How much does it cost to live in a trailer park in Canada?

In today’s blog post, we will discuss: How much does it cost to live in a trailer park in Canada? We will review four of the most popular RV campsites in Canada that allow full-time living. We will also give you a few tips for making the best of living in a trailer park. 

How much does it cost to live in a trailer park in Canada?

Living in a trailer park in Canada can cost you between $70 to $2700 per month depending on where you stay, what services the trailer park offers you and whether you have a contract for a longer or a shorter period of time. 

In Canada, it is illegal to park your motorhome on the side of the road. You will be woken up in the middle of the night, collect a nice fine and be ordered to go. While you can stay overnight in many Wal-Mart parking lots for free, you had better find some good campsites for your RV living. 

What trailer parks allow full-time living in Canada?

Here are the best options for your stay (rates included) whether you decide to live long-term or short-term in the trailer park in Canada:

  1. Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim, CB: Travel to western Canada, in the province of British Columbia. Pacific Rim is one of the best places to visit on a road trip, thanks to its gorgeous beaches and stunning waves. You should choose Green Point Campground for your motorhome.

The best thing about this particular BC campsite is its beach access. It is possible to drive and walk to the beach, which is always warm and balmy in summer. You will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and surf in the Pacific Ocean. The further away you go, the more likely you are to see grey whales.

About 20 minutes south you will find the incredible Amphitrite Lighthouse, a lighthouse steeped in history. You won’t need to pick up your motorhome, as a round-trip bus is available to take you to several destinations in the area.

Rates: $20 – $35/night

  1. Berg Lake Campground for the Rockies: If you want to see the Rockies, you had better stay at one of the best campsites in the area. Opt for Berg Lake, which sits right in the middle of the Rockies. You will be treated to the best views, whether you go in summer or in winter! Just a few miles from the campsite is Mount Robson, the largest of the Canadian Rockies.

Berg Lake offers you picturesque views, full of broken icebergs. You will feel like you are in Heaven. The area also has many trails for hiking and biking. Visit it in winter so you can go ice fishing. You will feel like you are in Antarctica!

Rates: Maximum of $18/night

  1. Townsite Campground in Alberta: Let us now travel to a new province. Alberta is a great place to be, and Townsite Campground is the place you should be staying. You will be surrounded by Waterton Lakes National Park, which is one of the most beautiful places in the whole country.

Although this park is one of the smallest national parks in the Rockies, it still gives you the chance to explore a beautiful, picturesque village located in its centre. You will find many restaurants and shops a short walk from the campsite. Also, Calgary is only a few hours away.

You can take one of the many trails available, or go kayaking on the lake. Many people come just to relax on their RV vacation.

Rates: $22-$38/night

  1. Ottawa River Campgrounds in Driftwood Provincial Park: Driftwood Provincial Park is located in Ontario, but is extremely close to the French-speaking province of Quebec. The Ottawa River Campgrounds is renowned for its activities on the water. This will be your chance to swim, kayak and much more. Just an hour away are the rapids of the Ottawa River, which are sure to be a must-see for water adventure sports enthusiasts.

Quebec is only a few hours away by car, and you will be in the perfect location to access the Dumoine River. Let yourself be lazily carried away by its gentle current or paddle to and from Algonquin Provincial Park!

Rates: $15 – $22/night

Tips to live in a trailer park in Canada and enjoy it

Living in a trailer park in Canada is not as popular as it is in the US. Nonetheless, here are some tips to make the best of it, and why not, to even save some money while living in a trailer park in Canada. 

  1. Park where you have amenities. Save the tank for a trip and find an RV park where you will have water, sanitation, and electricity to make your long-term stay more enjoyable and easy.
  1. Check how you access the Internet. Some people can do without the Internet, but today most of them cannot. There are mobile options if you ever need to access the internet. Although not technically mobile, these options are a great option for RV life. 
  1. Set up a screen tent. In some RVs, it can get uncomfortable after a while to live full-time. Especially if you have a whole family in your RV with you. Screen tent mounting gives you more space to use on warmer days. If you can put a picnic table on it or some camping chairs, it can be a great place to work, play, or just relax.
  1. Find some things to do locally. If you spend a lot of time in your trailer, chances are you will go crazy after a while. You’ll want to find some local attractions and activities to do or places to explore. 
  1.  Go out every day. This is in line with the last point. Go out every day to avoid fever. Even a 15 minute walk a day can help with this.
  1. Do your research on trailer parks before deciding which one to stay in. If you are going to be standing still for a while, you will need to park your car at a campground that you know you will be happy with. Check the ratings of the camp you’re viewing, take a tour of the park, and check out nearby amenities to see what you’re getting into.
  1.  Choose your campsite carefully too. Since you will be in your position for the long term, you will want to choose your location carefully, look around and find a spot with no neighbours off to the side, and a really big grassy area for our kids to roam around and the dog to walk around.

This may not be a priority for you. You probably want to make sure there is a shady spot. Or maybe you prefer the sun. Whatever it is, be sure to choose it carefully as your car will be parked for a long time.

  1. Make sure you have an ant control plan in place. Ants can enter our motorhome in no time. And if they are not ants, I am sure that at some point you will have problems if you are not prepared for it, and even if you are. There are some solutions that you can try. Here are some solutions to get rid of ants in your RV:
  • Sprinkle peppermint essential oil
  • Spray any entry point with a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water.
  • Mix borax and sugar with water in a spray bottle and spray it around the legs of your RV
  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your deck (you’ll need to replace it when it rains).
  • Keep trash in a closed bin
  • Make sure all food is in tightly closed containers.
  1.  Bring your kitchen utensils that make cooking easier. It’s impressive how much you can cook in an RV kitchen, but at least you can’t deny it. Not to mention, cooking anything indoors will heat up your RV much faster than if it were at home. 

There are some kitchen utensils that you will want to take with you to make cooking a little easier. For an outdoor cooking package, bring your own grill and you can even bring a smoker. Inside, consider bringing a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

  1.  Bring some potted plants outside. Since you’re not going anywhere, you can easily add a few potted plants right outside your door for a beautiful, decorative look. You will feel right at home if you take the time and add some life to the exterior of your RV. Small succulents indoors are a great idea too. Small plants won’t take up much space, but they will beautify things.

The bottom line

The great thing about living in a trailer park is that it helps you re-evaluate what you want in a home if you plan to buy one in the future.  If you’re wondering if a stationary RV life is right for you, consider the ideas in this post when making your decision. It can be a fun adventure for you.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject. 

FAQ on How much does it cost to live in a trailer park in Canada?

Is it cheaper to live in a trailer park?

For many, living in a trailer park will be much cheaper than living in an apartment or house. Of course, there are several factors to take into account when making such a comparison: number of people living in the trailer, type of RV, plot rental costs, income, and so on. 

Do you need a special license to drive an RV in Canada?

No, you do not need a special licence to drive an RV in Canada. In fact, you just need to have a valid regular driver’s license from your home country to rent an RV in Canada.

Is it illegal to live in your car in Canada?

It is not illegal to live in your car in Canada (or there is no law about it yet). However, make sure that you park according to traffic regulations. 

Can you sleep in Walmart parking lots in Canada?

Yes, you can sleep in Walmart parking lots in Canada. Most shops allow it, if not, there will be a clear sign stating it.

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