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More Canadians visited the United States in June, Statistics Canada says

08/20/2013 08:56 EDT | Updated 10/20/2013 05:12 EDT
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says Canadians took more trips to the United States in June but fewer people travelled to Canada.

The federal agency says Canadians took 4.8 million trips to the United States on a seasonally adjusted basis in June — up 2.6 per cent from May and up 2.4 per cent from the same month last year.

Canadians took 2.7 million same-day car trips to the States in June, up 2.7 per cent from the month before and about two per cent more than in June 2012.

But Canadians took fewer trips to overseas countries in June, down 0.4 per cent from May to 792,000 trips. It's also down from 805,000 trips in June 2012.

Going the other way, the number of trips to Canada from the United States fell 0.5 per cent from May to 1.7 million trips in June. A year earlier, there had been 1.75 million trips to Canada from the United States.

However, overnight trips by airplane to Canada from the U.S. were up 0.3 per cent from May to 315,000 trips — the fifth month in a row of gains and the highest monthly figure since September 2007.

Travel from overseas countries to Canada was down 0.5 per cent from May, with more people coming from Hong Kong and fewer coming from Switzerland.