When you picture road tripping across Canada, the first thought that comes to mind is unlikely that of a mass parking lot of a mega-chain store. However, if funds are running low, and RV/Camper Parking is nowhere to be found, then drive to your nearest Wal-Mart and look for other campers tucked away in the far corners of the parking lot.
The majority of Wal-Marts across Canada allow RV/Campervans to park free of charge in their parking lot. Be sure to check all entrances for a “No Overnight RV Parking” sign, however these signs are rare. There are some Wal-Marts that refuse free RV and Camper parking, but they are few and far between. Many Wal-Marts have taken an underused portion of their lot and use it to encourage the RV/Campervans to stay. Knowing perfectly well that you will likely use their facilities and perhaps even stock up for the next leg of your trip.
One thing worth mentioning, is this is free parking, not free camping. Unfortunately you can’t just pitch a tent in the parking lot, despite how cool that would be. In order to reap the benefits of free RV/Campervan parking, one needs to have a RV (motorhome) a campervan, or at least a car to sleep in.
I highly recommend you use this as a last resort, the campgrounds in Canada are truly unique. Many are next to rivers, lakes, and beautiful scenery. Each offering it’s own view into the Canadian Wilderness. It’s very rare you’ll experience this kind of beauty in a Wal-mart parking lot.
The thought of sleeping on the doorsteps of a mega-chain store might sicken you to your stomach, considering you are traveling Canada to experience the “Great Outdoors”, not the “Great parking lots that destroy the great outdoors”. Keep in mind, the damage is done, and I’m rarely one to look a gift horse in the mouth.