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Travel between Canada and other countries, February 2017

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Released: 2017-04-20

Fewer US travellers to Canada in February

US residents made 2.0 million trips to Canada in February, down 1.1% from the previous month and down 0.6% compared with February 2016. Of these trips to Canada, 673,000 were same-day trips by car, down 1.0% from the previous month and down 4.5% compared with February 2016. The number of overnight US travellers arriving by plane decreased 3.0% from the previous month to 381,000. All provinces except Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador received fewer US travellers than in January.

More travellers from Mexico, fewer from China

Canada received 550,000 residents visiting from overseas countries, 0.9% fewer than in January, but a rise of 11.9% over February 2016. The number of trips by residents of Mexico continued an upward trend, rising 6.7% in February. The majority of the increase in travel from Mexico over the past 12 months has taken place since December 2016 when the visa requirement for travellers from Mexico to Canada was lifted. The number of travellers from Asia decreased 6.1% in February, mainly due to declines in numbers of travellers from China (-5.8%), South Korea (-12.1%) and Japan (-4.8%).

Canadians made fewer trips to the United States than last month, but more than in February 2016

Canadian residents made 3.5 million trips to the United States, down 1.0% from January but up 7.2% compared with February 2016. Fewer Canadian residents took car trips to the United States. This decrease was recorded in both same-day car trips (down 0.8% to 1.8 million) and overnight car trips (down 1.1% to 921,000). Overnight travel to the United States by plane was also down in February, declining 2.1% from the previous month, but up 6.3% from the same month last year.

Canadian travel overseas continues upward trend

Canadian residents took 1.0 million trips overseas in February, the highest figure for the month since modern recordkeeping began in 1972. This was an increase of 2.6% from January, and up 8.5% compared with the same month last year. The number of trips by Canadian residents to overseas destinations has been on an upward trend since August 2016.

  Note to readers

Monthly data are seasonally adjusted. For information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

Seasonally adjusted data for January 2016 to January 2017 have been revised. Corrections were made to January 2017 data. Effective April 20, 2017, CANSIM table 427-0001 now includes separate numbers for Nunavut that are presented for data back to January 2000. Also, the port of entry Iqaluit, Nunavut is no longer included in the Yukon totals for data back to January 2000.

Overseas countries refer to countries other than the United States.

A Canadian resident traveller is a Canadian resident who has travelled outside Canada for a period of less than 12 months.

A non-resident traveller is a resident of a country other than Canada who is travelling to Canada for a period of less than 12 months.


The February 2017 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 33, no.2 (Catalogue number66-001-P) is now available.

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