Traveling to Montreal, Quebec for Incredible Fall Colors

When the leaves begin to change in Montreal, Quebec, you want to be there. Arriving in mid-September will bring you the start of this seasonal display, while early October brings you the peak of the colors. An awesome fall trip in an RV to Montreal will also take you up through New York State where you will catch some fall foliage as well. Interstate 87 will take you right where you want to go.

Nicolas Viel Park, Montreal QC

Nicolas Viel Park, Montreal Autumn

There are a number of places in this Canadian city where you can enjoy autumn’s brilliant hues. For instance, Mount Royal Cemetery is a rural garden with shrubs, fruit trees and some wildlife. A serene spot for reflection and solitude, these gardens are an inspiration, particularly with the autumn beauty to enjoy.

One place you won’t want to miss on your trip is the Montreal Botanical Garden with its greenhouses and gardens. The themed gardens are enough to amaze and thrill any visitor, but wait until you see the exhibition greenhouses. You will be surprised at how many tropical food plants there are when you tour the Tropical Food Plants Greenhouse. See what the private gardens were like in the Ming Dynasty when you walk through the Chinese Garden.

Visiting the Morgan Arboretum you’ll discover autumn leaf displays that will truly let you know that this is the season to come to Montreal. The many species of trees include maples, oaks, birches and many other varieties which will change color.  This forested reserve is the perfect place to walk and watch the wildlife, with thirty species of mammals and twenty species of amphibians and reptiles. Bird watchers can get their fill of bird watching too, since this is the home base of many birds who winter here as well as a stopover for those who fly south about now.

With more than 490 acres of trees, the Bois de l’Île Bizard Park presents a striking picture in the fall. The boardwalks take you over the marshes and you can enter the dense wooded areas with beech trees, sugar maples and cedars.  This park contains a wonderful beach called Pointe-aux-Carrières where it is fun to sit and watch the sun go down. While you are here, you will likely spot some beavers, Canada geese flying overhead and turtles sunning themselves on rocks.

Two more places to stop while in Montreal include the Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Floralies Gardens with all sorts of trees showing off their marvelous colors and Biodôme De Montréal – Space For Life for a change of pace. As you tour the Montreal Biodôme, you will find four very different ecosystems, each with its own species of plants and animals. Your guide will lead you through a rainforest, maple forest and underwater views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as well as into the cold lands of the Sub-Antarctic Islands. This is more than you expected! A visit to Montreal always exceeds a person’s dreams!

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Along Newfoundland’s Shores

Picture of a Newfoundland Fishing Outport

A New Foundland Fishing Village Known Locally as an “Outport”

Who would have ever considered an RV vacation in Newfoundland? It’s true that there are so many places to go in the United States that you will never see them all in a lifetime, but it is well worth it to take the opportunity to visit Newfoundland.

On this drive along Newfoundland’s shores, you will certainly experience the best of this province. To get there is a treat in itself. You can pick up an RV rental in Boston and drive north to Labrador and a ferry ride to Nova Scotia, from there taking the Marine Atlantic ferry to the Newfoundland coast. They do transport RVs on their Super Ferry, right across the pristine blue waters.

When you reach St. John’s you will want to browse the city streets and meet many of the friendly folk. Then when ready to start your trek and all stocked up on yummy Canadian foods, you take Pitts Memorial Drive out of town and then Highway 10 south.

Discover incredible photo opportunities at Bay Bulls Big Pond. Enjoy outdoor recreation around Witless Bay. Everything from hiking to fishing can be found there, and even sea kayaking. Take a boat tour of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Here you will see hundreds of thousands of puffins and even more storm-petrels.

Walk through the woods at the La Manche Provincial Park and stop at the waterfalls to be inspired by its beauty. With more than fifty species of birds here, those who love to bird watch will want to stay a while and see how many they can identify. Continue your winding route along the shore on Route 10 and come to Cape Broyle, a place filled with history.

Sea life is abundant at the Chance Cove Provincial Park, as you take a trail leading to the coastal waters. You may spot a whale or a seal sunning on the rocks. You will most definitely see a wide array of seabirds. Further along you will encounter the Saint Vincent’s-St. Stephen’s-Peter’s River. Is this the longest name for a river you’ve ever heard? It’s possible!

Continue on Route 90 heading north now, on the western side of Newfoundland. After you pass Saint Mary’s Harbor, you will come to the Avalon Wilderness Preserve. Enjoy the forest thickets and all the wildlife that makes this their home. Hike the trails and stretch those travel-weary muscles.

