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#21
Vancouver
376 Posts
Joined May 2014
Originally posted by dcinns
You can ask but US$ are not that common that I would expect to be able to get change in it. Easiest way is to withdraw a few $ s from an ATM. If you use US $ at a store here you will not get as a favourable of an exchange. Imagine if i tried to use CAD $ in the US!

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I haven't come across a store that has a cash float in Canadian AND US dollars. Unless you are at a tourist gift stand set up right at the port, I wouldn't even ask to tell you the truth. These are real work-a-day cities and towns that happen to have cruise ships visit part of the year -- as above, I can't imagine what they'd think in Maine if I asked for my change in Canadian.
#22
13 Posts
Joined Feb 2018
You can use US currency and coin in Canada ... but your change will be in Canadian money. You don't really want that because 1) Canadian money is worth less than US money and 2) you can't use Canadian money in the US.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my home bank can easily provide me with Canadian money. Just yesterday I spent $247 American to buy $295 Canadian. So start with your own bank and see what they can do for you. You can travel prepared!
#23
Neville Island, PA
23 Posts
Joined Feb 2018
Originally posted by SissyFace
You can use US currency and coin in Canada ... but your change will be in Canadian money. You don't really want that because 1) Canadian money is worth less than US money and 2) you can't use Canadian money in the US.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my home bank can easily provide me with Canadian money. Just yesterday I spent $247 American to buy $295 Canadian. So start with your own bank and see what they can do for you. You can travel prepared!
#24
Vancouver
376 Posts
Joined May 2014
Originally posted by SissyFace
You can use US currency and coin in Canada ... but your change will be in Canadian money. You don't really want that because 1) Canadian money is worth less than US money and 2) you can't use Canadian money in the US.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my home bank can easily provide me with Canadian money. Just yesterday I spent $247 American to buy $295 Canadian. So start with your own bank and see what they can do for you. You can travel prepared!
Point 1 is not really an issue. It is an exchange rate that floats up and down every day. Maybe by the time you take your trip it will be worth more than USD They don't exchange your money at par, you will get a fair exchange rate from both Canadian and US banks -- the percentage lost over the posted rate is negligible. The exchange rate you have to worry about is from the stores if you're making a large purchase or are paying with big bills. Then you're losing a little more each time you buy something.

It is only when a currency market makes a big move (and you have a lot of foreign currency) -- then you might lose or make money by the time you exchange it back into USD. I doubt this is the case here unless they plan on buying real estate (now that would be fun!). Usually what you need in cash is pocket change if you want to try out public transit, and money to tip a valet (if you are staying in a hotel) -- almost everywhere takes credit cards.