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Where can I use Canadian Dollar?

In Canada! With its vibrant cities and stunning natural landscapes, Canada has something for everyone.

If you’re after a city break, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto all have lots to offer. For nature lovers, the Gros Morne National Park, the islands of Haida Gwaii and the Niagara Falls are just a few of the many natural wonders to explore in Canada.

How much spending money do I need for Canada?

To help you budget a trip to Canada we have researched how much Canadian Dollars you will need depending on your trip budget.

If you are travelling on a backpacker budget, be prepared to spend around CA$ 55 per day (around £32), which should cover your hostel accommodation, bus transport and basic food costs. For those with a medium budget who want to experience more outdoor excursions but still keep up with their reasonably-priced budget, be prepared to spend CA$ 135 per day (roughly £80).

Your budget will largely depend on which Canadian province you are planning on visiting. Most of Canada’s biggest cities including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton are considerably more expensive than smaller cities like Saint John, Saskatoon or Quebec City. If you are venturing out of the bigger cities and towns, Canadian’s rural areas are even less expensive, though getting around different provinces and national parks will cost you more.  

Here is how much you can expect to pay for things in bigger cities like Montreal or Toronto:

  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: CA$ 65 (around £37)
  • Bottle of beer: CA$ 7 (£4)
  • Bottle of wine (mid-range): CA$ 15 (£8.70)
  • Cappuccino: CA$ 4.20 (£2.40)
  • Bottle of water (1.5l): CA$ 2.20 (£1.30)

Budget your Canada trip

The second-largest country in the world, Canada offers a whole range of adventures. It spreads from the stunning Rocky Mountains on the East coast all the way to the picturesque fishing villages in Nova Scotia on the West coast, with many breathtaking national parks and beautiful turquoise lakes in between.

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Overall budget for 1 day pp: CA$ 75 (£45)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: CA$ 350 (£200)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than CA$ 775 (£450)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Meal per one: CA$ 16
  • Cheap hotel room: CA$ 30
  • Beer: CA$ 7
  • Coffee: CA$ 4.20  


Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Mid-range hotel: CA$ 65
  • Two-course dinner with wine: CA$ 30
  • Beer 2x: CA$ 14
  • Coffee: CA$ 4.20

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Luxury hotel: from CA$ 140
  • Meal at top restaurant with wine: from CA$ 50
  • Beer 2x: CA$ 14
  • Coffee 2x: CA$ 8.40

Activities in budget

  • Visiting the Niagara Falls: free
  • Hiking around Jasper National Park: free
  • A one-way bus ticket: CA$ 2.50 – 3 
  • Museum and historic site entrance fees: from CA$ 15

Activities in budget

  • Kayaking in Banff: a 2-hour rental for CA$ 50
  • Visiting indie shops and food fares in Vancouver: free
  • Whale watching in Vancouver: CA$ 150
  • A car rental: from CA$ 35 – 80 per day 

Activities in budget

  • A 12-minute helicopter flight over the Niagara Falls: CA$ 149
  • Skiing at Whistler: CA$ 160 for a ski lift per day (without any skiing equipment)
  • Kayaking in Banff: a 2-hour rental for CA$ 50
  • Domestic flight between Toronto and Vancouver: from CA$ 200

Despite the colder climate, this is a country that welcomes outdoor lovers with open arms. No matter which province you’re visiting, and no matter the season, you can always find something to do in Canada. While it’s generally better to visit in the warmer summer months, if you head to Canada in the winter you will definitely find no shortage of activities.  

There are many outdoor adventures you can try out in Canada. Here is a list of some of the many options available:

  • Skiing and snowboarding: visit the legendary Whistler mountain near Vancouver to find one of the best slopes in the whole world. And while you’re staying on the West coast, you can also stop in Banff, a popular mountain town known for its excellent trails
  • Hiking: Hike through the Pacific Rim National Park for amazing views at the temperate rain forests on Vancouver Island
  • Kayaking and canoeing: Hire a kayak or a canoe and enjoy the stunning turquoise lakes in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
  • White-water rafting: Paddle through Jasper National Park in Alberta and enjoy the excitement that will make any rollercoaster seem boringly tamed
  • Surfing: Whether you are a surfing pro or an avid beginner, you can find the perfect waves in Nova Scotia
  • Swimming: You might not necessarily think of Canada as a beach-type holiday, but visiting Prince Edward Island‘s pink-sand beaches, accompanied by warmer waters in the summer months, will give you a taste of true Canadian summer

Spreading across six time zones, Canada also has some of the world’s most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse cities, such as Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. Home to sky-high mountains, buzzing culture and delicious cuisine, Canada is a charming country worth a visit.

What denominations does the Canadian Dollar come in?

The Canadian Dollar comes in the following denominations:


5 dollars, 10 dollars, 20 dollars, 50 dollars and 100 dollars


5 cents (a nickel), 10 cents (a dime), 25 cents (a quarter), 50 cents, one dollar and 2 dollars

Did you know: The 1 Dollar coin is often referred to as ‘the loonie’ thanks to featuring a picture of a Canadian indigenous bird, the common loon. To follow, the 2 Dollar coin is known as ‘the toonie’ – short for two loonies.

Leftover Canadian Dollars?

No problem. We’ll buy back any Canadian Dollars you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

Canadian Dollar FAQs

What kind of currency is CAD?

The code for Canadian Dollar is CAD, and the currency symbol is $ or sometimes CA$.

Do I need a visa to go to Canada?

British travellers with a UK passport don’t need to get a visa for shorter visits, though you are expected to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation instead if you are travelling to Canada by air. Visit the website to check the entry requirements and learn more about the Electronic Travel Authorisation.

How much is an average meal in Canada?

An average meal for one at a mid-range restaurant in Canada will cost you between CA$ 15 (£8.70) to CA$ 25 (£15), including the tip.

Is it safe to travel in Canada?

Canada has a low crime rate and is generally safe to visit. Some Canadian cities might have some rougher areas, but the country has a great police presence and travellers do not need to worry about feeling unsafe. Canadians are known for being a very welcoming nation to tourists coming from all over the world, though you should always keep an eye on pickpocketers in busy touristy areas.

How much is $1 Canadian in US Dollars?

At the time of writing, 1 Canadian Dollar will get you 0.76 US Dollar.

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