Van life has exploded on social media lately and with it’s popularity continuing to grow, there has never been a better time to try it! If you live for adventure and have always dreamed of exploring the Canadian Rockies; then renting a campervan from Cozy Campers in Calgary should be high on your priority list. Keep reading for everything you need to know about renting the Spruce Caboose for an epic Canadian road trip.
Cozy Campers is a Calgary campervan rental company located close to the YYC International Airport and only 1 hour from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The road trip possibilities are endless with trips including wine tasting in British Columbia, a natural hot spring trip down to Oregon, or even a Canadian ski trip to as many resorts as you can handle! Our legs cramped up after about 6… we challenge you to try and beat us? It`s also ideal for anyone interested in visiting National Parks like Banff, Yoho, and Jasper all year-round.
Cozy Campers is owned by two local Calgarians who have a passion for camping and the outdoors. Chris and Justin actually converted the van themselves! As of right now, they are looking to expand on their one van fleet to be able to offer even more fun to all of us, all the time.
The Spruce Caboose is a 2006 Dodge 3500 Sprinter Van that is powered by a Mercedes 2.7L diesel engine. This engine is legendary for being one of the most fuel efficient, reliable, and long lasting engines on the road today. That means decreased travel costs and peace of mind if you plan on camping off-the-grid.
This Calgary base campervan is equipped with a 280 Watt solar system which gives you power for lights, plugins, and the 12V fridge. The battery can also be charged while driving so you never have to worry about running out of power. The water system inside the van consists of a kitchen sink and an outdoor shower. Both of these water taps run off of a 12V pump that is attached to a fresh water tank.
The Spruce Caboose comes with a 2 burner propane stove that can be used inside (with a vent cracked) or outside on a picnic table. All your utensils, pots, pans, plates, mugs and other kitchen supplies are provided in a large drawer above the fridge. If it is raining or cold outside; the queen size bed transforms into a table making it perfect for eating, playing games, or even working (if you absolutely have too). There`s also a large roof fan to keep you cool during those hot summer months or act as a vent if you`re cooking inside.
Planning Your Trip
For international travelers, flying into the Calgary International Airport will be the most convenient method. Grabbing an Uber to the pick-up location will likely cost between $30-40 CAD. Depending on how much time you have, the season, and the activities you would like to do; there are SO many awesome trip options with Cozy Campers.
Driving the Icefields Parkway from Calgary, up to Banff, then to Jasper, is a very popular route and insanely beautiful in the summer and early fall. Between the turquoise glacier lakes and the color of the leaves changing in late September, you are bound to fall in love with this place.
Another popular route is a road trip through the Okanagan which is located in the interior of British Columbia. The Okanagan offers fantastic wine tasting in Kelowna, skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, swimming, fishing, and pretty much any other outdoor activity you could possibly imagine. It is usually a few degrees warmer than Calgary so it`s a great place to go in the fall, winter and spring!
Summer time in the Canadian Rockies is absolutely stunning so driving a campervan from Calgary is a perfect way to experience the natural beauty. If you`re planning on visiting places like Banff, Lake Louise, or Jasper, accommodation can be VERY expensive. Staying in a campervan is much more affordable and puts you right at the doorstep of your next adventure!
4 major National Parks make up the Rocky Mountains, dividing BC and Alberta. Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, and Glacier National Park all offer incredible waterfalls, alpine lakes, wildlife, view points, hiking trails, camping, biking, and fishing. During the summer months these parks get an influx of visitors so it’s nice to wake up early and get going before the crowds appear.
For some ideas on where to take The Spruce Caboose this summer, check out these posts:
Did someone say POWDER!? The Rockies aren’t just a summer destination and this vans name says it all. When the temperature outside drops, The Spruce Caboose stays COZY due to its insulated walls. You`ve also got 2 heater options. First, is a propane heater for use off the beaten path, and second is an electric heater for use if you have a plugin for the van. During the winter months, the shower and sink are likely to be winterized, but don`t worry! Stopping at public swimming pools or hot springs is a great alternative to getting a shower in before bed. The van is also equipped with winter tires and a set of chains, just in case you need them.
Calgary is within driving distance to dozens of ski resorts and endless back country terrain. Some of these resorts include Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Fernie, Castle Mountain, Revelstoke, Big White, Silverstar, Red Mountain, and even Whistler.
If your not a fan of down hill skiing there are many other winter activities to keep you busy! Canmore and Kananaskis Country offer snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, and ice fishing; along with many other adventurous ways to get outside. Make sure to add some natural hot springs to your list! Especially if you`re planning to drive to BC or down to the States.
For some ideas on where to take The Spruce Caboose this winter, check out these posts: