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Is there a forum post directly related to Canada?  Huh  Ive done the search bar but Im still having a hard time finding things directly related to Canada. Lots of the information is based on US, places, prices, laws....
Im looking for information like: getting started, boondocking places, costs, get togethers, laws, local scenery, places to go, things to do, mail, internet providers, homebase....
There are a few of us but a vast majority of users here are from the US for sure. Some of the actual full timers here (not including myself in that just yet!) might be able to help with some of your queries but you mentioned a lot of different things there.

Where are you based / hoping to be and what sort of vehicle do you have?
Another Canadian here but a lot of my information will be - 'get it in the US'. That's because it's either not available here or at a price that would make me puke if I had to pay it.

If you want to keep all the information in one spot, which would be a good thing for other newbie Cdns, then ask each question here as it comes to you.
I will be based out of Nova Scotia. this is where i will start my adventures. I am hoping to get a van, im still saving and looking but hope to be on the road by end of summer. What are the laws for boondocking? Like if I was to have a cop/security person knock what should I tell them? Im thinking just that Im camping or heading somewhere and needed a rest. Is that pretty much the go to response? Ive been to and there are so many places to stay from coast to coast but if I have to stop at a walmart or something in a city.
Are there any regular meet ups?
The laws for 'boondocking' change as the places where one boondocks change. A lot of cities have ordinances that make it difficult if not impossible to sleep overnight in your vehicle. I've never tried it because I avoid big cities like the plague anyways and have always been able to find somewhere to park for the night where it's perfectly ok...therefore no late night knocks on the door telling me to move on....ever!

Boondocking traditionally has meant staying out in the boonies (hence the term) with no facilities whatsover. One carries in everything they  need and carries out all that's left over.

Right now I'm boondocking on crown land with my own solar, generator if I need it, water supply and food. When I leave I will leave as little trace of my presence as possible and take not only my garbage with me but also anything I find laying around the area.

Staying in a parking lot is not considered by most to be boondocking although the term has been appropriated by some.

If I'm travelling and am unable to find a free or cheap campsite to stay in then I take my pick of WalMart, truck stop, casino etc.

For WalMart locations that are okay to stay in, use - click on drivers (as opposed to camping), pick your province/state and use the mapping. Make sure you read the reports that are filed by users rather than just going by the colour coding. Sometimes the color hasn't been changed or you'll find notes that would rule out that store.

For Truckstops, I prefer Flying J in the US. I deliberately choose the ones that have RV parking shown in their guide - available by asking at the cash. Even though I don't need the big parking space it's indicative of a larger lot where I can park out of the way. Do NOT park way down back near the truck parking and the dumpster, you're too far out of reach of the security cameras and you'll be disturbed by the trucks coming and going. other truckstop chains also allow overnight parking but I've not had to use but one....a Co-op store in Alberta in an emergency. It was closed when I arrived and later another vehicle joined me.

For casinos, I go to and check for the province/state I'm in. Read the reports to find out what the rules are for that casino.

Most important for free campsites, particularly in the US although we're getting more and more Cdn listings - go to Freecampsites. net. If you're travelling use their trip planner, it's a great tool.

There is only one regular meet-up and that's the RTR )Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, held each January in Quartzite Arizona. There are several smaller groups who plan on meeting and camping together whenever and wherever they can.
(07-02-2017, 01:13 PM)Almost There Wrote: [ -> ]Right now I'm boondocking on crown land with my own solar, generator if I need it, water supply and food.....

Lots of helpful information thank you! Quick question, I am from Australia (living in Canada) so not sure what crown land is. Also, how do I find such areas?
Welcome to Canada Smile Crown land is government land.

What do fellow canadians use for internet that can be accessed in remote locations?
Crown land is land that is owned by the federal government - it was never sold off/divided up/ land granted etc. It's land that hasn't been turned in to national or provincial parks.

The individual provinces manage the land on behalf of the feds so each province makes their own rules about usage. Because each province manages their crown land, some provinces make it easier to camp on than others.

Ontario, for example, makes it somewhat difficult to car camp because it's all in northern ontario and a lot of the land is forestry managed. Once each forestry company is finished logging, they have to decommission the roads to release themselves of liability issues. Decommissioning the roads usually means tearing up the entrance access to it so you can't drive on them. I mostly found car camping on crown land at old boat launch areas that the MNR had put in decades ago. Residents are welcome to stay for free for up to 14 days before needing to move, non-residents can get a permit for camping that's really cheap. The ones you can camp at now are all in unorganized townships because the MNR downstreamed as many as they could to the municipal level who promptly put up all kinds of signs...sigh!

BC, on the other hand, encourages use of the crown land and has developed some 1,300 smaller camping areas that are mostly  now under the guidance/jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism. Some have a very small charge to cover the cost of maintenance of vault toilets, campsites, garbage removal etc. There is also undeveloped crown land. I'm about to start more exploration of the campsites they've developed.

To find crown land in each province for camping, simply google 'crown land camping in xxx' and start following the leads. Most provinces have crown land mapping that is available on line these days. Here's the one for BC -

The other way is to get to know the locals and ask them.
(07-02-2017, 02:10 PM)CanadianTraveler Wrote: [ -> ]What do fellow canadians use for internet that can be accessed in remote locations?

I use my data plan on my cell phone for a mobile wi-fi. I can access it on both my laptop and my kindle.

Of course if I'm out of cell phone range then nothing works anyways.... Rolleyes

You could use data on a satelilte phone but the costs are just plain insane.
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