OTTAWA — The number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. in April 2017 rose 3.4% to 3.5 million trips, according to the latest figures from StatsCan.
The numbers for April 2017 were up 5.2% over April 2016, but 23.6% lower than in April 2013 when the Canadian dollar was close to par with the US currency.
The value of the Canadian dollar was just under 75 U.S. cents in March and April 2017.
The number of cross-border car trips by Canadian residents at Ontario borders rose 6.1% in April, following declines in February (-1.1%) and March (-7.5%). Overall the number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. by car was up 3.9%.
Meanwhile Canadians made 700,000 overnight trips to the U.S. by air in April, up 1.8% from the previous month and a 13% increase compared with 12 months earlier.
Canadian travel to overseas countries was down, with some 1 million trips to overseas destinations in April, down 0.8% from March but 4.3% higher than April 2016 and a new high for the month.