Take Highway 1, through Clarenville and then take Highway 230 to Lockston Path Provincial Park, with campsites available as well as a beach so you can enjoy a swim. Next you’ll come to Bonavista, the end of your Newfoundland adventure. Don’t leave, however, until you stop at the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. The rugged coast and crashing waves allows you to dream of what it must have been like for those early mariners. And as you turn to leave to return home, you will be sorry to say goodbye to lovely Newfoundland, a distant land you never thought you’d see.

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Saskatchewan RV Camping Opportunities

Dreaming of RV camping in a beautiful outdoor setting? A very special place to experience the best in RV camping is Saskatchewan, Canada. The prairies and lakes of this central Canadian province open up a world of outdoor recreation to adventurous RV campers.

From Northern Saskatchewan’s thousands of bright, blue lakes to the surprising sand dunes in the south, Saskatchewan beckons to campers, anglers and those seeking the freedom of wide open spaces. Here are just a few exceptional locations to consider when RV camping in Saskatchewan.

Follow Hwy SK-9, also known as the Saskota Travel Route, after entering Saskatchewan from North Dakota. Exciting casinos, awe-inspiring provincial parks and quaint, friendly villages make this itinerary an especially entertaining one for RVers.

Picture of Lake Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Lake Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park

Head north to find a wonderland of lakes, streams and rivers winding their way through dense, green forest land at Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Large enough to fit the vacation dreams of any Saskatchewan RV camper, Meadow Lake features hiking trails, sandy-beached swimming areas, and an amazing variety of waterways perfect for exploration by kayak or canoe.

Located near the center of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert National Park also has enough outdoor recreation possibilities to please everyone in your motorhome camping crew. Sheer beauty will surround you within thousands of acres of forests, rolling prairies and high, tree-covered bluffs. Hike, fish, boat, swim, and enjoy watching for black bear, lynx and even bison while RV camping at Prince Albert National Park. You’ll also discover a wealth of historic sites as you explore the awe-inspiring scenery of Prince Albert RP.

Linked to the waterways that stretch across Canada to legendary Hudson Bay, Lac La Ronge could easily become one of your family’s vacation legends. This is the summer active RVers can fish for lake trout among the islands of Lac La Ronge or take a hike to photograph Nistowiak Falls. The Churchill River makes its way through the park, inviting paddlers to discover its secrets. RV camping at Lac La Ronge is easy, with nice campgrounds scattered throughout the park.

Saskatchewan, Canada is waiting to provide the camping vacation of a lifetime. Discover the immense open spaces, the pristine waters and the well-maintained campgrounds that are everywhere in Saskatchewan. What you’ll find there will change the way you feel about vacationing in the great outdoors.

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An Extraordinary RV Adventure on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula

Picture of the Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Six hours north of Buffalo, NY motorhome campers will find a place where outstanding outdoor fun is a natural. Due east of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ontario, Canada’s Bruce Peninsula is set against the splendor of both Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. With a little planning, your family could soon be looking forward to an extraordinary RV adventure on Ontario, Canada’s Bruce Peninsula.

To help you start your planning, we’ve located two of the most highly-rated campgrounds on “The Bruce.” Tobermory Village Campground at the northern end of the peninsula will thrill the kids and is perfectly situated as your gateway to adventure. Be sure to reserve your campsite before you go; this campground draws return visitors every summer!

Another popular stopping point on Bruce Peninsula is Hope Bay Campground. Catering to vacationing families, this nicely-appointed RV park is also a wonderful home away from home.

With your campground reservations made, it’s time to plan your outdoor adventures on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. Here’s where to start: two national parks that are waiting to overwhelm your senses – one on the peninsula’s northern tip and one a short boat ride away.

Bruce Peninsula National Park encompasses old growth forests, sandy beaches, shining lakes and a stretch of coastline on Georgian Bay that’s heart-stoppingly beautiful. As you explore this park on the peninsula’s northern boundary you’ll be overwhelmed by the rugged limestone bluffs, the many caves and the park’s abundance of plant and animal life. If hiking is a passion, RVers will enjoy traveling a section of the Bruce Trail that stretches along the Niagara Escarpment, as well as shorter trails around several picturesque lakes.

Located a short distance offshore, Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada is also worthy of an entire vacation, so plan plenty of extra time to get to know it. Visit the historic lighthouses, photograph the jaw-dropping scenery on Flowerpot Island and snorkel or dive to discover more than twenty shipwrecks resting below the surface.

