If you’re looking for an enjoyable paddle in one of Canada’s many lakes or rivers during your next RV trip, we’ve gathered some great places to camp and canoe!
Murtle Lake, BC
World famous as the largest canoe-only lake in North America, Murtle Lake in Wells Gray Park, BC, offers wonderful paddling. The north and west arms are approximately 20 km long and averaging 3 km wide, with a canoe launch at the lagoon. You’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views as you explore the 100 km of shoreline.
Where to stay: Wells Gray Park has several RV accessible campgrounds, both reservable and first come first served, near Murtle Lake.
Lakeland Provincial Park, AB
Boasting Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit, enjoy the unspoiled wilderness of Lakeland Provincial Park. Just east of Lac La Biche, it’s been called “one of Alberta’s best kept canoeing secrets.” An easy paddle in good weather, the main circuit of Jackson, Kinnaird, Blackett and McGuffin Lakes is 38 km, taking approximately 3 days to complete.
Where to stay: unserviced RV accessible campgrounds are located in the nearby Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area.
Prince Albert National Park, SK
North of the Saskatchewan prairies, you’ll discover an extensive region filled with rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands—a popular destination for avid canoers! Saskatchewan’s largest National Park, Prince Albert National Park is situated in an area known as Lakeland. Explore on your own or try out the Bagwa Paddling Route.
Where to stay: Choose from 5 front-country, vehicle accessible campgrounds within Prince Albert National Park. For larger RVs, the Red Deer Campground is fully serviced and designed for RV’s and trailers up to 35 ft.
Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels, MB
Located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Caddy Lake Tunnels provide a unique opportunity to travel through man-made tunnels, blasted through the granite rock during railway construction. You can enjoy the tunnels as a day trip, or continue on a multi-day 169 km round-trip canoe loop. Check the water levels before leaving, if they are too high you may not be able to journey through the tunnels.
Esker Lakes Provincial Park, ON
Esker Lakes Provincial Park contains 29 clear lakes separated by short and fairly level portages. With no motorboats allowed, you’ll find it’s a great place to paddle and very peaceful as you explore 15 km of canoe routes.
Where to stay: There are RV accessible campsites located in Esker Lakes Provincial Park, many with electrical hook-ups.
Kejimkujik National Park, NS
Travel through nature and history at Kejimkujik National Park, as you follow the waterways where the Mi’kmaq paddled for thousands of years. Said to offer some of the best paddling in Atlantic Canada, the interconnecting waterways offer an ecosystem rich with wildlife. Check out the suggested daytrips, or spend time exploring on your own. For beginners, the calm water of the Mersey River is the perfect place to enjoy a paddle.
Where to stay: Jeremy’s Bay Campground in Kejimkujik National Park is the perfect place to relax after a day on the water. It offers sites with electricity and great amenities, situated near the shoreline of Kejimkujik Lake.