NEW 2018 Hymer Carado Banff

New Hymer Model, called the Carado Banff B+ Motorhome coming to GNR Camping World, starting at only $89,628!

Features & Options

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  • White, Silver Metallic, & Sandstone Pearl exterior colours available.
  • Air conditioner – 11,000 BTU roof mount
  • Bathroom – sink and shower
  • 200 lithium power module
  • Furnace – 16,000 btu propane
  • Generator – under hood 280 AMP
  • Water heater
  • Microwave oven
  • Montior Panel
  • Power Inverter 2,000 W
  • Refrigerator – 12V, 3.1 cu. ft.
  • Sewage disposal system – 12 V macerating toilet and gravity dump
  • Solar charging system – 200W with charge controller
  • 2 Burner Stove
  • Premium Brand 24″ LED TV
  • Blue Ray DVD Player
  • Airbag – driver & passenger
  • Brakes – anti-lock (ABS), Four Wheel Disc
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Engine – 3.6L gas, V6 24 valve
  • Transmission – automatic 6-speed
  • Power – 209kW/280 HP
  • Power mirrors, folding and heated
  • Telescopic steering

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Parker’s Wish for a Pop-Up RV

Parker is a charming, sociable six-year-old boy who loves the outdoors. Parker has T-lymphoblastic Lymphoma, and recently qualified for a wish with our partners Make-A-Wish® Canada. When Make-A-Wish approached the GoRVing team to help make Parker’s wish for an RV come true, we were more than happy to oblige!

A bit about Parker: He likes the colour red, and learning about science. He loves eating macaroni and cheese, and snacking on popcorn. His favourite indoor activities are Lego and watching Spider-man, but he has the most fun outside. That’s where GoRVing, you, and the rest of our outdoorsy community comes in!

Parker loves to camp, fish, and hike. Even though he’s still growing, he has a list of places he wants to explore. Canada is full of lakes waiting for Parker to catch fish; full of trails waiting for Parker to hike. Having an RV of his very own will mean the opportunity to create wonderful family memories together in the great outdoors of Canada.

Parker is most excited to visit his favourite campground, Emerald Lake, Ontario. It’s no surprise that Emerald Lake claims the top spot on Parker’s list—it’s a kid’s oasis. Emerald Lake gives Parker the choice between a lake and a waterpark to cool off on Ontario’s hot summer days, and plenty of chances to make friends along the way.

GoRVing, The Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC), and campgrounds and dealers across Canada have partnered with Make-A-Wish to grant Parker’s wish, and to help raise funds to grant the wishes of other Canadian children like Parker, through Canadian RVing and Camping Week.

There’s no better time to find your wildhood than Camping Week 2017. If not for your own enjoyment, get out to a participating campground for Canada’s Make-A-Wish kids.

Camping Week 2017 is scheduled for Tuesday May 23 through Sunday May 28. Several Canadian campgrounds will offer discounted campsite rates to support the 3rd annual Camping Week. Some campgrounds have planned special celebratory events to complement the Make-A-Wish countrywide campaign events.

You can help make wishes like Parker’s come true by purchasing Wish Stars for $2 at participating campgrounds. If you can’t make it out to the campground on Camping Week this year, show your support and buy a Wish Star through a participating dealer, or donate online. Make-A-Wish Canada will receive 100% of the funds raised. Each Wish Star and online donation pushes us closer to our $20,000 goal. It’s just a couple weeks away!

Back at the campsite, marshmallows will run rampant around the campfire to support the second event of the Canadian RVing and Camping Week campaign. On Saturday, May 27, campers will gather around the campfire at dusk to roast marshmallows together. The marshmallow roast and Wish Stars are small gestures that everyone can do to make a big difference in a child’s life.

The RV lifestyle promotes a sense of community unlike any other. The memories that campers share, whether out exploring or visiting the permanent site, last a lifetime. The RV lifestyle offers quality time with family and friends. It promotes an appreciation of nature, and a genuine love for the outdoors. As kids, there’s nothing better than exploring around the campsite.

This sense of community, along with the wonder and wildhood of the great outdoors can give kids like Parker the strength to continue to fight. Join Camping Week 2017 to invite Parker into the close-knit, country wide RVing community and help make wishes like Parker’s come true. Book your stay, purchase a Wish Star, and make your donation online.

Join Camping Week 2017 to help grant the wishes of other Canadian Wish Kids waiting for their dreams to come true. See participating campgrounds.

-Go RVing Canada

Jim Gorrie to Head Go RVing Canada

Jim Gorrie was appointed as the chair of the board of directors for Go RVing Canada, which is a coalition of dealers, manufacturers, and campgrounds, responsible for promoting sales and the RV lifestyle in Canada. Jim Gorrie embodies the spirit of Go RVing Canada as he is the co-owner and director of sales & marketing of GNR Camping World, a family owned RV Dealership in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jim has served the board for the last three years and has been a staple in the RVing and camping community in Winnipeg.

Jim has been a prominent figure in the Canadian RV industry and has been extremely pro-active within GNR World and at the provincial and National Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). Jim is presently a director on the RVDA of Canada and an active member of the RVDA of Manitoba, of which he is a past chair. Jim’s participation at the national level of the RV Industry in Canada has given him the opportunity to be involved in issues that are a concern to the national RV industry and has had many opportunities to address these issues with Canadian Ministers of Parliament.

“We’re thrilled to have Jim come on as the chair of the board of directors for Go RVing Canada and believe his expertise in the industry will be a positive addition to the team while continuing to promote the RV lifestyle in Canada,” said Chris Mahony, president of Go RVing Canada.

May Long Camping

Heading to Manitoba over this long weekend, or perhaps you’re from Manitoba looking for somewhere to stay? Whether you’re in a tent, or in an RV Manitoba has the perfect setting for it. Below is a list of Campgrounds & RV Parks across the Province courtesy of Travel Manitoba.

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National/Federal Campgrounds

  1. Deep Lake Campground
  2. Kippechewin Campground
  3. Lake Audy Campground
  4. Ma-ma-o-pe Campground
  5. Moon Lake Campground
  6. Wasagaming Campground
  7. Whirlpool Lake Campground

Provincial Campgrounds

  1. Adam Lake Campground
  2. Asessippi Campground
  3. Bakers Narrows Campground
  4. Beaver Creek Provincial Park
  5. Betula Lake Campground
  6. Big Whiteshell Lake South Shore Campground
  7. Birch Point Provincial Park
  8. Bird Lake Campground
  9. Birds Hill Provincial Park
  10. Black Lake Campground
  11. Brereton Lake Campground
  12. Burge Lake Provincial Park
  13. Caddy Lake Campground
  14. Camp Morton Provincial Park
  15. Camper’s Cove
  16. Childs Lake Campground
  17. Falcon & West Hawk Lake Livin’
  18. Falcon Beach Campground
  19. Falcon Lake Lakeshore Campground
  20. Four Seasons Island Resort
  21. George Lake Outfitters & Eight Foot Falls Campground
  22. Grand Beach Campground
  23. Grand Valley Park & Campground
  24. Grass River Provincial Park (Gyles) Campground
  25. Gull Habour Campground
  26. Hnausa Beach Provincial Park
  27. Iskwasum Campground
  28. Kiche Manitou Campground
  29. Lake St.George Wayside Park
  30. Lakeview Campground
  31. Lundar Beach Provincial Park
  32. Manipogo Provincial Park
  33. Max Lake Campground
  34. Moose Lake Campground
  35. Nutimik Lake Campground
  36. Opapiskaw Campground
  37. Otter Falls Campground
  38. Paint Lake Campground
  39. Pioneer Bay
  40. Rainbow Beach Provincial Park
  41. Reed Lake Campground
  42. St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park
  43. St. Malo Provincial Park
  44. Stephenfield Provincial Park
  45. Wekusko Falls Provincial Park
  46. Wellman Lake Campground
  47. West Blue Lake Campground
  48. White Lake Campground
  49. Zed Lake Provincial Park