Bruce Peninsula is also famous for its swimmer-friendly beaches, both on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Take your RV-camping family to Sauble Beach, one of the largest freshwater beaches in the world, to Lionhead Beach or to Bluewater Park Beach in Wiarton. The beaches of Bruce Peninsula are just one more way you can enjoy the natural beauty of this Ontario, Canada wonderland.

As you continue your exploration of the peninsula along ON-6, you’ll notice signs to such special places as Smokey Head White Bluff Provincial Nature Reserve and Johnston Harbour-Pine Tree Point Nature Reserve. Created to protect forests and shorelines, these reserves don’t offer visitor amenities but promise spectacular views to hikers.

And don’t forget to pack your cameras when you go RV camping on Bruce Peninsula. Not only do dramatic limestone formations and dense pine forests draw the eye, you’ll also want to photograph the orchids for which the peninsula is famous. While on the trails, keep your eyes open for black bears, fox and flying squirrels! The miles of unspoiled wilderness are a birdwatcher’s dream, as well.

One more way to get to know “The Bruce” on your Ontario RV camping vacation this summer is to play a round or two on one of its many golf courses. Surprisingly diverse in terrain, the peninsula’s golf clubs offer golfers the chance to see the many faces of nature while enjoying a lively challenge.

Your extraordinary RV adventure on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula can be the highlight of your family’s summer. Come find out why nature lovers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts rate this rocky point tucked between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay a top-notch place to visit.

Picture credits: The picture of the Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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RV Camping Tour – Memphremagog to Montreal

We’ve shared some tips for planning an RV camping and fishing trip on Lake Memphremagog’s Vermont shore, but there’s another adventure awaiting to the north. This week’s RV road trip will take us from the Canadian shores of Lake Memphremagog to the splendid city of Montreal.

Memphremagog and the Eastern Townships
If you’re starting your RV camping journey in the States, you’ll find this lush region of lakes and stunning mountain views just three and a half hours north of Boston. Travel I-93 north through Massachusetts, across New Hampshire and into Vermont (from St. Johnsbury to the Canadian border, you’ll be traveling on I-91.)

Lake Memphremagog is split by the US/Quebec border, so take time on your RV journey to enjoy the Vermont section of the lake, too. From Newport, VT to the lively town of Magog, QC, Canada, this lake stretches twenty-four miles to thrill active RVers with its wide range of outdoor activities. Boating, fishing, scuba diving and hiking are just a few of the ways you can spend a stop along Memphremagog.

The entire region is a scenic drive, thanks to lush pine forests, sparkling lakes and mountain streams. The “Eastern Townships” region will delight RV travelers with historic villages such as Georgeville and Ogden, by way of QC-247, from Stanstead all the way to the city of Magog. This byway is actually a part of the Townships Trail that promises mountain vistas, quaint townships and historic sites its entire length.

If you’re ready to stop and rest for the night, the resort town of Magog offers plenty of camping options. Camping Domaine Parc-Estrie is a large park with every possible amenity in the heart of Magog. You’ll also find comfortable RV campsites nearby in the city of Orford, on the northern border of Parc National du Mont-Orford. Part of your RV journey along the scenic byways from Memphremagog to Montreal should include a visit to this exquisitely beautiful national park.

Magog to Montreal
From the mountain beauty of Magog to the cosmopolitan attractions of Montreal is a short hour and a half drive, if we weren’t stopping to enjoy southern Quebec along the way! Here’s how to relish the scenery along Autoroute 10:

  • Get to Know Eastman, QC, Canada – As you marvel at the shining lakes appearing along your route, you’ll soon encounter the former mining town of Eastman. Now a major lumber trade center, it’s also very popular for its spas, antique stores and fantastically scenic RV campgrounds such as Camping Leroux on the shores of Lac d’Argent.
  • Explore 18th Century Granby – Just down the road from Montreal, Granby township boasts cultural, natural and historical attractions galore. These Granby RV campgrounds are your home base for a day (or a week!) of Southern Quebec adventure. Parc Nacional de la Yamaska is a favorite with our RV rental clients, thanks to miles of trails, abundant wildlife viewing and an excellent campground. While stopping in Granby, also be sure to visit the city’s world famous zoo.

And then it’s time to make the final run to Montreal, enjoying the bustling excitement as this city on the Saint Lawrence River begins to appear. Don’t miss the Chambly Canal National Historic Site on the Richelieu east of Montreal. Another national treasure RVers will want to photograph is Notre-Dame-de-Bons-Secours, an eighteenth century chapel on a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence.

There’s not enough room in this post to share all we know about the joys of Montreal for RV travelers, but here are two more ideas for seeing the sights:

  1. Stroll the streets of Old Montreal, the city’s charming historic center.
  2. Tour the many attractions of the vibrant, family-friendly Vieux-Port district by quadricycle!

