Fall Foliage Drives on Canada’s West Coast

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Canada offers some of the most scenic fall foliage in the world. Fire up your RV and cruise over to the Great White North’s west coast for some of the best fall scenery you’ll ever see. The west coast’s mild temperatures, ocean backdrop and towering mountains also mean you’ll feel inspired to stay active on your fall adventures.

Queen Elizabeth Park — Vancouver

You don’t even have to venture out into the wilderness to see some of Canada’s most vibrantly-colored leaves. Queen Elizabeth Park, in Vancouver, is 130-acres in size, and it offers a wide range of deciduous trees and evergreens. The bright yellows, reds and oranges really pop against the dark greens of the pine needles.

Tofino — Vancouver Island

Tofino is a small district with a huge amount of beauty. It’s a place where you can watch the sunset over the ocean after spending a day on the trails in the ancient temperate rainforest. If you thought Tofino was breathtaking in the summer months, you’ll be wowed when the colors peak, and Tofino really comes alive in fall. Take a seaplane ride to see all of Tofino’s colors from above.

Merritt to Ashcroft — Interior British Columbia

The 104-kilometer drive from Merritt to Ashcroft in the Okanagan Valley will give you a picturesque look at the interior of British Columbia in fall. Stop for a picnic at Logan Lake to enjoy a meal among the oranges, reds and yellows of the trees, and take some time to check out the Highland Valley Copper Mine to break up the drive. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because you’ll be snapping photos the entire way.

Visit Woody’s Before You Go

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Delicious Foil-Wrapped Camping Recipe

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Foil packs are the perfect way to cook a meal at the campsite. They’re easy to prepare and leave practically no mess, so you won’t be stuck in the kitchen when you want to be outside enjoying your destination. This honey Sriracha chicken foil packet recipe is so delicious, your friends and family are guaranteed to be asking for the recipe.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Foil Packet

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 box (7 ounces) Green Giant frozen carrots, peas, black beans and edamame (thawed)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the rice and water together in a small bowl. Let the rice soak for five minutes, then drain.
  3. Stir the thawed vegetables into the rice mixture.
  4. Cut four sheets of heavy duty foil (10 inches by 12 inches).
  5. Spray the center of one side of the foil with cooking spray
  6. Spoon one fourth of the rice mixture onto each tin foil sheet.
  7. Top each sheet with one chicken breast.
  8. In a separate small bowl, combine the honey, lime juice and Sriracha sauce. Spoon the sauce evenly over the chicken.
  9. Close the foil around the chicken so the edges meet. Seal the edges, leaving enough space in the packet for heat to circulate.
  10. Place the packets on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake your chicken packets for about 30 minutes or until the juices from the chicken run clear.
  12. Unwrap and let the chicken stand for five minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

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Some of Canada’s Best Campgrounds

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Canada has no shortage on beautiful national and provincial parks and each one of them makes for some great camping. Some are on a tier above their fellows, however, and definitely warrant a visit in your RV on your next road trip. Regardless of where you live in Canada (or, if you’re in an RV right now, where you’re currently at) there’s a splendid campground near you.

Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

For those who love the rocky west coast, Pacific Rim National Park is perfect for you. This is a park for beach lovers: in the summer it makes for great swimming and surfing and in the colder months the beaches are lovely for sight-seeing, beach-combing, and exploration. Regardless, the beaches here are extensive, with 22 kilometres of sand to walk. Some camp sites are so close to the ocean that you can let the waves lull you to sleep at night.

Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta

This park features numerous campgrounds to park your RV while you hike out to explore the rock formations. These rock formations give the park its name, as they feature ancient rock drawings that originate from the Blackfoot people’s ancestors.

Visitors will be able to hike through the desert landscape, which has a diversity of features, including sandstone cliffs, badlands, and hoodoos. Be sure to get a guided Rock Art Tour from a Blackfoot interpreter. This tour takes you to some of the areas that are restricted without a guide and shows off some of the best petroglyphs and pictographs.

