It’s pretty obvious by now that campervans are the in thing for summertime road tripping, but that’s not the only time to enjoy outdoor life on the open road.
As people look to experience van life and enjoy some freedom in a compact RV, a well-outfitted campervan is the ticket to a winter wonderland adventure in Western Canada.
Karma Campervans have been renting all-season campers since opening its Calgary location in 2018, with more than 2,000 customers travelling 2.5 million kilometres in its mobile chalets.
Dave Wald, owner and managing partner at Karma, says winter is a great time to hit the road in a campervan.
“The crowds have left, there’s little traffic and with an off-grid campervan, the world is your oyster for where to go and what to do,” says Wald.
If you’re considering a campervan trip this winter, Wald has provided his Top 4 things to do in a campervan to get any adventurer excited:
Wald and nine friends took advantage of a 100 per cent off-grid campervan this past February to complete their Avalanche Safety Training course near Golden, B.C. The group hired a private guide for a few backcountry laps in Rogers Pass and a day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. They stayed just outside Golden and, as Wald said, “It was the best time with just the boys.”
Since Karma vans are fully equipped, keeping track of snow reports and chasing fresh powder can always be on a ski lover’s agenda. Several customers have told Karma that its campervans are great on the highways and ideal for staying at ski hill locations like in Revelstoke, Fernie or Nelson, B.C. There are also resorts that have rest stops or campgrounds nearby for a power nap before hitting the slopes.
Dark sky gazing
Alberta is home to five dark sky preserves, and what better way to catch starry skies than with a winter-ready home on wheels? “We know cold weather camping might sound overwhelming at first,” says Wald, “but with the right gear and a campervan equipped with a built-in heater and winter tires, it’s an experience you won’t forget.”
With Karma’s Vancouver depot, a campervan trip to Vancouver Island or along the West Coast for some winter greenery is a more temperate alternative from the interior’s snow-capped Rocky Mountains. “So many of us get stuck with the winter blues,” says Wald. “A quick trip to the island might be necessary to ease pent up stress.” Karma also offers one-way trips for anyone looking to fly home.
Whether you’re looking for fresh powder or lush foliage this winter, no one should have to wait until summer to enjoy a campervan road trip. So, try something different this year with an experience you will never forget.
For current rates and availability, as well as more information on winter camping, visit www.karmacampervans.com and follow Karma Campervans on social media.
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