A Guide To RV Travel In Canada For 2022
Across Canada, you’ll discover beautiful landscapes, amazing parks, and access to every outdoor activity you can think of. A high US dollar exchange rate makes Canada an affordable travel destination for Americans wishing to explore past the border.
Canada’s Provinces and Territories
Canada is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each province and territory has a variety of fun things to see and do. While BC boasts beautiful scenery, whale watching, and alpine fun, the province of Alberta has dinosaur museums with nearby full-service camping for RV travelers.
Saskatchewan’s scenic Grasslands National Park is worth a visit, but every community in Saskatchewan seems to have a really great park with gorgeous, full-service RV sites.
One of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is in Manitoba. Every province has something to experience, and it’s all very different as you cross the country.
It’s worth noting that all of Canada is officially bilingual, speaking French and English, but the primary language is English. However, If you plan to travel to Quebec, expect the majority of people to speak French.
Current rules and regulations for entry into Canada
Canada’s current COVID-related rules and regulations (called mandates in Canada) are different in each province. These regulate the necessity of:
- wearing a paper mask in public areas such as restaurants
- producing proof of vaccination to access services
Check with the Ministry of Health in any province you wish to visit for the current regulations in that province.
With very few exceptions, US visitors must show proof of vaccination as they cross the border into Canada. As of this writing, you won’t need testing to cross into Canada, but you’ll probably need vaccines. Click here for a link to Canada’s questionnaire to find out if you’ll be welcomed into Canada.
Get ready to cross the border into Canada
Bringing a family pet?
All cats and dogs over 3 months old entering Canada need to have proof of rabies vaccination. If your dog or cat is under 3 months old, you’ll need a veterinary certificate stating its age.
To enable your dog or cat to enter Canada, the rabies vaccination certificate must:
- be written in English or French
- be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian
- identify the animal (age, breed, sex, color/markings, weight, and microchip/tattoo number if applicable)
- state that the animal is vaccinated against rabies
- indicate the date of vaccination
- indicate the trade name and the serial number of the licensed vaccine
- specify the duration of immunity (otherwise, it will be considered valid for 1 year from the date of vaccination)
- have the name and signature of the licensed veterinarian that issued the certificate and the date it was signed
Pet food should be in original, unopened packaging. It is allowed under the following conditions:
- Pet food or product must be of United States origin and commercially packaged.
- Your pet has to be with you when you cross the border
- Pet food can only be fed to pets that cross the border with you
Canada’s border personnel will do their best to get you through the customs process quickly while still carrying out their function as border guards. However, they are obligated to investigate if they believe there might be a cause to do so. Since this can be a frustrating process, here are a few things you can do so you don’t get stopped and searched at the border.
- Plan ahead for the shortest wait times. Don’t choose busy times like weekend evenings for travel. Check border wait times here.
- Be sure to have proper ID ready for each family member in your group.
- Answer questions politely with the shortest answer possible.
- Firearms are strictly regulated in Canada. A Firearms Declaration Form must be signed in front of a border officer, and a $50 fee must also be paid at customs to bring a legal gun into Canada. This declaration will act as a temporary registration and license certificate, valid for 60 days, and it can be renewed for free for as long as 12 months. Undeclared or illegal firearms will be seized and never returned.
Plan your trip to Canada
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