The first thing I discovered while writing this article is this:
Free campsites are rare.
Not only that, but some sites that used to be free often change their policies and start randomly charging small amounts of money depending on the year.
So be smart and bring $20. You know, just in case.
We still managed to find 7 FREE campsite as well as 2 very cheap ones. We also posted a link to a great Facebook group who share their secret camping spots as well as a map displaying the different areas where camping is unrestricted.
If you're looking for more suggestions, check out the Camping Sauvage Quebec's group where people post their own secret spots or you can scope out your own site on this map. (Green and Yellow areas are all FREE)
The custom airstream company in Montreal said Madonna's 1975 Airstream Sovereign 31' vehicle was designed in the likeness of a five-star hotel, featuring a custom leather couch and matching armchairs, retractable 50-inch TV monitors, a minibar and ice bin, heated floors, a tufted wall with custom light fixtures, a top-of-the-line sound system and custom under-carriage lights.
The RV even converts into a cigar lounge, built with a custom humidor and commercial air purifiers.
The price tag? A cool $200,000 USD. And Custom Airstream said other custom builds could cost up to $500,000 USD.
It's not the first time the Montreal-based camper customization company has worked with Madge. It also partnered with her on a "personal project" she hosted in the Hamptons in 2014.
"We're beyond excited to be part of Madonna's fun family moment," said a statement by David Schirmer, vice-president of sales and marketing at Custom Airstream.
"We woke up to a flood of phone calls, email and social media messages. People have been knocking down our door – it's been overwhelming in the best way possible. It's such an honour for our humble Québec company to add a little magic to Madonna's American Life!"
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Not everyone likes to stay in the same place for too long, which is why companies like Outdoorsy are offering people the chance to rent RVs while on vacation.
It’s a great way to see more of Montreal and surrounding areas during Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
You can go jet skiing on the St. Lawrence River or tour the Boucherville islands for the ultimate summer excursion. At the end of the day when you’re tapped out, you don’t have to waste time driving back to the hotel because your temporary home is parked right there! Plus, you can bring your pup along for the ride as most RV rentals are pet-friendly.
Details: This 4x4 is perfect for a family or two couples travelling together. You can take this van out to Parc Maisonneuve, where you can literally hang out with sheep, or drive out to the Botanical Garden to spend the day with the blooms of the week.
Details: For a romantic weekend getaway, you and your partner head over to Mont St-Grégoire, about a 45-minute drive fom the city. It's a quiet, gorgeous place to be if you want to unplug and get lost in nature.
Details: This vintage Volkswagen hasn’t lost it’s magic. It’s ideal for venturesome thrill-seekers who plan on bringing their mountain bikes down to the Mont-Royal Bike Path or Parc Angrignon which is an even longer path.
Details: After swimming in Lac-Saint-Joseph all day, you’ll appreciate cooling off at home base. This camper van has a retractable awning so you can enjoy a little coffee break in the shade. The next day, you can drive over to Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot to go berry picking at Quinn Farm and you’ll have plenty of storage space in the vehicle to bring back all that fresh fruit.
Details: For those on a budget, it’s good to know you have options that are less than $100 a night. If you have your own vehicle, you can rent and tow a trailer like this one. It’s 12 feet long and comes with everything you’d ever need. It even has a mosquito net on the kitchen door so you don’t have to worry about annoying bugs coming in.
Details: if you’re all about aesthetics, this turquoise Boler from the ‘70s is a total dream. Think of all the cool photos you can take when you park it just outside Le Massif, located in the Laurentian Mountains, or Mont Sainte-Anne that offers breathtaking views of Quebec City. If you want to travel around in this vehicle, it does require a minimum of three days for you to book it.
Details: For a little more wiggle room, especially if you’re travelling with a group of friends, this 2020 motorhome is the way to go. From Montreal, you can all head out to Masonville and hike through Owl Head before venturing out to Lac Morency in Saint-Hippolyte, QC for some water sports the next day.