Montreal earns the No. 3 spot on the U-Haul Canadian Destination Cities list for 2016, according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report.
Arrivals jumped 12.6 percent year-over-year as Montreal rose one spot from its 2015 ranking to become one of the three busiest Canadian cities for incoming U-Haul trucks.
U-Haul Destination Cities are ranked according to the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul truck rentals to a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities do not account for departing traffic and thus do not necessarily reflect growth like U-Haul Growth Cities. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community.
375 Years of History
“This year, Montreal is celebrating its 375th birthday,” said Claude Boucher, U-Haul Company of Western Quebec president. “We are expecting an increase in travel to Montreal due to the monumental celebration. This city has nearly four centuries worth of culture, and many of our historic buildings remain standing. Montreal is a bilingual city. I imagine that plays a factor in its No. 3 ranking. People move from all over the world to Montreal. There’s always something to do here.”
U-Haul has six Company-owned stores and 22 independent neighborhood dealers within the city limits. It also offers many more locations to fulfill the needs of suburbs outside Montreal. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Montreal at uhaul.com/locations.
“Montreal is a beautiful place to live and work,” said Joanne Adams, U-Haul Company of Eastern Quebec president. “The economy is booming here and the cost of living is reasonable. Great things are happening in Montreal.”
U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
Follow the Top 10 Canadian Destination Cities countdown through June 30 on Twitter @uhaul. Thus far the list has included: 10. Victoria; 9. Kitchener; 8. Hamilton; 7. Vancouver; 6. London; 5. Ottawa; and 4. Edmonton. View all migration trends reports, including the U-Haul 2016 Canadian Growth Cities release, at myuhaulstory.com.
What They Are Saying About Montreal
“Anyone who visits Montreal will say it’s beautiful. It’s a nice city with a strong economy. There is a substantial difference in the exchange rate for the U.S. dollar so that many Americans come to visit, and then they decide to stay.” — Claude Boucher, U-Haul Company of Western Quebec president
Top 10 Canadian Destination Cities