It’s hard not to see why people love recreational vehicles. They allow us to get away from the house and visit someplace new without actually really feeling like we’ve left home. Instead of hoping on an airplane and going somewhere completely different, a RV is an extension of where we live that we can take with us to anywhere with an open road.

But the thing that folks might not realize is that you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to justify these outings. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a trip out in your RV at spots that are just a short distance from Edmonton. Here are three great places for YEG RV enthusiasts to stay that won’t require a lot of time on the road to get to:

Pigeon Lake

Located just 75 minutes out of Edmonton, Pigeon Lake is one of the most popular recreational areas in the entire province, but those who’ve been there in the summer might not know that the campground is open during the winter. Make sure you reserve early, though, as there are only six winter spots (and while you’ll have electricity, you’ll have to bring your own water).

Visit albertaparks.ca/pigeon-lake/ for reservation details.

Wabamun Lake

Less than an hour away west of Edmonton, this beloved vacation spot is home to a large variety of wildlife and village communities. It includes both natural and manmade beaches and offers the chance to indulge in such summer activities as sailing, canoeing, water skiing, biking, birding, geocaching and hiking.

albertaparks.ca/wabamun-lake/

Elk Island National Park

If it took 12 hours to get to Elk Island National Park from Edmonton, it would still be worth the trip, so it’s an extra bonus that it’s only a 40-minute drive! Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the park not only offers a full camping experience all year-round, but entry into the Park is free for all Canadians in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

travelalberta.com/ca/places-to-go/national-parks/elk-island-national-park/

These are just a small sample of the places perfect for those who pick up a new RV at this weekend’s 37th Edmonton RV Expo & Sale in the Edmonton EXPO Centre and want to test it out as soon as possible. One of the best things about living in a province as big and beautiful as Alberta is that it definitely offers a wide range of places to see and things to do throughout the entire year.

Happy Camping!

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