Blogs | October 26, 2021

Data Stories from Stage 3 of Alberta’s Reopening

Step 3 of Alberta’s reopening began July 1, 2021 kicking off a long weekend of spending on local travel throughout the province compared to the week before.


• Across the province there was a slight decrease in shopping compared to the week before as Albertans took time off to spend Canada Day weekend with family and friends as the remaining restrictions on indoor social gatherings lifted.

• Hotels saw a 26% increase week-over-week as local travel picked up for the long weekend ahead of the Calgary Stampede, including increases in:

Calgary: 32% increase 
Canmore: 11% increase 
Edmonton: 48% increase 
Lethbridge: 21% increase 
Medicine Hat: 91% increase 
Red Deer: 65% increase 

• Bars throughout the province saw a 20% increase week-over-week, with a high of 10% in Calgary while Canmore saw the highest increase at restaurants at 23%.

• Albertans also went out for summer fun at the amusement park with a 71% increase in volumes.

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About the data: Alberta Stage 3 Reopening data is based on the transaction volumes for the weekend of July 1-4, 2021 as compared to the week prior of June 24-27, 2021. Moneris spending reports measure spending in Canada across a range of categories by analyzing credit and debit card transaction data. The figures and percentages cited are derived from aggregated transaction volumes being processed by Moneris in the applicable categories.