Summer’s arrival coincides with moving season. U-Haul says about 45 per cent of all moves occur between now and early September as families change addresses in large numbers.
U-Haul recently named its Top 50 Canadian Destination Cities for the past calendar year.
Calgary maintained the top spot in the rankings for the second consecutive year and third time in four years, receiving more one-way U-Haul truck rentals in 2015 than any other destination.
Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa completed the top five. Toronto, which was the top destination for U-Haul trucks from 2002-11 and again in 2013, climbed two spots after slipping to fourth in 2014.
London, Vancouver, Hamilton, Victoria and Kitchener claimed spots 6-10, respectively.
“From recreational activities and professional sports to our universities, Calgary – and Alberta – is a great place to raise a family and a great place for kids to be educated and pursue their chosen careers,” says Gordon Anderson, U-Haul Company of Southern Alberta president. “It is and always has been a desirable place to live, but one of our province’s main industries (oil) is struggling. The economy is a little behind right now, but Calgary remains a very busy location for U-Haul trucks moving in and out.”
The report reflects the top drop-off locations for one-way U-Haul truck rentals and does not account for departing traffic from those cities. Every city is considered, regardless of size. Data is not stated as a percentage of population and is not necessarily reflective of growth, the company says.
The report was compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occurred during 2015.
U-Haul also released its top Canadian Growth Cities earlier this year. Toronto was crowned the No. 1 Growth City.