Looking to hire an RV in Canada?
You’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we break down everything you need to know about hiring a motorhome or caravan in Canada. We also provide links to the best booking sites based on your trip type.
Here’s everything we cover. Feel free to jump ahead or keep reading.
If you’re planning a Canadian RV adventure from the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand, you might be searching for RVs for hire. However, in Canada, people use the phrase RVs for rent. This subtle difference can impact your travel plans as North American companies might appear lower in search results, which can limit how many companies you consider for your trip.
If you’re looking to hire a caravan in Canada, consider using the term trailer instead, as it will bring up more relevant results. The section below covers the different types of available trailers for hire.
Most RV rental companies in Canada only provide prices in Canadian dollars ($CAD) and sometimes United States dollars ($USD). If you’re looking to convert the prices into British pounds (£), euros (€), Australian (AUD), or New Zealand dollars (NZD), you can use sites like Google or xe.com.
Like hotel rooms, RV costs vary quite a bit based on the RV's size, type, age, and features. A small trailer can cost as little as £25/night ($41 CAD), while luxurious Class A motorhomes can be well over £400/night ($665 CAD).
Here are the average prices you can expect when booking through a North American RV rental company.
You can expect additional costs depending on the type of RV trip you’re taking. For a road trip, the most common extras are gas, mileage, and campground fees. When staying in one location, the most common extras are delivery and campground fees.
For a full breakdown of costs related to hiring an RV, we’d recommend reading How much does it cost to rent an RV?
In Canada, you can hire several types of motorhomes and caravans (trailers). However, for most international travellers, there are only two realistic options for an RV adventure: hiring a motorhome or getting a hired caravan delivered to your final destination.
Since most car and truck hire companies don’t allow you to tow a caravan with a hired vehicle, towing an RV is rarely a feasible option.
In the section below, we break down the different types of motorhomes and deliverable caravans to help you find which one is best for you.
The largest drivable RV type, often associated with luxury and comfort. Best for large families or groups looking for the ultimate glamping experience. Requires an experienced driver who is comfortable handling large vehicles.
Sleeps up to ten people.
Class Bs, also called campervans, are the smallest drivable RV type. Campervans are best for couples or solo travellers looking for long-distance road trips because of their fuel efficiency and driveability. Campervans are small enough to fit into standard parking spaces but big enough to have a small kitchen, a sleeping area, and sometimes even toilets and showers.
Sleeps two to four people.
Class Cs are the most popular type of RVs for hire in Canada. Larger than a Class B and smaller than a Class A, they are the perfect size for families or medium-sized groups looking for a comfortable RV adventure.
Sleeps up to seven people.
If you’re staying in one location for an extended period of time, getting a trailer delivered is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about driving a large vehicle or setting up a campsite. While there are technically six different types of trailers you can hire, there are only two options we’d recommend for delivery: fifth wheels and travel trailers.
Fifth-wheel travel trailers are the biggest towable RVs and one of the most popular types of RVs for full-time living. Amenities like multiple slide outs, an outdoor kitchen, an extendable patio, reclining chairs, office space, and a kitchen island help make fifth wheels some of the most comfortable and luxurious trailers on the road. Fifth-wheel hires are best for large families or groups looking for all the comforts of home.
Sleeps up to eight people.
Travel trailers are the most popular trailer type as they are very affordable and can accommodate a variety of group and campground sizes. Whether you’re a small family looking to stay in a national park or a large group looking for an affordable stay at an RV resort, there is a travel trailer for you.
Sleeps up to ten people.
In Canada, there are several different ways to hire an RV. You can hire an RV through a peer-to-peer marketplace like RVezy or an RV with a fleet company like CanaDream. You can also hire RVs through RV dealerships and private listings, but these options are less popular for international travellers.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces allow you to hire an RV directly from an RV owner while accessing insurance coverage, secured payments, and customer support if something happens during your trip. Here’s why P2P is the most popular way to hire an RV for most trip types:
As Canada’s top-rated RV rental marketplace, RVezy is a great RV hire option for most trip types. Whether you’re looking to go on an epic road trip or get an RV delivered to a specific location, RVezy has simplified the hiring process for international travellers. Did you know you can even get your RV delivered directly to the airport by your host?
Companies like CanaDream own fleets of RVs you can hire at various locations across Canada, typically in large-city centers. Their recognizable rigs, often Class C motorhomes decorated with company logos and colourful vinyl decals, are built to withstand heavy use and high mileage.
If you’re looking to do a one-way rental, such as a Canadian Rocky Mountains road trip from Vancouver to Calgary, consider a fleet rental service such as CanaDream. While it’s technically possible to do a one-way rental through a P2P marketplace, it can be more complicated and expensive. With fleet rentals, you can pick up the RV in one location and pay a one-way fee in order to drop it off at another location.
Note: Corporate fleets attract customers with low per-night pricing. However, there are typically several extras, such as mileage, insurance, kitchen essentials, towels, and linens, to consider as part of the total price.
Before hitting the road, it’s important to be aware of the different rules, regulations, and requirements for operating a motor vehicle in Canada. Here are some of the most relevant topics and questions relevant for international travellers.
Yes. As long as you have a valid U.K. driver’s license, you can rent and drive most RVs in Canada. While each province has different requirements for operating recreational vehicles, only certain provinces have special license requirements. Those requirements are usually for only very large, heavy motorhomes.
The blood alcohol content limit when operating a motor vehicle in Canada is 0.08. It’s illegal in every province for drivers or passengers to consume alcohol while driving. You should never have open containers while driving an RV.
Some RVs have more sleeping spots than seat belts. If you’re going to be travelling in the RV, it’s important to ensure you have enough seat belts for all of the passengers. When renting your RV through sites like RVezy, you can see seat belt information on the RV listing.
It is illegal to text or use a hand-held device while driving in Canada. The law permits drivers to use hands-free technology for making calls or operating a GPS device, but otherwise, it’s best to avoid using your cell phone while driving to keep you and your passengers safe.
Canadian toll roads are highways or bridges where drivers must pay a fee to drive on them. Payments vary based on distance travelled, vehicle type, and road type. You can pay tolls with cash, an electronic toll collection system (like the 407 ETR), or by paying an invoice through the mail. Toll companies use cameras to capture the license plate and then mail the invoice to the registration address on file. Rates and payment methods differ by province and agency, so it's essential to research the area you'll be driving in and plan accordingly.
To bypass toll roads in Canada, use a navigation app like Google Maps or Waze and update your driving preferences to avoid toll roads. Avoiding toll roads tolls is a great way to save money, but by avoiding them, you’ll likely have longer drive times, especially during rush hour, which for most major cities is between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and again between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.).
In Canada, you can park an RV at various locations, including:
Always check local regulations, obtain necessary permits, and practice good etiquette by leaving no trace and respecting your surroundings.