The Best Places to Ski in Alberta

Best Places to Ski in Alberta | High River, AB

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?

Build Safe Driving Habits with These New Year’s Resolutions

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Cultivating safe driving habits is a great way to protect yourself and everyone else around you in High River, Alberta. Whether you’re already doing great or need a refresher, these New Year’s resolutions for the road will keep you focused heading into 2022.

Don’t drive distracted

This is a really important one. Put your phone away when you drive — reading or sending that text isn’t worth the risk of a serious collision. It’s also a good idea to reduce other distractions, like talking to passengers or interacting with your navigation system.

Stick to the speed limit

Driving over the speed limit puts you at greater risk for a crash, so slow down — and leave a little earlier to give yourself more time to travel. As a secondary benefit, sticking to the posted speed limit can also help you save money on gas.

Keep up with service

Keeping up with vehicle service should be one of your highest-priority New Year’s resolutions. Regular oil changes and tire rotations will help your vehicle last longer — and operate more safely, too.

Ready to start 2022 the right way? Our service team here at High River Toyota is ready and waiting to help you get caught up on maintenance and more.

Here’s What to Pack in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

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As cold temperatures and snow arrive in High River, Alberta, don’t get caught unprepared — take steps now to get your vehicle ready for a winter emergency. Here are some of the most important supplies you should keep in your car in case you get stuck or stranded in dangerous conditions.

Winter Items

A blanket, extra clothes, and extra shoes or boots will come in handy to shield you from the cold. Your emergency kit should also include a big can, a candle, and matches, which you can use to warm the car’s interior. You’ll also want to pack a small shovel, ice scraper, and snow brush. Stash a bag of sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter in the trunk — these can provide crucial traction if you get stuck in ice or snow.

General Items

No matter the time of year, it’s a good idea to keep nonperishable food and some water in your car. Make sure the water is stored in bottles that won’t break if they freeze. Other handy items to bring along include a first aid kit and seatbelt cutter, a wind-up flashlight, road maps, and a whistle to draw attention. You’ll also want to keep jumper cables, warning flares, and a fire extinguisher in the trunk.

While you’re putting together your emergency kit, be sure to also bring your vehicle in to High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. We can change your oil, check your brakes, install snow tires, and provide a variety of other services to get your vehicle ready for winter.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield in a Hurry This Winter

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Getting up in the morning and dealing with an iced-over windshield is one of winter’s many little annoyances here in High River, Alberta. Fortunately, with a little prep, you can quickly clear your windshield and be on your way instead of spending several minutes chipping away at the ice or waiting for your car to warm up.

De-icer spray is the key

With a few squirts of de-icer spray, you’ll be well on your way to a clear windshield. These sprays are widely available in stores, or you can make your own. For one easy homemade spray, dissolve two teaspoons of salt into a spray bottle filled with water. You could also mix one part water and two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Squirt and scrape

De-icer solutions have a lower freezing point than water, so you can always keep a bottle stashed in your vehicle. Spray a little on the windshield, and it will quickly thaw and loosen the ice so you can remove it with a brush and plastic scraper.

De-icing mistakes to avoid

Never pour hot water on your iced-over windshield. The sudden temperature change could make the glass crack. You should also avoid forcefully hacking at the ice or scraping it with metal, as these actions could end up damaging your windshield.

For all your winter vehicle maintenance needs, make an appointment with the service experts here at High River Toyota.

Tune Into This Fall Service Checklist For Your Toyota

Keeping your Toyota vehicle on the road for many years means there are certain things you must do as an owner. One of these things is maintaining a schedule for tune-ups and needed repairs. Now that we’ve entered a new season, here’s a fall service checklist to help you stay on track.

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Inspect the tires

Before getting behind the wheel, be sure to carefully inspect your car’s tires for signs of wear. This includes bulges or cracks, which could cause a flat or complete blowout. The tread, which helps with efficiency, should also be checked. If you notice any issues with the tires, contact our service team to advise you on the next steps.

Check fluid levels

You’ll want to check the owner’s manual, but needed oil changes typically align with the changing of the seasons. While you’re looking under the hood, check other vital vehicle fluids like coolant, transmission, brake, and windshield wiper fluid. Not sure what’s going on under there? Give us a call to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of it for you.

Replace the blades

Fall in Alberta means the occasional rain shower and eventual snow when winter arrives. Get ahead of bad weather and stay safe by replacing your car’s windshield wipers, if necessary. Signs that your vehicle needs new ones include tears, cracks, or warped blades.

