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Western Canada reopens to Camping and RVing: How to Make May Long Plans

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As the country reopens slowly amongst the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first activities available to families and individuals is camping, RVing, and exploring our provincial and national parks. However, it won’t look like other years.

While the US border is closed to all non-essential travel, travelling between provinces is allowed, but discouraged. If you’re keen on getting out, we encourage you to explore areas close to home and do a thorough check online to ensure you can visit your destination before hitting the road. Before you head out this May Long weekend, call ahead to private campsites if possible and definitely reserve your provincial site.

Some private campsites are giving preferential treatment to first responders and are doing their best to make camping safe for everyone, but some may turn away tenters and only be accepting RVers. Provincial parks are being cautious about how many campers can visit and what facilities are open.

National Parks

Highways through parks are still open, but parking lots, visitor centres, washrooms, and day-use areas are closed until at least June 1st.

Staying Safe in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has low numbers of active COVID-19 cases and has created strict guidelines to keep it that way. The province has restricted all non-essential travel to and from Northern Saskatchewan and has even set up a checkpoint at Green Lake.

Day Use is Back in Saskatchewan

While it’s possible to get out and explore this May Long weekend, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will have limitations. Day use is allowed (and encouraged – outside is good for your mental health), but visitors should still continue social distance and sanitization practices. Boat launches and fishing are allowed, making this the perfect year to get your fishing license. Hiking and biking on trails is also open to the public, but be sure to give everyone appropriate space.

May Long Weekend plans in Saskatchewan

This is a great weekend to get the family out for a hike, bike, or picnic. For those with a boat, pack a picnic and get out for a cruise. Take advantage of the lessened restrictions with a day trip, just remember to pack the sunscreen and hand sanitizer!

The Official Start of Summer in Saskatchewan is June 1st

Campgrounds reopen on June 1, but not how campers and RVers will be used to. Each campground will only be allowing 50% capacity to allow for an empty site between each set of campers and must be reserved in advance. Shower and laundry facilities will be closed and washrooms are limited to one household at a time. RVers are encouraged to use their own facilities. Campers are advised to bring their own firewood, as distribution will be closed to the public, along with recreational amenities like pools, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

Alberta Bound for RV Adventure in June

May marked the reopening of parking lots and staging areas throughout provincial parks and public land. This means any dry campers will be able to use the public land use zones (PLUZ) for quadding, biking, hiking, or RVing. However, while those areas are open, facilities like toilets, playgrounds, and picnic shelters are still off-limits.

What does this mean for May Long in Alberta?

Visiting backcountry areas or PLUZs can provide family adventure, but with a reminder to only choose low-risk activities. Boat launches and hiking trails will open for those who are itching to get outside and explore the province, along with golf courses, but washrooms and facilities remain closed until camping resumes June 1st. Be aware, there is currently a fire ban that prohibits all open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes. Propane fire pits and stoves are allowed, as well as cooking barbeques.

Summer Really Begins on June 1st in Alberta

Online reservations open May 14th, with campgrounds open to RVs and tents as of June 1st and will only be available to Alberta residents. Group camping and yurts and cabins do not plan to open at all in the 2020 season. The province intends to keep the fire ban in place to reduce the chance of a forest fire during the pandemic.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi reminds everyone not to overwhelm hiking trails or other communities, “If your favourite hiking spot’s parking lot is totally full, drive to another hiking spot. Be self-sufficient. Take in what you need, take out what you need; don’t expect that you’re going to stop for dinner or so in these towns because they just can’t handle it.”

BC Reopens for Camping, Slowly

As with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, BC is reopening for day use in time for May Long. Boat launches, beaches, front and backcountry trails, picnic areas, and washroom facilities are ready for people, but keeping it simple and local is the key to keeping everyone safe.

What May Long Weekend Looks Like in British Columbia?

Getting out for the day may be the mood boost you need these days, and it’s a good time to discover more about your own backyard. Premier John Horgan urges people not to travel too far or to visit other communities.

BC Camping and RVing Starts in June

Overnight camping begins throughout the province starting on June 1st, but visitor centres, nature houses, and concessions may not be open. BC Parks has compiled a very useful list of locations affected by COVID-19, so be sure to check here or call ahead before you head out.

Manitoba

Manitoba has fewer cases than the most Western provinces, so their parks are open already, but they are implementing distancing guidelines and banning gatherings of more than 10 people. Campgrounds are not limiting the number of sites that can be booked, but ask that visitors wear shoes or sandals in the showers and bring their own toiletries, including toilet paper and soap.

RVing is Your Best Option for Summer 2020

With your own bathroom facility, a dedicated kitchen, and possibly even laundry, your RV is the best asset you have for getting a vacation this year. Not only will it reduce stress for everyone on board, but it also allows you to get out and get a summer vacation without visiting an airport.

