Canadian Currency Exchange Rates
Great Currency Exchange Rates for the American Dollar*
While the currency exchange rate varies currently the American dollar offers very complimentary exchange rates with Canadian currency. Lately, the currency exchange rate is floating around $1.00 USD = $1.45 CAD. That's great new for American visitors to Whistler (and Canada). Feel free to use the currency exchange converter below to see the current exchange rate.
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Where to Exchange Money in Whistler
Currency can be exchanged at the Lodging Ovations front desk or at ALL Canadian banks or credit unions in Whistler.
Whistler banks / credit unions:
- The closest bank to Lodging Ovations is ScotiaBank, Whistler Creekside.
- Other banks or credit unions in Whistler include Blue Shore Credit Union, CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) - ATM only, Royal Bank Canada, TD Canada Trust.
Making Purchases in Whistler
Most major credit cards are widely accepted by virtually all Whistler businesses. The most common credit cards accepted include VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. You may find that you get the best exchange rate if you pay for purchases using your credit card.
Interac, bank cards and debit cards can be uses to make purchases at Lodging Ovations (and other Whistler hotels), restaurants, retail outlets and activity providers. You can also withdraw money in the form of Canadian currency from banks or credit unions including ATMs.
Taxes on Purchases in Whistler
The amount of taxes visitors pay on purchases ranges between 7% and 15%. Residents of countries outside Canada can apply for refunds on taxes paid in Canada. Typical tax rates are as follows: 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) / 8% PST for accommodations. 2% Municipal Regional District tax. Additionally Federal 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is charged on virtually all good and services.
Tipping in Whistler
Tips or service charges are not typically added to your bill for services. A tip of up to 15% to 20% of the sub-total (before taxes) is typically for waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. At hotels, airports and railway stations, bellhops, doormen, etc. are generally paid $1-$2 per item of luggage.
About Canadian Currency
The Canadian dollar is the national currency of Canada including Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories.
Canadian Bank Notes
Bills are printed for the following amounts: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $1,000 (not common). While American dollars are green Canadian bank notes are brightly coloured and are therefore easy to distinguish from one another.
Canadian Coin Currency
Coin are minted for the following amounts: 1¢(Penny), 5¢(Nickel), 10¢(Dime), 25¢(Quarter), 50¢ (not common), $1(Loonie) and $2(Toonie)
Virtually all businesses in Whistler accept US dollars. (US dollars are accepted by many Canadian businesses, especially those located near the Canada / US border.) While exchange rates offered by Whistler businesses may vary most businesses exchange at the current rate suggested by Tourism Whistler.