How to Pack Light for a Spring or Summer Road Trip in Your Toyota

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

With the weather improving here in High River, you might be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors and see more of Canada. One way to do so is by taking a road trip in your Toyota! Our team at High River Toyota put together these tips for packing light for your next journey.

1. Leave Some Bathroom Items at Home

If you’re planning on staying in a hotel during your trip, there’s a high chance that you will find complimentary items like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in your room. Rather than bulking up your bathroom bag, skip some of these items and others that you don’t absolutely need on the road.

2. Try the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule

If you’re going on a shorter trip, the editors at REI.com recommend the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule, which suggests bringing 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 pairs of socks, and 6 pairs of underwear (plus a bra for those who wear one). While this requires you to wear some items more than once, it allows freedom to not lug around a large suitcase wherever you go.

3. Ditch the portable tech

Let’s face it; you’re not going on a road trip to stare at your laptop or portable gaming console, right? You want to enjoy the world around you and remove yourself from the internet for a bit. Rather than relying on all of that tech, only bring the essentials (like your smartphone, charger, and small headphones) to keep it simple.

These are just a few tips for packing light on your next road trip. Let us know if you have any additional tips when you stop by and see us!

Meet the First-Ever Toyota GR Corolla

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Pictured: 2022 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has been part of the Toyota lineup for decades and has seen quite a few changes over the years. One of the most recent developments arrives in the form of the first-ever Toyota GR Corolla — a heart-pumping version of the already popular car.

The “GR” comes from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a team that prides itself on creating vehicles with outstanding performance, handling, and functionality. In fact, the new GR Corolla is powered by a direct/port-injected three-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That robust engine is paired with the GR Four All-Wheel-Drive powertrain to offer varying power distribution to the front and rear wheels for maximum control.

Along with playing the part of a performance vehicle, the GR Corolla is also incredibly stylish. The Core grade comes in white, black, and Supersonic Red colour options while the Circuit Edition will be available in white, Supersonic Red, and Heavy Metal. The Circuit Edition model also adds a forged carbon fibre roof, a rear spoiler, and a vented bulge hood. Inside, the Brin Naub® suede-trimmed seats with red accents round out the athleticism of this new car.

You don’t have to give up on a fun car when you’ve got kids, though! The new GR Corolla is also equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 system. This includes driver-assist features like Risk Avoidance Emergency Steering, Lane Departure, and more.

Pricing and availability for the all-new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will arrive later this year. Until then, stay tuned and contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Get the Best Deal on Tires with the Toyota Price Match Promise

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When it comes time to buy a new set of tires for your Toyota, you want to be confident that you’re getting the best value for your dollar. High River Toyota offers that assurance you crave with the Toyota Price Match Promise.[1]

Simply put, the Toyota Price Match Promise is that if you find tires at a better price anywhere, High River Toyota will match that price. Yes, it is that simple. This way, you can always drive out of High River Toyota knowing that you paid the best price available anywhere in Canada for your tires.

Better still, the Toyota Price Match Promise applies to some of the best and most popular brands available today. Names like Firestone, Goodyear, Continental, and Yokohama — all qualify for price-matching.

Buying new tires isn’t always the most desirable or exciting part of vehicle ownership, but High River Toyota and the Toyota Price Match Promise make it easier buy guaranteeing the best bang for your buck. And you’ll always receive the highest quality service when you bring your Toyota in for rotations, balancing, inflation, and other tire maintenance tasks.

Shop confidently at High River Toyota thanks to the Toyota Price Match Promise. And if you’re on the market for a new Toyota, be sure to check out our selection and visit our showroom in High River, Alberta.

[1] Should you find a lower Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote on tires within thirty (30) days before or after the purchase of qualifying tires from a participating Canadian Toyota Dealer, present the Toyota dealer where you purchased or intend to purchase qualifying tires with proof of the Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote. They will verify the price and that the item is in stock and available for immediate sale and delivery, and then match the lower price. Canadian advertised or Canadian internet quotes are eligible from local tire retailers only within an 80km radius of your dealership’s location. “Price Match” DOES NOT apply to advertising errors or misprints, sale pricing, Boxing Day prices, special educational prices, restricted offers, mail order offers, competitor rebates, coupons, premiums, free or bonus offers, limited or minimum quantity or limited time offers, close-outs, liquidations, clearances, financing offers and 3 for 1 offers. Offer does not apply to advertised prices or internet quotes from outside Canada, online retailers, liquidators, commercial or fleet accounts, clearance houses or other sellers that do not install tires do not qualify. Handwritten or verbal estimates/quotes will not be considered. Subject to stock availability. The advertised item must be an in-stock brand sold by the Toyota Tire Centre and be the same size, model, sidewall, speed and load rating. Qualifying tires must be purchased and installed at a participating Toyota dealer in Canada. Price Match Promise does not apply to costs associated with labour, valve stems, mounting/balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Offer valid on the following tire brands: MICHELIN, BFGOODRICH, UNIROYAL, BRIDGESTONE, FIRESTONE, GOODYEAR, DUNLOP, KELLY, CONTINENTAL, GENERAL, PIRELLI, YOKOHAMA, TOYO, GISLAVED, HANKOOK, LAUFENN and FALKEN. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice.

