Written By: Sarah Breslin
Canada is a beautiful and exciting place to explore the outdoors with a camper or RV. Many Canadians find their exploration of the great outdoors enhanced by joining a Canadian camp or caravan club. Club membership fees are typically very reasonable and often more than make up for the perks and savings associated with joining. These savings often include a long list of campgrounds in Canada, and in many times the United States, where members receive discounts. Camper clubs also provide opportunities for members to meet at rallies and campouts for a sense of community. There are a variety of different types of clubs in Canada and it can take some research to find the club that is right for each camper’s needs.
National camp clubs with great savings
For those looking for the greatest savings, the largest Canadian camp and caravan club is Explorer RV Club, which focuses specifically on those campers who prefer RV style caravanning. Similarly, Good Sam Club is a large American club with extensive Canadian chapters. Both of these clubs are open to anyone in Canada who owns an RV and, unlike smaller RV clubs, their focus is primarily on providing discounts to their members. These discounts include savings on campgrounds, magazine subscriptions, savings on Emergency Road Service, discounts at a variety of vendors, as well as RV, travel, and auto insurance discounts. They also host a variety of rallies and campouts throughout the year all over Canada and the United States. Explorer RV Club has one of the most extensive lists of campgrounds in Canada. Membership for both of these clubs are very reasonable at a mere $47 for one year of Explorer RV Club and $20 for one year of Good Sam Club for Canadian residents.
Other clubs offer membership to owners of specific camper brands. These clubs are often sponsored by the manufacturers of these brands of campers. Their rallies provide opportunities for brand owners to build camaraderie around their specific camper, as well as trade advice and experiences. There are many owners’ clubs in North America with chapters throughout Canada. WIT Club for Winnebego owners is a great example of this. Local camper or RV dealers are often knowledgeable about owners’ clubs in their areas.
Community-based camp clubs
Other clubs in Canada are more friendship-based and focus on enthusiastic campers who want to build a camp community. These Canadian camp and caravan clubs often encourage members to bring their families and promote a tight-knit camper community. The Canadian Family Camper Federation is a great camper club for families with children and the RV Association of British Columbia is a good local club for those looking to camp specifically within British Columbia. Many larger Canadian clubs also offer small local chapters that have frequent, community-based campouts.
Many campers choose to join multiple types of clubs to maximize their camping experiences. Whether an individual is looking for discounts, an owners’ club, a small community camp experience, or all of the above, there is a Canadian camp and caravan club that will fit his or her needs.