OTTAWA — Canadians made fewer trips abroad in October but that was mainly because of a 2.2% decrease in same-day car trips to the United States, according to Statistics Canada.
Canadian residents made 905,000 trips to overseas countries, a rise of 1.0% and the eighth monthly increase in 12 months.
In October, travel to Canada rose 0.7% from September, led by an increase in trips from the United States.
Same-day car trips from the United States grew 1.6% to 611,000 trips, accounting for much of the increase.
Overseas residents made 449,000 trips to Canada in October, up 0.3% compared with September. This was the 10th monthly increase in 12 months.
In October, five of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada. The largest percentage gain in travel was posted by residents of South Korea (+9.1%). The United Kingdom, France and China remained the top three overseas markets for travel to Canada.