More American Visitors to Canada in March

The Canada-U.S. border crossing at Osoyoos in British Columbia’s Okanagan valley (Joe Mabel)

Via the Victoria Times Colonist, new data from Statistics Canada shows the number of visitors to Canada from the U.S. is increasing.

The number of trips overall to Canada increased 2.6 percent in March from levels in February, and most of that was attributed to a 3.2 percent increase in the number of trips from the United States, which is the primary origin of foreign visits to Canada.

American residents made approximately 1.7 million trips to Canada in March, including over one million overnight trips, the highest number since February 2010.

Trips from countries other than the U.S. to Canada increased by only 0.2 percent in March from February. Trips from Mexico saw the biggest decline, with 8.9 percent fewer trips made from that country in March than in February.

For their own part, Canadians traveled abroad 1.7 percent less in March than February, and most of the decline was due to a reduction in trips to the U.S.