Despite what it might look like over the past few weeks, tomorrow is the first day of Fall…..and we promise you, it is supposed to be a beautiful fall here in Canada. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of MUST-SEE Canadian RV destinations during the fall.
1. Jasper National Park, Alberta
Why not start close to home….well our home. Jasper National Park is one of the premier spots to take in all the beauty that Alberta has to offer. Jasper National Park is a fall mountain destination that also happens to be one of the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves. This makes it a wonderful spot to view the Northern Lights, as darkness sets in much earlier. The distance from the city of Edmonton dulls the city lights making for fabulous aurora borealis shows. One thing you do have to be aware of is bear season….it is in full effect during the fall – but hardcore RVers will not be disappointed with what Jasper has to offer.
2. Tofino, British Columbia
For those looking for a fall RVing adventure that extends your of summer, Vancouver Island is perfectly suited to do just that. Tofino is nestled in the picturesque Pacific Rim National Park. Giving you plenty of camping option, some of the campgrounds are actually Long Beach-side and pull-through to fit larger RVs. Fall on the West Coast feels more like summer with warmer temperatures and beautiful breezes coming in from the coast. There are a number of tours available in Tofino, focusing on local wildlife. See otters, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, gray and humpback whales – maybe even an orca or porpoise if you’re lucky! If you are looking for a more relaxing day head to Hot Springs Cove and soak in naturally heated pools, and embrace the gorgeous surroundings.
3. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton is well known to Canadians as one of the most beautiful places our country has to offer, but have you visited in the fall? The spaces where the mountains meet the sea to form river canyons, cliffs and beautiful coastline are exquisitely lined with thick forests changing colour to beautiful oranges, reds and yellows. Depending on your taste there are a number of wonderful camping experiences to take in. The Cabot Trail, which wanders through the north point of Highlands National Park is a fan favourite. For a more coastline camping experience, The Broad Cove Campground would be the best choice. Finally, if you want to explore the Cheticamp River Valley of the National Parkand, the Cheticamp Campground is the place to be. Both campgrounds have RV accessible sites, and are open until October 31.
4. Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI
PEI National Park extends over 65 kilometres of shoreline, including beaches, red sandstone cliffs and rolling sand dunes on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada. Broad, sandy beaches draw crowds campers throughout the summer but are just as inviting in the fall. Extensive walking trails and boardwalks weave through varied coastal terrain, from saltwater marsh to Acadian forest. And for you fans of the beloved, Canadian masterpiece, the park is also home to the 19th-century farmhouse immortalized in the novel Anne of Green Gables.
We’ve only listed a few hot spots within our large and beautiful country. There are so many more places to explore. So don’t let the current weather deter you from planning at least one more RV trip before the snow flies.
Photo by Robin and Arlene Karpan