Municipal Campgrounds

  1. Altona Centennial Park
  2. King’s Park Campground
  3. Winkler Tourist Park

Private Campgrounds

  1. Forest Hills Cabins/RV Park & Meeting Space
  2. Lilac Resort, RV, Lodging, and Water Park
  3. Rubber Ducky Resort & Campground
  4. Arrowhead RV Park
  5. Aspen Grove Campground
  6. Blue Water RV Park & Campground
  7. Cherry Hill Estate
  8. Debonair Campground
  9. Dusty Mile Outfitters
  10. Meadowlark Campground
  11. Miller’s Camping Resort
  12. Oak Island Resort
  13. Ofty’s Riverside Campground
  14. Onanole RV Park & Campground
  15. Pelican Shores RV Park
  16. Prairie Oak Campground
  17. Pyott’s West Campgrounds
  18. Rock Garden Campground
  19. Sandhill Pines RV Park & Campground
  20. Shady Oaks RV Resort & Campground
  21. Shallow Point Campground
  22. Spruce Sands RV Resort
  23. St. Joseph Campground
  24. Travellers RV Resort Inc.
  25. Winnipeg West KOA

Below is a list of family friendly activities happening in Winnipeg, and the surrounding area over the May long weekend, 2017.

  1. Manito Ahbee Festival 2017

    May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017

    The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Indigenous Music and Arts Program are a celebration of indigenous arts, culture and music. This annual festival features events for the whole family with one of the largest powwows in North America, an Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Jigging and Square Dance competition.

  2. Dinosaurs Alive!

    May 18, 2017 to October 31, 2017

    Dinosaurs Alive!® will feature 16 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs throughout a forested path in the Zoo. The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar demonstrating how they may have looked and moved in a natural environment millions of years ago. In addition to the dinosaurs themselves, the exhibit features a dig site and excavation site where children of all ages can discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist. 

    Dinosaurs Alive!® is made possible through support from presenting sponsor Artis REIT as well as numerous supporting partners and sponsors.

  3. World’s Giant Dinosaurs

    May 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017

    The Manitoba Museum is pleased to announce the launch of our newly enlarged and improved Alloway Hall with a very special exhibit: World’s Giant Dinosaurs. This exhibit presents a touring collection of some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. Fossils, casts, robotics, videos, and other media are used to illustrate the story of how dinosaurs evolved to such immense sizes, and how they dominated life on land for well over 100 million years. Twenty dramatically-lit dinosaur skeletons and robots, up to more than 60 feet in length, illustrate new scientific discoveries that are allowing us to learn much more about these amazing life forms.

    World’s Giant Dinosaurs provides a broad and exciting survey of these fascinating creatures, including meat eaters and plant eaters, large and small. They are drawn from most of the 170 million years in which dinosaurs were the dominant land animals, and from many parts of the world including western North America, Argentina, China, Mongolia, and Europe.

  4. Get Into Wetlands

    May 20, 2017 to May 22, 2017

    Find out about the incredible biodiversity of wetlands!
    Participate in one of our many wildlife surveys this weekend, watch a wildlife movie and join us for a behind the scenes critter feeding session of our live animals.

    Critter Dipping  – try catching aquatic invertebtrates from the marsh using a net and a pail and get to wear hipwaders to walk into the marsh.Sonic Sleuth Walk – tune into the sounds of the marsh using a special hand held listening device and discover nature from a whole new perspective.Participate in a guided canoe adventure ($3 for members and $5 for non-members) or rent your own canoe ($10 for 45 minutes)

  5. Assiniboine Park Nature Playground

    From your first steps down the tree-lined path toward the Nature Playground, you will be transported into a world of wonder that encourages children of all ages to run, jump, climb, explore, and play.Exercise your body and your imagination while you explore the sand and water play area, slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, net bridges, and topiaries. These unique features are inspired by and incorporated into the area’s natural surroundings, which include two acres of trees, gardens, gently rolling hills, and colourful rubber mountains. Hours are 8 a.m. to dusk, daily.

