Search Survey Reveals Where Canadians Want To Fly

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Travel search website tapped into a year’s worth of searches by Canadians on its site, to identify where we’re looking to go and what it costs to get there. Some of the results were quite surprising.

The 1st annual Compass Report boils down the results from more than 663,550 hours of travel searches to reveal and rank the affordability of the most popular destinations for Canadians.

To kick off the research, the team analyzed flight searches from 6 key cities across Canada (YVR, YYC, YWG, YYZ, YOW and YUL) from 01MAY15 to 30APR16, to see where travellers were looking to fly.

Looking at searches by region, it breaks down as follows:

  • North America (45%)
  • Asia (23%)
  • Europe (22%)
  • Africa (5%)
  • South America (3%)
  • Oceania (2%)

Searches to the U.S. were on par with all of Europe. They made up 22% of all searches while Canadian destinations accounted for 10%. Other North American destinations claimed 13% of total searches.

Using the same departure points and dates, the team also identified the 101 most-searched destinations. The top 10 is a very diverse line-up: 

  1. Manila
  2. Vancouver
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Bangkok
  5. London
  6. Fort Lauderdale
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Delhi
  9. New York City
  10. Orlando

Manila might come as a surprise to many. But it was the most-searched destination worldwide for consumers in YYC, YVR and YWG. For Torontonians and Ottawans, YVR topped the list, while for sun-seeking Montrealers, it was FLL. 

The 10 most-affordable destinations (to fly there at least) were:



New York, N.Y.



Boston, Mass.



Washington, D.C.



Chicago, Ill.



Seattle, Wash.



Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



Orlando, Fla.



Tampa, Fla.



Los Angeles, Calif.



Phoenix, Ariz.



One more interesting fact: on average, it’s just as cheap to fly all the way to Hawaii ($613) as it is to fly to Vancouver ($612).

You can see the full survey results here.

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