Monthly Archives: January 2017

Check Out Banff National Park

Posted by | Destinations

Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies

One of Canada’s most famed sites is the historic Banff National Park in Alberta — an outdoor wonderland that is also Canada’s oldest national park.

About Banff National Park

Although Banff’s claim to fame may be its age (it was established back in 1885), its most incredible features are far beyond its years. Banff spans roughly 2,564 square miles in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of the most scenic national parks in the entire world. It is home to mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows, rivers, forests, and the famous, aquamarine-colored Moraine Lake.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Because of Banff National Park’s diverse natural surroundings, it’s ideal for outdoor adventures of all kinds in all seasons. The warmer months are ideal for backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching, boating, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and snapping photos of the park’s endless wonders.

Winter offers just as many outdoor adventures as the warmer months with ice skating, ice diving, skiing, snowboarding, ski touring, snowshoeing, waterfall ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and even cozy hot springs to dip into on a cool day.

Parking Your RV at Banff

Banff National Park is home to roughly 16 campsites ranging from primitive setups to un-serviced sites with washrooms and full electrical sites. There is a dump station at the park that’s available for an $8.80 fee, and campers must purchase a new fire permit each day. Electrical sites are available on the breathtaking Lake Louise and at Tunnel Mountain.

And don’t forget to call the park ahead of time to ensure there is a space reserved for your RV at the campsite you desire.

Start Your Trip at Woody’s RV World

Banff National Park is a destination that should be on every RV enthusiast’s bucket list. Start off your trip to Alberta’s most beautiful park at Alberta’s favorite RV dealership: Woody’s RV World. With five convenient locations in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, and Leduc), Woody’s RV World can help get you setup in your own RV or make sure your current rig is ready for the road.

Get Your RV Ready for 2017

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips

Recreational vehicle in a meadow

A new year means new RV adventures, and it’s time to prepare your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel for the first RV excursion of 2017. Fortunately, you won’t have to prepare your RV on your own. Our RV service department is offering the following helpful tips to travelers who are just starting to put their wheels in motion.

Start With a List

List-making is essential to enjoying an organized RV lifestyle. As you anticipate your upcoming excursion, make a list of items you want to pack, and check them off as you place them inside your RV. The list should also include a thorough cleaning of the interior and exterior of your RV. There’s no doubt your RV has acquired some grime from time taken off the road, and there are probably a few unnecessary items inside from your last adventure.

Do a Thorough Inspection

Even if you store your RV properly when it’s not in use, you’ll need to complete a full inspection to ensure nothing occurred while you were away from your home on wheels. Check for any holes or cracks on the interior or exterior of the RV and ensure that all of your systems are working correctly. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your first campsite of the season to realize your RV’s plumbing is not functioning properly.

Other items to check are tire air pressure, the overall condition of your tires, the tightness of your lug nuts and the functionality of your septic system.

Let Us Do It for You

It can be difficult to know if you’ve taken all of the correct precautions when preparing your RV for another adventure. Stop in and see us at one of the Woody’s RV World locations throughout Alberta to ensure your RV is in top condition. Our licensed RV technicians will do a thorough yet efficient inspection of your interior RV, so you can hit the highways with confidence in 2017.

Cook These Easy Soups in Your RV

Posted by | RV Cooking

Broccoli creamy soup.

January is National Soup Month, and the chilly outdoor temperatures this year make soup sound even more appealing. Even better, soup is a meal that can easily be prepared in a compact RV kitchen. Try these two mouthwatering soup recipes this January to warm yourself and your fellow campers after a long day of outdoor adventure.

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 2 leeks (chopped)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch broccoli (chopped)
  • 6 cups low-sodium broth
  • 1 small russet potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 5 ounces spinach
  • Sour cream for garnish

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the leeks in 4 tablespoons of butter with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large soup pot on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally for 4 to 6 minutes or until leeks have softened.
  2. Ad the broccoli, potato and vegetable broth to the pot. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. This should take 18 to 22 minutes.
  3. Stir the spinach into the mixture until wilted.
  4. Move the mixture to the blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Serve the soup hot with a dollop of sour cream and a dash of black pepper.

Chickpea, Vegetable and Pesto Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound green beans (halved)
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup pesto

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Stir in the celery, onion, carrots, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until the mixture is slightly darkened (roughly 1 minute)
  3. Stir in the vegetable broth, chickpeas, green beans and frozen peas. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve with pesto on top.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Don’t forget to stop and see us at our Woody’s RV World locations throughout Alberta when you’re out cruising in your RV this winter.