Even if you manage to score a window seat, when you fly, the view at 35,000 feet is pretty predictable: clouds and sky. Dreamy at first, but a little variety would be nice! RV travel is different. The view out the window changes endlessly: cityscapes, forests, coastlines, small towns, wildlife. And when you arrive, those windows become your vista; the scene that greets you every morning.
The journey is part of the fun
When you RV, getting there is part of the fun.
Whether you take a direct route or opt for a languid, more scenic journey, the sightseeing begins the minute you leave. Even better, when something entices your eye, it’s easy to pull off the road and explore. You’re not bound by a rigid schedule. Take your time, enjoy the journey: it’s supposed to be a vacation, after all.
A safe way to experience the country
If you’re new to Canada and aren’t familiar with RVing, the first thing to remember is it’s perfectly safe! Travelling to remote parts of the country is something Canadians love to do. And travelling by RV is a fabulous way to get to know your new country; even the continent.
One of Ontario’s fastest, most direct travel routes Is Highway 401. North America’s busiest highway, it’s a major thoroughfare to Quebec and the US, thundering its way past some of the province’s most lyrical vacation spots like Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County.
Known for the world’s largest freshwater sand bar and dune system, foodies and wine connoisseurs will be tempted to make a side-trip and linger. It’s also an historic area. Its first known settlement, the Point Peninsula Complex was an indigenous culture that flourished from 600 BCE to 700 CE. Fascinating remnants of it can be found at Serpent Mounds Park, first settled about 58BC.
Slower, but still spectacular
For a glimpse of some of the province’s most rugged and magnificent terrain, try Highway 17. Running from Sault Ste. Marie to Nipigon, it winds its way along the breathtaking northern and eastern shores of Lake Superior, before ascending into the mountains. At Wawa, Highway 17 takes you into the forests and remote northern lakes of Algoma District, where the Group of Seven painted some of their most recognizable work. There are endless tempting side-trips en route — like the Agawa Rock Pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
One of Canada’s most visited indigenous archaeological sites, Agawa Rock is a sacred place where generations of Ojibwe came to record dreams, visions and events. The pictographs include moose, deer, bear, caribou and canoes. The most recognizable painting is of a spined-horned animal reputed to be “Misshepezhieu”, or the Great Lynx, the spirit of the water.
RVs can handle the fast lane — and the windy roads
Travel Trailers and Motorhomes are easy to handle on any type of highway. Most are also rugged and maneuverable enough to take you off-road for an impromptu adventure. All you need is a Class G license and some moxie.
And when you get there….
Your “window seats” take on new meaning when you arrive at your destination. Vacationing in an RV means staying right in the heart of the landscape you’re longing for. There are over 440 privately owned campgrounds in Ontario and 520 provincial parks and conservation reserves, each offering a unique experience. Whether it’s in the shadow of a mountain, along the bank of a river, deep in the woods or in a Dark Sky Preserve, an area protected from artificial light, where you see thousands of stars, the Milky Way, planets, nebula, constellations, galaxies, even the space station, you’ll have a very different experience of cloud and sky than from an airplane. A different kind of window seat. Very different.
ORVDA: A network of reputable, knowledgeable dealers to help get you started
Your local RV and motorhome dealer can help you find a vehicle that suits your lifestyle and budget. Some offer rentals, so you can try a few options before you buy. Members of the Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (ORVDA) meet the highest standards of professionalism: buy from our dealers and service providers with absolute confidence. When you choose an ORVDA member, you support local Ontario businesses. The Ontario RV industry employs over 21,860 people and generates over $1.64B to the provincial economy.
There’s a better way to travel. Get an RV.