EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RVING IN WINTER
Regardless whether you own an RV or choose to rent an RV. RVing in winter is not only possible, it can be a magical experience. Whether you plan to hit the slopes or enjoy a family getaway in your local mountains, our motorhomes are the perfect starting point to get out there and explore.
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Campgrounds during the winter season are generally less crowded. If you are looking for some quiet time close to nature, RVing may be the way to go.
Your RV will be a cabin on wheels, and it will allow you to explore Canada’s glorious winter wonderland!
Winter Camping in an RV: Know before you go
Return to the comfort of your RV after a day of winter activities and turn on the propane-operated furnace to keep you warm for the evening. Because of the colder winter temperatures, all of our rental RVs will be winterized and if you own it’s recommended you do the same – pending the type of unit you own.
Winterizing an RV means there will be no running water on board and the toilet and shower facilities inside the vehicle cannot be used, therefore it is important to book your stay at one of the many private campgrounds with electrical hookups and washroom facilities open in the winter season.
Even though some features of your RV will be impacted by colder temperatures compared to RVing during warmer months, your hotel-on-wheels will bring you closer than ever to a whole new world of adventures!
Book Your Campgrounds in Advance
Is your RV winterized (no water on board), staying at campgrounds with electrical hook-ups as well as washroom and shower facilities may be your first choice. While the majority of campgrounds, private or provincial, are only open during the summer months, there are options in the winter months.
We have put together a selection of campgrounds open year-round on a route across Canada.
Please be sure to check road and weather conditions regularly and inquire directly with campgrounds regarding availability.
To view all campgrounds on a map, click here.
We have put together a selection of campgrounds at popular winter destinations in British Columbia and Alberta that offer RV camping in winter with electrical hook-ups and open washroom and shower facilities.
Winter Destinations in British Columbia
Manning Park is located just 45 minutes east of Hope and the ski hill boasts 5 lifts and 36 runs. Park your RV at the Manning Park Skyview Campground and be right in the heart of the action for the winter season. Powered sites and washroom facilities are available all winter, the campground is just 3kms from the Manning Park Resort.
Fernie in the East Kootenays receives up to 37 feet of snow in a season, and attracts a wide range of skiers and riders from around the globe. Delivering over 2500 acres of skiable terrain, 142 named runs, 5 alpine bowls, and an exceptional beginner’s area.
Visit Fernie RV Resort
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area in the BC Rocky Mountains offers a great combination of outdoor activities and relaxation in natural hot springs.
Explore the breathtaking slopes and stunning vistas of the Vancouver area's spectacular ski destinations like Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mount Seymour.
Winter Destinations in Alberta
The town of Banff provides quick access to both the Sunshine Village and Norquay ski resorts, and the Lake Louise resort is only a 45-minute drive away. Explore snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or hot springs in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. A gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain or a horse-drawn sleigh ride is a perfect way to enjoy the winter wonderland in Banff National Park.
Lake Louise is the largest ski resort in the Canadian Rockies and has 4000 acres of diverse terrain over four mountain faces: that’s 145 runs – with the longest expanding over 8km. Try ice skating at Lake Louise with a fantastic view or go snow tubing at Lake Louise resort for an exciting and accessible winter sport experience. Get your adrenaline rush by going dog sledding in Canmore or Lake Louise.
Visit Lake Louise Campground
Tips for RVing in Winter
- Book campgrounds with electric hook-up and washroom and shower facilities ahead of time
- Bring enough drinking water
- Keep the furnace running on a low setting while you are out enjoying the slopes, to prevent food and bottled water from freezing
- Always check the road conditions for British Columbia and Alberta before heading out
- Drive to the conditions, slow down when roads are slippery or when visibility is limited
- Research your options for rest stops and food supplies prior to the start of your trip
- Bring extra water, food, firewood, and warm clothing in case you get stuck because of road closures, accidents, avalanche control, etc. Most RVs offer large storage compartments.
- Bring an electric space heater
- Extra duvet and warm fleece blankets ae usually free of charge on request when renting
- Aim to complete your driving during daylight hours
- Visit shiftintowinter.ca for more information and safety tips on winter driving
For Winter RVing, look for RVs equipped with the following features when renting or buying:
- Built-in gasoline generator to keep your batteries charged and to power appliances inside the vehicle (Most RVs have this except smaller Class C motorhomes and truck-campers)
- High efficiency propane-operated furnace to keep the vehicle warm and cozy
- Propane stove and oven, and a microwave to prepare your dinner after a day on the slopes
- Energy efficient windows to minimize heat loss
- Large storage space for your skis, snowboards, and other winter equipment
- RVs with M&S or winter tires which are suitable for winter conditions
If you are interested in securing an RV Rental for your winter travel adventures view our vehicle selection here and book your RV Rental with Fraserway RV.
Disclaimer: While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Travellers are advised to confirm with each third party prior to arrival. The inclusion of any suggestions does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.