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Old 08-05-2015, 02:35 PM   #11
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Use your credit card and exchange your US to Canadian currency at your local bank. We have a US $ Mastercard and are not charged currency exchange fees when using the card in the US. You could check with your credit card company or bank to see if you can get a Canadian $ credit card with no currency exchange fees. If you use your American $ on the Canadian side you will not get as good an exchange rate as from your bank. Just my 2 cents (Canadian).

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Old 08-05-2015, 05:03 PM   #12
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A Canadian TV network did a feature the other night on a tourism area destination "tax" added under various descriptions to restaurant hotel and attraction bills. FYI it is a fee not a tax and discretionary. Often just questioning it will result in it being removed.


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Old 08-05-2015, 05:17 PM   #13
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All of the above is good advice. If you need $C cash go to an ATM and use your US bankcard. We use Chip and PIN technology which is far more secure than the US postal code lottery that they try and pas off as a secure transaction system. Use your credit cards and don't use retailers for conversion transactions. They are the worst going. Fill up with gas before the border and pop into Costco and buy your Gin before you get to the border. We don't mind if you don't as it helps to pay for our "Free" health care system so all contributions are welcome.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:56 PM   #14
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Canadian dollar exchange from US

I thought I would be ahead of the gam on our trip to ,Canada and have my local FL bank get me $. They charged me fees and our items that were terrible. I found that my Master Card did all my exchanges for a 1% fee. Way better then the bank. Specially since rates even went better when we got there.
We spent the month of July there and it was a great visit to there beautiful land.
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:59 PM   #15
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Use Credit Card

I've been going to Canada for 30 years and learned a long time ago to use the credit card as much as possible. Right now the Canadian dollar is worth 76 cents against the U.S. dollar. if you try to use in restaurants and gift shops, gas stations, etc you will lose on average 10 to 20% on the exchange that those business will give you on a given transaction. I usually get some pocket money at the border for minor things, but otherwise use the card.
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:15 PM   #16
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If you plan on using cash, I've found going to the Casino in Canada gives the going rate for that day and they don't charge a fee like the bank does. The other day the internet said 1$ american was worth 1.31 canadian.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:10 AM   #17
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Make sure all passenger have Passport ....Have nice trip enjoy!
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:19 AM   #18
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Passports aren't required for children. You do need their birth certificates. The furry child needs it's rabies certificate.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:23 AM   #19
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Canada: Crossing the Border - TripAdvisor
is a great list for what's required to enter and exit back
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:10 PM   #20
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I just picked up $2K USD and paid 2700 CAD for it. I find when I use my M/C down south, I get dinged for the exchange rate of the day the txn is processed plus they add a 2.5% exchange fee. I'm seriously thinking about setting up a USD account and they try and get a US credit card which would automatically get paid out of the USD account. No exchange rate or fees.

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