As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking of some great ways to get outdoors with your family. Luckily, Alberta is filled to the brim with beautiful gardens and conservatories that you can enjoy. Here are a few outdoor destinations to explore in Alberta.
Conservatory & Gardens at Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo has more than just animals to offer. It also has flora from all over the world. Stretching across six acres, the Dorothy Harvie Gardens are filled to the brim with plants and trees from Alberta, while the indoor ENMAX Conservatory is home to tropical plants and shrubs, along with hundreds of butterflies.
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge
Step into the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden for a unique experience in Alberta. This four-acre garden was created in 1967 to celebrate the citizens of Japanese ancestry in Lethbridge. It has structural features that were crafted in Kyoto, Japan and will help you feel at peace as you walk through the beautifully designed gardens.
High River Community Gardens
We here at High River Toyota love to get back to nature close to home, and the High River Community Gardens are a great place to do so. These two gardens are located in McLaughlin Meadows near the Town Farm. Here, local gardeners can take a plot and grow whatever they please there. It’s a great place to walk through and simply enjoy the beauty of vegetables, fruit, and flowers growing.
Here in High River, Alberta, we’re surrounded by the beauty of nature. And, if your family is the adventurous type, then you likely need a vehicle that can keep up. That’s where the 2021 Toyota Highlander comes in. Here are some great outdoorsy accessories for your Highlander that are sure to enhance your crew’s nature-oriented lifestyle.
Get the right towing hitch. Whether you need to pull a trailer for your kayaks or want to bring a popup trailer with you on your next camping trip, having the right towing hitch is important. Hook up the one that’s made specifically for the Highlander and top up to 2,268 kg with ease.
Protect your Highlander’s exterior. Hit the unbeaten track without having to worry about the damage mud, rocks, and debris will do to your exterior paint job with the Highlander’s available paint protection film and hood deflector. These will keep your exterior covered so you don’t have to worry about chipped paint or future rust.
Add extra storage. If you’re going camping or heading out for a day hike, having the right equipment with you is important. Add even more storage to the 2021 Highlander’s maximum cargo capacity of 2,387 litres by adding roof rails, so you can fit your rooftop storage containers on top with ease.
Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start the warmer weather out on the right foot. So, why not give your car a good spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help you get your car clean for spring drives in High River, AB.
Give the exterior some love. From salt to hail to general winter grime, your car’s exterior has undergone a beating during the winter. One of the big ways you can spring clean your car is to clean its exterior. This can help reduce the damage winter can do to your vehicle over time, reducing the likelihood of rust and more.
Don’t forget the car’s undercarriage. Over the winter, salt can sit on the bottom of your car. This can cause it to rust down the road, so while you’re spring cleaning your car, make sure you give the undercarriage a thorough cleaning, too.
Tidy up your interior. Trash can gather over the winter, especially when it’s too cold to clean out your vehicle regularly. Gather any rubbish that’s littering your cabin, then give it a thorough vacuuming. Also, don’t forget to take out your floor mats and clean them as well, using a carpet cleaner if you have carpet or warm, soapy water for rubber mats.
Spring is right around the corner in High River, AB, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring service for your car. Make sure you schedule a service appointment with High River Toyota today, and start thinking about your spring car maintenance checklist.
Get new oil and oil filter
Oil changes are part of your vehicle’s regular maintenance, so now is the time to get your vehicle’s oil changed. Bring your car into High River Toyota, and we’ll be happy to change it for you.
Change out your windshield wipers
Cold temperatures and ice can cause your windshield wipers to crack and wear. Change your windshield wipers when spring arrives, so they’re in tiptop condition as the rain grows heavier.
Check your filters
There are a range of filters used throughout your vehicle, from your engine air filter to your cabin air filter and beyond. Make sure these are all clean, check for damage, and replace them if you need to.
Keep an eye on your tires
Your tires are what help your vehicle stay on the road. As the temperature changes, so will your tire pressure. You should check the pressure of your tires, and make sure it’s within the recommended range. Also, make sure your tires aren’t wearing down too quickly or unevenly. High River Toyota wishes you a happy and safe spring as you explore more of Alberta in your Toyota. And remember to call us to schedule a seasonal service appointment if you haven’t done so already.
Your car battery needs to be replaced every three to five years, and a great way to make sure you’re never stranded is to stay on top of its condition. With regular testing, you can be confident that your car battery has the juice you need to keep moving.
How to test your car battery at home
In order to conduct a proper test, you’ll need a car battery tester, which you could buy for as little as $10 depending on where you look.
You don’t want to test the battery after you’ve driven because it can be hot under the hood. Testing when it’s been a few days since the last time you drove will also give you a more accurate idea of how much it retains a charge.
When you find the battery, connect the tester by clipping the red to the positive and the black to the negative terminal. Turn on the tester and set it to check the voltage and cold cranking amps. The former should read 12.6 volts or higher and the latter will be close to the number found on the battery casing. If these numbers are too low, you are likely coming due for a battery replacement. If you’d rather leave the work to professionals, the service experts at High River Toyota near Calgary, AB, can test your battery for you when you stop in for routine maintenance. Have concerns about your battery? Give us a call or schedule an appointment online and we’ll help make sure you’ve got all the power you’ll need.
Spring has sprung once again, which means it’s time to consider bringing your vehicle into High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. One service you may want to consider this spring is a new set of windshield wipers — especially if you’ve noticed any signs that they may be due for replacement.
