Overnight travel

Overnight travel by Canadians sets all-time record in June

OTTAWA — Canadian residents took 2.9 million overnight trips abroad in June, up 0.9% from May and the highest level since record keeping began in 1972, according to Statistics Canada.

While overnight travel to overseas countries decreased 0.2% in June, overnight travel by Canadian residents to the United States rose 1.4% compared with May. This was almost entirely due to a 2.7% increase in overnight car travel. Overnight plane trips from Canada to the United States decreased 0.4% over the same period.

Same-day car travel from Canada to the United States was up 2.2% from May as Canadian residents took 2.6 million trips.

Travel to Canada by U.S. residents rose 0.5% compared with May to 1.7 million trips. While overall overnight travel decreased 0.5%, overnight car trips by U.S. residents reached 578,000 in June, up 1.6% from the previous month. Same-day car travel also increased 2.6% to 606,000 trips.

Residents of overseas countries made 430,000 trips to Canada in June (+0.3%), the highest number since record keeping began in 1972.

In June, eight of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada compared with May. The largest percentage increase was in travel by residents of India (+5.5%), followed by a 3.2% increase in travel by residents of the United Kingdom. Australian residents took 26,000 trips to Canada (+2.4%), the highest monthly figure ever from that country.