Kirsten Armleder

Whether it’s exploring the open road or discovering secluded backcountry spots, Kirsten has embraced a variety of camping experiences. Her RV travels have taken her across Canada, along the Oregon coastline and throughout Arizona and Utah. She also spent a year and a half living out of a 24-foot travel trailer and braving one of Canada’s cold winters. Kirsten knows the joys and challenges of the RV lifestyle and she believes that making good plans and having a sense of humour are essential to every vacation. Kirsten originally joined the editorial team at RVwest after graduating from Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook, B.C., in 2005. She takes a keen interest in writing, backcountry travel and photography. She currently resides in Cranbrook, B.C., with her husband, two dogs and three horses. 

All Articles by Kirsten Armleder

Picture of Triple E RV motorhome.
Vintage RV

Vintage RV: 1979 Triple E Micmac III Dodge motorhome gives this couple the “Freedom to Explore”

Exploring the beautiful backcountry of B.C. is fun and easier in a vintage RV 

November 2017 by
New West Theatre performances.

Toe-tap to the right tune in Lethbridge, Alberta

Whether it’s country, rock, jazz, folk or electronic that moves you, Lethbridge, Alberta, has a flourishing live music scene that spans multiple genres. 

July 2017 by
The three islands at Lake Koocanusa.
Lake Koocanusa

Top 3 things for RVers to see and do in the South Country

Take time to enjoy these outdoor-focused activities while visiting the friendly community of Jaffray, B.C. 

March 2017 by
Promo photo for Gord Bamford.
RV News

Gord Bamford—back to the country he grew up on

Nashville artist Gord Bamford will be coming home this summer for Canada’s 150th and the 25th anniversary of Big Valley Jamboree. 

January 2017 by
Image of RVWest website on a smartphone.
RV News

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new online home of RVwest. We’ve been working on a redesign for several months and we are pleased to finally unveil it. 

April 2016 by
A red coffee roasting shop with chickens in the front yard.

Sip and savour the taste of Smithers

Smithers is a scenic mountain town located in northwestern B.C., and coffee connoisseurs will love it.

January 2016 by
A woman standing above the river with her black dog and brown horse.
RV News

The cowgirl way to RV

When Sandy Avery’s 25-year career in the insurance industry came to an abrupt end in 2013, she knew exactly what to do: hit the road to live out her lifelong dream of exploring Western Canada and the southwestern U.S. by horseback.

October 2015 by
Campers parked by the river looking out toward the SkyTrail Bridge.

History is part of the landscape in Outlook

From the SkyTrail Bridge to the Gardiner Dam, visitors can learn about the history that made Outlook the verdant river town it is today.

July 2015 by
A cowboy on a horse in a pasture.

Horses, heritage and gold fever

The mule trains, freight wagons and lonely faces of miners making their way north to the gold fields are long gone, but RVers can still trace the footsteps of their 1860s counterparts by travelling B.C.’s fabled Gold Rush Trail.

December 2014 by
Children looking at a sea lion at the SeaLife Centre in Seward, Alaska.
Kenai Peninsula

Top 3 things to see and do in Seward, Alaska

Seward is a sleepy little town on Resurrection Bay in Alaska that comes alive in the summertime as visitors flock by land, air and water to its scenic shores. 

December 2014 by
Purple flowers in front of an old gold mine dredge.
Alaskan Interior

History and scenery collide in the town of Chicken

From quirky signposts and rustic buildings to pastoral countryside and Alaska wildlife, the photo opportunities in and around this small town will impress. 

January 2014 by
A lady in a pink skirt holding a collie dog.
RV News

Most loved RV dogs

If my chocolate lab could talk, he would probably tell me that he wanted to be a show dog. Why? Because show dogs travel in style! I realized this while attending the Cranbrook and District Kennel Club’s 40th Anniversary of Championship Shows and Obedience Trials. 

August 2013 by
An RV on snowy road with snowy mountains in the background.
RV News

Snowbirds of a different feather

This couple's idea of a great winter escape is not basking in the sun and sipping margaritas in Palm Springs, California; it is camping at the base of a snow-covered mountain in the Great White North of Alaska. 

July 2013 by
Photo of a red jack foot and a black jack extender.
A white and silver shaver with a USB on it.
RV Gear Guide

ShaveTech USB rechargeable travel shaver

This cool new gadget, which is about the same size as a smartphone, features a flip-up USB charging output.

March 2013 by
A large brightly coloured heritage building.

Focusing on Fort Steele

Camera in hand, I headed to Fort Steele Heritage Town for my photography class with Brian Clarkson, the owner of Cranbrook Photo & Studio in Cranbrook, B.C. It was a pleasant day in August last year, and I met up with a small group of budding photographers who had signed up for one of Clarkson’s monthly camera classes.

February 2013 by
An RV driving windy highway.
RV News

Living the northern dream

Sue and Steve Thomas have been RVing in Yukon and Alaska for the past 20 years. So enamoured of the north were these two that they decided to make it their permanent home. 

January 2013 by
RV Gear Guide

Fuel Stick organic fuel conditioner

Fuel Stick is a fuel enhancer and stabilizer that offers all diesel and gasoline engines—two strokes included—better fuel economy while at the same time increasing engine performance and longevity. 

November 2012 by
Photo of an older couple sitting on the couch together.
RV News

Flying south for the winter

Like the flock of Canada geese that were honking in the background during my interview, Pete and Jan Naccarato were preparing to head south for the winter. 

November 2012 by
Photo of a large covered bridge with a road going through it.
RV News

The simple life

Full-time RVer Brenda Robson enjoys the best of both worlds: she spends her summers in British Columbia and her winters soaking up the sun in southern California. 

June 2012 by