  6. Assiniboine Park Zoo

    Located minutes from downtown Winnipeg and airport area, Assiniboine Park Zoo provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. Open year-round, with over 80 park-like acres to explore, the Zoo has been a favourite destination with visitors for over a century. 

  7. Children’s Museum

    A fun family destination! Housed in the oldest surviving train repair facility in Manitoba, the Children’s Museum features 12 permanent galleries that spark creative learning. Visitors can hop aboard an authentic 1952 diesel locomotive and 1910 Pullman passenger coach, explore the five-storey tall Lasagna Lookout, test their perceptions in the giant Illusion Tunnel, perform water experiments in the Splash Lab, and much more. A toddler-exclusive space, Tot Spot serves the needs of the museum’s smallest visitors.

    During the holiday season, take a stroll through the land of fairytales in Eaton’s Santa’s Village. All that plus public programs, workshops and special events! Open daily.

  8. Grand Prix Amusements

    Rev up the excitement with go-kart racing on three challenging tracks with more than 75 go-karts for ages four to adult. Play the 18-hole pirate theme mini golf and visit Skull Mountain, Treasure Island and the life-sized pirate ship. Cool off on a bumper boat or launch water balloons at each other in the water wars game. Step up to the plate in one of five batting cages, bump on a super collider bumper car, or have a bouncing good time on one of the trampolines. Also on site are concessions, an arcade and picnic areas.  Group and party rates are available.

    Free general admission, free parking, pay as you play activities.

    Open daily including holidays: mid-April through mid-October (weather permitting). Call for hours.

  9. Grand Prix Amusements

    Rev up the excitement with go-kart racing on three challenging tracks with more than 75 go-karts for ages four to adult. Play the 18-hole pirate theme mini golf and visit Skull Mountain, Treasure Island and the life-sized pirate ship. Cool off on a bumper boat or launch water balloons at each other in the water wars game. Step up to the plate in one of five batting cages, bump on a super collider bumper car, or have a bouncing good time on one of the trampolines. Also on site are concessions, an arcade and picnic areas.  Group and party rates are available.

    Free general admission, free parking, pay as you play activities.

    Open daily including holidays: mid-April through mid-October (weather permitting). Call for hours.

     

There are many more family fun options, click here to see them all!

How to De-winterize Your RV

Depending on where you live in Canada, you may either be enjoying early blossoms or still digging out from piles of snow. Regardless of your current situation, RV season isn’t far off, and it’s time to start thinking of getting your RV ready for the upcoming season.

De-winterizing is an important task of reversing the winterizing process you went through in the fall, and getting your RV back in working order. You do not want to leave this to the last minute. Rushing to get it done the day before you’re set to leave can leave you frustrated and unable to travel if you run into problems. We recommend de-winterizing your RV as soon as your area’s climate allows, or at least three to four weeks before your scheduled departure.

If you don’t want to take this project on yourself, you can visit your local RV Care dealer to have it done for you. Many offer great spring specials to take advantage of.

When you’re ready to get started, here are the basic steps:

1. Flush the water system

a. Close all taps, drain valves and install all drain plugs, taking care not to forget the water heater drain plug as well.

b. Switch the water heater and/or water pump bypass valves to the summer position.

c. Hook up your city water connection and turn on the supply, or fill your fresh water tank and start the water pump.

d. Open all taps, one at a time, starting with the fixture the farthest away from your fresh water tank. Run the water until all the antifreeze has been flushed through, and the water is running clear.

Alternate Route

If you own an air compressor, you can use it to expedite the process of flushing the water system. After step (b) above, use your air compressor to blow the antifreeze out of the water system. This takes teamwork, with one person operating the air compressor at the city water hookup, and the second person opening and closing taps. To avoid damaging your waterlines, you must set the pressure of the air compressor so that it does not exceed 50/60 PSI. Once this is done and the antifreeze is displaced, proceed with step (c), which will now take less time and water.

