Issue 17-151 Visitor Entries

November 21, 2017

In September, B.C. welcomed almost 670 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 increased (+2.5%) in the month, with gains in both the number of travellers from the United States (+2.2%) and the rest of the world (+3.6%). The increase was broad‑based across all regions of origin, with the exception of visitors from North America, Central America and Caribbean, which declined 13.5% in the month.

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas fell by 0.4% in September compared to August, despite the overall national increase of 1.9%.

Nationally, Canadians made 3.6 million trips to the United States in September, an increase of 1.9% compared to the previous month, likely the continued effect of a more favourable exchange rate of the Canadian dollar against the greenback. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States also saw gains (+1.9%) in the month.

Travel to Canada was down 0.3% in September, due to fewer visitors from the United States (‑0.3%), while visitors from the rest of the world saw little change in the month (+0.1%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada