Banff and Jasper National Parks by RV - trip report

Retired couple Gene and Laurie wrote about RVing in their 40′ motorhome across North America.  If you are thinking about RVing in the Canadian Rockies, it will be an inspiration.

Gene and Laurie make me envious of their 10-day experience in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.  RVing seems like lots of fun and offers a unique freedom to experience the parks at a leisurely pace without the need for hotel rooms.

They write:  “The vistas are breathtaking and each day we approach ‘sensory overload’ as the roads and views seem to be more beautiful with each turn.”


Besides the vistas, they were fortunate to see lots of wildlife including deer and elk in their campground and a family of bears in the wilderness.

They took lots of photos in Banff and Jasper and said this of the experience:  “Huge mountain’s, snow capped summits, deep gorges, rushing rivers and spectacular falls are everywhere; and then you get to the glaciers !”  Now that’s an experience of a lifetime.

OK, that’s it, I want an RV.

Oh, wait, I don’t have enough money.  RVs can be as expensive as buying a home.

Alas, there is a solution.

Don’t have an RV? Rent one.

You’ll see a lot of rented RVs in Jasper National Park.

If you live in the States, it may be more cost effective to fly to Calgary and pick-up an RV there instead of driving from the States.  Another option is to pick-up the RV in Montana and drive north, or Vancouver and drive east.

Icefields Parkway at Mount Assiniboine

Renting an RV is not particularly cheap – it can be like the cost of a hotel and a car rental combined.  The good news is that they have kitchens so you can save money eating-in instead of dining out.  Read my advice buying locally grown food in Alberta – easy to do in an RV with a kitchen.  Not only will it save money, but it will reduce your travel carbon footprint for your Jasper National Park and Canadian Rockies vacation.

The freedom and convenience makes RVs very desirable.

Places to rent RVs

For a good list of places to rent RVs in Alberta and beyond, check out the Go RVing Canada website.

Also, take a look at Cruise America. They have a Calgary, Alberta location and a Vancouver, BC location and many other locations in the US and Canada.

Still have sticker shock?

Another alternative way to experience the great outdoors is to go tent camping in Jasper National Park.  It is a fraction of the cost and can be just as much fun.

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