Canadian travel to U.S. down in July, overseas trips up slightly

OTTAWA — Travel from Canada to the United States decreased in July, predominantly as a result of fewer overnight trips.

Canadian residents took 4.7 million trips to the United States in July, down 2.1% from June. Overnight travel registered the largest decrease with a 3.6% decline. Overnight car travel (-5.5%) posted the largest drop, while overnight plane travel decreased 0.1%.

Same-day car trips from Canada to the United States also decreased in July (-0.9%).

Travel from Canada to overseas countries increased 0.8% from June to 798,000 trips.

In the opposite direction, travel to Canada from the United States was unchanged at 1.7 million trips in July.

Overall, overnight travel from the United States decreased 0.2% in July. Despite this decline, overnight plane travel continued its upward trend and rose 1.8% to 321,000 trips.

U.S. residents also took 599,000 same-day car trips to Canada.

Travel from overseas countries to Canada was down 0.8% from June with six of the top 12 overseas markets recording decreases in travel. The largest percentage decrease was in travel from Mexico (-5.8%). The largest percentage increase was in travel from Switzerland (+2.9%).