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Scottsdale’s Canadian Connections

In Scottsdale, Canadians will find the perfect vacation package, whether they’re looking for a spa retreat, golf getaway or luxurious shopping. And with convenient flight service offered by American Airlines, WestJet and Air Canada, there has never been a better time to travel south for the winter – or any time of year for that matter. Scottsdale is warm and welcoming with myriad business ties to its northern neighbors.


Thousands of Canadian citizens plan Arizona visits up to six months in length each year. Often considered their second home, the state has become such an important partner in trade that the Government of Canada opened a consulate in Phoenix in fall 2004. The consulate promotes and expands the bilateral trade, tourism, investment and innovation relations between Canada and Arizona, as well as promotes general relations and advocacy throughout the state. It works closely with a variety of Arizona groups and non-governmental organizations, including the Canada Arizona Business Council in Phoenix.  

Approximately 928.051 Canadians visited Arizona in 2015, which represents a 3.5 percent increase over 2014, making Canada Arizona’s top-grossing international market.

In addition, the average length of stay for Canadian visitors is 17.8 nights. Canada’s population is aging, with a majority of the population being over 50 years old, which accounts for the long-stay visitors in the winter months. However, an increasing number of Canadian families and younger clientele have been making the trip to Arizona. Because more of the Canadian workforce is self-employed and on contract, they’re not forced to take vacation only during the traditional Christmas, March or summer breaks. Many Canadians look to the United States for a quick escape throughout the year, and daily non-stop service from Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver and seasonal non-stop service from several more cities to Arizona makes it easier for people to visit for a short weekend getaway. On average, Canadians visit Arizona three or four times a year for these sojourns.

Source: Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Business Council, Statistics Canada and Bank of Canada


Here are some quick facts about Canadians who visited the state in 2015 (the most recent year for which data is available):

Number of visitors: 928,051
Average length of stay: 17.8 nights
Spending: $1,228 per person on average per visit
Mode of entry: Airplane (66%) and automobile (30%)
Visitors by Province: Alberta (33%), Ontario (23%), British Columbia and territories (20%), Quebec (11%), Saskatchewan (6%), Manitoba (4%), Atlantic Canada (2%)                          


Air service from Canada via American Airlines, WestJet and Air Canada airlines makes traveling to Arizona easy with daily and weekly flights to Phoenix from Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. American Airlines provides daily flights from Edmonton and Vancouver and passengers on all of their Canadian flights are pre-cleared for U.S. Customs & INS in Canada, making travel smoother to and from the countries. For those seeking value, a quick trip over the border to Bellingham, Wash. will get you on Allegiant Airlines. With non-stop service also offered in Great Falls, Mont. and Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., Allegiant is a viable option for visitors from Alberta and Manitoba, too.

Air Canada

  • Toronto to Phoenix: non-stop service, year-round
  • Calgary to Phoenix: non-stop service, year-round

American Airlines

  • Vancouver to Phoenix: non-stop service, year-round
  • Edmonton to Phoenix: non-stop service, year-round


  • Calgary to Phoenix: non-stop service, year-round
  • Kelowna to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Victoria to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Edmonton to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Vancouver to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Winnipeg to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Saskatoon to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Regina to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service
  • Toronto to Phoenix: seasonal non-stop service


Many Scottsdale-area businesses have connections to Canada. The following are just a few noteworthy companies:

Hospitality Suites Resort in Scottsdale is owned and managed by the Jackson family from Calgary, Alberta. Steve Jackson, general manager of Hospitality Suites Resort, came to Scottsdale on a vacation back in the early 1970s and loved Arizona’s unique qualities and fabulously warm weather. The family packed up their business and moved to Arizona, leaving behind the cold Canadian winter for the sunny skies of Scottsdale.

Fighter Combat International is for true thrill-seekers who want to try an aerobatic sailplane flight or test their skills as a fighter pilot in an aerial combat adventure. The company’s president, Paul Ransbury, is a former Canadian resident and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Seth Heald, president and CEO of Arizona Outback Adventures and outdoor enthusiast, hails from Prince Edward Island. His business partner Ed Ford is from Vancouver, British Columbia. In business since 1993, Arizona Outback Adventures provides bike rentals and exhilarating guided outdoor tours including guided kayaking, rafting, biking and hiking tours in the Greater Phoenix Area and multi-day vacations across the Southwest to the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, Yosemite, Death Valley, Southern Utah, and Colorado. AOA’s Scottsdale shop is the largest bike rental facility in Arizona.

Both the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and Fairmont Scottsdale Princess have their corporate headquarters in Toronto. Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons, opened the company’s first resort on Jarvis Street in Toronto in 1961.  

Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club’s Director of Tennis Dave Critchley, hails from Hamilton and represented them in the Pan American games in 1999.  Dave was ranked No. 6 in the country and has been coaching ever since retiring from professional tennis in 2000.