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Visit Elk Island National Park for Your Next RV Trip

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Elk Island National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. The park serves as a key refuge for elk, bison and roughly 250 bird species. The bison was revived from near extinction, and Elk Island National Park is one of the top places in the world to learn about the species. Although, campers, hikers, bird watchers, picnickers, and star gazers will all find something they adore about the park.

Things to Do at Elk Island National Park

Bison are the main attraction at Elk Island National Park, and visitors can learn about their rich history and the role the animal has played in many different cultures. Visit the bison handling facility and see how the park’s expert staff care for these iconic animals. Head to the park for the annual Bison Festival, take the Bison backstage Tour or enjoy the exhilarating Bison Traffic Jam.

Park Festivals

In addition to the Bison Festival, Elk Island National Park throws numerous family-friendly festivals throughout the year. Celebrate water sports at Paddlefest, join the fun for Canada Day or gaze at the sky for the park’s annual Star Party. Log onto the park’s website to learn more about upcoming events.

Stay the Night at the Park

There’s no better way to experience Elk Island National Park than by spending a night on park grounds. The Astotin Lake Campground features 71 unserviced sites and an overflow area. Showers, flush toilets, food lockers and picnic shelters are available for campers.

The park also offers equipped campsites that come prepared with a tent, sleeping pads, camping chairs, a lantern, propane stove, cooking gear and dining shelter, so all you need to do is pull up to your site and enjoy the park.

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Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Calgary before you hit the roads this spring or summer.

Spring Camping Destinations

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Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies

Head to one of these destinations this spring in your RV if you’re looking for some good camping opportunities to kick off RV season. Stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. You can pick up space-saving accessories, outdoor cooking accessories, chemicals for the black water tank, and replacement parts for the RV.

Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park also features part of Kluane Lake, which is the largest lake in the Territory. Watch the beautiful sunsets on the lake or look west to see the Saint Elias mountain range.

Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia, is another “can’t miss” location. The national park is located on Vancouver Island and features Long Beach and the West Coast Trail. Spring and summer are great times to visit, but don’t wait until fall, as it gets pretty cold and rainy.

Banff National Park, located about an hour and a half from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest national park. It has tons of sights to see, including Lake Louise’s aquamarine water and the Ice Fields Parkway. Because of the mountains and the lake, it is considered one of the best places to take your RV.

Douglas Provincial Park, located in Saskatchewan, features cacti, beaches and tons of fish. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to combine fishing and hiking. Since you can see various landscapes, this is one of the best places to get pictures.

Spruce Woods is a newer park – it was established in 1970. You’ll see sandy dunes and can walk on tons of walking trails. This park also rents yurts if you want to sleep outside of your RV for a change. Additionally, the camping sites are very private.

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Before you head out on a long trip, stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any accessories you need, make sure your RV is in good working order, and grab parts, chemicals, RV toilet paper, and other items that you may need for this trip.

Top Places to RV in Northwest Territories

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If you’ve never been to the Northwest Territories, you’re missing out. Far from being an empty tundra landscape, the Northwest Territories actually possess some of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes and plenty of natural beauty.

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Not only is Nahanni National Park Reserve one of the most remote places in all of Canada, but it’s also one of its most beautiful. Named for the raging Nahanni River that cuts through the rugged Mackenzie Mountains by way of plummeting canyons, the reserve is as wild and untamed a place as you can hope to find. The hot springs that are endemic to the reserve help prop up a thriving ecosystem that’s home to a host of rare plant and animal species.

Don’t miss the spectacular waterfall display of Virginia Falls where the South Nahanni River flows over a 90-meter cliff. If you’re an experienced whitewater canoeist, you can challenge yourself with the rapids on the Nahanni River.

Yellowknife

The capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife is much more than the gold rush boomtown that it started out as. Enjoying steady growth since the 1930s, Yellowknife today is a charming mixture of vintage wooden buildings and modern revitalization. Enjoy dining and shopping with the locals, exploring the surrounding landscape, and even catching a stunning Aurora Borealis on a clear night.

Wood Buffalo National Park

Along the border of Alberta, Wood Buffalo National Park is home to where the buffalo roam. Established to protect the herds of wild buffalo native to the region, the park later expanded its operations and welcomes visitors to see the buffalo herds for themselves.

Besides the buffalo, you may spot the extremely rare whooping crane that nests in the park.

The town of Fort Smith is the perfect headquarters for exploring the park and surrounding landscape. The town itself is also worth a look due to its past as a fur-trading post.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re based out of Alberta, like Woody’s RV World, then the Northwest Territories are just a drive north away. If you want to see all that the Northwest Territories have to offer, do so in an RV from Woody’s RV World. An RV allows you to get closer to nature while simultaneously affording you all the comforts of home. Come by today to check out our inventory and find an RV that’s perfect for you.

Holiday Guide for Your Toronto RV Trip

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If you’re going to be in or near Toronto in your RV travels this December, you’re in luck: Toronto comes alive in December with holiday magic. While you’re visiting, be sure to celebrate the season with one of Toronto’s annual events.

Go Ice Skating in Nathan Phillips Square

Lace up your ice skates and join in the annual Toronto tradition of ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square. A part of the holidays in Toronto for generations, it’s set against the sparkling backdrop of Toronto’s urban landscape with a towering Christmas tree completing the look. Located at 100 Queen Street West, the ice skating is open all December long, including Christmas Eve and Day.

