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All the Right Moves

Chilliwack comes in second across Canada with U-Haul rentals

Paige Brown, U-Haul


Surelock Mini Storage Park at 43903 Industrial Way has been offering U-Haul products and services since 2012.


n abundance of outdoor living and recreational opportunities in Chilliwack have people flocking to the Fraser Valley, and last year the arrivals clearly outweighed the departures among do-it-yourself movers.


“Chilliwack is surrounded by fantastic mountains. It’s one of B.C.’s fastest going communities with world-class sports fishing, whitewater rafting, beautiful lakes, hiking and biking trails. If a healthy lifestyle is what you’re seeking, Chilliwack is your destination. Being in Chilliwack allows for quick access to Vancouver with far greater affordability.” said Horace Martin, U-Haul Company of British Columbia president in a release Thursday.

“It’s no surprise that people from across B.C. and Canada are discovering what a great community Chilliwack is to live, work and play,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said. “With housing prices on the rise in the Lower Mainland, more people are starting to look outside the big city and are finding a hidden gem in Chilliwack.”

This city ranks No. 2 among the U-Haul Top 10 Canadian Growth Cities for 2015. Growth rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year.

U-Haul locations in here saw 55.7 percent of truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed leaving. Chilliwack welcomed 26 percent more U-Haul arrivals year-over-year, while its departures were up 5 percent over the same period. The overall bump in U-Haul traffic made this urbanized sanctuary an eventful place for do-it-yourself movers.

While U-Haul migration trends don’t correlate directly to population or economic growth, the growth cities data is a strong gauge of how well cities are attracting and keeping residents.

“Our city boasts excellent public and independent school systems and is home to the University of the Fraser Valley, a fully accredited, public university that enrols approximately 15,000 students per year with campuses throughout the Fraser Valley,” Gaetz added. “Having excellent educational opportunities within our community makes Chilliwack a very attractive location for students and families.

“In addition to being a great place to live, many businesses are discovering that Chilliwack is a good place to do business. City Hall offers a business friendly environment through low and competitive business tax rates, efficient and streamlined permitting processes and sound infrastructure investment.”

Chilliwack is 65 miles east of Vancouver, located in the Fraser Valley and south of the Fraser River. World-class freshwater fishing, more than 100 parks, 85 km of trails to explore, river rafting and golfing are a few of the noteworthy activities that have helped create the nickname of “The Great Outside.”

Chilliwack is the fourth and final British Columbia destination to make the Top 10 Growth Cities list for 2015. Continue following the countdown on through March 4 to see the No. 1 city revealed.






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