A surefire sign that you’re due for new windshield wipers is the rubber being in poor shape. The rubber part of your wiper blades should be in good condition, and any cracking or brittleness means that the blade won’t be as effective on rainy spring drives.
Not quite music to your ears
If you’re using your wiper blades to improve your visibility in a light rain, you may hear some squeaking. But if squeaking or dragging sounds are persistent in all conditions, it probably means your blades aren’t doing what they should.
Streaks and missed spots
When your windshield wiper blades are in good shape, they’ll leave a clear and clean path in their wake. A blade that either doesn’t clear away all the water or leaves behind smudges likely needs to be replaced.
Do you want to go the extra step to make your Toyota pickup truck truly yours? Then you should consider some of these fantastic Toyota truck accessories. Whether you’re behind the wheel of the Toyota Tacoma or the Toyota Tundra, you can add these parts to make the truck even better for your needs.
Enhance Your Truck Bed
When you own a truck, your truck’s bed is a handy tool to have for both work and play. To make it even easier to use, you should consider outfitting it for your needs. For both the Tacoma and the Tundra, you can opt for a bed divider to help organize your gear, extra bed lighting to make it easier to see your cargo in the dark, and a bed mat to help protect it. Other features like bed cleats, d-rings, and a bed extender will help make it easier to secure your items on the go. And, if you’re driving a Tundra, you can even opt for a power tailgate lock for quick hands-free access.
Just because your Toyota truck is a workhorse doesn’t mean you can’t enhance the interior to increase comfort and confidence on the go. The available all-season floor mats will help protect your carpets, even when High River’s winter weather takes a toll. When you need to haul the kids around town, the universal tablet holder will ensure they stay entertained on the go. For more ideas on how to improve your Toyota truck’s functionality and convenience, contact us at High River Toyota.
Minivans are known for being the vehicle of choice of families, focusing more on the practicalities of parent life than anything else — until now. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is raising the bar in the minivan segment, making the minivan cool again.
Now entering the four-generation, the Sienna boasts a more modern design that creates a sleek silhouette. Its muscular wheel flares add a touch of sportiness to its exterior, while LED lights give it a premium feel. The design was influenced by the iconic Shinkansen Japanese Bullet Train, boasting confidence and futuristic flair.
On the inside, family-friendly features abound. The available FridgeBox™ makes it easy to bring along refreshments on the go, while the ToyotaVAC™ built-in vacuum helps with snack time cleanup. With the ability to seat up to eight, this minivan is spacious and practical, but doesn’t sacrifice luxury.
Under the hood, every Sienna boasts a hybrid powertrain to give you the performance you want and the efficiency you need. It even comes with available all-wheel-drive, helping you take on Alberta’s winter weather with ease.
Finally, the 2021 Sienna will also help you feel more confident on the go with standard safety systems, including:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection/Low-Light Detection and Bicycle Detection
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Lane Departure Alert with Lane Trace Assist
Automatic High Beams
Experience all that the 2021 Sienna has to offer when you and your family test-drive it here at High River Toyota.
Winter driving can be precarious, especially when the snow begins to accumulate throughout Alberta. If you’re wondering how you can stay safer during these chilly months, consider keeping these winter driving safety tips in mind.
Keep a light touch on your brakes
Slamming on your brakes when roads are slick can cause a number of things to happen — including a skid. If you find yourself needing to stop quickly, remember to pump your brakes to help you stop without sliding.
Know your skids and how to get out of them
No matter how good you are at winter driving, you still may find yourself skidding on icy roads. If your front wheels have lost traction, simply ease off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you want to go and don’t touch any of the pedals.
If you find yourself in a rear-wheel skid, you’ll want to turn your steering wheel into the direction the rear of the vehicle is moving, allowing your vehicle to straighten out. Once again, try not to use the pedals until you’re out of the skid.
Space yourself out from other vehicles
Increase your following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you’ll have time to stop in case anything happens with the vehicle in front of you.
Ensure you have good visibility
Before you head out, clear off your vehicle’s windows, hood, taillights, and headlights. This will help you see while driving. Be sure to clear off as much of the roof as possible so that you don’t send sheets of snow or ice at the vehicle behind you when driving.
Here at High River Toyota, we know it can be stressful to drive through our harsh Canadian winters. But with these tips, we hope you’ll have a safe experience on every journey.
There many decisions that you need to make when buying a new car. In Alberta, one of the biggest choices is whether you need front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive on your new vehicle. This comparison will define each drive system option, explain their benefits, and help you pick which option is ideal for traveling through the High River area.
All-wheel drive (AWD) sends the power from the engine to every wheel of your vehicle. Because of this, your wheels will compensate if one loses traction, allowing your vehicle to better grip slippery roads. There are a wide range of AWD systems to choose from and, luckily, many Toyota vehicles come equipped with varying versions of them. AWD isn’t only an option on SUVs; the 2020 and 2021 Camry are available with all-wheel drive, too.
As you might guess from its name, front-wheel drive (FWD) sends power to the two front wheels. It’s a simpler system than AWD, which means it’s easier to maintain and tends to be more fuel efficient. FWD gives you solid traction when climbing hills and in rainy conditions, while additional features like anti-lock braking and traction control make them good in the snow as well.
As you can see, there are benefits to both AWD and FWD. It all depends on where you want to go in your new vehicle. Contact our team at High River Toyota to find out which vehicle is right for you.