Bon Echo Provincial Park, Ontario

Colloquially called the “Gibraltar of Ontario,” Bon Echo Provincial Park’s Mazinaw Rock is the centrepiece of the park. It’s 100-metres tall and overlooks the deep waters of Mazinaw Lake. The rock is 1.5 kilometres long and features nearly 300 pictographs form ancient natives. From swimming the lake to hiking the backcountry of the park, there’s always something to do and see here. Some of the best campgrounds adjoin Mazinaw Rock, so maybe you’ll have a great view if you’re lucky to snag one.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World today to tour a new or used motorhome. Find one that’s perfect for your travel goals and shop for parts and accessories as well. Woody’s RV World can also help with RV service and maintenance, so don’t forget to drop by before you hit the road this fall.

Running on Your RV Vacation

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You don’t have to give up running just because you take a vacation in your RV. Just be sure to pack your running shes with you when you go. Whether you are staying in a place that is close to the main roads and doesn’t have any major trails or you are staying in a place that is more remote and has a ton of hiking trails, you’ll be able to run every day. You may have to change your routine a bit, especially if you are used to running on flat surfaces.

Running on Hiking Trails

Make sure you have a good running shoe for this. You should walk the trail first unless it’s a paved or graveled trail where you don’t expect any surprises such as roots and rocks in the trail that could trip you up.

Keep in mind that running on a hiking trail may tire you out faster if there are a lot of hills that you are not used to. Don’t expect to run the same distance unless the trail is just like the area where you normally run.

Also, if you are used to running on a hard surface such as concrete, be ready to make changes to running on a softer surface. Dirt may slow you down a bit, even if it’s hard packed since it is never as hard as concrete.

Finally, remember to watch for other hikers. Many people on these trails won’t be running, so be prepared to slow down or stop, depending on how narrow the trail is.

Running Trails

If running on hiking trails is not for you or the trails around your campsite are not for beginners and contain lots of things to climb, you may want to look for running and biking trails in the area you are camping. You may have to drive to the running spot, but you’ll be on a surface that is more similar to hard roads you’re used to running on.

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Board Games to Play on the Road

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If you own a RV chances of you getting bored from time to time is probably an accurate and fair assumption to make. Watching television is a favorite pastime that is slowly being replaced by cellphones, handheld computers and other machines that require its users to put forth no real brain power. These forms of entertainment are fine for socializing with friends and family and also for relaxing, but what do you do when you want to have some intellectual fun?

Board games are fun, entertaining and educational. Board games are loved by millions of people both young and old. They teach while they entertain, which makes them interesting as well as stimulating. There are literally hundreds of board games on the market today and some are more popular than others. RV owners should take a break from driving, sit down with a friend or family member, and pull out one of these popular classical games.

Checkers is a family friendly game that is played and loved by both children and their parents. Two or more players can play at the same time. Checkers is a fast pace game and you can make it out of a tournament by challenging others.

Scrabble is a great vocabulary building game. It encourages reading, spelling and writing but most importantly it enhances critic thinking skills. Overall, it is a fun and exciting game to play. You will be challenged to spell and create words that you did not know were in your vocabulary.

Yahtzee teaches a valuable lesson in calculation and mathematical computation. This game starts with the roll of the dice and is actually entertaining and strategic. There is nothing boring about this game.

Monopoly is a real old game, but what it teaches is more valuable than watching television. You will learn how to invest in and buy real estate. It teaches you the importance of earning money but most importantly how to make it grow. It also teaches you how to manage your money and the consequences of poor management.

Board games are great to play while you are waiting for information about good camping and campgrounds for the night or while you are waiting to get on the road again after a bad storm.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road, make sure to pack any board games you want and then stop by Woody’s RV World for RV sales, service, and accessories.

