U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Canada on Feb. 19, the White House announced on Wednesday, his first official trip abroad.
"Canada is a vitally important ally," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "The president looks forward to the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Harper and visit our neighbour to the north."
Obama had already pledged his first official foreign trip would be to Canada but had not specified a date.
No details of the visit were announced. Former president George W. Bush made his first foreign visit to Mexico.
Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke with Obama following his inauguration and congratulated him.
The Prime Minister's Office said Harper and Obama discussed the economy, his upcoming trip to Canada, energy, environment and the war in Afghanistan.
A recent poll, conducted before Obama took the oath of office Jan. 20, showed large support for the new president, with 81 per cent of Canadians holding a positive view of him.