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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 do it online, in participating branches, or on a secure, convenient Travel Money Card.
With Click & 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. Buying online could get you a better rate than in branch. And buying when the pound to Canadian dollar exchange rate is good can save you more.
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
What is the Canadian dollar?
The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Canada.
Which countries use the Canadian dollar currency?
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
Where can you buy Canadian dollars?
To get competitive rates on Canadian dollars head to the Post Office and change your money before you get to the airport.
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 23 currencies, including the Canadian dollar.
What are the highest and lowest Canadian dollar denominations?
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.