When you hear about border-crossing this far north, it’s usually us Canadians going across to the U.S. for Target, Olive Garden or picking up our Amazon.com purchases at some warehouse that only ships to a zip code, not a postal code. But we digress.
Now that the U.S. dollar is so high, it’s almost silly for us to head south — and it looks like the opposite is happening, anyway. The number of travellers from the U.S. to Canada in June 2015 was the highest it’s been in seven years, and we’re seeing the spike as more people are crossing over by car.
According to Stats Canada, 1.9 million U.S. residents made trips to Canada in June, with just over a million of those entering in Ontario. British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick and surprisingly, Manitoba, all saw significant increases in visitors — and it was all thanks to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. (To be totally honest, it’s nice to know that we have stuff/events/locations Americans want to experience, too.)
Canada’s largest source of visitors were from the U.S., but hundreds of thousands from Europe, Asia and Australia also contributed to our country’s tourism. But what does all of this mean and why is it good news? Not only are we getting more money for the country’s coffers (which have been relatively bare lately), but Canadians are also saving by not travelling across the border because of the crappy currency exchange. A win-win for us.
Now let’s see what Ontario’s numbers are like for July and August because of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. More to celebrate, we think. Just like Kylie Jenner in Montreal last weekend.