Issue 18-165 International Travel

September 21, 2018

In July, B.C. welcomed more than 685,000 non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which 73% were from the United States. Total non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia were down 1.3% in July, as entries from the United States dropped 0.9%. At the same time, the number of travellers from the rest of the world also declined (-2.4%), largely due to entries from South America (-21.8%) and Asia (-3.8%). The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. was down (-1.6%), as the number of Canadians returning home from US (-1.8%) as well as other parts of the world (-0.6%) both declined in July.

A total of 3.6 million Canadian travellers returned to Canada from the United States in July, a decrease of 4.1% compared to the previous month while the number of Canadian residents returning from countries other than US was up (+0.2%). Overall travel to Canada declined 1.6%, with US residents travelling to Canada down 1.4% and entries from other countries down 2.4%.

Data Source: Statistics Canada