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Old 03-31-2016, 08:07 AM   #161
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What do you use in Canada, American dollars or Canadian dollars? If you take Canadian dollars where do you exchange them at? I plan to use credit cards with no foreign transaction fees. I think I can use a atm card in Canada but the question is would I get a good rate. About two months left until the start date, we are getting excited.


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Old 03-31-2016, 11:00 AM   #162
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What do you use in Canada, American dollars or Canadian dollars? If you take Canadian dollars where do you exchange them at? I plan to use credit cards with no foreign transaction fees. I think I can use a atm card in Canada but the question is would I get a good rate..
When we go up, we use plastic whenever we can (we are USAA Members and have transaction-free ATM & CCs)

Having said that, if I were you when you go to Canada I would have a stash - maybe $200-$300 CDN -on hand just in case. You will be stopping as some small places along the way and it might just be more convenient to pay in cash, so having the 'local currency' has always been a good idea when we have traveled abroad.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:05 AM   #163
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In Canada we have more debit/credit availability than I have seen in my US travels through the Midwest/ Midsouth and such. Just make sure international transactions are enabled on your cards.
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When we go up, we use plastic whenever we can (we are USAA Members and have transaction-free ATM & CCs)

Having said that, if I were you when you go to Canada I would have a stash - maybe $200-$300 CDN -on hand just in case. You will be stopping as some small places along the way and it might just be more convenient to pay in cash, so having the 'local currency' has always been a good idea when we have traveled abroad.

I plan to go again in 18 if I'm still breathing


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When we go up, we use plastic whenever we can (we are USAA Members and have transaction-free ATM & CCs)

Having said that, if I were you when you go to Canada I would have a stash - maybe $200-$300 CDN -on hand just in case. You will be stopping as some small places along the way and it might just be more convenient to pay in cash, so having the 'local currency' has always been a good idea when we have traveled abroad.




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You can usually got to your local bank and get the Canadian money, They will some times have to oedre it into the bank for you, Only takes a few days to do this, We took $400.00 Canadian with us, Pretty well used most of it by the time we left, I think we finished it off on a gas purchase to get rid of the last of it.
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On this trip, would there be a good destination in Canada we could turn around at and come home? Don't want to make the full trip but a two to three week adventure would be nice.

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I rode my motorcycle through Canada last June. We ended up in Deadhorse AK. When I used American dollars for snacks at gas stations or convenience stores, the clerks never gave a good exchange rate and they would give the change back in Canadian money. I guess they thought they needed a 20% tip. So I started using my card for everything. You get a great exchange rate through the bank. Also, most of the pumps there use chip cards. If you don't have one you have to go inside to get the pump turned on.
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On this trip, would there be a good destination in Canada we could turn around at and come home? Don't want to make the full trip but a two to three week adventure would be nice.
John,

Sure! I would suspect you could tag along all the way up the AlCan if you wanted to. When we got to the "Official End" of the AlCan (Delta Junction), you could turn around there and backtrack...or at any point between Dawson Creek & Delta Junction.
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