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Currency question
« on: August 29, 2016, 12:28:36 PM »
Greetings! I arrive on Tuesday, Sept 6 and will have plenty of time to get my bearings before sightseeing on Wednesday including getting some cash. Please advise me, should I go to a bank for CAD or will the hotel have an exchange booth? For that matter, do Vancouver area shops and restaurants accept USD? Thanks
 

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Re: Currency question
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 01:49:35 PM »
The exchange rate is .77 US for $1 Can so it's worth your while to get the currency exchanged.   Ask at the hotel if there is a bank that does not charge an extra fee; some charge it, some waive the fee.   If you have time before you go a lot of the Auto Clubs have currency exchange.
 
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Re: Currency question
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 04:13:27 PM »
I found this quite helpful when travelling abroad: http://www.moneywehave.com/the-5-best-currency-exchange-options/

And I wouldn't count on shops/restaurants accepting USD in Vancouver. If there are any (I know some fast food joints do), they are probably few and far between.
 
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Re: Currency question
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 04:55:33 PM »
I have NEVER had a problem in Vancouver using USD and the me chant figuring the exchange rate ☺
 
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Re: Currency question
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2016, 05:06:35 PM »
Thanks to all for your suggestions. 8) See you soon! 
 

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Re: Currency question
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 05:09:38 PM »
I have NEVER had a problem in Vancouver using USD and the me chant figuring the exchange rate ☺

Really? Hmm, good to know I guess.  :)
 

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Re: Currency question
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2016, 07:41:03 PM »
Yes you can use US$ in Canada but the exchange rate in shops or restaurants will be atrocious. The fluctuating exchange rates have made it difficult for local businesses to post a competitive rate so the person with US gets ripped off.

We suggest taking cash out of a bank machine once you arrive. For me, a Canadian travelling in the US and other countries, taking cash out of a local bank machine with my debit card has been the best way to avoid the high fees charged by the currency exchange places.

Kathy

 

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Re: Currency question
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2016, 07:43:06 PM »
I like to use the cash back feature at stores as well :)