Try These Blueberry Peach Tarts on the Road

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Great for breakfast if you really want to make it special, these blueberry peach tarts with vanilla glaze go wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee. They’re also good for a few days, so you can make them the night before and have them waiting for you in the morning (of course, nobody’s going to know if you have one for a bedtime snack that night!).

Blueberry Peach Tart with Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puffed pastry, thawed for 20 minutes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 large peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of milk OR heavy cream, more if needed to achieve desired consistency

Directions

  1. Remove 1 sheet of puffed pastry from the freeze; thaw for 15-20 minutes at room temperature, or until it can easily be unfolded without cracking.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°(F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine the egg and water; beat until well combined; set aside.
  4. Thinly slice peaches and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cornstarch; toss well ensuring all peaches and are coated in the cinnamon sugar mix; set aside.
  5. Gently unfold the puffed pastry. If it does crack, gently press the tears back together and mend with slightly wet fingers.
  6. Place puffed pastry on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Layer the peaches evenly (and very tightly) on the puffed pastry, making 3 tidy rows, leaving a 1″ border around the pastry. Sprinkle the blueberries on top.
  8. Lightly brush exposed pastry crust with egg wash.
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating once during baking, or until the crust is puffed up and golden brown and the peaches are tender.
  10. While the tart bakes, make the vanilla glaze!
  11. In a small bowl combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and cream; whisk until smooth, adding more cream as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over the tart right before serving.

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Prepare Your Dinner While on the Road

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Like, literally. The title is literal.

Here’s a neat trick that can save you time and energy: cook food while you drive. Doesn’t sound possible, does it? What, are you going to balance in the back as the RV tilts and shifts along the road, all while preventing boiling water from spilling and knives from flying?

Of course not. The solution is a slow cooker. Just prep in the morning before you pull anchor and let it cook while you head to your next stop. When you get there hours later, you’ve got a slow cooked meal waiting for the plate. It may sound just as bad as trying traditional cooking while you drive, but it really works so long as you follow a few guidelines:

  • Don’t over fill the slow cooker. By keeping the liquid portion down below halfway, you significantly reduce the chances that there will be spillage. By that same token, try sticking to roasts rather than stews.
  • Purchase a slow cooker with latches. These are commonly available as an option and are ideal for use in an RV. The latch keeps the lid where it should be, even when you’re driving down a grade, handling some curves in the road, or coming to an emergency stop.
  • Place it in the sink. If the dimensions allow, just put the slow cooker in the sink and let it do its work there. The sink will automatically take care of any spillage, won’t have a problem with heat convection, and keeps the slow cooker wedged in place. Just make sure that the sink is completely dry before you place the slow cooker in there.

Following these tips, this ought to become your new favorite method of cooking while out in your RV. Take the hassle out of dinner and cook while you drive the next time you hit the road in your RV.

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Stop by Woody’s RV World today to tour a new or used motorhome. Find one that’s perfect for your travel goals and shop for parts and accessories as well. Woody’s RV World can also help with RV service and maintenance, so don’t forget to drop by before you hit the road this summer.

Preparing to Leave Your House During a Long RV Trip

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If you’re planning on hitting the road this summer for a long road trip, you’re going to be leaving your house uninhabited for a while. Leaving for an extended period of time in your RV is identical to leaving your home for any other vacation: it just takes a little bit of planning and prep to make sure that your house is in as good shape when you return as it was when you left, whether you’re gone a month or half a year.

Throw Out Perishables

If you’re going to be gone a while, chances are that everything in your fridge is going to spoil. You don’t want to come back home after months away to find that your fridge is a toxic waste dump. Either throw out everything that’s perishable before you leave or take some of it with you so that you can eat it during your first week out on the road. Either way, consider shutting down your fridge completely if you want to save a bit on electricity.

As a side note, go over your non-perishables as well. Make sure your pantry is in order and that everything you’re leaving in there is sealed up tight. Eliminating sources of food goes a long way to ensuring that rodents won’t find your home to their liking.

