Canadian travel to U.S., overseas countries up in September

Canadian travel to U.S., overseas countries up in SeptemberOTTAWA — Travel from Canada to the United States and overseas countries increased in September, according to Statistics Canada.

At the same time, travel to Canada decreased as a result of fewer trips from overseas countries.

Canadian residents took 4.7 million trips to the United States in September, up 0.5% from August.

This increase was a result of 1.2% more same-day car trips. Overnight travel, in turn, declined 0.5% to 1.9 million trips in September.

Travel to overseas countries continued to increase, as Canadian residents took 810,000 trips in September, up 0.7% from August.

While travel from overseas countries fell 2.9%, travel to Canada from the United States was unchanged at 1.7 million trips in September.

U.S. residents took 615,000 same-day car trips to Canada, up 1.6% from August. Overnight travel from the United States, however, was down 0.3% in September.

The decline in travel from overseas countries was widespread as 10 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded decreases. The largest percentage decrease was in travel from China and Japan, with each recording a 5.0% decline. The largest percentage increase was in travel from South Korea (+6.4%).