The National Ballet of Canada Presents The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada will present the Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. It’s been performed by the National Ballet of Canada since 1995. You can catch a performance at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 145 Queen Street West in Toronto. There will be performances running all through December, so you’ve got many opportunities to see it regardless of when you’ll be in Toronto.

Meet Santa and See the City in Lights

Sometimes you just want to do some classic touring when you’re in Toronto. You’ll be in luck this December because the city will be decked in lights in celebration of the holidays, transforming the city into a magical wonderland. Not only that, but if you have kids along, you’ll be able to take them to several places to meet Santa Claus, whether it’s during a parade or at a shopping mall.

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Woody’s RV World isn’t just a place to purchase new recreational vehicles. Our online parts store is stocked with all of the latest and greatest camping supplies for this winter camping season. Stop by Woody’s RV World today before you plan your winter season.

Top Ice Fishing Spots in Alberta

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RV travel isn’t just reserved for the summer months. In fact, winter activities are made even more enjoyable with the RV lifestyle. Ice fishing is one of those activities. Once you learn the basics of ice fishing, the sport will quickly become one of your favorite features of winter. The following simple ice fishing tips will help you get started, so you can enjoy the RV lifestyle even when the weather is cold and the lakes are frozen.

Places to Ice Fish in Alberta

  • Gull Lake – 10 kilometers west of Lacombe off Highway 12, this is the lake you want to visit if you want to get some lake whitefish.
  • Sylvan Lake – 20 kilometers west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake is teeming with pike, most of which get very large.
  • Calling Lake – 55 kilometers north of Athabasca on SH 813, this lake is known for its walleye.
  • Cold Lake – located on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border near Bonnyville, Cold Lake has plenty of fish species, but is known for lakers.

The Movement of Fish

One of the most important parts of ice fishing is understanding where fish will be and when. In shallow lakes, fish tend to move shallower later in the season. In larger, deeper lakes, fish migrate to where food and cover can be found. They tend to stay deeper where the water is warmer. Fish become less active in the heart of winter, which means they’re easier to catch when they’re moving at the beginning and end of the season.

Start with Smaller Lakes

Starting with smaller lakes at the beginning of season will help you fish more often, and ultimately become a better ice fisherman. Smaller lakes freeze more quickly, which means you can be on the ice earlier in winter.

Later in the season, move to the larger lakes, which have more oxygen. Fish are more active there.

Use Live Bait

Live bait is an essential part of ice fishing. Whether you’re dead sticking, using a bobber or jigging, live bait is the most effective way to fish. Start by jigging larger lures roughly a foot above the bottom to catch the more aggressive fish. If the fish can be seen but not caught, opt for a smaller jig.

Ice Fish with Your Woody’s RV

Ice fish in the comfort of your own motorhome or travel trailer. Nothing beats a day of ice fishing with a warm and cozy RV waiting for you on the shore. Come shop at Woody’s RV World to find the perfect RV for all of your travel and recreational goals.

Visit Jasper National Park in Your RV

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Jasper National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies (at nearly 11,000 sq-km), it hosts a variety of terrain features, including glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and, of course, mountains.

Located just north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton, the park was established on September 14, 1907, as Jasper Forest Park and just recently celebrated its centennial. The park was named after Jasper Hawes, who was a trader in the region for the North West Company. It gained national park status in 1930 with the passing of the National Parks Act. These days, the park attracts over 2 million annual visitors and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jasper National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, caribou, moose, porcupine, lynx, beaver, fox, grizzly bear, coyote, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, timber wolf, cougar, wolverine, and more.

Attractions include scenic features like Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake and Mountain, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. There’s also the Marmot Basin ski area and the Jasper Skytram. Popular activities in the park include hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, kayaking, and camping.

There are numerous campgrounds both in and around the park, many of which include sites for RV campers.

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Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Before you visit Jasper National Park, be sure to stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Calgary before you hit the roads this fall or winter.

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.

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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.

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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 fall.

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

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Natural Spots in Alberta You Need to Visit

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Alberta is easily one of Canada’s most scenic provinces and possesses many natural areas that you’ve just got to see if you’re traveling through Alberta this summer.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is bound to blow you away. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, this national park offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Canada with 6,641 square meters of gorgeous mountain peaks, tranquil woods, flower meadows, and the famous emerald waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake famous emerald waters. Although, Banff visitors don’t just get to admire the beautiful scenery, they get to immerse themselves in it by skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting and enjoying just about every outdoor activity imaginable. Even better, Banff National Park is just a 1.5-hour drive west of Calgary.

Icefields Parkway

Probably Alberta’s most scenic stretch of road, it connects Lake Louise to Jasper. Officially known as Highway 93, it’s 144 miles of natural beauty. Wind through the mountains and see numerous glaciers from the road. It’s considered one of the world’s most scenic drives and has plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the scenery. It isn’t free, unfortunately, requiring a permit to drive down, but the sights are more than worth the price of admission.

Visit Woody’s RV in Alberta

If your 2017 summer is shaping up to involve tons of RV travel, be sure to stop by Woody’s RV World for all of your RV sales, service, parts and accessories needs. We’re your one-stop RV shop in Alberta with locations in Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Red Deer and Calgary, making us the perfect base of operations when you’re visiting all of Alberta’s attractions this summer, both natural and man-made.