Overview

Each month we report on arrivals and other key trends of travellers from around the world visiting Canada.

Take a look at the detailed insights in the monthly report, including international arrivals from key markets, air capacity, exchange rates, accommodation data, Canadian outbound travel, competitive analysis, and other information to help monitor Canadian tourism performance.


In the midst of a travel environment disrupted by global trade frictions and uncertainties, Canada welcomed over 8.9 million overnight international visitors in the third quarter period spanning July to September 2019.

Arrivals from the United States accounted for the lion’s share of visitors to Canada in Q3 2019 (68%), while those from
Destination Canada’s nine long-haul markets represented 20% and those from the rest of the world represented 12% of visitors.

Most of the gains in overnight arrivals during the third quarter originated from the United States as a result of spectacular recovery in air arrivals (+13%) and robust gains in automobile arrivals (+4%).

  • Over the first three quarters of 2019, total overnight arrivals to Canada reached a new peak (17.9M, +5%) with arrivals of US residents surpassing 12 million for the first time since 2004.

  • Canada welcomed record-breaking overnight arrivals from all long-haul markets in September (811K, +6%) and year-to-date 2019 (5.8M, +7%). 

  • Arrivals by air and sea from our nine long-haul markets were up year-to-date by +1%, despite a slight downturn in September 2019 (-1%) and the third quarter of 2019 (-1%).

  • In September 2019, year-over-year growth in arrivals by air and sea was led by Mexico (+12%), the UK (+9%), and France (+9%).