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If you live in Alberta, you might find yourself spending more on holiday gifts and trips this year than your provincial neighbours.

The 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook, which surveyed 1,005 adult Canadians, found holiday spending this year is expected to drop to a three-year low. But travel remains a priority for many, according to BMO.

BMO found average Albertans are allocating $971 for holiday trips, compared to $603 in Quebec, for example. A BMO spokeswoman said sample sizes meant grouping the Atlantic provinces; grouping Manitoba and Saskatchewan; and no information is available for Yukon, North West Territories or Nunavut.

The survey asked about holiday spending in four categories: gifts, trips, entertaining and other (decorations).

Here's a full breakdown of available trip spending:


How people in each province are expected to spend on gifts:


Spending overall by province:


Year-over-year comparison by category:


BMO’s survey, which was conducted in mid-October, is considered accurate to ± 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.