2016 in Review, Kayak’s Top Travel Trends


Travel search engine KAYAK.com has revealed what some of the top travel trends and hot spots for Canadians were in 2016.

Will and Kate’s Canadian visit strengthens British bond?

Perhaps due to the visiting Royal Family in Vancouver this year, or maybe the release of a new binge worthy series. Up from number three in 2015, London (pictured) takes the crown as most popular top travel spot for Canadians from Las Vegas with a 26% growth in searches vs. last year.

Canadians are not shy about taking more vacation

Nail biting playoff runs with Canada’s top teams may have not only sprouted extra grey hairs for Canucks, but may have also contributed to the need for few extra vacation days. Those north of the border took an average of 12 days in 2016 while travellers from the US only take eight days on average, and those from the UK spend around 10 days away.

Sin City attempts to speak Canada’s first language: Hockey

Speaking of Las Vegas, falling down to number five, the gilded city is no longer the most popular spot for Canadians to visit. We’ll see if Vegas can reclaim ground in 2017 with a hockey team of their own.

With the country’s upcoming 150th birthday, Canadian pride is at an all-time high with the travel trends to prove it.

Toronto may be #the6, but for Canadian travel, they’re number one

Just like Drake, this year, Ontario’s capital jumped to the top of the charts, coming in either first or second most in demand for Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax. Be it basketball, baseball or soccer, Toronto came out as Canada’s MVP in 2016.

Coast to coast diplomacy shines through in Ottawa’s top travel destinations

The feeling is mutual between Canada’s capital and Halifax as Ottawa was the only city that included Halifax on their top searched list in 2016. Politics can be stressful so residents of Ottawa find their zen in the yogi capital of Canada with Vancouver topping the charts for the most popular 2016 destination.

Montrealers keep it en français

In 2016, the number one destination for vacationers from Montreal was…Paris! With Vancouver being the only Canadian destination showing up in their top 10 destinations (at number four), it seems that international travel is the name of their game.

Trudeaumania still going strong in Halifax

Canada’s capital doesn’t look a day over 149 to Halifax travellers. Whether it’s Justin’s hair or Sophie’s wardrobe, Haligonians are enchanted by Canada’s favourite couple. Residents of Halifax were the only Canadian travellers who included Ottawa on their top 10 list, coming in at number six. But overall, Haligonians are patriotic in their travel habits with 60% of their top destinations being in the Great White North.

Calgarians checking in at Hotel California

With their sights set on the Hollywood sign and the Golden Gate Bridge, Calgarians were craving California in 2016. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco were destinations of choice for Calgary travellers, both ranking in the top 10 most popular searches. But on the reverse, Calgarians are also venturing to other parts of Canada with Toronto and Vancouver taking the top two spots.

Winnipeggers are big-city bound

With four big city Canadian destinations in their top 10, people from Winnipeg love to explore the sights and sounds of the country’s brightest lights. This includes Toronto (number one), Vancouver (number two), Calgary (number five) and Montreal (number 10).

Saskatooners are all in on Vegas

Compared to other major Canadian cities, it seems Saskatooners were more attracted to the bright lights of the Vegas strip in 2016 as it took the number two spot. Outside of Sin City, residents of Saskatoon had Los Angeles in their top 5, but the other three spots proves they like to keep it local with Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary taking the number one, three and five spots.

From far and wide, Vancouverites see international travel rise

Though Toronto showed up as the number two destination for people from Vancouver, the remaining nine in their top 10 were all around the globe, with further destinations than any other city in Canada. These included Seoul, Tokyo and Honolulu, Hawaii.