Cruise Canada RV Rentals & Sales Celebrates 20 Years in the Canadian Motorhome Business
MESA, AZ--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - The spring sun had just begun to shine over Calgary, Alberta when Cruise Canada first opened its doors to travelers in 1988. The first Canadian location of Arizona-based Cruise America RV Rental and Sales, the Calgary RV rental office featured a fleet of just 100 vehicles available for short- and long-term rental.
But after two decades in the Canadian motorhome rental business and more than 75,000 rentals under its belt, Cruise Canada has plenty of reasons to celebrate its 20th anniversary this month -- including healthy growth, a thriving RV rental market and new lower prices on many used RVs for sale, including many at just $23,000, their lowest price ever.
"What began as a small office serving Canadian Rockies-bound campers has grown to a nationwide chain of six RV rental and sales centers managing a fleet of more than 1,200 RVs," said Robert Smalley, Jr., president of Cruise America/Cruise Canada. "Going to Canada has been one of the best expansion risks we ever took, and I'm proud that our company has found such a welcoming place in the hearts of our neighbors to the north."
Cruise Canada quickly expanded in its first years, adding RV rental centers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in 1989. The company has since added locations in Halifax and Whitehorse. Today more than 5,000 RV rentals are completed each year, bringing the thrill of the driver's seat to outdoor enthusiasts, sports fans, road trippers and others throughout Canada.
While the company now offers rentals across the country, trips in the Canadian Rockies near Calgary -- such as famed Banff National Park -- are still some of the most popular destinations among Cruise Canada customers. Other common vacation spots include Drumheller Valley, home of the Canadian Badlands and incredible prehistoric dinosaur fossils, and Niagara Falls, the massive waterfalls that straddle the border between Upstate New York and Ontario. Coast-bound travelers also flock to the Pacific Ocean and Vancouver Island on the West Coast, or the Maritimes along Canada's Eastern Seaboard. For more information on vacation destinations, visit the Canadian motorhome vacations section.
The company's RV rentals and used motorhomes for sale in Canada are available in compact, standard and large sizes, sleeping four to seven people and offering a kitchen, bathroom and living area. In addition to Cruise Canada's six locations, RV enthusiasts in the U.S. can visit one of Cruise America's more than 130 RV rental and sales centers at locations across the country.
Incorporated in 1987 in Calgary, Cruise Canada is the Canadian arm of Cruise America, which was founded in Florida in 1972 and is now based in Mesa, Ariz. The largest RV rental company in the U.S., Cruise America/Cruise Canada employs around 300 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada during peak seasons. Family-owned and operated, the company was founded by Robert Smalley, Sr., and is now led by his sons, CEO Randall Smalley and President Robert Smalley, Jr. For more information, visit www.CruiseAmerica.com.