Did you miss the campsite reservation window this year, or suddenly find out that you’ve got the whole May long weekend free? While reservable campsites at popular parks always book up far in advance, don’t lose hope, you can still plan a great last-minute long weekend RV trip.
Watch for Cancellations
If you like the security of having a reserved campsite waiting for you, there is a chance that a handful of sites will become available last minute as some campers cancel their reservations. Check in with your desired parks regularly and watch for these cancellations, so you can snap up a site as soon as one opens up.
Try First Come, First Serve Campsites
If you’re able to start your long weekend a day or two earlier than everyone else, there is a good chance you’ll be able to snag a first come, first serve site at your favourite provincial or national park. Most parks keep a portion of their campsites non-reservable, making last minute camping possible. Be prepared for a line up outside the gates with other campers also waiting for a spot, so go as early as possible or try a park that may not be as busy. And if you show up too late to get a spot? Try out our next suggestion: boondocking.
Take your lack of campsite reservations as a sign that it’s the perfect opportunity to spend the weekend on the road. Rather than spending the weekend at one campground, hit the highway and boondock, or dry camp, as you go. After a day of travel and exploring, spend the night on crown land, a truck stop, or a parking lot that allows overnight parking, like many Wal-Marts. In the morning, hit the road again for another adventure.