Travel to Canada rose 2.6 per cent in March: StatsCan

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says travel to Canada rose 2.6 per cent in March, mainly because of a 3.2 per cent increase in visitors from the United States.

American residents took 1.7 million trips to Canada in March, including a million overnight trips, the highest figure since February 2010.

They made 620,000 same-day car trips to Canada, a 4.0 per cent increase from February.

Travel to Canada from overseas was up 0.2 per cent from February.

In the opposite direction, Canadian travel abroad decreased 1.7 per cent to 5.5 million trips.

Canadian travel to the United States fell 2.1 per cent.