There’s a January thaw on the way for much of Canada but forecasters say 2018’s colder-than-normal winter temperatures will be back by the middle of February and continue into early March.
OTTAWA — The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that Canadians are making fewer trips to the United States, both by car and by air.
Canadian residents made 3.5 million trips to the U.S., down 1.0% from January, but still up 7.2% compared with February 2016.
Fewer Canadians took car trips to the U.S., in both same-day car trips (down 0.8% to 1.8 million) and overnight car trips (down 1.1% to 921,000). Overnight travel to the U.S. by plane was also down in February, declining 2.1% from the previous month but up 6.3% from the same month last year.
Numbers were much better for Canadians travelling overseas, with 1.0 million trips recorded in February, the highest figure for the month since modern record keeping began in 1972. This represents an increase of 2.6% from January, and up 8.5% compared with the same month last year.
The number of trips by Canadian residents to overseas destinations has been on an upward trend since August. 2016.