With loonie falling, Canadians take fewer trips to U.S. in June

With loonie falling, Canadians take fewer trips to U.S. in June

OTTAWA — The falling loonie is beginning to affect Canadian travel to the U.S.

While travel from Canada to overseas countries was stable in June, travel from Canada to the United States fell 1.3% to 3.8 million trips.

The decline was due, in large part, to a 2.7% decrease in overnight travel to the United States, which fell to 1.7 million trips. Canadian residents took 2.9% fewer overnight car trips and 2.0% fewer overnight plane trips in June compared with May.

In the other direction, United States residents made 1.9 million trips to Canada in June, up 3.3% from May. This was the highest level in over seven years.

The gain was due to an increase in car travel, as U.S. residents took 7.7% more overnight car trips to Canada and 5.5% more same-day car trips.

Residents of overseas countries made 458,000 trips to Canada in June, down 1.0% from May.