Issue 17-108: Visitor Entries

September 20, 2017

In July, B.C. welcomed 653,000 non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which three quarters were from the United States. Non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia decreased (‑0.6%) in the month. An increase in the number of travellers from the United States (+0.7%) was not enough to offset a decline in the number of guests from other countries (-4.4%). B.C. received fewer travellers from all areas outside the United States except South America, which saw a small increase in the number of travellers (+0.7%) for the month.

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas was up (+0.7%) in July, mostly due to the national increase in the number of trips to the United States.

Nationally, Canadians made 3.4 million trips to the United States in July, an increase of 1.1% compared to the previous month, likely influenced by the recent strength of the Canadian dollar against the greenback. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States decreased (-2.9%) in the month.

Travel to Canada declined 1.5% in July. The decline was widespread, with visitors from the United States down 1.1% and visitors from overseas down 2.8%.

Data Source: Statistics Canada