Alberta Catering to ‘Saturation’ of RV Lovers
Camping often conjures up images of tenting under starry skies, but as the May long weekend launches Alberta’s season, the province’s campgrounds will be dominated by recreational vehicles.
CBC News reports that Albertans are big fans of camping on wheels. Industry statistics show 26% of Albertans own an RV — a greater saturation than in any other province. Alberta also boasted the highest retail sales numbers in Canada, with $796 million worth of RVs sold in 2011.
Even Alberta’s tourism minister has tried comfort camping. Richard Starke borrowed his in-laws camper van last year to tour around the province with his wife.
“Albertans love their recreation vehicles,” said Starke.
“We live in an absolutely beautiful province and it just beckons for people to just get outdoors and enjoy the outdoors, especially in the summer months. And I guess the second reason is we have a very robust economy. People have disposable income that allows for them to purchase these units.”
At Ranchland RV Trailer Sales north of Calgary, owner Dania Filippetto says RVs are appealing to Albertans working in demanding jobs.
“People in this province are so busy right now,” she said. “Clients are happily working more hours than you can shake a stick at, and to be able to take the family out for the weekend and create some memories — it’s a big thing.”
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