Vancouver ranks as one of the world’s most popular destinations for Canadians


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KAYAK has released its 2019 Travel Trend Forecast which includes the most popular destinations that Canadians travel to across the world.

The travel company uses searches conducted on the Canada KAYAK site between June 1, 2018 through December 1, 2018 for travel from Canada occurring between January 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019.

What’s more, Vancouver made the top ten list, placing third behind London, England in second. Toronto grabbed the number one spot, but Calgary, the only other Canadian city on the list, placed tenth.

Of course, a great deal of Canadians vacation south of the border, and four American cities made the list – Las Vegas, New York City, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

“When looking at this year’s up and coming cities for both Americans and Canadians, it’s clear that international travel is top of mind. But, our most popular destinations reveal Canadians are actually following through with their international travel plans and turning their fantasies into realities,” says Steve Sintra, Canada Country Manager, KAYAK.

“KAYAK’s data also demonstrates how travel trends can differ across the country, which may be influenced by different cultures, geography or a desire to seek something different than what their city has to offer.”

Top Ten Most Popular Destinations for Canadians

  1. Toronto, Ontario
  2. London, England
  3. Vancouver, British Columbia
  4. New Delhi, India
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Paris, France
  7. New York City, New York
  8. Los Angeles, California
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Calgary, Alberta

The forecast also mentions that, “Vancouverites have a hunger for cultural experiences, ” and therefore travel to popular Asian cities such as Tokyo and Hong kong.

In contrast, “Torontonians are the party people of Canada,” and prefer cities with buzzing nightlife including Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Paris and Miami.