From London: June 2018 Canadian Rockies Trip - 2 nights in Calgary, 9 Nights Rental of a 2016 Ford Truck Camper/Motorhome + Insurance £859.91pp £1719.82 @ Air Transat/Motorhome Republic
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From London: June 2018 Canadian Rockies Trip - 2 nights in Calgary, 9 Nights Rental of a 2016 Ford Truck Camper/Motorhome + Insurance £859.91pp £1719.82 @ Air Transat/Motorhome Republic

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Edited by:"rachelandgromit"Found 3rd Jul
Here is a great trip planning in advance for 2018, which means some great prices. June is a great time to head to Calgary and explore the Rockies. It's 'shoulder' season so you get some great rates and it is less busy than say July or August. I went in June a couple of years back and many of the popular hiking routes were empty - a bonus, although there could still be snow in areas but that just makes it look even more amazing as you get the lakes melting too with the colours breaking through.

This trip leaves London on 4 June and the outgoing flight has a short stop in Toronto. As you arrive into Calgary late in the evening, you will make your own way into the town and then spend 2 nights in the city rather than paying for motorhome hire when you won't need it in Calgary. This avoids finding parking and navigating a city in a truck. You also aren't allowed to rent an RV after an international flight which makes sense. From 4-6 June you'll stay at the Travelodge in Calgary University area £120 - book on Amona - screen shot below.

On 8 June you'll collect the camper/motorhome/truck which looks amazing - toilet, shower, cooking facilities - all the details on the vehicle can be found cruisecanada.com/ren…spx
- here is a picture. It's at least 2016 year so it's pretty much a brand new vehicle which I think is amazing!

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and including in the price is amenity kit (for crockery etc), insurance (a must for Canada in my eyes, which is cheaper through the rental company rather than a third party) and 1000kms which is enough KMs for your journey through the Rockies (take your own sleeping bag/linen otherwise this is extra cost - you can also add extra kms). There are so many sites to park and you can be flexible with your itinerary. I'd suggest something like Canmere-Banff-Lake Louise-Icefields Parkway and Jasper. There is also the opportunity to head on side trips to say Yoho National Park if you want extra journeys to see, for example Emerald Lake. The spiral tunnel railway is also pretty amazing, seeing the long grain trains passing through the tunnels tripadvisor.co.uk/Att…tml

Whilst a campervan/motorhome may not appeal to everyone, Canada is a beautiful place to have the freedom of a motorhome rental and means you can cook and save on meal costs too. If you want to add a child - the truck/motorhome is the same price and does sleep 3.

Around May/June is also good for bear watching. The bears will have just woken up so you will have a higher chance of seeing them as they awake and look for food too - June is a great month to go.


All the price details:

Two nights in Calgary book on amoma.com £120
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9 Nights Motorhome Rental with 1000km, vehicle provisioning kit (crockery etc) 1193.24 CAD/£708.39

Tax payable on arrival for motorhome 51.80CAD/£30.75

Insurance 143.55CAD/£85.22

Book all the above on motorhomerepublic.com

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Return flights for 2 to Canada £775,46 book on airtransat.com

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Total price £1,719.82/£859.91pp

*You will need to purchase a park pass which has been free for 2017 - I'm unsure of the cost for 2018, I can't remember how much I paid for one when I went but I sold it on Ebay afterwards and got over half my money back too*

There are lots of places to pull in and campsites too - the cost of these varies wildly depending on what facilities you want/need.

19 Comments

Wow what a great package, sounds amazing.

This sounds pretty sweet, you missed the screenshot between the 4-6. Any details?

Tha looks great! We've always wanted to do something like this! We might have to go for it next year! Thanks for the effort!

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TeamMCS8 m ago

This sounds pretty sweet, you missed the screenshot between the 4-6. Any …This sounds pretty sweet, you missed the screenshot between the 4-6. Any details?



TeamMCS8 m ago

This sounds pretty sweet, you missed the screenshot between the 4-6. Any …This sounds pretty sweet, you missed the screenshot between the 4-6. Any details?


It's the £120 for two nights - it's the Calgary Travelodge University area. You can change this if you want, but it's a good budget option as you arrive late on 4th and then it's just a base for 5th, to expore the city and recover from jetlag.

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dvdphile5 m ago

Tha looks great! We've always wanted to do something like this! We might …Tha looks great! We've always wanted to do something like this! We might have to go for it next year! Thanks for the effort!


Just book your flights and pay a deposit on the motorhome - job done!

Great time to go. Just come back after 3 weeks using my free 150 parks pass. May/June is a great time to take in the wildlife and avoid the major tourist rush. Not going to lie though transat have some of the most uncomfortable planes I have ever been on!! I'm no photographer but the sights are stunning.
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31358289-snmQa.jpgWeather is pretty good around then too (we averaged 18 to 29 degrees except for one day in Banff when it snowed heavily for 1 day then was red hot again the next day.

