The Low Down on Canadian Currency

Currency:

Canadian Dollar

Currency code:

CAD

Central Bank:

Bank of Canada

Currency symbol:

$, Can$, C$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)

Nicknames:

buck, loonie (English), huard, piastre (French)

Bank notes:

$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500

Coins:

1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, $2




The Montreal Bank issued the first notes in 1821 and 20 years later the first Canadian Pounds were issues. However, by 1858, the Canadian Dollar was issued to more closely align with the US Dollar.



The first banknotes issued by the Bank of Canada came along in 1934. In 2011 Canada began to produce a more durable polymer note similar to those used in Australia.



The most commonly used denominations are: 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.



What to spend your Canadian dollars on:

  • *

    Entry to Toronto Skypod

    29 CAD *

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    3-mile taxi ride

    8.75 CAD *

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    Tourist t-shirt

    10 CAD *

  • *

    Postcard and a stamp

    3 CAD *

  • *

    Bottle of water

    1.50 CAD *

How many Canadian dollars will I need?**

Please select your budget above.


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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
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Must-sees in Canada

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  • Whistler
  • Whistler is quite possibly the most famous ski resort in all of North America, know for it's epic slopes and views, this is a must-do for anyone who loves skiing.
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  • Vancouver Island
  • This remote island is accessible by ferry and features quaint towns as well famous surf spots. You can also use the island as a jumping off point to reach Alaska.
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  • Quebec City
  • Get your French on in the capital of Quebec where you'll feel more like you're in a quaint European city rather than a major North American city.

Buying Canadian dollars Online is Easy

Simply order your Canadian dollars online to lock in the rate, then choose to collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly, or get it delivered to your home!

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Canadian Dollar Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to Canada.

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Travelling to Canada in the Future?

Travelling to Canada in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the Canadian dollar matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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How to Keep your Money Safe while Travelling

How to Keep your Money Safe while Travelling

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Would have preferred a paperless option

Would have preferred a paperless option

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Great way to buy online currency

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Easy online purchase available

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The money was there on time and the…

The money was there on time and the denominations could be changed on the spot

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Quick and easy

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Your system works

Everything went smoothly except when I went to pick up the money. There was no-one at the Travelex desk - I had to wait 5 minutes and no-one in the bank let me know what was happening. Eventually the teller arrived. She asked for my printout of the email, got out the envelope, opened it, asked me for my id; then told me it was wrong. It was then that she realised she had opened the wrong envelope, and found the correct one. So I am confirming that your system with its checks and balances works.

Vicki

quick and easy to order online

quick and easy to order online, easy pickup at kiosk. Friendly local agent even took the time to call me and advise pickup time.

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Ordered online hassle free pick and at good rates.

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No issues with the website or the face to face.

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So easy to order foreign currency at a good rate and fast delivery

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Great customer service experience

Great customer service experience. Forgot to pick up cash at one domestic airport before flight. They were able to transfer that pickup fairly promptly to another location without too much fuss at all.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.