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1. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 66 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


My boyfriend and i are travelling round the world for approx a year to 18 monthsending our trip in Canada. we are hoping to go to canada for around 3 - 6 werks depending on money but probably will end up there for about a month in total.

i have done a bit of research and we are almost at the point of deciding to rent a campervan/RV. i have found some good deals, there is a campervan which sleeps 3 people (dpuble and single bed) a hob a fridge a microwave hot shower and toilet for 22 english pounds a day. this also includes insirance. Its a case of 'just add fuel'

So far we think thos is the best option as train journeys are pricey as is accomodation.

i jist wanted some advice as to whether you think it would be value for money and a good experience? Also if it would be potentially too dangerous, ie gettin stranded in the wilderness or snow drifts etc?

We are flying to Vancouver and hope to drive to Banff and Calgary and spend a week or so there each. however our return flight to the uk departs from Toronto.

would it be better tp drive vancouver - calgary - banff - vancouver then gey a flight/train (suggestions welcome here too please!) to Toronto? Or would you advise driving to Toronto?

Any help would really be appreciated!

Thank you



2. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 131 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

RVing is a nice way to see Canada, however, I think you need a more realistic picture of costs and distances. The RV season is usually from May to October. Many camp grounds will be closed during the winter season. In addition, RVing in the winter would require an insulated RV (4 season) with winter tires. RVing and winter don't mix.


The shortest route from Vancouver to Toronto (if staying in Canada) is about 4 500 km... This is about the same as London (UK) to Ekaterinenburg (Russia). Your are likely to have driven 5 000- 5 500 km once you add on interesting side trips like Banff.

Cost Estimate


Your rental is about $50CDN/day. This is the basic rental fee. You will probably also be changed 30-35 cents per kilometer => .3 X 5000km = $1 500CDN. If you pickup in Vancouver and Drop Off in Toronto, you will have a 1-way fee of about $700-800CDN. The fuel cost will add up to another $1 000-1 200CDN.


If you have the RV for 14 days RV your cost would be about $1100 - $50/day for the RV + $30/day for camp ground fees.

Cost for 2 weeks in the RV, driving from Van to Toronto... Minimum of $4 300CDN. Food and entertainment is not included. RVing is a great way to travel but it is not cheap.

My advice, visit Vancouver + Okanogan Valley or Whistler for 1 week. Take train ride through the Rockies to Calgary (very scenic). Rent RV in Calgary and use it as a base to visit places in Alberta, e.g., Banff, Drumheller Badlands etc. Return to Calgary and Fly to Toronto for the last week of your vacation.


This will save a ton of driving hours, the 1-way fee, km fees, and fuel cost but still have a grt RV experience in Alberta.

3. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 131 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

When people do some research for you they appreciate a little feedback...