A big part of our upcoming road trip is planning where we’ll be staying, including motels, campgrounds, boondocking sites, and vacation rentals. It’s easy enough to book a VRBO or a hotel, but finding good places to camp or boondock is another story. The pandemic hasn’t helped as campgrounds across North America are reporting record numbers of reservations and the dreaded turn away can be real for campers.

We’re starting off in Canada and will be in the country from the first week of July until we enter the United States sometime in September or early October. We’ll be in Mexico from Dec. 2022 until Feb. 2023. All in our trip will cover close to 10,000 kms (including the trip back to Nelson from Baja).

The project I’m working on now is finding the best campgrounds and boondocking sites along the way. It’s not hard but given the wait periods for reservations I’m hoping it won’t be much hassle. We’re not planning every stop, some of our stays will be places we come across and want to see or we wing it. Planning to every single part of the trip would be stressful and we’re not interested in a timeline for every day.

So far we’ve booked sites at Bruce Peninsula National Park, Lake Superior Provincial Park, and Kootenay National Park. Plus a VRBO in Nelson, BC and a motel before we head into the Rockies. Bruce Peninsula sold out fast due to the Canada Day weekend but we managed to get in for July 3rd.

Now we need to find a nice Villa or Cabin for the first two days of July. Someplace nice for a couple days of relaxation on the day Krista retires would be perfect.

We also finalized our stay in Baja, Mexico. The main stop for us there will be San Felipe where we booked a VRBO for nine weeks: December 1st until February 8th. Oh man I can’t wait to get there.

Every Provincial and National Park in Canada is following COVID-19 protocols. Be advised that your campground site and entrance to any park may be canceled or delayed at anytime.

You can expect to spend about $30-60 a night for a camp site, depending on sevices. If you just require a spot for a tent and have no need for power or sewage, the average price in provincial park is about $30. That price usually includes access to clean drinking water and toilet/shower facilities and for about $5 more you’ll get a power outlet.

Of course the more you need the more you’ll pay. If you’re in an RV and need water and sewage services you can expect prices to be more.

National Parks

Provincial Parks