A few days into my visit "home", I tweeted the following:
Something you don't see in Montreal: 6 trucks at the intersection. #yyc
— Kristen M (@Moultgard) December 26, 2011
We were in a Subaru Forester, which is not small, and we were the smallest vehicle at the intersection. As someone who normally drives a VW Golf, it was a little odd to feel so small in something so big.
It was really quite notable to see that many trucks on the road. It isn't something I'm used to here and isn't something we saw in Ottawa either. I'm told that the price of trucks is one of the reasons you see so many of them in Alberta. If you're looking for something large that isn't a minivan, a big truck with the big cab is about half the price (with similar features) of an SUV. Sure, you may never USE the bed of your truck (except for when you go to IKEA or your friends with a Golf need help moving a couch), but you buy it because it is cheaper than the alternative.
Also cheap in Alberta? Gas. They were getting all up in arms about it going up to $1.07 per litre while we were there. The price of gas in Montreal when we got back?
Yeah- not having a place to park a giant truck isn't the only reason you don't see them as much around here. Filling our Golf is more expensive here than filling you Hummer (and yes, we saw a few of them) back in Calgary...
|this has nothing to do with the post except that it was taken in Calgary- and i love and miss the Calgary skies.|