The last week before school went back, my parents called us up with a crazy idea… they asked us to join them for a small leg of their cross-country, three-month-long trek!

My parents are GMC Classic Motorhome owners, in a club called the GMC Cascaders, the members of this particular group are from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

On August 6, 2012 they left White Rock, BC and set out with a dozen or so other GMC Classic Coaches and started their journey across Canada. Anyone with a GMC Motorhome is welcome to join up and travel with them for however long they can.

With 4,300 miles behind them and down to 4 coaches… that’s when we joined them.

After sightseeing on our own a bit, touring around, talking about The War of 1812 and explaining to my children that the Laura Secord Homestead is not a chocolate factory.. our first night {a Tuesday} together was spent at a campground in Niagara-On-The-Lake. I just love that part of Ontario!!!!

Each meal they try to have together, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s like one big family caravan! We don’t have a 1977 GMC Eleganza II – 26 ft coach but we do own a 2012 GMC Sierra…. so we tented it alongside of them for the week.

Our second night was spent at Rideau Acres Campground in Kingston, Ontario. It was a beautiful campsite, right beside the Rideau waterway. The views were amazing and the sunset was breathtaking. The campsite was one we’d like to go back and stay at, the grounds were well kept, the pool and bathrooms too. I’d highly recommend you take some time out if passing through and stay a night or two.

It was fun to travel with my parents too. Catching up, sharing stories and taking lots of pictures! I don’t get to see them that often and my children see them even less. Since they are the only grandparents living… this time is PRECIOUS!!

By Thursday evening we finally made it to our final destination with the GMC’ers. VIVA LA MONTREAL! It was my very first time to Quebec, same with the kids and we were all very excited.

Unfortunately our first night in Montreal was spent at the nosiest campground on the face of the planet. Had we known we were smack-dab beside not only the highway but a train track, we would have pressed on to another campground. I didn’t sleep well, even with ear-plugs. I will never again stay at Montreal West KOA!

We were very thankful when we moved to KOA Montreal South the next night… much, much, much better! But I tell ya… $90 a night for just our crew to camp… OUCH!

Old MontrΓ©al was amazing. The cobblestone streets, the outdoor cafes, the quaint shops, the French… it was like being in a small European village. If it wasn’t for the Poutine I probably would have forgotten we were still in Canada.

We didn’t have as much time as we needed to see all that we wanted to see, trying to find a parking spot for a 26 foot long vehicle is a bit tough. It did allow us to travel into the city via the subway though, that too was a first! πŸ™‚

We turned back on the Saturday, making our way back home via Ottawa, our nation’s Capital. We met up with some great friends of our own along the way…

I very much enjoyed hopping on the open road, camping along the way and taking it easy with my parents and a bunch of random strangers who have all become great friends thanks to their love to travel in a GMC Classic Motorhome!

Tey’ll be heading through the United States soon, picking up new people and saying good-bye to others along the way. They’re on the road until the end of October where I’ll fly in to meet them in Las Vegas! I’m not camping that trip…


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  1. It's so great that you got to spend that time with your family! I love the Niagara region too and we don;t get there nearly enough.

    I was sad that I couldn't make it to your Ottawa meetup, there was just too much to do to get ready for school!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! I did this (sort of) with my extended family growing up and loved it! My family tended and my grandparents and great-aunt and uncle had their motorhomes (which matched, coincidentally). We did two trips – Jasper one summer, Drumhellar the other. Great memories! πŸ™‚

  3. So fun! Especially since it was spent with family πŸ™‚ Looks like it was a great time full of new memories to be made πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds like an amazing experience for your parents. I am so glad that you got to join them for part of their journey as I know how little you see them and miss them. Also major bonus that I got to see you. If it wasn't for the fact that I hate camping I would totally want to do something like that. However I think hotelling it along the way would be REALLY expensive.

  5. This is amazing! What a fantastic journey for you all and priceless family time! I would love, love to try something like this! Awesome post!!

  6. I want to go back to Old Montreal so badly. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love for my hubby and daughters to be able to walk the cobblestone streets, enjoy the poutine and Van Houtte Bistro's and of course stop at all the cool little shops!

  7. So much fun! I love their motorhome!

  8. That sounds like a great trip. I love it. Inspiration for me and my family. Thanks!

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