Canadian overnight trips to U.S. up 2.7% in August to 1.9 million

Canadian overnight trips to U.S. up 2.7% in August to 1.9 million

OTTAWA — Trips made by Canadian residents to the United States rose 1.1% in August to 4.5 million trips, according to Statistics Canada.

A 2.7% increase in overnight trips accounted for much of the growth, rising to 1.9 million trips. Overnight trips by car (+2.3%) and by plane (+2.2%) also contributed to this increase.

Canadian residents made 885,000 trips to overseas countries in August, down 0.3% from a record high in July.

Travel to Canada decreased 0.1% in August compared with July, led by a decrease in trips from the United States.

U.S. residents made 1.7 million trips to Canada, down 0.9% from July. This was primarily attributable to a 1.6% decline in overnight trips.

Overseas residents made 457,000 trips to Canada in August, up 2.9% from July and the highest level since record keeping began in 1972.

Among the major overseas tourism markets, Brazil contributed the most to this growth (up 3,100 trips from a month earlier), followed by the United Kingdom (+2,400) and China (+1,900). Most other major overseas tourism markets also recorded increases in travel to Canada compared with July. Two notable exceptions were Japan (-0.9%) and India (-9.7%).

August also saw China replacing France as Canada’s second largest source of overseas visitors with a 4.6% increase to a record 43,000 trips.