Issue 17-172 Visitor Entries

December 19, 2017

In October, B.C. welcomed almost 686 thousand non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which three quarters were from the United States. Non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia increased (+1.9%) in the month, with gains in both the number of travellers from the United States (+2.4%) and the rest of the world (+0.3%). The increase was due to a rise in visitors from Asia (+1.1%) and South America (+27.7%), with visitors from all other regions declining in the month.

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas went up by 1.4% in October compared to September, despite the overall national decrease of 0.2%.

Nationally, Canadians made 3.6 million trips to the United States in October, a decrease of 0.2% compared to the previous month. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States also fell slightly (‑0.1%) in the month.

Travel to Canada was up 1.5% in October, with both visitors from the United States and from the rest of the world going up by 1.5%.

Data Source: Statistics Canada