 

2. Perform a pressure test

Once your water system is flushed, perform a pressure test to check for leaks. Large leaks should already be visible by this time, but the test may reveal any small, unseen leaks.

3. Sanitize your water system

RV water systems can be a source of mould and bacteria, so it is important to sanitize your water system before use. Fresh water sanitizing procedures and products are readily available at your local RV Care dealer.

Extra Recommended Steps

1. Clean out your water heater

While de-winterizing, this is the perfect time to clean out mineral deposits from your water heater. Since you can’t see it building up, it’s an easy task to forget! Pick a water heater Rinse Wand for this task, the hose attachment is inserted through the drain opening, and allows you to pressure wash the inside of your heater. You’ll be surprised at the amount of build-up that comes out.

2. Improve the taste of your water

To rid your water system of any unpleasant taste, add a fresh water additive. These can be found at your local RV Care dealer.

Keep in mind that if your RV is equipped with some of the more sophisticated water system components (such as icemakers, water dispensers, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.) there may be additional, more complicated processes required. If you are uncertain of the correct procedures, your local RV Care Dealer will be happy to provide additional information or perform the procedure for you.

As you de-winterize, this is also a great time to do a visual inspection, checking for any visible damage incurred over the winter. Stay tuned for more information about prepping your RV for the summer season, including how to perform a Spring Inspection and why we recommend taking a pre-season road trip!

-RV Care Blog

17 Vacation Spots for 2017

Out with the old, and in with the new. Some think that 2017 is going to be the best year yet. Why? 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday. The celebrations for this year are going to be big. Some are centered around July 1st, but other destinations are making 2017 a year-long party. We’ve come up with a few destinations to include on your camping bucket list for this year.

National Parks

Canada’s gift to its residents for 2017 is free access to all of the national parks—if you pre-order your park pass. You did? Hit the road! On the Eastern side of our home and native land there’s lakes, escarpments, and hiking galore. Bruce Peninsula National Park is a family friendly option along the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve; Yoho National Park offers mountain camping featuring waterfalls on the opposite end of the country.

Ottawa, Ontario

Probably one of the most Canadian destinations you can choose for Canada Day this year is our capital city of Ottawa for the 150th celebrations. Rumour has it that the city of Ottawa is considering opening up temporary “campsites” around the city to accommodate the crowd expected for the festivities. Unfortunately, regular camping activities like campfires will obviously not be allowed on these temporary sites. Book a space at a nearby campground soon, or stay tuned for news about the potential urban makeshift sites.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The small town of Duncan on Vancouver Island will be hosting a totem pole carving project to commemorate the island’s rich native history. The initiative is called Carving a Connection in Cowichan. If totem carving isn’t your thing, there are plenty of RV parks to choose from on the island. Almost all feature mountain views or beachside campsites. Year-round camping is also popular on the island, for those of you who can’t wait for spring time to hitch up the rig.

Viking Statue in Gimli, Manitoba

The largest concentration of Icelandic people—outside of Iceland—is actually in Gimli, Manitoba. A statue of a Viking was created in 1967 to commemorate the area’s Icelandic history. To celebrate Canada 150, the town will be opening a park around the statue. The park won’t be for camping, but there are a few RV campgrounds in the area for overnight stays after Canada 150’s grand unveiling is complete.

Apple Orchard Camping, British Columbia

Pitch your tent on an apple orchard in Kelowna, British Columbia, at Apple Valley Orchard & RV Park. Kelowna is a must-see at least once in every RV’ers life. Okanagan Lake is extremely long and deep—perfect for water sports while camping. Kelowna is also known for its cider and wineries. The fertile land around the lake is perfect for growing grapes, apples, and other fruits. Apple Valley RV Park brings the fruitful fun of Kelowna to your trailer door by allowing camping at their orchard. This campground is open year-round, so you don’t even have to wait until spring time to get outside.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone Park technically extends into Montana and Idaho, but the majority of this expansive campers’ dream is in Wyoming, USA. There are five entrances to the park, so travellers can arrive from literally any direction. Some areas of the park are more developed than others, and its huge space allows for a handful of ecosystems to thrive in close proximity. Think waterfalls, forests, and rocky mountain ranges.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Alberta’s Badlands provides a camping experience unlike any other in Canada. Set up your RV next to the hoodoos carved along the Red Deer River Valley as it twisted, turned, and transformed over the years. Explore the trails through the coulees and valleys, alongside the river and through the old willow trees. Park your RV right in the middle of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Drumheller Valley for the ultimate Badlands experience. The Dinosaur Park offers guided tours into the restricted areas of the hoodoos, and interpretive displays explaining the fossils found in the area.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta/Saskatchewan