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Lovely pics - I went end of May/June and as you say, the wildlife is stunning. We were in Alaska before Canada. We caught the last weekend of the skiing in Sunshine Village at the end of May too.

The bear pic on the deal is one I took around Banff - I think it's the same bear!!

Brown bear AKA Grizzly in first pic - black bear in second pic. Makes me want to go back!

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Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 3rd Jul

Ha haa, the grizzly had an asbo collar on, just by the start of bow valley parkway (much better than staying on the main highway). The idiot in the car you can see in front actually got out of his car about 2 seconds after I took that photo and stood at the back of his car taking photos!!

You have listed a deal for 2!! How is this a deal when you have to go with the Mrs?? ...and the dangerous grizzly roaming the wild! 2 grizzlies in one holiday will be too much for me!

Looked great until I scrolled down & saw that pick up truck with an small plastic box chucked on the back. Is that supposed to be your home for 9 days?!
Edited by: "taker920" 3rd Jul

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taker92021 m ago

Looked great until I scrolled down & saw that pick up truck with an small …Looked great until I scrolled down & saw that pick up truck with an small plastic box chucked on the back. Is that supposed to be your home for 9 days?!





Yep, ​there is a different motorhome the same price, but I personally thought this was better and bigger. I guess it depends on what you are comparing it with, it's not going to be the size of a suite at the Hilton! The day of my wedding we both got dressed into wedding dresses and did our make up in a motorhome which we then drove around wearing wedding dresses, with a photographer in the back in Iceland and it was smaller than this truck
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 3rd Jul

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You have listed a deal for 2!! How is this a deal when you have to go … You have listed a deal for 2!! How is this a deal when you have to go with the Mrs?? ...and the dangerous grizzly roaming the wild! 2 grizzlies in one holiday will be too much for me!



Why don't you take the Mrs & park up somewhere you know there are plenty of hungry bears........then suggest she went for a walk while you sleep for a bit, hopefully she ain't so bad as to scare the bears off.

Is it wise to let us Brits have such close contact with creatures that would like nothing better than to eat us?

Bears?

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Why don't you take the Mrs & park up somewhere you know there are plenty … Why don't you take the Mrs & park up somewhere you know there are plenty of hungry bears........then suggest she went for a walk while you sleep for a bit, hopefully she ain't so bad as to scare the bears off.



Glad it's not just me with an evil mind X)

Thanks for posting, we're now off to Canada next year thanks to you!

As we have a bit more time, we are flying into Vancouver and hiring a car for 12 days then collecting the RV in Calgary for 11 days and flying back from Calgary to LHR. We will have a couple of nights in Vancouver before collecting the car and then heading over to Vancouver Island for a few days and then making our way across to Calgary.

We are renting the RV as per your post, bur going for the 'normal' style RV (same price) as it allows access to the rear living area from the drivers cab. The one you suggest doesn't have that facility, you can only access the living area via a back door, so if you want to stop for a quick brew it's not as convenient (particularly if there are bears involved!)

Our return flights are with Air Canada rather than Transat. If you have any more suggestions regarding our itinerary (only booked the flights so far) let me know, but thanks again!

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sham637 h, 12 m ago

Thanks for posting, we're now off to Canada next year thanks to you!As we …Thanks for posting, we're now off to Canada next year thanks to you!As we have a bit more time, we are flying into Vancouver and hiring a car for 12 days then collecting the RV in Calgary for 11 days and flying back from Calgary to LHR. We will have a couple of nights in Vancouver before collecting the car and then heading over to Vancouver Island for a few days and then making our way across to Calgary.We are renting the RV as per your post, bur going for the 'normal' style RV (same price) as it allows access to the rear living area from the drivers cab. The one you suggest doesn't have that facility, you can only access the living area via a back door, so if you want to stop for a quick brew it's not as convenient (particularly if there are bears involved!)Our return flights are with Air Canada rather than Transat. If you have any more suggestions regarding our itinerary (only booked the flights so far) let me know, but thanks again!

​I will send you a PM at some point with some suggestions!

Great, thanks!

rachelandgromit22 h, 2 m ago

​I will send you a PM at some point with some suggestions!



please do post here as well - considering the same myself.

Flight, car and RV now booked.

I was surprised how cheap a one-way car rental from Vancouver to Calgary is via Canadian Affair canadianaffair.com/

I ended up booking 15 days car hire for £420 including extra driver, insurance and 'free' tank of fuel, so only £28 per day. Even better, the car is from Avis and they have a depot just around the corner from the Cruise America RV depot in Calgary, so I can drop off the car and pick up the RV easily on the same morning.

All I have left to do is book hotels, but I've got the rest of the year to do that, so I'll wait for some Expedia or Bookings.com discount codes.
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