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Top family-friendly RV destinations in Western Canada

Bring the kids along—these popular destinations delight RVers of all ages

by Danielle Brost
A family in front of the mountains in Banff
Banff National Park is one of the most beloved RV destinations in Canada. — Photo courtesy Banff National Park

Family RV trips are where memories are made, and Western Canada is blessed with a number of stunning RV destinations that people of any age group can enjoy. From vast national parks to kid-friendly entertainment, you will be amazed by the diverse array of options available.

This is by no means a complete list—just a sampling to whet your travel appetite and show off a few of Western Canada's most coveted RV destinations for families.

- Photo courtesy Banff National Park

Banff National Park

We couldn't make this list without talking about Banff National Park. Located amidst the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, this is a premier destination for family RV trips, with an abundance of natural beauty and outdoor adventures to offer. Families can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing, with trails suitable for all ages and skill levels. The park also offers numerous family-friendly campgrounds equipped with modern amenities, making it easy to set up base camp and immerse yourselves in nature. From iconic attractions like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake to scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park promises unforgettable experiences.

- Photo courtesy Calaway Park

Calgary and area

Calgary and its surrounding areas offer a wealth of RV-friendly destinations, making it an ideal hub for family adventures in southern Alberta. One standout attraction is Calaway Park, Western Canada's largest outdoor amusement park, where families can enjoy thrilling rides, games, and live entertainment. Additionally, the nearby Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park provides opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing amidst rolling foothills and stunning river valleys. For those seeking cultural experiences, Heritage Park Historical Village offers a journey back in time with its interactive exhibits, historic buildings, and authentic steam train rides. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the scenic beauty of the nearby Kananaskis Country, offering countless trails for hiking, biking, and exploring the rugged wilderness of the Rockies. 

- Photo courtesy Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park, situated in southwestern Alberta, offers an enchanting setting for RV trips. Families can travel along the iconic Red Rock Parkway and Akamina Parkway, which offer stunning vistas of rugged mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and vibrant wildflower meadows. The park boasts an extensive network of hiking trails su, including the family-friendly Bear's Hump Trail, which rewards hikers with panoramic views of Waterton Village and Upper Waterton Lake. Bring your camera for sure: Opportunities abound to spot iconic species such as bighorn sheep, deer, and even bears in their natural habitat. 

- Photo courtesy Carmen Henry

Okanagan Valley

If you're looking for warm weather, fun activities and natural wonders all around, then head to the Okanagan Valley in B.C. 

With numerous RV parks and campgrounds along the shores of Okanagan Lake, families can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and exploring the region's many orchards, vineyards, and family-friendly attractions.

- Danielle Brost photo

Vancouver Island

This one was simply too difficult to narrow down—because there are so many things to see and do on Vancouver Island. From the rugged coastline of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to the charming towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, families are spoiled for choice. The island boasts numerous RV parks and campgrounds nestled amidst towering forests and postcard-perfect beaches, providing the perfect base for exploration. Families can enjoy beachcombing, surfing, whale watching, hiking through old-growth rainforests, and exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life.

 

- Photo courtesy Jesse Bayley

Shuswap Lake Park

Shuswap Lake Park is one of B.C.'s most famous RV spots. Located in the heart of British Columbia's Shuswap region, the park offers a picturesque setting along the shores of the expansive Shuswap Lake, renowned for its warm waters and sandy beaches. Families can enjoy a myriad of water-based activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, and watersports, with numerous marinas and boat launches available for easy access to the lake. The park's well-equipped RV campgrounds provide spacious sites, modern facilities, and convenient amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for families of all sizes.

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