How to Transport a Paddleboard on Your Car

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Paddleboarding is an amazing way to relax on the water and explore new places. But before you can get your board on the water, you need to bring it there — and loading a non-inflatable paddleboard onto a car can be a tricky job.

With a Roof Rack

The best way to transport a paddleboard is with SUP-specific rack mounted on your vehicle’s crossbars. There are many paddleboard-compatible racks on the market, including some that enable you to carry more than one. For safe transport, make sure to read directions closely.

Without a Roof Rack

It’s possible to transport a paddleboard without a rack or even without crossbars. In the former case, you can tie the paddleboard directly to the crossbars, but you’ll need to add padding to ensure the bars don’t damage the board. If your car has a smooth roof, then you can consider investing in a soft inflatable roof rack, such as one made of foam.

In a Truck

If you drive a truck, your paddleboard likely extends past the length of the bed. Put padding over the tailgate and then tie the board down as close to the tailgate as possible using side rails or your truck’s tie-down mounts. If the paddleboard extends past the tailgate by more than a few feet, you should hang a red or orange flag from the board. It may be required by law.

At High River Toyota, you can buy genuine Toyota parts and accessories that make it easier to mount paddleboards as well as other equipment. Visit our website or our store in High River, Alberta, for a closer look!

Introducing the Tundra Capstone

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The introduction of the 2022 Toyota Tundra has been especially exciting because it marks the beginning of a new generation for this adventurous truck. Toyota is now debuting the new Tundra Capstone grade that elevates the truck-driving experience even further.

Leveled Up Luxury

On the outside, the Tundra Capstone is outfitted with eye-catching 22-inch chrome rims, a unique grille, chrome mirror caps, and chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts, among other chrome detailing. To help you get inside, the automatic running boards will pop out for a step up. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a handful of luxury features made from high-quality materials, like semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, an open-pore Dark American Walnut finish on the centre console and dash, and a panoramic moonroof.

Toughness Comes Standard

Even though it sports a premium look, the Tundra Capstone is still a tough truck. It’s powered by the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that generates up to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and performance. All things considered, you can tow up to 4,690 kg with the Tundra Capstone.

The Security of Safety Sense

Just like all other 2022 Tundra models, the Capstone model is equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This includes driver-assist features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and many other helpful systems. Additionally, the Tundra Capstone comes with Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder that lets you know if anything is still in the back when the engine is turned off.

These are just some of the highlights of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, arriving at Canadian dealerships this spring. Contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Tips for Easter Dinner and Your Toyota

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Easter is just around the corner and other than spending time with family, one of the most enjoyable traditions is eating a delicious meal. If you plan on traveling somewhere with food in the car, we’ve put together these tips for transporting Easter dinner in your Toyota.

Slow Cooker Travel Tips

A slow cooker, like the Crockpot™, is helpful for cooking a large, delicious meal. But when you transport one of these that is full of hot food, the lid can become loose and cause its contents to spill in your car. First, try finding a slow cooker with a locking lid. If you don’t have a locking lid, try wrapping the slow cooker in towels and wedge it in place between the front- and second-row seats on the floor.

Hot Casserole Travel Tips

A casserole dish can have a similar issue as a crock-pot when it comes to loose lids. However, most casserole dishes are less soup-y and can withstand a few tiny bumps in the road. But to help keep it hot on the way to your destination, place it in an insulated bag or wrap it in towels to keep the heat in as much as possible.

Cold Food Travel Tips

For short trips, transporting cold food is a breeze; just keep the lid on and try to avoid blasting the heat in your car. But if you’re traveling further than a 10-minute drive, consider placing the cold food item container on ice in a cooler to keep it fresh.

Here at High River Toyota, we wish you a Happy Easter and hope you stay safe during all of your traveling.

