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Travel between Canada and other countries, March 2013

Released: 2013-05-17

Overall travel to Canada rose 2.6% in March, primarily as a result of a 3.2% increase in travel from the United States.

US residents took 1.7 million trips to Canada in March. This included over 1.0 million overnight trips, the highest figure since February 2010. Overnight travel by car rose 3.5% while the number of overnight visitors arriving by plane increased 2.0%.

US residents made 620,000 same-day car trips to Canada, a 4.0% increase from February.

Travel from overseas countries to Canada was up 0.2% from February.

Although the top 2 overseas markets, the United Kingdom and France, recorded increases, 7 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded decreases in travel to Canada in March. The largest percentage decline was in travel from Mexico (-8.9%).

In the opposite direction, travel from Canada abroad decreased 1.7% to 5.5 million trips. This was mainly the result of 2.1% fewer trips to the United States.

Overnight travel to the United States declined 3.2% in March, led by a 4.7% decrease in overnight car travel.

Same-day car travel from Canada to the United States decreased 1.3% to fewer than 2.8 million trips.

Travel from Canada to overseas countries increased 0.9% from February to 774,000 trips.

  Note to readers

Monthly data are seasonally adjusted. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonal adjustment and identifying economic trends.

The March 2013 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 29, no. 3 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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