Family travel* is booming on Airbnb. Globally, family travel saw over 15 million check-ins in nearly 90,000 destinations in 2022.1
Today, we’re announcing new family travel trends for Canada just as spring gets under way and more and more Canadians are setting their sights on sunny summer vacations.
Family travel trends in Canada on Airbnb
Family travel in Canada is up more than 50 percent in 2022 when comparing to 2019, showcasing that travel in Canada is back following pandemic restrictions lifting.
Where did Canadian families go
In 2022, Canadian families embarked on adventures in the Great White North, with all of the top 10 family travel destinations being domestic2:
- Toronto, Ontario
- Montreal, Quebec
- Calgary, Alberta
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Canmore, Alberta
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Quebec City, Quebec
- Prince Edward County, Ontario
These big Canadian destinations illustrate that Canadians loved staying closer to home in 2022 and showcased that Airbnb may be a great option for families even when traveling to urban centers.
Types of listings
Airbnb offers families the option to travel near and far with beautiful views that aren’t shared by hundreds or thousands of other people at the same time. In 2022, families used Airbnb for the ability to swim, ski, and lounge lakeside. The top-booked categories for family travel in Canada last year include:
Canadian families can find affordable destinations all over the world on Airbnb
For families looking to spend less, Airbnb gives families access to affordable listings and locations. Here are some popular destinations for families where Airbnb listings averaged less than $70 CAD per night per person in 20223:
- Somerset, England
- Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
- Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
- Whakatane, Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
- Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA
- Washington, Utah
- Camuy, Puerto Rico
- Greater Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, México
Families around the world likely book Airbnb listings because of the value and space they received compared to what hotel rooms offer.4
- More space for the money: Families can get an Airbnb with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for approximately the price of one hotel room at certain major chains5.
- Spreading out: One-quarter of Airbnb listings have three bedrooms or more. And more than 1 million listings have cribs for small children.
- Kitchens: Nearly 90 percent of Airbnb listings have kitchens.
- Pets: More than 5 million pets traveled on Airbnb listings in 2022, with more than 210,000 in Canada alone.
- Families use Airbnb for all lengths of stay: In 2022, more than half of families stayed between 2-6 nights, while nearly half stayed for a week or longer.
- Better sleep: According to a recent survey, 66.9% of recent travelers get at least seven hours of sleep in a vacation rental, compared to 65.8% at home and 53.8% in a hotel or motel.6
Airbnb Hosts benefit from family travel
As the cost of living continues to rise, the popularity of family travel creates meaningful earning opportunities for those considering hosting on Airbnb. In fact, Airbnb Hosts in Canada collectively made over $670 million CAD from bookings with families last year.7
At Airbnb, we’ve made it easier than ever before to become an Airbnb Host. Last year, during the 2022 Winter Release, we launched Airbnb Setup, which provides new Hosts with the options to match for free with a Superhost for one-to-one guidance, host an experienced guest as your first guest, and receive one-tap access to a specially trained team of Community Support agents. Since November, twice as many prospective Hosts are matching with Superhosts in their area and receiving personalized guidance as they navigate the process of becoming first-time Hosts.
Those interested in joining our Host community to start earning meaningful additional income can visit: https://www.airbnb.com/host/homes.