Episode 131: Why Canada Needs To Be On Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List

 Episode 131: Why Canada Needs To Be On Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List

Are you planning your 2017 RV travels? Be sure to include Canada this year. There’s no better time to visit our neighbor to the north as the nation proudly celebrates its 150th birthday. And Canada’s amazing National Parks are making it particularly attractive for RVers this year with a pass that allows free entrance all year long, no matter where you’re from, Canada, the U.S. or anywhere else.

We’ll tell you how to get one and offer lots of suggestions on what to see and where to go in Canada this year….coming up in our interview segment of the podcast.

Plus tips for you, your pets and your on the go technology, as well as audience questions, RV news of the week and the RV calendar… all this coming up in episode 131 of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast.

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Complete Show Notes for Episode #131 March 15, 2017 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Save the Date!

Mark down April 27-29 if you are in the American Southwest within driving distance of Phoenix, AZ. Jennifer and I will be there that weekend making personal appearances, meeting and greeting folks at the big Class B RV show and expo sponsored by the good folks at La Mesa RV. [spp-timestamp time=”8:29″]

There’s a free BBQ that Saturday, demos of the latest in Class B technology and displays featuring the latest models from Roadtrek and others. We’ll have more to say about this but for now, if you can get there, put it on your calendar…April 27-29, 2017 in the Phoenix AZ area.


Episode 131: Why Canada Needs To Be On Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List 2

Our Roadtreking friend Mary Z recently shared a fascinating article from Outdoor magazine that notes sixteen hundred people go missing from our public lands each year. They’re on a hike or jogging or exploring, usually not from camp or a road and they are never seen again. We’ll put a link to the article from the magazine on the Roadtreking-dot-com blog but Mary, who used to work for the Forest Service posted this on our Roadtreking Facebook Group that I think is worth passing along here on the podcast. [spp-timestamp time=”10:55″]

Says Mary:

“I am retired Forest Service and I have seen this happen so many times people disappear without a trace. If you are solo make sure people know where you are headed. I witnessed people disappear on Forest Service roads, and no one had an inkling they where they were. We found several dead in unexpected locations. Let your family know your plans and if you hike solo, as I do, take less risk and sign in to those trail head logs, your life may depend on it.”

Mary’s post brought some good responses and even more tips:

Said Rick: “Always carry a little, but loud, whistle. I include one in my first aid kit, camera bag and glove compartment”

Another Facebook reader noted: “My husband always lets me know which trail he is taking and what time he should be back by.”

And Connie added: “Be very cautious following your GPS. More than once we have been directed to forest service or Township roads totally unsuitable for a vehicle, especially a Roadtrek. Keep road maps up front (along with common sense). “

Good tips all!

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

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Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!


  • Bruce is a new RVer who wants tips on finding great places to camp in natural settings [spp-timestamp time=”21:52″]

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.


Today’s tip has to do with what to do with your dog when you set up camp. And the best advice is, take them for a nice, long walk around the campground. [spp-timestamp time=”26:50″]

Animals never can relax unless they have an idea of where they are. And your dog has been cooped up in the RV during that long drive. So when you arrive and set up, even before you bring out the chairs and the BarBQue, put the pet on a six foot leash and go for a walk.

A recently exercised dog will be in a more relaxed state for the rest of the day.

And by the way… your dog may growl at strangers and that’s ok. It’s natural for your dog to be a little nervous around new people. He’s out of his element and may growl. This isn’t because he’s being aggressive, but because he’s a little freaked out and needs reassurance that everything’s under control. If you nervously pull him away from the new person, you’re indicating that there is something wrong and he’ll freak out more. Just smile and be calm with the people you encounter, be relaxed and show your dog that you’ve got it covered. Walk around, talk to people, let your dog see you’re happy and content. He will be, too.

Then, when you bring him back to the campsite, everything’s cool. He’s happy, familiar with the new environment and you can now join him in relaxing.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon  and sold at Home Goods Stores across their 600 store chain.


Episode 131: Why Canada Needs To Be On Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List 3Are you planning your 2017 RV travels? Be sure to include Canada this year. There’s no better time to visit our neighbor to the north as the nation proudly celebrates its 150th birthday. And Canada’s amazing National Parks are making it particularly attractive for RVers this year with a pass that allows free entrance all year long, no matter where you’re from, Canada, the U.S. or anywhere else.

Our guest is Eric Magnan, of Parks Canada. He joins us from his office in Quebec: [spp-timestamp time=”30:53″]

Resources mentioned in this interview:

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

Parks Canada Camping Reservations: https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/ParksCanada

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country


Three stories this week… [spp-timestamp time=”49:45″]

California's Big Sur state parks may not reopen until June because of extensive storm damage. Read more

Meet Gracie, Glacier National Park's “Bark” Ranger, who helps keep wildlife and people safely apart. Read mo

South Florida is taking applications for 25 paid snake hunters. Those hired start in April and are paid bonuses for eliminating pythons from the Everglades. Read more 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV


By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

Depending on what part of the country you’re driving through, you’ve likely started to see the first signs of spring! [spp-timestamp time=”58:57″]

And with the warmer weather, comes the urge to get outside and be a little healthier. That includes eating.

March is national nutrition month, which means there’s no better time than now to make some healthy choices. And of course technology can play a role.

Ever wonder for instance just how healthy that granola bar is? With the free Fooducate app, you can easily find out. Each food you search will give you a grade from A the healthiest to F the worst. If your first choice doesn’t make the grade, you’ll get healthy suggestions.

Another option is to pull out your smartphone or Google Home and ask google. Simply say, OK Google, how many calories are in an apple for instance, and it’ll tell you. Or ask Google for a healthy baked chicken recipe and you’ll get that as well.

Finally, remember that making better choices is a marathon and not a sprint. So watch your progress happen over time by using a free app like MyFitnessPal. Log your total caloric intake and keep track of how active you are all in an easy-to-use app.

Or if losing weight is your goal, you can try out a wifi connected scale like the Fitbit Aria. Step on it the same time every day and watch as your healthy choices lead to real results.

With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.


Just two shows to tell you about this weekend as the annual winter RV show calendar winds down for the new travel season… [spp-timestamp time=”1:01:35″]

48th Annual RV Super Show
March 16-19
State Fair Park
Oklahoma City, OK

Springfield RV & Camping Show
March 17-19
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

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Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

1 Comment

  • Great podcast Mike. We are planning a trip to Glacier and then into Canada to see Banff and Jasper so this info was right on time! Got our Canada park pass in January and hope to head to the Maritimes to see the fall foliage and get the most out of our pass this year. Thanks again for posting.

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