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A Guide To Snowbirding

Bird on branch in winterFor those unfamiliar with the term, a ‘snowbird’ is someone who resides in a colder climate and moves to a temporary RV residence in a warmer area for parts of the year. At Salish, we often find our park filled up with snowbirds coming down from the colder regions of Canada to enjoy the sights, sounds, and glorious weather on Vancouver Island.  This isn’t surprising given that a significant portion of snowbirds in North America come from Canada! Whether you’re a complete novice or a frequent traveller — this handy guide will take you through some of the benefits, helpful tips, and why you should choose Vancouver Island as your snowbird destination. 

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Tips on Planning and Preparing Meals in an RV

Potatoes, garlic, cilantro, and star aniseThere is nothing quite like being out on the open road, the thrill of adventure and the liberating journey. But, there are still home comforts that we all miss when we’re away. Perhaps the biggest of these are the delights of a home-cooked meal. However, you don't have to miss out, as cooking and eating when you’re on your RV holiday can be just as gratifying and enjoyable as it is at home. All it takes is some careful preparation and planning, the right equipment, and a willingness to be creative! To help get you started we’ve put together some of our top tips and strategies for making the most of your RV cooking experience.  

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Bay Street Bridge Construction

Construction on the Point Ellice Bridge, more commonly known as the Bay Street Bridge, is set to begin the week of May 13. The City of Victoria appointed the winning tender, Seismic 2000, to take on the $6.1 million project. The federal and provincial governments are paying $2.4 million, while the rest is coming from the city’s infrastructural funding reserves.

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Buying Vs Renting RVs In Canada

When you want to experience the beauty, serenity, and culture of Canada’s famed West Coast, there is no better way to do it than taking an RV to some of its most well-regarded spots, including our own haven here on the Salish shore. But, if you don’t already own an RV, then there’s still one issue that needs to be settled— To Buy Or Not To Buy? When it comes to whether to rent or buy your RV, there is no one way of looking at it. You’ll have to weigh your needs and find the answer that’s right for you. To help you make up your mind, we’ve outlined some of the key pros and cons when it comes to buying and renting RVs in Canada.

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Driving & Parking Class A Motorhomes

RV in front of a building Driving a Class A motorhome can be intimidating — how do you manoeuvre a vehicle that’s practically as big as a house? While it’s true that these rigs require special handling that sets them apart from a normal sized automobile, driving them is a skill that can be easily learned — with a little practice.

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What To Pack In Your RV

Photo credit @Travelarz on Wikimedia.After our post last month about how to pack your motorhome for safe travel and easy access, we wanted to follow up with some tips on what to pack. With weight concerns, potentially long travel times, repair needs, and full-time living requirements, planning your RV inventory isn't always an easy job. Here we've collected a checklist based on manufacturer recommendations, advice from professional RVers, and our own experiences. Let us know in the comments if it helps you on your own trip, or if there's anything you would add!

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How To Pack Your RV

Bounder RV storage. Photo credit @jbolles on Flickr.When it comes to the weight of your RV, you’ll want to travel light. People often forget that an RV is still a vehicle, and like any load on wheels, it needs to be well balanced to move safely on roads and highways. It’s important from both a comfort and a safety standpoint to know how to load and pack your motorhome. Lopsided coaches don't hold up well on slippery roads, sharp turns, or in construction zones. Poorly packed rigs also make it difficult to find things and will have less space to store important items. Anything you put in an RV adds weight and cuts into your fuel budget. You can’t take everything with you, but in this post we hope to explain what you can — and the best way to ride safely with it.

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RVing With Dogs

A small dog breed resting with its eyes closed in a blanket. Photo credit Eli Duke/@elisfanclub on Flickr.It's not uncommon for RVers to enjoy the additional company and stress relief that can come from having a furry companion. And while rodents, cats, and even fish and reptiles can all adapt to the RV lifestyle (with enough planning and care), no pet is as beloved in the big rig community as the dog. As a pet-friendly park, we've met a great spread of pups of all breeds, and it's always a pleasure to see guests connect over their mutual love of animals. That said, introducing a pet to a shared area like a campground or park is very different from keeping one at home, and travelling with them can be even more complicated. Here are some tips on how to make RVing with dogs as easy on you (and your pet)(and your neighbours) as possible!

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RV Design & Décor Ideas

A cool airstream remodel design is beautifully complemented by leather drawer pulls. Photo credit Geoffrey Franklin on Flickr.It's no secret that RVs and trailers don't have a reputation for stylish interiors. Many manufacturers default to dull, neutral colours, simple fabrics, and mass-produced finishes to cut down on costs and appeal to the widest possible range of customers. A lot of rig owners don't think anything can be done with such a small space and transportation limitations. But it's easier than you might think to have a boldly decorated RV. We have a few tips and ideas we've picked up over the years, from easy decoration to clever tricks. We hope these ten tips help you fill your RV with style, comfort, and personality.

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Wintering in Victoria BC

A couple sharing a romantic dinner.With one of the most mild climates in Canada, even Victoria's "chilly" winter months have plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages to take part in. Here we've collected a list of some of the most popular places and events in the city for you to explore during the winter — let us know which ones are your favourites!

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