A modern city with a vibrant downtown, urban beaches, an excellent museum, and coastal mountains glimmering on the horizon, not to mention enough recreational activities to keep even the most active visitors entertained, Vancouver is undoubtedly the perfect place to rent an RV.
On a peninsula between the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia, the city offers a plethora of things to do and sights to see in the surrounding area. Take your Vancouver RV rental on a drive to the nearby cities of Richmond and Whistler, go camping in the Pacific Rim National Park, or explore the city center’s cafes, shops, and educational exhibitions on foot. The amiable climate, with warm summers and mild winters, is another reason to rent a motorhome in Vancouver. The city is can be reached via the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) or by Vancouver International Airport which is only a 25-minute drive from the city’s downtown.
The Great Outdoors
One of the main reasons to book an RV in Vancouver is to visit the majestic mountain ranges, wildlife preserves, and islands for which the state is famous. There are also plenty of places to visit within a 30-minute drive of Vancouver’s downtown, including the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Grouse Mountain, and the Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
While visiting British Columbia, you can make the five-hour trek with your Vancouver travel trailer rental to the Pacific Rim National Park. This is one of the most famous national parks in the province and certainly one of the most impressive. The Pacific Rim National Park is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is open all year round. Many hikers head to this park to take on the 46-mile West Coast Trail and walk in the footsteps of the famous shipwreck survivors who traversed wide beaches, forests, rivers, and streams, to reach civilization. Others gather on Long Beach or Barkley Sound and suit up for surfing and swimming or take a kayak and paddle to the Broken Group Islands. Other popular activities within the park include geocaching, storm watching, mountain biking, boating, and bird watching.
Another breathtaking national park to visit with your Vancouver rental RV is the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The coastal park is thriving with birdlife, sea creatures, and underwater ecosystems. The best way to explore this beautiful maze of islands is to rent a kayak or paddle boat and navigate the rocky shorelines. Visitors who prefer to keep their feet dry can get closer to nature and wildlife on the park’s shoreside hiking and biking trails. Cycle along the paved trail on Mayne Island or, for a tougher ride, mountain bike on the Saturna or Pender Islands. The islands are also home to 17 fruit orchards where visitors and volunteers can pick nuts, plums, cherries, pear, apples, and quince right off their trees.
There are many convenient and well-equipped sites to park your Vancouver camper rental while visiting the region. Most RV parks are located outside of the city center but still close enough to see all of Vancouver's attractions. Otherwise, there are many parks on Vancouver Island which put visitors within an easy distance of the Pacific Rim National Park. The Capilano River RV Park is located in West Vancouver only minutes away from Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. The park is pet-friendly and offers a 24-hour security service, full hookups, laundry, WiFi, children’s playground, and a swimming pool.
In Surrey, south of the city center, is Plaza RV Park Camping. This family-run RV park is only 40 minutes from Vancouver by public bus and a 20-minute drive from ocean beaches. It offers a cozy retreat with full hookups, garbage collection, washrooms/laundry, and access to a swimming pool and walking trails at Bear Creek. For campers who want to stay on Vancouver Island, the Mountainaire Campground and RV Park and Brannen Lake RV Park & Campsite are both decent options.
Explore the City
Vancouver is a fairly large city spread across rivers and waterways and connected by bridges which makes it difficult to explore on foot. Visitors may prefer to leave their Vancouver motorhome rental outside of the center and use the city’s public transport system or tour bus to sightsee without the hassle of traffic and parking.
Vancouver boasts an abundance of attractions including the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Square, the Museum of Vancouver which covers the development of the city and its many inhabitants, the HR MacMillan Space Centre, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens in Chinatown, English Bay, and Canada Palace. One of Vancouver’s most prominent museums is the Museum of Anthropology; a university operated museum which displays the native art and archaeological objects belonging to British Columbia’s first nations. It also exhibits a variety of objects which represent the ethnography and culture of early nations from across the globe.
For a relaxed day in the city, visitors can take a stroll along the seawall at Stanley Park, dip into the water at Kitsilano Beach, enjoy the tropical plants at the Bloedel Conservatory or the panoramic city views from Queen Elizabeth Park on Little Mountain. Alternatively, admire the historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and Victorian buildings in Gastown, the oldest part of the city. Those visiting with kids can pay a visit to Science World which has plenty of interactive exhibitions for youngsters to get involved in.
Vancouver, BC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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