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U-Haul® Top 25 Canadian Destination Cities January - December 2008

U-Haul Names Toronto As Top 2008 Canadian Destination 

PHOENIX (March 31, 2009) — U-Haul International, Inc., North America’s number one choice for do-it-yourself movers, today released the results of the annual 2008 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report titled “The 2008 Top 25 Canadian Destination Cities.” According to moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2008, Toronto was ranked No. 1 for the seventh year in a row, while Calgary came in at second for the fifth year in a row. Edmonton takes third and moves up from No. 4, with Montreal dropping to fourth place from No. 3. Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Victoria, Kitchener and Quebec City rounded out the top 10. 

“Since 1955, U-Haul has built a long and proud history of helping families move and store their belongings in Canada,” stated U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John “J.T.” Taylor. “Now more than ever, we are proud to offer Canadian families who need moving services the increased convenience of our locations, which makes for a shorter distance to travel when moving. This not only makes their move easier but also has the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.” 

The ranking reflects destinations for movers traveling more than 50 miles and considers every city in the country, regardless of size. However, the data is not stated as a percentage of population and is not reflective of overall growth. 

The 2008 Top 25 Canadian Destination Cities Report was compiled from more than 79,900 U-Haul truck transactions occurring between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, 2008. 

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the undisputed choice for the “do-it-yourself” mover, with a network of more than 15,650 locations in all 50 United States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the Company to maintain a fleet size of 96,000 trucks, 75,000 trailers and 35,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 395,000 rooms and more than 34 million square feet of storage space at more than 1,075 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer’s number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation’s largest retailers of propane. 

U-Haul® Top 25 Canadian Destination Cities* 

January - December 2008 

  1. TORONTO, Ontario
  2. CALGARY, Alberta 
  3. EDMONTON, Alberta
  4. MONTREAL, Quebec
  5. OTTAWA, Ontario
  6. VANCOUVER, British Columbia
  7. LONDON, Ontario
  8. VICTORIA, British Columbia
  9. KITCHENER, Ontario
  10. QUEBEC CITY, Quebec
  11. WINNIPEG, Manitoba
  12. HALIFAX, Nova Scotia
  13. HAMILTON, Ontario
  14. SURREY, British Columbia
  15. KELOWNA, British Columbia
  16. KINGSTON, Ontario
  17. MISSISSAUGA, Ontario
  18. SASKATOON, Saskatchewan
  19. RED DEER, Alberta
  20. BARRIE, Ontario
  21. WINDSOR, Ontario
  22. REGINA, Saskatchewan
  23. MONCTON, New Brunswick
  24. LETHBRIDGE, Alberta
  25. NANAIMO, British Columbia

*Data compiled from more than 79,900 U-Haul one-way truck transactions from January - December 2008. 

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