Welcome to Edmonton, a capital city built on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River and the ideal location to begin your Canadian motorhome tour.
Hiring a motorhome in Edmonton
There are just under a million people living in Alberta’s capital city Edmonton. It’s in a relatively central location of the state, making it a great place to begin either a short motorhome holiday of just a few days, or a full tour of Alberta and surrounding areas throughout a whole month or more. Motorhome Republic helps you find the right campervan or RV for the job by bringing together vehicle options from leading brands Real Value RV and Canadream, so you can easily compare sizes, styles and prices for your vacation.
What to do with your motorhome rental from Edmonton
Snow lovers will be in paradise with some of the world’s best ski fields at their fingertips. Lake Louise is 4.5 hours southwest of Edmonton and offers 4,200 acres of skiable terrain. If there are those in your traveling party who aren’t into snow sports, bring them up the mountain for a ride on the gondola and unbeatable views of the lake and the Victoria Glacier.
The Icefields Parkway is a scenic route 3.5 hours from Edmonton that’s an attraction in itself. It’s 230 kilometres long and offers stunning scenery of rugged mountains, ice-blue lakes and rich forests.
Just under 5 hours from Edmonton is another chilly piece of scenery, the Columbia Icefield on the Athabasca Glacier. The most special part of this spot is a glass-bottomed Skywalk 300 meters above the Sunwapta Valley that curves out from the rockface for astonishing views.
Hoodoos are tall spires of rock that protrude up from the ground, making for fascinating formations. You can see them at the Hoodoo’s Trail hiking track just outside of Banff, or just out of Drumheller, both of which are 3-4 hours from Edmonton.
Another attraction to the west of Edmonton is the Whistlers Tramway, which is also known as the Jasper Skytram. You board the tram at an elevation of 1,304 meters, and disembark at 2,277 meters for an phenomenal view of the Rockies.
Best times of year to hire a campervan in Edmonton
Edmonton spends about a third of the year with at least some snow on the ground, so it can get quite chilly through winter and the months on either side. The average daily temperature in December, January and February is below freezing, and can get down to as low as -19 degrees Celsius on the coldest days, with as much as 20 cm of snow on the ground.
March and April can still be quite cool with some snow on the ground, but you start to see some fantastic weather from May to August with daily average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius. You can experience some rain at this time of year however, so pack appropriately.
It cools down rapidly between September and November, often dropping below freezing with occasional snow.