Banking & Currency

Your vacation money: helpful tools and tips

Canadian Currency

Like our neighbours in the United States, Canada’s monetary system is based on dollars and cents. Visitors are advised to exchange their currency for Canadian dollars. This can be done at most banks or at foreign currency exchange outlets, which are often located in airport departure areas.

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Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted at most commercial establishments, banks and currency exchange offices. Banking hours are generally 9:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and some banks are open Saturdays.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours per day, and are typically connected with the Interac, Cirrus and/or Plus networks. They are found at banks, retail areas and in many cases at special event venues. ATMs offer the same rate of exchange to be found at traditional banking and exchange institutions.

Most businesses also accept direct debit payments.