In 2022, Canadians will enjoy a far less humid summer than in the past thanks to the implementation of the province’s first cap and trade system in 2017. And while that doesn’t mean you’ll be emptying your pockets and packing your bathing suit, new research shows that Canadians will spend on average $355 more than Americans during this summer, and $419 more during the rest of the year.
Other highlights from the annual “What Canadians Travel” survey:
87 percent of Canadians plan to spend more in the summer, although 94 percent of them don’t plan to spend more than Canadians doing the same summer activities, including more than half of those surveyed (55 percent) who said they’ll spend more than $700.
Fifty-three percent will travel to the United States more in the summer than during other times of the year.
More than half (51 percent) of Canadians are more likely to visit the United States in the summer compared to the rest of the year.
The top summer destination is finally the United States, according to Canadians. Montreal, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, Vancouver, and Quebec City were ranked as the top three destinations; however, more Americans (22 percent) compared to Canadians (18 percent) said they’ll be visiting the United States this summer.
Today, half of Canadian residents (51 percent) would stay in a hotel in the United States, compared to 39 percent who stay in a hotel in their own country.
Thirty-two percent will visit another country in the summer.
Seven percent of Canadians will travel by train or bus compared to just seven percent of Americans.
Contrary to popular belief, many Canadians will remain in their own country. Just 16 percent plan to travel to another country on their own (compared to 23 percent of Americans). Eight percent will travel to two or more countries on their own, compared to 24 percent of Americans.
“Canadian tourism is very much led by leisure versus business travel, which is encouraging to see,” says Bruno Séguin, the president of CBRE Ontario. “Further, the majority of Canadians feel comfortable crossing the border into the United States to experience the many lifestyle opportunities available here, particularly in the summer. We’re excited to see the growing interest in a year-round summer tourism trend in Canada as more travelers show an increased willingness to visit our great nation.”
Intercontinental Hotels Group has teamed up with Tourism Vancouver to help bridge the gap between airline fees and traveler bill for a visit to Canada in 2018.