Campgrounds Near Major Canadian Universities

September 6, 2019

Visit Your Kids at University in Your RV

It’s back to school season! That means fall colours, cool mornings, and warm drinks are out in full swing. While the end of summer signals that your kids might be heading off to university, use this as the perfect excuse to keep the camp vibes going into shoulder season: plan a road trip to visit them at school!

First, use our campground search for recommended places to stay near your young adult’s new home. We’ve linked a few good spots near major Canadian universities below. When you get there, brush up on your smartphone photography to enter our 2019 Wildhood Photo Contest. What better time to practice than when visiting with family and beautiful fall backdrops?!

Campgrounds Near Major Canadian Universities

Western University

If your teen chose London, Ontario, as their destination for post-secondary education, you’re in luck. London sits directly between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie: take your pick from Grand Bend or Lambton shores on one side, or Port Burwell and Long Point on the other. Both options are close enough to drive back to the city to visit during the days!

Places to stay:
Silver Birches RV Resort
Birch Bark Estates
Big Otter Marina & Campground
MacDonald Turkey Point Marina

York University

The bustling hub of Toronto attracts lots of students each school year. It’s also the gateway to Ontario’s cottage country! Park your RV just north of the city and commute in to visit with your York University student.

Places to stay:
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park & Campground
Leisure Time Park
Bee Happy Campground

University of Ottawa

Canada’s capital is gorgeous when the students return to school—perfect for practicing your photography skills for our Wildhood Photo Contest! Park your RV just outside the city then explore the University of Ottawa campus and downtown by foot with your family.

Places to stay:
Ottawa’s Poplar Grove Campground/RV Park
Wesley Clover Parks Campground
Maple View Campground

University of Alberta

Take the school year starting as an excuse to visit the Canadian Rockies! University of Alberta is just a short drive from the Rocky Mountains—two birds with one road trip. Stay just outside Edmonton for an easy commute to visit your student in the city then head west to where the mountains are calling.

Places to stay:
Centennial Park Family Campground at Joseph Lake
Alberta Beach Family RV Park
Aspen Beach Provincial Park

University of British Columbia

Park your RV in the outskirts of the city and ride the skytrain to visit your kids away at school in Vancouver. Pro tip: Vancouver is an awesome destination a little later in the fall season as the weather is much milder than the rest of Canada.

Places to stay:
Capilano River RV Park
Plaza RV Park
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

McGill University

Montreal is beautiful in the fall season! Walk up Mont Royal for aerial views of the city or drive to the surrounding mountain ranges. There are so many things to see, do, and eat in Montreal. What will you pick first?!

Places to stay:
Lac Lafontiane
Camping Alouette
Camping L’EstriVal Cottage and RV Resort

Dalhousie University

Experience East Coast life by visiting your student studying in Nova Scotia! There’s a reason why so many highschool grads choose Dalhousie to continue their education. While on Canada’s eastern side, take a few extra days to explore the coast. Everyone needs to visit the Maritimes at least once in their life.

Places to stay:
Halifax KOA
Hidden Hilltop Family Campground
Hubbards Beach Campground and Cottages

University of Saskatchewan

Smack dab in the centre of the country is Canada’s wild backyard. Head to Saskatchewan for wide open spaces and sunshine for days… and to visit your kids at university. While there are fewer campground options around Saskatoon, Regina has more to choose from just a bit south giving you an opportunity to see more of one of the most underrated provinces.

Places to stay:
Saskatoon 16 West RV Park
Painted Rock Campground
Prairie Lake Regional Park

Where do your kids go to school? Are you going to plan a road trip to visit them now? Let us know where you go by sharing photos of the beautiful fall colours and family fun with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.