The strong U.S. dollar appears to be driving and propelling American tourists to Canada in numbers not seen in more than a decade.

Statistics Canada reports that US residents made 2.1 million trips to Canada in June, a slight drop, but have reached the highest level in the first six months of the year since 2007.

Arrivals by plane are fueling the increase, with an 8.9 per cent increase over the same period in 2018.

B.C. saw a big increase (11.3 per cent) in arrivals of US residents by plane in May.

It is a very different story going the other way across the Canada/US border.

Stats Can reports the number of Canadian residents visiting the US fell for the third consecutive month in June, after adjusting for seasonal variations.

The drop was significant for residents of B.C., with a fall of 3.7 per cent in same-day car trips to the US in June, but plane trips rose by 2.1 per cent.

Arrivals to Canada from overseas fell in June, primarily due to a big drop (10.4 per cent) in visitors from Japan, Australia (6 per cent) and China (2.2 per cent).

Canadians though have spread their wings in the first six months of 2019, with the number travelling overseas just below the record high seen in the first six months of 2017.