Unplug and Turn Off

Not only should you consider turning off your fridge, but most any electronics as well. Go through the house and unplug lamps, televisions, appliances, and anything else that can draw power while you’re gone. No one will be using them, so why leave them plugged in? Unplugging helps to reduce the chances of an electrical fire as well. This step both saves money and helps to safeguard your house.

Cut Off the Water Supply

The same goes for water: head to your main water valve and turn it off. You’ll lessen the chance that flooding will occur while you’re away and prevent money from dripping from your faucet one penny at a time.

Make Arrangements with Someone You Can Trust

Whether a neighbor, friend, work buddy, or family member, make arrangements with someone you can trust to go by your house periodically to check for mail, water your plants, and ensure that the house remains locked up tight. They can also inspect the house every once in a while to make sure that no disasters have happened.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road this summer for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Woody’s RV World so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Woody’s RV World and find one that’s right for you.

3 Summer Fishing Spots You Must Visit in Alberta

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Alberta is a province known for its rugged outdoors settings that inspire some of the best RV adventures. From wild rivers to mellow lakes and springs, wherever you are in Alberta, there’s likely a world-class fishing destination nearby. Fire up your RV and cruise to these three unbeatable Alberta fishing spots this summer.

The Kakwa River

If you enjoy breathtaking scenery as much as you enjoy fishing, the Kakwa River north of Grande Cache is one of the best places to park your RV this summer. Massive trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, arctic grayling and a variety of other fish species make the river a hotspot for reeling in multiple catches each day. Fly fishing is one of the best ways to snag heaps of fish in the Kakwa, so don’t be afraid to get your legs wet.

Pigeon Lake

Fishermen who prefer to stay out of the water will love launching a boat into Pigeon Lake, just north of Red Deer. A provincial campground makes for the perfect place to set up camp, while the boat launch makes getting in and out of the water at all times of day a breeze. Reports of catching more walleye and pike than you can count are common at Pigeon Lake, so be sure to bring your grill and plenty of tasty summer sides.

Northern Potholes

When you grow tired of catching and eating countless walleye and pike, head to Alberta’s northern pothole lakes, including Figure Eight, Swan and Sulfur Lakes. These pothole trout lakes offer excellent spring and fall fishing, while the heat of summer slows down the catches slightly. You can catch nearly every trout species in these highly populated waters, so don’t be surprised if you pull in some rainbow, brown and brook trout.

Start Your Summer at Woody’s

Before you embark on your first fishing adventure of the season, stop and see us right here at Woody’s RV World. We’re your one-stop Alberta RV shop with everything from new and used RVs to parts, accessories and camping supplies.

Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich in Your RV

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Try this classic Monte Cristo sandwich recipe on the road this summer in your RV. It’s great for a lunch-time picnic when you’re out exploring Canada’s National Parks and campgrounds.

Muskoka-Style Monte Cristo Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread of your choice
  • 8 slices bacon
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce (homemade or canned)
  • 8 slices of brie cheese
  • Fresh baby arugula
  • Butter
  • 2 eggs, mixed with 2 Tbsp. milk

Directions

    1. Cook bacon in a frying pan until browned. Set aside.
    2. Assemble sandwich: Butter bread slices. On the bottom slice, place two slices of brie cheese. Top with two slices of bacon, overlapping. Top with a generous dollop of cranberry sauce. Top with arugula. Top with 2nd slice of bread.
    3. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine eggs and milk in a large shallow pan or bowl.
    4. Carefully lift sandwich and dip bottom into egg/milk mixture for a few seconds. Flip and dip the other side. Immediately place into frying pan with hot butter. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Cook in the frying pan until bottom side is browned, flip and repeat with other side. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and pop in to the preheated oven for about 5 minutes to fully melt the cheese.

Serve immediately, with a bit of maple syrup for dipping, if desired.

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