The Best Places to Ski in Alberta

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Whether you’re new to the sport or you just want to get back out on the slopes, skiing is a great way to spend time outdoors in winter. To help you figure out where to go in your capable Tundra or adventurous Highlander, our team at High River Toyota has listed some of the best places to ski in Alberta.

Banff Sunshine Village

Thanks to its large size and variety of options, Banff Sunshine Village makes a lot of “best of” lists for skiing. The most unique part about this resort is that it’s not located near a parking lot and is actually at the end of a 15-minute gondola ride. The resort is comprised of three areas — Lookout Mountain, Mount Standish, and Goat’s Eye Mountain — totaling 3,358 acres of terrain with the highest point at 8,954 feet.

Marmot Basin

A little further north is where you’ll find Marmot Basin near Jasper. Although it’s a smaller resort, its base elevation is an impressive 5,570 feet, meaning you have a longer season to ski (typically from November to May). There are 91 runs waiting for you, including starter options to quite a few black and double black routes.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Often described as a must-visit spot, Lake Louise Ski Resort has been home to several World Cup ski events over the years. The resort boasts a daunting 3,250-foot vertical drop as well as breathtaking views atop Whitehorn Mountain. Last year, the resort added a new quad chair lift in the West Bowl advanced skiers area.

These are just a few of the best places to head out on the slopes in Alberta. What other spots would you recommend?

Tips for Your First Time Snowboarding

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With the Winter Olympic Games upon us, excitement surrounding winter sports is at an all-time high. If you’re itching to pack up your Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner and head out to the slopes, here are some snowboarding tips from our team at High River Toyota.

Get the gear

Safety is crucial when you’re gliding down the side of a mountain. While it may seem fun to just jump on a board and go, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. SnowboardHow founder Lorraine Lam suggests buying a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, and hip pads in addition to your boots, jacket, pants, goggles, and base layer of clothing.

Hire a pro

There’s no shame in hiring an instructor to help you on your first few snowboarding outings. These trained professionals will teach you important lessons so you can stay safe and have fun. Even after you’ve got the basics down, it might be a good idea to take refresher courses at the start of a new season.

Prepare physically

If you’re not in great physical shape, it will be difficult to take on snow-covered mountains. Even though it looks like you’re just swaying back and forth on the board, snowboarding takes a lot of core and leg strength to succeed (and not fall down a hill).

The most important tip we can provide is to have fun! Getting out there and taking on a new skill can be daunting yet incredibly rewarding.

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down This Winter in Alberta

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Even when you take precautions, your vehicle could still break down and put you in a risky situation during a frigid Alberta winter. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place so you don’t panic, and these tips are a good place to start.

Stay Put

If you get stranded in nasty weather, it’s usually best to stay put in your vehicle, call for help, and wait instead of getting out and exposing yourself to cold temperatures and blinding snow. If you can still run the engine, it’s OK to turn it on for a bit to operate the heater, but keep a window open and try not to empty the gas tank. If you do run out of gas, keep the windows shut so the cabin doesn’t lose all its warmth.

Conserve Your Energy

If your vehicle is stuck in snow, it’s typically better to wait for help and try to stay warm. Exiting the vehicle and trying to dig yourself out could sap your energy at a time when you really need it. If for some reason it’s unsafe to stay in your vehicle, cover your face and bundle up as securely as possible and seek shelter out of the wind.

Be Prepared

You can’t always avoid a breakdown, but you can be prepared for when it happens. Keep your vehicle stocked with blankets, flares, food and water, a charged cellphone, and other emergency supplies.

It’s also a good idea to stay up to date on maintenance during the winter months so your vehicle is in the best condition possible. For your safety and peace of mind, schedule an appointment soon with the High River Toyota service department here in High River, Alberta.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaways in Alberta

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to hop in your Toyota and take your partner on a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. Need a few ideas? Here are some great destinations to consider.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa boasts beautiful mountain views and an array of pools, saunas, and steam rooms where you and your sweetie can soak away your cares. Located less than 2 hours from High River, it’s close enough for a day trip, or you could make a full weekend of it with a room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and a ski date on one of the nearby slopes.

Lake Louise

If you and your partner love ice skating, drive up to Banff National Park and enjoy a day on Lake Louise, which transforms into an enormous, beautiful rink every winter. Afterward, you can relax at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy lovely mountain views, delicious food and drinks, and luxurious accommodations.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch in Red Deer is an incredible spot for a memorable date night. Along with high-end dining at the on-site restaurant, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides on the scenic ranch grounds, then retreat afterward to a romantic suite at the nearby Cambridge Red Deer Hotel.  

Wherever you decide to go this Valentine’s Day, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready by scheduling a service appointment here at High River Toyota!