I was involved in a very interesting conference yesterday discussing the forestry industry in New Brunswick and one of the points in my presentation was that New Brunswickers are using the forest for recreation more than most other provinces. I cited a few stats around spending on camping supplies and the number of fishing and hunting camps but the statistic that really stood out was our spending on all terrain vehicles. In 2008, the average New Brunswick household spent $134 on the purchase of all-terrain vehicles – three times more than the national average. New Brunswickers spend more on ATVs than on video game systems and games. Across Canada, the average household spends more than twice as much on video games compared to ATVs. And this trend has persisted going back to the early 2000s.
If you want to see how this spending compares to other recreation, look at the following table. I think I had better go out and get me an ATV.
Selected Recreational Categories – Average Household Expenditures (2008)
|Purchase of all-terrain vehicles||$134.00|
|Sports and athletic equipment||116.00|
|Photographic goods and services||101.00|
|Video game systems, accessories and video game cartridges||93.00|
|Home entertainment services||72.00|
|Live performing arts||70.00|
|Audio equipment (for example, radios, CD players, speakers)||66.00|
|Digital cameras and accessories||64.00|
|Rental of videotapes and videodiscs||59.00|
|Musical instruments, parts and accessories||40.00|
|Purchase of bicycles, parts and accessories||40.00|
|Camping, picnic equipment and accessories (excluding bbqs)||36.00|
|Live sports events||35.00|
|Admission to museums and other activities||24.00|
Source: Statistics Canada Survey of Household Spending (2008).