Tips From Traveling Through Canada

Most Canadian National Parks DO allow dogs on their trails, unlike the US National Parks.

Gas stations throughout Canada seem to be built with RVs and trailers in mind more often than you find in the US.


Most Provincial Parks that we stayed at had free showers which tend to be quite nice and clean.

Provincial Park dump stations tend to be easy to navigate.

Canadian Tire (a store that is not just tires, but seems to be all over Canada) has propane to refill your tank, not just swap out. Call first though to be sure.

Most Provincial Parks only let you use their wood.

Many Provincial Parks require you to pay for a fire permit, but it includes all the wood. Not all sites (mostly Alberta) have rings. You will pay extra for a site with a ring.


Many Provincial Parks offer electrical sites, even if they have no other utility hook-ups.


Some Provincial Parks have electrical outlets that are significantly far away from the site. You may need 30-60 feet of electrical cord.


Many Provincial Parks have seasonal sites with seasonal rates.

When you check in at a Provincial Park, ask about dog swimming spots. Most Provincial Parks have them but they are not always advertised or indicated on the map.

US cellular services work differently in Canada. Just because you have "unlimited data" in the US, doesn't mean you will have it in Canada. For example, Verizon's "unlimited plan" only gives you a 1/2 gigabyte of data per day. I used it up quickly. AT&T tended to work better in Canada, whereas Verizon tends to work better in the US.