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Old 02-13-2016, 05:03 PM   #11
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In America, the "America the Beautiful" annual pass is $80 for 12 months. It covers only entrance fees to National Parks and Federal recreation sites. If you are a confirmed cheapskate like me, you buy yours on the 1st or 2nd of the month and get 13 months of use out of it. E.g. buy the pass on April 2nd and they punch April as the last month you can use it next year.

In your neck of the woods, if you are planning more than 3 trips to Mt. Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades etc. it would probably be worthwhile as it's like $25 a carload of people for Park entrance fees, good for 7 days.

In Canada, the National Parks charge per person, per day. The fees quickly add up. I got a Canadian all-Parks pass for about CAD$135 that covers my family, again good for 12 months. But I live in an area where there are 6 or 7 National Parks within a days' drive. If you don't plan a lot of visitation in the Canadian parks, paying the daily fees might be the way to go.
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Old 02-13-2016, 05:37 PM   #12
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Parks Canada to waive entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th - Calgary - CBC News
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:47 PM   #13
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Remember that entrance fees and user fees for camping are often separate things. For instance, the annual Canadian National Parks pass (not needed in 2017 as baglo mentioned) only covers entrance to the park - if you camp, you're still paying a nightly (or weekly) fee.

Canadian provinces operate their provincial parks entirely separately, so even if one province has an annual pass, I would not expect it to be honoured by any other province. I assume that in the U.S. state parks are similarly separate.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:01 PM   #14
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I know you can get a yearly membership for KOA and I did that for my motorhome rental last spring and it saved me enough to pay for itself and a bit more. Are there other places worthwhile in getting a membership to?
Regarding the club memberships...you might find this page useful: RV Membership Clubs

Marianne lists the major RV/camping clubs, their costs, pros and cons of each. She's writing from the perspective of a Canadian who makes months-long trips to the Southwest US in a Class 'B' Roadtrek, but the info still applies.
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For park / permit / fee info for that beautiful country up north, google Parks Canada. Their website has a ton of information regarding national and provincial campgrounds.
Thanks! I did not know that about that site.
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Regarding the club memberships...you might find this page useful: RV Membership Clubs

Marianne lists the major RV/camping clubs, their costs, pros and cons of each. She's writing from the perspective of a Canadian who makes months-long trips to the Southwest US in a Class 'B' Roadtrek, but the info still applies.
Thanks! I've read and bookmarked her page. Lots of info on clubs that I didn't know existed.

Gawd, this forum is excellent for getting information that you never knew existed!
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Even if you don't usually follow the RV.Net forum, you might be interested in the State Parks collection of links.
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Another discount program I haven't seen mentioned is Passport America. We have used it for full hookups in private campgrounds. Often times campgrounds are 1/2 price with this membership. In our initial return from picking up our 5.0TA this past fall (10 weeks, 6,500 miles) we tried most of the types of stops, KOA, Walmart, state parks and national parks as this was our first RV experience. We have Good Sam but won't renew but got good value with the Passport America discount travel card.
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The downside of Passport are the restrictions, most weekends or most summer months are excluded. If you travel off season and mid week it may be worth it.
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The downside of Passport are the restrictions, most weekends or most summer months are excluded. If you travel off season and mid week it may be worth it.
It's true there are many restrictions. Length of stay, and day of week are the most common. Having said that, we've probably saved $300 or so in camping fees so far with Passport America. That means our lifetime membership has basically paid for itself in just over a year, and any future savings are icing on the cake. Planning and calling ahead is key.
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