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Edmonton Motorhome Rental

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. 


Campervan hire Edmonton – journey to the Rockies

Once a fur trading post, Edmonton is a city rich in native history. It’s a beautifully scenic base for a motorhome rental getaway, with the meandering North Saskatchewan River Valley in the centre of the city. There are also plenty of parks and bike pathways that give the city a picturesque backdrop.

Edmonton is Canada’s festival city and plays host to music gigs, food and theatre festivals, sports and cultural events every year. Staying in a camper is a perfect way to experience the atmosphere of a festival with the ability to escape when you want some space.

From Edmonton, you can easily cross the Rockies to explore the beautiful city of Vancouver. You could also decide to explore the Northern Yukon territory to get a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Edmonton campervan hire, the best deals online

As the provincial capital of Alberta, Edmonton self-drive holiday rentals are plentiful. At Motorhome Republic we make it easy by bringing all of your options together so you can view and compare all the options, from 2-berth to larger vehicles, in one place. Just enter your details and see a tailored list of Edmonton campervan rentals. Narrow your search to find a vehicle to best suit you, from an international brand or a locally-based company.

Rent an RV in Alberta for a one-of-a-kind travel experience. Edmonton is a great base to explore the Canadian rockies and the endless greenery of Canada. There are ample rental businesses to accommodate all types of campers. Most are either basic campervans without a shower and toilet or larger, more self-contained motorhomes. Both are easy to drive and have their advantages. If you have a big family, don’t worry – you can still rent an RV-style motorhome if you want extra space and comfort.

Take a road trip into the Rockies

Edmonton is the perfect starting point for day tours around Alberta, trips to the Canadian Rockies, ski trips and exploring. Elk Island National Park of Canada is a mere 20 minutes from Edmonton and makes a wonderful day trip in your campervan rental. It’s on the Yellowhead Highway and has higher densities of hoofed mammals per square kilometre than any other wild area in the world, aside from the Serengeti, Africa. Wood bison, elk, moose and over 250 species of birds are easy to spot. It’s open year-round, and you can also hike, canoe, kayak, sail, cross-country ski, golf, camp and more.

Four hours west of Edmonton tower the Canadian Rockies. Explore the beauty of the glaciers, canyons and turquoise lakes. Year round there are plenty of activites and outdoor adventures. You can hike or horseback across extended trails. When the snow falls, skiing, boarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice climbing are all available. You can even take a dip in the outdoor natural hot springs between alpine panoramas.

Banff National Park is approximately five hours from Edmonton and attracts swarms of tourists to its mountains, lakes and shopping districts all year round.Edmonton has easier access to Jasper,the less-developed, less-commercial national park. Beautiful in all seasons, it’s a lovely place for a day trip. You can camp at both and there’s nothing nicer than waking up to deafening silence.

Lake Louise is a hamlet, 56km east of Banff. Again, enjoy snowboarding, skiing, ice fishing, skating, dog sledding and ice climbing.All are popular tourist ventures and in summer the area attracts visitors to its trails, waters and rock faces. If you’re exploring more of Canada, Calgary is just 300km south of Edmonton.

Motorhome camping – sites and sounds inEdmonton

Elk Island Retreat is only half an hour east of Edmonton, in Alberta’s Heartland. It lives up to the name and also has the option of hiring a tipi for a night out of the RV.

Memory Lane Campground and RV Park is the newest campground in Edmonton.It has 45 large sites and is set in a quiet location.It’s an ideal spot to bird-watch, follow nature trails and try your luck in the catch-and-release stocked pond.Rainbow Valley Campground Edmontonis a nice, urban site located close to the highway. It can get a tad noisy but is nicely maintained.

Whitemud Creek Golf & RV Park Resort Edmonton is close enough to shopping centres, but far enough away to create an out-of-city feel – an ideal base.

It’s more than just food – Edmonton restaurants

Downtown you’ll find Lux Steakhouse, often heralded as delivering the best steak in the city. The atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from a downtown steakhouse; modern, cosmopolitan, elegant, with exquisite service. Matahari is a Thai/Malay fusion house with sumptuous food. The service is excellent and the prices extremely reasonable. Plus there’s a good selection of vegetarian dishes on the menu.

Corso 32 is an intimate restaurant located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, with a cosy ambience offering a very personal experience. Edmonton also has some excellent Italian food across the city. Your best bet is to head Downtown or Little Italy for the more authentic restaurants. Chianti’s, Sicilian Kitchen, Sorrentino’s, Fiore Cantina, and Tony’s Pizza offer some of the best pasta in the city, with hearty portions. Edmonton is also the birthplace of Boston Pizza – a chain of pizzerias across Canada and home to Earl’s.

In Chinatown you’ll find plenty of cheap eats from a variety of cultures. Whyte Ave has a vast selection of restaurants and dining places, too.

Malls and mountains: What to do in Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall is one of Edmonton’s most iconic attractions. It’s hard to miss as it’s the largest mall in the continent. Over 800 shops fill the suburban mega-shopping and entertainment centre and it is even classified as a zoo. The cultural centre of Edmonton focuses around the Citadel Theatre, host to major live theatre performances for over 40 years. There’s also a new concert hall, The Francis Winspear Centre for Music, that has excellent acoustics. For some edgy, funky shopping, head down Whyte Avenue. It’s Edmonton’s main retail district and worth a look. Stroll through bookstores, clothing shops and little gift shops as you people watch.

Get into nature, along Edmonton’s river valley and Mill Creek area. There is an extensive network of trails that are good for walking, biking, and cross-country skiing. You’ll forget you’re in a city.

For a taste of regional history, head to Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. It’s an easy campervan drive only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16. There are 30-plus historic buildings showcasing the Ukrainian settlement in East Central Alberta. Highlights include three churches, a fully-functioning grain elevator, blacksmith shop and sod hut. Costumed workers play roles as Ukrainian settlers who retell stories as they go about the everyday events such as baking bread and gardening.

With three ski hills in the city, Edmonton is definitely the place for a motorhome snow trip. Snow Valley, Sunridge and Rabbit Hill offer ski runs for all levels and abilities, as well as terrain parks.

Edmonton motorhome guide

Some handy tips for your campervan getaway in Canada:

  • Winter driving in the cityis hazardous. Ice on roadways can be almost invisible and is called “black ice”.Local radio stations have regular road reports.

  • Temperatures in the mountains can get resonably cool, even in the height of summer. Make sure you have enough propane for the RV.

  • Be aware that some rental companies will not permit their RVs out of the province or the country – always check first.

Edmonton RV Rental Brands

Real Value RV

Real Value RV in Edmonton has a good range of motorhomes of all sizes. The smallest are 19 and 20 foot RVs from between 2010 and 2012, and have space for either two adults and two kids or three adults. The next size up is the 22 and 24 foot medium motorhomes, also quite new but with the capacity for five adults to sit and sleep comfortably. The large motorhomes from Real Value RV in Edmonton are 23 and 25 feet long, and have space for six adults to move about with room to spare. Finally, the extra large motorhomes are in the 29 and 31 foot category, and also have space for six adults, just with plenty of extra room for added luxury. All rentals from Real Value have on-board kitchens and bathrooms. The Edmonton depot is found at 22050 Stony Plain Road, which is just over 40 kilometres from Edmonton International Airport, a trip that takes approximately 30 minutes by car. The supplier does offer transfers at a cost of $100 for up to five people to and from airports and most hotels. Operating hours from from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays, while closed on Sundays and public holidays. Note that pick ups are between 11am and 3pm, and drop offs are scheduled for 9am to noon. Plus, for safety reasons, you cannot pick up your Edmonton motorhome if you have flown in from an international destination that day, so it’s recommended you book a hotel or motel for the night before you plan to pick up. 


Canadream RV Rentals

Canadream has an Edmonton depot at 26309 Highway 16A in Acheson. The branch is approximately 40 kilometres from Edmonton International Airport, and Canadream offers free transfers to and from this airport, as well as for airport area hotels. This trip would cost you roughly $50 from the airport or $20 from the city. Canadream RV Rentals has five options in their fleet. The Deluxe Van Camper is designed for solo travellers or couples, and has a bathroom on board. The Maxi Travel Camper is a cabover style model with space for two adults and one child, as well as all the basics you need in an RV. The Super Van Camper is a little larger with space for two adults and two kids. Both the Midi and Maxi Motorhomes are designed for up to four adults and two children, but the Maxi has a little extra room to move. It’s highly recommended that you check in online before picking up your motorhome to save time, and it’s best not to return your RV later than agreed as this will incur a $75 fee per hour. Normal operating hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday from May to the end of September, and 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday from October to the end of April. You can arrange for an earlier pick up, later drop off, or Sunday service for a fee of $375.