We recently came across some interesting statistics on snowbirds in the latest edition of the Canadian Snowbird Association Magazine. Did you know that in 2013…
- there were 1,330,224 Canadian snowbird trips in excess of 30 days
- there were 896,864 snowbird trips to the US
- there were 433,360 snowbird trips overseas
According to the Conference Board of Canada (which provided all these stats), there are 511,285 Canadian snowbirds ages 55-64, and 818,939 ages 65 and over. See page 54 for more stats including those related to snowbirds’ purchases of trip insurance.
A recent article in the Toronto Star notes that although it may cost less in gas to drive to sunnier southern climes this winter, the cost of snowbird insurance is on the rise.
The president of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada, Alex Bitner, says that insurance will average 10 to 12% higher this year compared to last. This is due to factors such as US healthcare costs and the exchange rate.
The article mentions that some people may be tempted to strategically “make mistakes” on the insurance application to try to save money on premium – according to a recent THIA survey, 14% of people falsify information on insurance applications. Bitner does that math on the odds of a rejected claim and concludes that the risk just isn’t worth the reward. The few hundred (or even thousand) dollars saved on the premiums wouldn’t even make a dent in the cost of an out-of-pocket U.S. hospital stay due to a rejected claim.
A very interesting read, the article concludes with a half-dozen useful travel insurance tips. You can check out the full article on the Toronto Star’s website.
Tomorrow is the final night of the 2014 season here at Arrowhead RV Park, since we are closing for the winter on October 31st. We’ve had another great year of meeting folks from all over the world, and we thank all our customers for their patronage. We look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces next year!
Our scheduled opening date for spring 2015 is April 15th, but as always, it depends on the weather; sometimes we’re able to open a bit earlier. Check back at our website for updates. We’re accepting reservations for next year, so please feel free to get in touch and we’ll make to book you a spot. Our 2015 rates are listed here.
For those of you not RVing over the winter months, we offer winter storage here at the park: $240 from November 1st to April 30th.