Canada’s variety of camper rental is the best in the world, we have it all!

If you decide on camper rental, make sure that you check what the rental includes, bedding and kitchen equipment might come as an option and be charged extra.

Canada is a huge country, and once you leave the populated southern areas behind you will be on your own.

We have an excellent road network, but to rely on public transport is not a reasonable option. Greyhound coaches offer a fairly good long distance bus system Canada-wide but only stop at major towns. Taking the bus is not a cheap way to travel because you will have to pay for accommodation each night.

The best choice is definitely camper rental or RV rental instead.  I suggest to rent a four wheel drive vehicle, so you won’t have limitation to what places you can visit. Having your own wheels is the best way to explore the backcountry and the fantastic Canadian wilderness. This gives you the opportunity to stop at all the great places on the way.

One of the best things about camper rental in Canada is, that once you leave the populated areas and take the back roads, you almost always can find a free place to pull up and camp for the night.

Check out camping in the Canadian Backcountry with links to free campsites.

It’s affordable

Camper rental in Canada is affordable, especially in the offseason. Just calculate the money you save on accommodation and on eating at restaurants. Whatever the costs, the experience and freedom you gain are worth the costs.

RV travel goes with the Canadian lifestyle. A large number of Canadians own a motorhome or another kind of RV. Lots of times they pull an additional trailer behind with a boat or a couple of quads. Canadians know how to enjoy the outdoors, most know how to fish and hunt.

Summer vacation and weekends is when the locals are out camping. You don’t find many people in the local pub on a summer’s weekend, everybody is at the lake. Lots of Canadians try to get away from the Canadian winter and head south with their RV to places like Arizona. We even have a name for these people, they are officially called Snowbirds!

How to choose a Canadian camper rental company

To rent any kind of camper in Canada you can choose from the big companies like CanaDream, or any of the smaller camper rental companies.

The advantage of the big companies is that they are well established and you know exactly what you’ll get. These companies buy new cars and older vehicles are rotated out quickly. Bigger companies are also more widely represented, even in smaller towns. They offer one-way camper rental to many places. The prices are pretty much the same between companies.

You will find some Canadian camper rental companies offer something different by specializing in a particular market segment. An example for this is the “Wicked” budget campervans. They rent out cheap vans, brightly painted with flowery nippy-style motives, obviously catering to the backpacker market.

What’s the best time for a Canadian camper holiday

The season for Camper vacation is shorter than the season for car travel. RV and camper travel seems to be less enjoyable in cold weather, even with a good working heating system.

Schools in Canada are closed in July and August, which is considered the high season in Canada.  More vacationers are on the road during that time, and prices are high.

RV travel is also possible during the month of May, especially in the last two weeks. September is my favourite month of travelling in Canada. The days are still warm and the nights comfortable cool. That’s the time when fewer people are on the go and prices are lower. The first two weeks of October can also still be a good choice if you don’t mind some cold nights. The campgrounds are fairly empty at that time. Forget about RV travel in Canada from November to April.

During off season you will have access to the best campsites and cheaper camper rental.

The principle of first comes first served applies to provincial park campgrounds. Some Canadians reserve up to one year in advance to get the best spots.

What kind of driver license to you need to rent a camper or large motorhome in Canada

  • You have to be at least 25 years old. A standard license for driving a car is all you need to drive an RV.
  • You must have had your driver’s license more than 12 months.
  • Your driver’s license must be in English OR French. In this case, you don’t need an International license.
  • Check out the general rules for driving in Canada.

Things you should know about camper rental in Canada

  • All motor homes and RV’s for rent in Canada will have automatic transmission.
  • When arriving on a weekend, make sure the branch of your chosen company is open.
  • If you want to drop off your motorhome in a different location to where you picked it up, make sure the company has an office there. Also, check if this involves extra charges.
  • Find out if there are additional insurance charges.
  • Most companies place restrictions on where you are allowed to take the RV. They may require you to stay on paved roads. If you are planning to go into the backcountry, you most probably will drive on gravel roads. Make sure the rental company knows that.
  • Sometimes Rental Companies specify certain roads that you must not travel on, which might be just the places you don’t want to miss.
  • Find out what camping, cooking and other equipment is included in the rental and what isn’t.
  • Ensure that the RV you rent in Canada is capable of doing what you planned. This applies mostly to trips into the Canadian backcountry. Not all 4×4 vehicles are the same.
  • For a longer trip into a remote area, make sure you get a reliable car. Ask about the age of the RV. Consider paying extra for a newer vehicle, in the end, it’s money well spent. You definitely don’t need any mechanical problems when you’re in the backcountry.
  • Gasoline is not cheap in Canada either, even with our own oil fields. The province of Alberta has the lowest gasoline prices. Filling up at more isolated places, gas prices are higher.

What kind of camper rental to choose will depend on the trip you have in mind

It is a good idea to start looking around early if you want to rent a Camper or RV. Look around even earlier if you need a camper rental during the main tourist season, July/August. Campers and RV’s  are the most popular ways to travel in Canada, and unless you get in early you have to take what’s left in the end.

And last but not least, camper rental in Canada doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole holiday self-driving. I suggest that you mix and match with domestic flights and city stays to get the most out of your trip.

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