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Travel between Canada and other countries, March 2014

Released: 2014-05-20

In March, travel to and from Canada both declined, led by decreases in the number of US residents visiting Canada and in the number of Canadians travelling to the United States.

Travel from Canada to the United States fell 0.9% in the month to 4.4 million trips. Trips decreased for same-day car visitors (-1.0%), overnight car visitors (-0.8%) and overnight plane visitors (-0.8%). This was the fourth consecutive monthly decline in Canadian visitors to the United States.

United States travel to Canada fell 0.7% in March to 1.6 million trips, the second lowest monthly level since October 2009. This was due to a 1.6% decline in same-day car trips, as well as a small decrease (-0.4%) in overnight trips to 967,000.

Travel from Canada to all other countries and travel to Canada from overseas were both largely stable.

Of the top 12 overseas markets, 7 recorded decreases in travel to Canada in March. Chinese residents made 6.6% fewer visits to Canada in the month, while the number of trips made by Australian residents declined 3.8%. This was offset by a 7.4% increase in trips to Canada by United Kingdom residents, as well as a 5.4% increase in visits from France.

  Note to readers

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

The March 2014 issue of International Travel, Advance Information, Vol. 30, 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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