Missed out on that long drive you wanted to take along the Pacific Northwest Coast? Or that cross-country trek across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto?
It’s not too late to cure your road trip wanderlust and embark on a local adventure right here in B.C., and in an RV. With the current travel climate, RV vacations are the best alternative for your hometown tourist plans during these upcoming summer months. It's the most flexible and affordable way to travel, and is accessible to anyone — including RV first-timers. Plus, an RV, which is literally a home on wheels, provides a smart and safe isolation solution for social distancing while travelling.
If you want to go somewhere further out than the Sea-to-Sky Highway or the Okanagan Valley, consider taking an RV on a rocky mountain road trip to the Kootenays in southeastern reaches of the province!
B.C.’s Kootenays region is a vast mountain playground where visitors can expect an abundance of outdoor activities, backcountry adventures, endless trails, and small mountain towns with vibrant arts and culture scenes and laid-back vibes. Stretching out from the western gateway of the Monashees to the majestic Rocky Mountains, this backdrop makes for the perfect scenic road trip of mountain vistas and more.
Revelstoke, B.C. Photo: Jonathan Wood / Unsplash.
Heading eastward from Kamloops on Highway 1, this route heads towards the Columbia-Rockies region to Revelstoke. With two national parks at its doorstep—the subalpine meadows of Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park, home to old-growth forests and the famous Rogers Pass—this mountain town is the headquarters for hiking and outdoor experiences in wide open spaces. You can park your RV at Lamplighter Campground, which is close to downtown, or choose Williamson Lake Campground as the base for your lake adventures.
Keep driving east to the town of Golden, otherwise known as the gateway to the Rockies. As well as having the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges nearby, Golden is close neighbours with Emerald Lake and Canada’s second-highest waterfall, Takakkaw Falls, which are both found in Yoho National Park. At Kicking Horse River, you can cross the longest freestanding timber frame pedestrian bridge or go on a whitewater rafting trip. Stay at Golden Golf Club for a quiet and secluded RV park or opt for the hidden valley paradise of Kinbasket Lake Resort.
As you take your RV south on Highway 93, you’ll drive by Kooteney National Park, Columbia Valley, and the magnificent Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, with its skyscraping pyramidal peak (named the “Matterhorn of the Rockies”), until you reach Cranbrook.
The largest city on the south end of B.C, Cranbrook, or “The Sunshine City,” clocks an average of 2,100 hours of sun annually. Sitting in the Rocky Mountain Trench between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, the railway city is an ideal mountain bike destination with several trail areas. Rest at Mount Baker RV Park by the city core or at Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park to be situated by a lakeside Douglas fir and larch forest.
C-Class Motorhome. Photo: Fraserway RV
If you wish to escape the city and venture into the backcountry, now is the time to get an RV!
With inventory running low at most RV dealerships, Canada’s largest and only National RV dealer has just released 2,000 RVs Canada-wide as part of their $110 Million Dollar Rental Fleet Blowout sale, during which you can purchase either a previously vacationed RV or a new RV previously destined for rental for less. Fraserway RV also has historically low prices across their entire inventory of motorhomes, truck campers, and van conversions, the biggest selection available in the market in Canada. Offering purchasing options with 3.99% interest rates OAC, buying an RV has never been more affordable.
For those wishing to test the waters (or roads) first, Fraserway RV has also reduced their rental rates by 25%.
For more info, visit fraserway.com.