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  • Buy Canadian dollars online at Post Office 
  • Check the GBP to Canadian dollar exchange rate for the best deal 
  • Order your Canadian dollars online and pick up in branch the next working day 
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Illustration of an open wallet with currency notes spread out at the top of the wallet
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Canada’s calling. Get your travel money here

It’s easy to buy your Canadian dollar currency from Post Office. You can buy your holiday cash online, go to participating branches, or on a secure, convenient Travel Money Card.  

With Click and Collect, you can order Canadian currency online and pick it up from your nearest branch. Do it by 3pm and you can collect the next working day. Or we’ll deliver it to your home. And buying when the pound to Canadian dollar exchange rate is good can save you more. 

We’ll buy back any spare currency notes you bring home. And we’ll refund your travel money entirely within 28 days of purchase if your trip gets cancelled. Why not get your travel insurance for Canada and other destinations sorted with Post Office, too? 

Get our best rates online. The more you buy, the better the rate. 

Today’s online rates

1.6458 1.664 1.677

Rate correct as of 21/06/2024

Travel Money Card (TMC) rates may differ. Branch rates may vary. Delivery methods may vary. Terms and conditions apply

Get your Canadian currency from us

We make it easy to get dollars at a competitive rate before your trip to Canada:

  • Get 0% commission on over 60 different foreign currencies

  • Order travel money online or in selected Post Office branch

  • Order online for a better rate on Canadian dollars (minimum £400 online order value)

  • Order from £400 to £2,500 – and get better rates the more you spend

  • Free home delivery for online orders of £500 or more (£4.99 delivery for orders under £500)

  • Show us your receipt and we’ll buy back your leftover Canadian banknotes commission-free

Click and collect in branch

Get hold of your holiday money quickly. Pick it up from your nearest of 11,500 Post Office branches.

Home delivery

Want your cash delivered tomorrow? Order by 3pm today for delivery to your home.

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Canadian currency on a card

You can also load Canadian dollars onto our Travel Money Card, which is accepted anywhere you see the Mastercard® symbol. Top up it up with our Travel app. Even switch between currencies with ease.

How far will my Canadian dollars go?

  • Exchange rates change regularly. If you’re not travelling right away it’s worth keeping an eye on how the pound compares with the Canadian dollar and buying when GBP is strong

  • If you’re travelling on a budget it’s possible to get a taste of the Canadian way of life for around C$75 per day by visiting out of peak season, staying in hostels, self-catering and taking public transport wherever possible

  • Visitors wishing to stay in hotels or B&Bs, hire a car and eat out at least once a day can expect a daily spend of between C$150 to C$200 and upwards

  • Have smaller notes handy – some businesses may not accept larger ones, though this won’t usually be a problem in larger cities

  • Remember to tip – adding a 15% tip in bars and restaurants, hotels and in cabs is usual

  • Budget for tax too – you'll be charged a Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Canada, though a 50% discount on it may be possible on accommodation booked through a tour operator along with flights or car rental

Some common questions

  • The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Canada.

  • Canada is the only country to officially use Canadian dollars.

    The currency is also used unofficially in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. This is a self-governing French collectively close to Newfoundland and Labrador, a Canadian province. Officially it uses the euro.

    If you’re travelling to the US after Canada, it’s sometimes possible to use Canadian dollars in American towns near the border and receive change in US dollars. This may not be at a favourable exchange rate, though.

  • To get competitive rates on Canadian dollars head to the Post Office and change your money before you get to the airport.

    You can order Canadian dollar currency online with our click and collect service. Or you can buy your travel money in thousands of branches that offer currency services. Use our branch finder tool to find the nearest one to you.

    If you order online we can deliver Canadian currency to your home. Ordering online could also get you a better exchange rate.

    Buying larger quantities at one time can reduce the rate even more. And you can lock in that great rate if you buy at a good time for the pound.

    If you prefer to use plastic when you’re abroad, consider our Travel Money Card. It’s a prepaid Mastercard you can load with any of up to 22 currencies, including the Canadian dollar.

  • The highest value banknote in the Canadian currency is the 100 dollar note. The lowest denomination coin still being minted is the 5 cents coin, but some 1 cent coins are still in circulation so you might see or end up with some on your trip.

  • Read all travel money FAQs

Post Office Travel Money Card is an electronic money product issued by First Rate Exchange Services Ltd pursuant to license by Mastercard International. First Rate Exchange Services Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with number 4287490 whose registered office is Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, TW8 9DF, (Financial Services Register No. 900412). Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.