From far and wide, people are travelling to Canada!

Release date: September 27, 2019

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From far and wide, people are travelling to Canada!

2018

Canada welcomed 31.3 million travellers from abroad in 2018.

Top five source countries for international travellers
Source country International travellers
United States 24,412,000
United Kingdom 814,000
China 757,000
France 611,000
Germany 417,000

Ontario was the most visited province followed by British Columbia and Quebec.

Share of visits by travellers from abroad
Visited province Share of visits by travellers from abroad
Ontario 43.8%
British Columbia 24.1%
Quebec 14.2%

The majority of U.S. travellers entered Canada by automobile, while most of those from overseas arrived by plane.

  • U.S. Residents
    • Autombile - 67.1%
    • Plane - 22.4%
    • Other modes - 10.5%
  • Overseas residents
    • Plane - 84.2%
    • Other modes - 15.8%

Accommodation was the largest expense item for travellers to Canada, followed by food and beverages.

Expense items for travellers to Canada
Expense item Percent
Accommodation 37.1%
Food and beverage 25.3%
Transportation in Canada 12.8%
Clothes and gifts 12.4%
Recreation 9.7%
Others 2.6%

Although more than 3 of every 4 travellers to Canada came from the United States, overseas travellers spent more.

  • U.S. residents - $10.6 billion
  • Overseas residents - $11.1 billion

Source: Statistics Canada, Frontier Counts, Visitor Travel Survey (preliminary).

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