Woody’s RV World is Your Ally

We’re here to answer any questions, make sure you have all the parts, and help you upgrade with any accessories. And for those of you who have an RV that’s been neglected over the past few years, dust it off and bring it in for an inspection before you hit the road for a summer of RV revival.

Finding Support and Friends in RV Forums

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Finding Support and Friends in RV Forums

RV forums and support groups are a great way to find life long friends, traveling partners and even love, but they can also be a place to find scams, trouble and people who can do you harm. With a little education and preparation you can learn to spot the safe people and avoid the unsafe ones!

Just because someone is a fellow camper, RVer, retiree or fisherman doesn’t make him or her safe. Online people can be, or pretend to be anyone they want to be. While the majority of online friends we make are real people there’s a percentage who are there to cause us grief, or intend us harm. Learn to set and enforce your boundaries and take proper precautions, you can find some of the best, most helpful folks in the world only a mouse click away. Continue reading

Everything You Wanted to Know About Propane

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Propane

If you have an RV or travel trailer you’ve probably learned to depend on propane (LP Gas) for a lot of things. There are a lot of things to learn and know about propane and propane tanks (also referred to as LP for liquid petroleum gas). LP gas is either propane or butane gas or a mixture of both. Know what you’re getting if you plan to be in colder or very, very hot climates or transitioning between the two. For instance, going to Mexico (usually where the butane blend is higher) and then returning to Canada in the fall or winter you may notice a difference or that your appliances aren’t working at all. Continue reading

Computing and Internet with Your RV

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Computing and Internet with Your RV

Computers have done for RVing what RVs did for camping&##8211;made life easier, faster, cleaner, and ripe with more opportunities for fun, travel and safety on the road. If that sounds like overselling, it&##8217;s not. RVers who travel with laptops, smart phones and/or net books, or iPads have many more opportunities and much more information available to them than their non-tech peers. Internet access gives you the comfort of shopping, banking; travel planning, making reservations and checking the weather, connecting with friends via Skype and email and even learning about how to fix your RV with online tutorials. It&##8217;s hard to beat that kind of resource, especially when it&##8217;s all in something as compact as a laptop computer! Continue reading

The History of RV Innovations

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People have always traveled from place to place, camping along the way. Early travelers traveled by horseback, packing their tents or tarps on horseback. Wagon trains, shepherd&##8217;s carts and other wheeled vehicles became home for months or years at a time for other travelers. Once trains criss-crossed the country travelers could camp in private rail cars that were pulled along side train routes. That kind of accommodation limited where a person or family could go. It was also difficult to set up camp if the rail car was already occupied.

Travelers wanted more. They wanted mobility and they wanted comfort. Just like today, they were willing to compromise on one to afford the other if they had to. Most of the early RVs had a place to sleep and to hold basic comforts. Some had bathrooms and kitchens or even stoves, most did not. They began to explore and create options as travelers have always done. Continue reading

Top 10 Dry Camping Must Haves

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Top 10 Dry Camping Must Haves

Once you feel comfortable camping in a campground, chances are you’ll want to try what is called “boon docking” or “dry camping.”

Dry camping simply means totally self-contained camping. Being able to dry camp or boon dock means you’re as comfortable parking overnight in a parking lot or truck stop as you are in a field or on a back road in the wilderness or along the beach. Continue reading

The Benefits to Financing Your RV

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The Benefits to Financing Your RV

There are a lot of benefits to financing your RV. Depending on your credit score, lower payments are only one advantage. When you finance your RV instead of liquidating your assets or paying cash you maintain personal financial flexibility, critical for many of us who like to travel and want the financial freedom to do so. If you’re a full-timer your RV may qualify as a home or a second home if you rent your permanent home or condo.

Check with your tax advisor to see works best for your situation. But consider these benefits when you do. Not all these benefits apply to everyone, but there many that will impact you and your decision, so take your time and explore all your options. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Buy an RV Service Contract

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5 Reasons to Buy an RV Service Contract

You’ve found your dream RV. You’ve done the walk-through. You’ve kicked the tires. You’ve popped the hood, if it has one, and you’ve checked the vehicle or trailer inside and out. Dreams of hitting the road are filling your head. The salesman is closely eyeing you for subtle clues that will help him close the sale. Yet, before you leave the dealership, there’s still one more important decision you need to make. Should you buy a maintenance contract? Continue reading

7 Tips for Homeschooling on the Road

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7 Tips for Homeschooling on the Road

Turning an RV into a mobile classroom for homeschooled children creates infinite possibilities for hands-on learning. Following in the footsteps of parents in the U.S., more Canadian families are choosing to homeschool. Sometimes that choice occurs as a result of a parent’s job demands. When Mom or Dad must spend a lot of time on the road, the flexibility of homeschooling gives families more options in reconciling job requirements with a family’s needs. If Dad can’t be with the family, then perhaps the family can be with Dad. A recreational vehicle is one way to solve that problem. Continue reading