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Old 06-28-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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wintering in BC canada

Just wondering if anyone spends winters in BC? and where would you stay and whats it like? is there lots of other rvs around you?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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A number of places in the South Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island, that get nearly filled up.
South Okanagan ; I lived in Kelowna for 55 years; still can get winter conditions, but usually short in duration.
Vancouver Island, only occasional snow, none some years, but ferry costs for an RV are considerable. Not bad if your staying for 4or5 months.
Greater Vancouver , sites available , but more rain/snow, than the Island and the traffic would drive you nuts.
I'll find the web page for the B.C. " RV Times " magazine. Lot of info on what's around for activities, parks, etc.
If , I didn't live where I do, and had to winter in an RV in Canada, I'd choose the Island.

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Some RVer's are Snow Birds and others are Polar Bears. To each their own.
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Some RVer's are Snow Birds and others are Polar Bears. To each their own.
Nice temps in Palm Springs and Parker Dam today.
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Nice temps in Palm Springs and Parker Dam today.

And it will probably cool down to 100 deg overnight.

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There's a great RV park in Nanaimo, which is on Vancouver Island called living forest. It would be my choice for Southern BC. The temperature rarely gets below freezing during the winter and you are central to Island activities with a ferry that is 20 mins away that gets you to the mainland. It does rain a lot during the winter though.
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I lived on southern Vancouver Island for 20 years and can tell you that it is WAY drier than the lower mainland region of Vancouver and Fraser Valley to the east. The temps. are normally quite mild Victoria area in the winter as there are no mountains and it gets the winds off the warm Pacific Ocean currents. On the lower mainland, it rains almost every day from around early Oct. to at least April. It's only just started to stop raining and to warm up and it's June 28!

It's so much drier on southern Van. Island that Oak and Arbutus trees grow there in abundance that you don't see on the mainland.

Other than the frightfully high ferry rate (about $500 for a truck + 30' trailer), I highly recommend southern Vancouver Island if you can find a good campground. There's lots to see and do in the Victoria area.

If you go farther north up-island , you get a lot more snow compared to the Victoria area. Nanaimo can get some bad snow storms in the winter (lived there for a couple of years). The Victoria area typically gets little or no snow each winter.

On thing of interest is that you can have campfires all year except for the really dry spells in the summer on southern Van. Island (unless things have changed there recently). In the lower mainland areas, you can't have campfires at all and that's where one of those propane campfires are an alternative.
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My pick is West Bay Marine & RV in Victoria.....bar none...& thats my 2 cents!!!!!

Cheers- pm me if yo want more info
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wintering B.C.

Try Osoyoos, B.C. it can get below freezing but very seldom and a lot of folks winter there. We will be in two years and then maybe to the island but as stated the ferries are expensive. We know folks who live there every winter.
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Ferry costs are a real PIA, if your towing a TT or a 5er, your pretty much stuck paying the per foot rates. With a MH & toad you can beat some of the cost by separating and having the DW drive on the toad.
My trip home.
One direction MH & toad 58' $300
Same trip MH 38' , toad as a second vehicle $200.
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