I explored Vancouver Island in an RV and it was the perfect fall vacation

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After staying home for a year and a half, I wanted my first vacation to be amazing. Rather than heading to a tropical resort or a charming European city, I explored a part of Canada that I had never seen before: Vancouver Island.

Some think that road trips are synonymous with summer, but I would say they are just as magical in the fall. It’s great to walk through all the beautiful fall foliage and you don’t have to deal with heaps of tourists at most of the attractions.

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Driving from Ontario to British Columbia is not easy, so my partner and I flew to Vancouver, took a ferry to the island and from there we rented a motorhome on Outdoors. It is a business that allows you to rent RVs anywhere in North America. It’s like Airbnb but for vehicles!

We found our temporary home on wheels for $ 135 per night. Neither of us have ever slept in an RV before so we had no idea how cold it would be at night. We packed a ton of warm clothes thinking we were going to freeze, but we were super comfy the whole time. The bed takes up most of the length of the van, but luckily it converts into a sofa so you have extra room to move around when you’re not sleeping.

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Vancouver Island is HUGE and a week is not enough to marvel at all its beauty. Luckily we were able to explore several places including Tofino, Ucluelet, Victoria and Sooke where we kayaked and swam with sea lions, NBD. Another unforgettable place was Coombs where we saw goats chilling on the roof of the Old Country Market.

Every evening, after our little excursions, we parked and set up camp in a provincial park. For info: we did not make any reservations in advance. The beauty of traveling in the fall compared to the summer means that most parks are not full. We flew 100% of our trip and never had a hitch.

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On our very first night with the motorhome we stayed at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parkville which had a great view of the water and lots of adorable black rabbits jumping all over the place. It was like being in a Disney movie.

Bella Pacifica Campsite in Tofino was by far the most scenic location as we had amazing ocean views.

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Visiting Vancouver Island has been an experience of a lifetime and I’m so glad we were able to do it in a safe and comfortable RV. Reservation on Outdoors was quick and easy. Just like other rental sites, you can filter your search based on your needs. I just wanted something inexpensive with a good bed.

When you find what you like, you can message the owner if you have any questions about the vehicle or pickup times. Please note: each rental requires a security deposit of up to $ 1,000, but you get it back once the vehicle is returned.

There are thousands of vehicles to choose from across Canada. Some are cute and compact for two people, others are huge RVSs suitable for large groups of friends (or a family). Many are refurbished and very ‘Insta-worthy’ if that’s what you like. But for me, adventure> aesthetic. Always.


Price: Varies

Details: Ready to go on your next adventure? Outdoorsy allows you to rent an RV, RV and other vehicles across North America. You can enter your travel dates and destination to get a list of available (and extremely affordable) vehicles to rent for that period.

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