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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 *

  • *

    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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All good except there was only one form…

All good except there was only one form of notes all $100 items. No smaller notes and no option to chose smaller notes

marella harris

No issues

No issues. Good customer service.

Sarah

Sanjin

Sanjin, was excellent and had great customer service and very/extremely friendly

Karlee Elisabeth Sindermann

so easy and efficient

so easy and efficient

KATHRYN ELIZABETH STEWART

Simple and easy

Simple and easy. I was able to organise this out of hours, and have it ready for collection when I was able to get in.

Trevar Alan Chilver

Belmont office even change larger nots…

Belmont office even change larger nots to smaller notes due to her experience of where we are going. Great knowledge.

Ian Lucas

Great site to organize foreign currency

Great site to organize foreign currency

Murray William Turnham

Convenient and competitive rates

Convenient and competitive rates

James Matthew Murray

Nice and easy

Nice, easy online purchase of foreign currency for holiday money. Paid by Bpay, picked up the holiday money a few days later from the local shopfront. Easy!

Fraser

fast and good rate

fast and good rate

Alfred gao

Great service.

Great service.

Kevin Leyden

This is the 3rd time I have used…

This is the 3rd time I have used Travelex. Very easy to use, good exchange rates and easily contactable if you have any trouble. Highly recommend.

L McCLOUD

Staff member Michelle was great

Staff member Michelle was great. Kiosk is in a very noisy area though and it was very difficult to hear her.

CES

Excellent and very fast online and face…

Excellent and very fast online and face to face customer service. Exchange rate better than major banks. Recommended if you need cash and don’t have an international bank account.

Paul M

No problems

Best rate I could find, quick, easy, the staff at pick were lovely and helpful

ERC

*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.