It’s been a busy travel year for Canadians.
Cities across the country saw different travel trends, and popular travel website Kayak has used its database to provide a snapshot of Canada’s 2016 travel scene.
From Sin City to Drizzy, check out the top travel trends in Canada this year.
The Will and Kate effect
Perhaps due to the Royal Family’s Canadian visit, London took first spot this year as Canada’s top international travel destination, with a 26 per cent growth in searches in comparison to 2015.
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More vacay for Canadians, eh
Canadians are taking more vacation days than our friends south of the border, and even across the pond. Canada averaged 12 days in 2016, while the U.S. averaged eight days and the U.K. sat in between at a 10 day average.
We’ve had enough of Sin City
What used to be Canada’s number 1 travel destination has fallen to the fifth spot. Apparently, Canadians are not travelling to Las Vegas as much anymore (expect during the holidays?). Who knows, maybe we were all just trying to be less sinful this year. (Do you hear that, Santa?)
Except for Saskatoon, they love Vegas
Although there was a dip in travel to Las Vegas nationally, seemed like Saskatoon was still attracted to the bright lights of the Vegas strip. It took the second spot in their top 10 travel destinations in 2016, just behind Toronto.
The 6ix is number one
Drizzy is all about his home, the 6ix, but so is the rest of Canada. Toronto jumped to first position for Canadian travel.
Montreal kept it French
In Montreal, locals chose a slightly familiar vacation spot for their top pick – Paris, France. While their favourite Canadian destination was Vancouver.
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Ottawa is split between east and west
Ottawa was the only city to include Halifax in its most searched destinations in 2016. But although it showed love to the east coast, Ottawa’s number one spot for travel in Canada went to Vancouver.
And Halifax loves Ottawa
Ottawa showed some east coast love, and the east coast gives love back. Haligonians (aka the people of Halifax) were the only Canadians who included Ottawa on their top ten list of travel destinations this year.
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Calgarians are California dreamin’
Both Los Angeles and San Fransisco were destinations of choice for Calgary travellers in 2016, while their favourite Canadian travel spots included Toronto and Vancouver.
Winnipeggers stick to Canada
With four Canadian cities topping their travel destinations, Winnipeg loves its local spots. The number one travel destination for Winnipeg is Toronto, followed by Vancouver, Calgary at number five, and Montreal in its number 10 spot.
Vancouver goes international
While Toronto was one of the top destinations for Vancouverites, the remaining nine cities were international destinations. They included Seoul, Tokyo, and Honolulu.