British Columbians spent an average of $366 per person (aged 18 and over) gambling in 2002. In Alberta, where VLTs have proliferated in recent years, per capita spending on gambling was $620. This was significantly higher than in any other province, and well above the national average ($483).
The number of non-residents crossing the border into Canada via B.C. rose 5 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in September, largely due to a strong upturn in entries from the U.S (+5.6 per cent). Most of the visitors were on overnight trips to the province. Overnight travel from the U.S. to B.C. increased 4.8 per cent.