These are just a few things to check on your Toyota this fall. If you think your vehicle needs additional servicing, schedule an appointment with our team at High River Toyota.

The Best Outdoor Accessories for Your 2021 Toyota RAV4

As the owner of a 2021 Toyota RAV4, you’re already equipped for exciting outdoor excursions in this rugged, capable SUV. For an even more adventurous RAV4 experience, take these helpful accessories with you on your next camping, fishing, or hunting trip.

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Roof Rack Cross Bars

With roof rack cross bars installed, you can take advantage of extra tie-down points to more securely carry outdoor adventure gear — like kayaks, snowboards, and bikes — on top of your 2021 RAV4.  

Exterior Protection

As you explore the great outdoors in your RAV4, you’ll probably end up driving through gravel, rocks, dirt, mud, and debris. Toyota offers a variety of accessories to protect your vehicle from paint chips, dents, and other damage. Shield the front fenders with a 3M Pro Series Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film. You can also add a hood deflector and colour-matched body side mouldings to keep your vehicle looking new.

Cargo Liner

Sometimes your clothes and equipment get wet, muddy, or dirty during outdoor adventures. To protect the interior of your RAV4, consider investing in a cargo liner. This accessory for the cargo bay comes with an anti-slip surface and a split design that works even when the second row is folded.

These accessories are perfect companions for your outdoorsy lifestyle in High River, Alberta. To have any of them installed on your 2021 RAV4, give the High River Toyota service department a call.

Tips for Loading a Kayak on Your Toyota Vehicle

Here in High River, Alberta, there’s no shortage of regional kayaking opportunities — including nearby spots like Bow River and, a little further out, Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. With a few simple tools and tips, you’ll soon be ready to load your kayak atop your Toyota vehicle and head out on an adventure.

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Equipment You’ll Need

Before you load a kayak, you’ll need to add crossbars to your roof rack. Most Toyota models offer these as an accessory, and we’ll be glad to install them for you here at High River Toyota. You’ll also want to get rack padding to hold the kayak, a couple of cam straps to tie it to the rack, and ratcheting lines to secure the bow and stern. Depending on the size of your vehicle and boats, you might even be able to add a second rack or stacker bar to carry multiple kayaks.

Loading the Kayak

Once your crossbars and padding are in place, make sure the kayak is parallel to your vehicle and facing forward. With a companion, carefully lift it at both ends, set it down on the rack, and center it. If you’re alone, spread a towel on the back roof, lift the front of the kayak, and place it on top of the towel. From there, you can push the kayak onto the rack.

Securing the Kayak

Loop your cam straps under the crossbar and over the kayak, then buckle and tighten them. The kayak should feel snugly secured — not too tight or too loose. Then, using safe tie-down points on the kayak and your Toyota, carefully install the bow and stern lines. On your way there and back, stop every once in a while to make sure the kayak is still in place.

Have any questions about accessories or safety for outdoor adventures in your Toyota? Contact the experts here at High River Toyota.

Totally Overhauled 2022 Toyota Tundra Coming Soon

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Get ready for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, coming soon to dealerships across Canada. This full-size pickup truck will be completely redesigned, with a new look, new engineering, and tons of cutting-edge tech.

So far, Toyota has only released a few teaser photos and a brief video clip for the 2022 Tundra. Here’s what we know so far based on those images.

New front end

A couple of photos show clear views of the Tundra’s redesigned front end. Highlights include an enormous grille with an inset LED light bar underneath uppercase TOYOTA lettering, plus two smaller LED bars at the bottom corners. It’s not clear whether these features will be included on all Tundra models or just the TRD Pro.

New powertrain

One photo shows a new iForce MAX badge for the Tundra. This could indicate a new engine similar to the new global-market Land Cruiser, which offers a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Some publications have speculated that the Tundra might even offer a new hybrid engine option.

New interior features

A couple of photos hint at the Tundra’s renovated interior. We’re expecting an extra-wide center touch screen to replace the current infotainment setup. The Tundra will also offer an enormous sliding glass roof for crew cab models while keeping its current sliding rear window.

The 2022 Tundra will be fully revealed this fall, and we can’t wait to learn more here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta.

Gardens & Conservatories to Explore in Alberta

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.

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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.

Best Outdoorsy Accessories For Your 2021 Toyota Highlander

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.  

If you want to discover other ways to customize your Highlander, contact High River Toyota today.