This year is a big one for Canada as it celebrates its sesquicentennial, and our neighbors to the north have made it particularly attractive for RVers.with free access to Canada’s amazing National Parks all year, no matter where you’re from, Canada, U.S., or anywhere else.
To learn more, we talked to Eric Magnan, of Parks Canada, who joined us in recent episode of our podcast from his office in Quebec a few weeks ago.
He started by putting it in perspective: Parks Canada has 46 national parks and one national urban park (Rouge Park in Toronto). Parks Canada also has 171 historic sites for which the organization is responsible.
Camping can be found aplenty, he said.
“We have camping at about 40 locations,” Magnan said. “We have camping across Canada for campers with tents, tent trailers, trailers, RVs, fifth wheels…you name it we have sites for it.”
Magnan added that Parks Canada-managed locations offer a wide range of amenities.
To make reservations, Magnan suggests one of two ways, either online (see list of links at end of story) or via phone.
“Going on the website is easy…and this way you are able to see what’s available in terms of available dates, and in terms of maps,” Magnan said.
Those who prefer dealing directly with someone via phone can call 1-877-737-3783.
Magnan said that while making reservations, it’s important to know the meaning of the term “front country camping.”
As Magnan explains, front country camping is when you are camping right next to your vehicle, being in a tent, RV, or anything else. Magnan said it’s important to note that front country camping doesn’t necessarily mean full-service hookups are readily available.
Another question many have is about pets, so I asked Magnan if there are rules that are different about camping with them in Canada.
“Most of our national parks do welcome pets provided that they are under physical control at all times and they are on a leash,” Magnan said, explaining that leash length should not be more than 10 feet long and they must be kept inside overnight.
As far as crossing the border, the process is relatively simple: just make sure you have your passport. Also, firearms can’t be transported across the border so keep them at home.
Here are some links that Magnan suggested. (including a link to obtain a free admission pass for 2017):
- Parks Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/index.aspx
- Free Admission Pass:http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/pn-np/index.aspx
- Parks Canada Camping Info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/media/ltc-dlc/ltc-dlc01.aspx
- Where to Camp: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/media/ltc-dlc/ltc-dlc05.aspx