Go-Montreal also has an excellent listing of all the ways RVers can enjoy the city.

Whether you prefer mountain views and scenic lakes or the pulsing action of a large city, you’ll find what you’re looking for on your RV journey from Memphremagog to Montreal.

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An Awesome RV Trip on Canada’s Icefields Parkway

There are trips we take by RV that linger in our minds forever. One such trip is through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, along Canada’s Icefields Parkway. Stunning mountain scenery will capture your heart and help you remember why traveling by RV is the very best way to experience Canada.

Mapping Your Icefields Parkway RV Journey
We’ll start our far north journey in the beautiful town of Banff, Alberta, Canada, about ten hours northwest of Ferndale, WA. Before we further explore the beauty of Banff, we’d like to share some tips for enjoying your Icefields Parkway journey. First, services between towns in this remote area are non-existent, so fill your water tanks, empty your waste tanks and stock your convenient RV kitchen while you can. Second, this wonderfully scenic parkway passes through areas well-populated with wildlife, including sheep, bear and elk, so observe the posted speed limits carefully. Besides, what better way to enjoy the glory of the Canadian Rockies than by slowing down the RV?

Now, back to Banff. Surrounded by the mountainous forests of Banff National Park, this upscale alpine town is one of the most popular destinations in Canada. RV travelers should plan time to fish bright blue mountain lakes, hike through mountain meadows to catch sight of eleven-thousand-foot peaks and camp in one of Banff National Park’s thirteen campgrounds. Before you leave the Banff area, be sure to treat yourself to the sight of Vermillion Lakes, a nature photographer’s paradise.

Just down the road from Banff, Lake Louise is the starting point of the Icefields Parkway (AB-93). On the other end of the spectrum from glamorous Banff, the Village of Lake Louise is an outdoorsy recreation mecca. Dozens of trails stretch into Banff National Park, inviting hikers to get out into the wild. Both the Lake Louise and Tramline Trails offer remarkable views of this robin’s egg blue lake at the base of the mountain. By the way, history buffs will enjoy a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, a mountain train that highlights the amazing ingenuity of Canada’s railway engineers.

On the Parkway between Lake Louise and Peyto Lake, you’re going to catch sight of outstanding glaciers and mountain lakes. Take time to appreciate the splendor of Hector Lake as well as Crowfoot Glacier at the end of Bow Lake. The Continental Divide will be your constant companion as you travel, marked by the rugged slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Glacier-fed, bright turquoise Peyto Lake and the Wapta Icefield create spectacular scenery for this stop on your journey.

Continue on the Icefields Parkway to Mount Chephren, perfect for a stop to take vacation photos. Then it’s up to Waterfowl Lake, where trails can lead hikers to unforgettable views. There’s a small campground at this lake, if you plan to stop before reaching Jasper.

The next stop on your route is one RVers have come to treasure for its glorious vistas. The Saskatchewan River Crossing (tourist services available here) is the gateway to the icefields for which the Parkway is named. Mount Wilson rises up to greet travelers once they cross the river, promising scenic hikes and the chance to glimpse mountain goats and black bears. Treasures such as the Weeping Wall and The Big Bend keep your drive lively as you wind up the mountain toward the Columbia Icefields. Feel free to stop and enjoy the hiking trails in this area, the views are astonishing.

And speaking of vacation memories, Mount Athabasca, wrapped in the the ice of the Saskatchewan Glacier, will take your breath away. Build time in your schedule, if you’re up to hiking a mountain trail, to follow the Parker Ridge Trail that overlooks the Columbia Icefield’s six glaciers.

A favorite way to view the glaciers up close is on a giant Ice Explorer tour at the Athabasca Glacier. Rampart Creek Campground is a good place to stop if you plan to hike the trails overlooking the icefield.

You’ll be entering Jasper National Park for the last leg of your journey north. Beauty Flats is the starting point for many scenic trails, including the one to Stanley Falls. If you choose to keep driving, be sure to stop at mighty Athabasca Falls for a view unparalleled in Canada. As you reach the town of Jasper, serve yourself another unforgettable view by taking a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Jasper is a lovely place to take a break and simply soak up the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The campgrounds in Jasper National Park are the perfect alpine setting for relaxing in the beauty of Alberta.

It’s an awesome journey, just one hundred fifty miles long but filled with weeks of outdoor adventure. Give yourself the gift of traveling Canada’s magnificent Icefields Parkway for RV camping memories you’re sure to treasure.

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