East of Medicine Hat, Alberta, and straddling the border of Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a mixture of dense forest, lush grassland, and Canadian prairie, which provides ample space for hiking and biking. The Fort Walsh Historic Site is located within the park limits, and the entire park is a dedicated dark-sky preserve. Serviced campsites are available in the Centre Block of the park; the West Block offers a more rustic experience.

Great Slave Lake, NWT

If you’ve got a little extra vacation time this upcoming summer, use it to drive all the way up to Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. The trek is pretty far, even if you’re coming from Edmonton, Alberta. The most direct route will take a good chunk of hours behind the wheel. However, in the case of Great Slave Lake, the destination is worth the drive. Scenic campsites await, quieter than any other serviced sites in the country. The spring and summer are the best times to enjoy the sun, but campers might catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis on an early autumn night.

Far North

We’ve already mentioned the Northwest Territories, but the Yukon and Nunavut should be on every adventuring RV’ers bucket list too. Planning to get to these locations will be a bit trickier as roads are few and far between. However, the remote views are unlike anywhere else in the country. This year, the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour will bring their airshows to Canada’s Far North beginning in June of 2017. The tour will begin at the Rocky Mountain House Airport in Alberta, and hit almost 100 northern communities.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

From the Far North, all the way south to the Grand Canyon in the United States. There’s still time to join the snowbirds in the southern states! Warm up a little bit in sunny Arizona. North Rim Campground offers inspiring views of the Grand Canyon and serviced RV sites.

Pembina Valley Central Plains, Manitoba

The Pembina Valley encompasses the entire rich area between the Delta Marshlands, the Manitoba Escarpment, and the Golden Triangle, all the way to the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This area is great for camping and related activities like hiking and sightseeing. This large quadrant is known as the heart of Manitoba, so there are plenty of campgrounds for RV’ers to choose from.

Memaloose State Park, Oregon

Oregon is just a quick jaunt south for Western Canadian travellers. This state is an underrated oasis. Much closer than the go-to destinations for snowbirds, yet just as warm and beautiful in the summers. Memaloose State Park is a well-kept secret in Oregon, featuring shady campsites along the Columbia River. Visitors will find huge amounts of juicy blackberry vines scattered throughout the greenery near the Columbia River Gorge.

Gaspe, Quebec

On the eastern end of our great country, Gaspe juts out into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Gaspe promises unbelievable views and quiet campsites. Whale watching, hiking, and relaxing are traveller favourites when heading to this corner of the country.

Your Friend’s Backyard

With this year being Canada’s 150th birthday, campgrounds are expected to be extra busy. Avoid the crowds by thinking outside of the box this year—especially on Canada Day. If you have a friend who owns a good chunk of land, propose the idea of inviting all of your travelling friends to set up camp for the night on their property. This option combines the best of both worlds: the comforts of home, but the rustic fun of camping outdoors.

Orange Grove RV Park, California

We’re heading south of the border with this one again. Camping with oranges just steps from your campsite could not sound any sweeter. The campsites are fully serviced, and the oranges are free for campers to pick right off the trees. Warm sunshine and fresh citrus, what more could a camper need?

Camping Appreciation Weekend

Camping season doesn’t have to end with the summer. Privately owned “>Canadian campgrounds across the country will participate in this year’s camping appreciation weekend with discounted weekend rates. This annual weekend is set for September again this year.

-Go Rving Canada