The Canada-U.S. border: by the numbers

Canada and the United States not only have the world's largest shared border, they enjoy the world's largest bi-lateral trading agreement. The following figures demonstrate the extent of this special relationship.
A new agreement between Canada and the U.S. is supposed to ease border conjestion. Trucks line up after arriving at the United States border in Surrey, B.C., March 19, 2003. The trucks were lined up for miles waiting to cross into Blaine, Washington. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

Canada and the United States not only have the world's longest shared border, they enjoy the world's largest bi-lateral trading agreement. The following figures demonstrate the extent of this special relationship.

8,891   —   Kilometres the Canada-U.S. border stretches across land and water

2,477    —   Kilometres of border shared with Alaska alone

119    —   Number of border crossings

$501 billion CDN    —   Total Canada-U.S. trade (2010)

More than $1 billion CDN    —   Amount of daily Canada-U.S. trade (2010)

73 per cent    —   Share of total exports from Canada going to the U.S. alone (2009)

63 per cent    —   Share of total imports to Canada coming from U.S. alone (2009)

Vehicles cross the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing, June 1, 2009. The bridge handles traffic between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Almost $500 million US    —  The amount of trade that passes daily along the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, the busiest border crossing in North America

28,814    —   Number of trucks that cross the border daily (2010)

140,728    —  Number of cars and other vehicles that cross the border daily (2010)

Roughly 300,000    —   Number of people that cross the Canada-U.S. border per day

39,254,000     —  Trips by Canadians to the U.S. in 2009

20,213,500    —  Trips by Americans to Canada in 2010

Over 15,700,000    —  Number of people who flew on scheduled air services between Canada and the U.S. in 2010

57 per cent   —  Share of Canadian trips to the U.S. that were same-day car trips (September 2011)

17,977,000   —  Number of overnight trips by Canadians to the U.S. (2009)

11,667,000   —  Overnight trips by Americans to Canada (2009)

21,277,000    —  Same-day trips by Canadians to the U.S. (2009)

8,858,000   —   Same-day trips by Americans to Canada (2009)

New York   —   The state that received the most visits by Canadians, as well as the state with the highest number of visitors to Canada (2009)

Florida    —   The state where Canadians spent the most number of nights: 47,448,000 (2009)

$12,667,000,000    —   Amount Canadian travellers spent in the U.S. (2009)

$6,087,000,000    —   Amount American travellers spent in Canada (2009)

$72   —   Average spending per person per same-day trip by Canadian visitors to the U.S., 2009

$705   —   Average spending per person per overnight trip by Canadian visitors to the U.S., 2009

$522   —   Average spending per person per overnight trip by U.S. visitors to Canada, 2009

8   —   Average length in nights of a trip to the U.S. by a Canadian visitor staying at least one night

4   —   Average length in nights of a trip to Canada by an American visitor staying at least one night

Sources include Statistics Canada, Canada-U.S. Transportation Border Working Group, U.S. State Dept.