If you are looking for an inspiring idea about where to take your baby or toddler on holiday, then why not consider exploring Western Canada in a motorhome. Mother of 2, and Canadian travel expert, Jessica Boston, explains why the adventures shouldn’t stop when you have a baby and why you should visit this awe inspiring part of the world.
Exploring Western Canada in a Motorhome with a baby or toddler
There is something both deeply romantic and hugely adventurous about travelling around with your home on your back and having the ultimate freedom to explore where the wind takes you and your fancy pulls you.
And Western Canada, home to The Canadian Rockies, The Okanagan, Sunshine Coast, Pacific Rim National Park, Whistler, The Badlands, Vancouver Island and two major cities; Vancouver & Calgary, is literally made for exploring by motorhome or camper. Definitely a dream destination when you are just a couple, but is it a realistic option when you have a baby or toddler in tow? Living in a tight space with lots of driving? Changing location every couple of days?
For those seeking a memorable and inspiring holiday, at Triptoes we absolutely believe that a motorhome holiday in Western Canada is nigh on a near perfect option for a family holiday with a baby or toddler!
This part of Canada, which covers both British Columbia and Alberta, has huge amounts to offer a young family wanting a memorable and adventurous holiday together. It is home to a multitude of famous sights that literally litter the guide books. Picture perfect images of stunning snow-capped mountains, pristine glacier fed lakes, wild windswept beaches and an array of wildlife only found in North America (certainly not spotted in the UK!) are common place.
Why Motorhomes work well for holidays with babies and toddlers
One of the reasons that a motorhome holiday works really well for holidays with babies & toddlers is that everything that you need for a smooth running holiday with children is always with you – including the microwave, fridge, cot & kitchen sink! There is no going back to the hotel for the ‘snuggly’ you forgot to bring, no keeping half an eye out for places that will allow you to heat the milk and no worrying about how you will keep the favourite yogurty snack cool for the day.
Also – you can ensure that you are driving whilst the baby has nap time or park up beside a lake, enjoy a picnic lunch and then prepare the cot for nap time. Other bonuses include having the great outdoors literally on your door step so allowing your toddler the freedom to run around when you park up for the day, burning off energy amongst the pine forests. Best of all, there are no other hotel guests to worry about disturbing with the inevitable bed time melt – down. You can pretend to the other campers that the incessant wailing must just be the local wolves!
For travelling with children who are not yet school age and tied to the school holidays, the slightly off-peak season months of June and September make a perfect time to travel. Not only can you take advantage of lower air fares and cheaper rental prices, but both the roads and campgrounds are quieter and the weather great.
At Triptoes, we fully understand the requirements of families travelling with young children and we can help you pre-plan a great route, give you some top tips and advice on what to take to Canada and provide you with some guidance on what not to miss with young children.
Motorhome Options for Exploring Canada with a baby
Deluxe Mid-sized Motorhome (C26) – Suitable for a family with 2 adults and up to 3 kids
Our Motorhomes have all the comforts of home. The C26 (26 feet long) models are the newer 2013 – 2014 vehicles and these deluxe mid-sized vehicles make for a fantastic family motorhome holiday in Canada.
For sleeping there are two queen beds and the Dinette converts to a single bed suitable for a child. There is a shower and toilet.
In the kitchen there is a 3-burner stove and microwave oven plus a fridge and a stainless steel sink. There is also plenty of storage space. Convenience Kits with full cooking equipment are included in your rental.
Ford E450 chassis with powerful 6.8 litre V-10 Triton fuel-injected gas engine for easy motoring in the mountains.
The Diesel Supreme Camper (DS10) – Suitable for 2 adults and one child
The Diesel Supreme Camper (DS10) is a turbo-powered diesel truck with luxury camper. These great Campers fit two adults and one child very nicely and are very popular with smaller families.
The Truck is a rugged 1-ton Dodge Ram 3500 with 4-door Quad Cab and fits to a luxury camper. The 6.7 litre diesel engine is 4-speed automatic. It has a split-bench seat, power steering and power brakes, 16-inch tires, dash air and cruise control. Overall length of the vehicle is 22′ (6.7 m).
For sleeping there is a Queen-sized bed. The bedroom height is 3’8″ (1.1m). The Dinette converts to a single bed suitable for a child. There is a shower and toilet.
The kitchen offers a 3-burner stove and microwave oven plus a 5-cubic foot fridge and a stainless steel sink. There is also plenty of storage space. Convenience Kits with full cooking equipment are included in your rental.
Best time to travel: June to September
Pick up stations: Calgary or Vancouver
Animals to spot: Elk, moose, black bear, grizzlies, big horn sheep, mountain goats, deer, wild horses, orcas, seals and even a rare breed of antelope!
Tel: 01225 471 893