Issue 17-129 Visitor Entries

October 19, 2017

In August, B.C. welcomed almost 651 thousand non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which about three quarters were from the United States. Non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia decreased (‑0.1%) in the month. A healthy gain in the number of travellers from other countries (+1.1%) was not enough to offset a decline in entries from the United States (‑0.5%). The monthly decrease was led by a decline in the number of visitors from South America (‑5.2%). Meanwhile, the number of visitors from Asia saw a healthy increase in the month (+2.6%).

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas was up (+2.2%) in August, mostly due to the national increase in the number of trips to the United States.

Nationally, Canadians made 3.5 million trips to the United States in August, an increase of 1.7% compared to the previous month, likely influenced by a more favourable exchange rate of the Canadian dollar against the greenback. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States also saw gains (+0.9%) in the month.

Travel to Canada was up 0.8% in August, with more visitors from both, the United States (+0.8%) and the rest of the world (+0.9%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada