Do you buy back Canadian Dollars?
If you don’t spend all your travel money in Canada, don’t worry.
We buy back most foreign currency notes in denominations we sell (buy back rates vary daily). Simply bring it to one of our in store bureaux.
Are you a Nectar member?
We’ll give you a better exchange rate on your Canadian Dollars*.
Whether you’re buying in store or online, all you need to do is tell us your Nectar card number.
Not a Nectar member? No problem. Just download the Nectar app or register at nectar.com.
Useful information about the Canadian Dollar
Facts and figures
- The Canadian Dollar is the official currency of Canada
- The currency code is CAD and the currency symbol is $
- Canada has the 10th largest economy in the world and the sixth most traded currency on the Forex market
- $1 and $2 coins are affectionately known as the loonie and the toonie . (Note that we don’t sell or buy coins)
- In 2017, The Royal Canadian Mint released the world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary
- The $20 note has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II – the Queen is still Canada’s official Head of State
The cost of visiting Canada
The price you pay in Canada will depend on the city you’re visiting and the budget you’ve got to play with.
To give you a rough idea, Lonely Planet estimates that you can get a:
- B&B or room in a mid-range hotel for $80–180 ($100–250 in major cities)
- Four-star hotel room from $180 ($250 in major cities)
- A meal in a good local restaurant from $20 and a three-course meal in a top restaurant from $65
- Rental car for $45–70 per day
- A skiing day pass for $50–90
Bear in mind that visitors flying to Canada now need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter the country. This costs $7 and you can apply for it through the Government of Canada's official website.
(Figures taken from lonelyplanet.com 4 February 2021.)
Top attractions in Canada
To help you calculate your spending money, we’ve looked at the cost of some of the most popular attractions in Canada:
- Nahanni National Park Reserve: $24.50 per day for adults
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: $17.60 per day for adults
- Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve: $20 per day for adults, free for children
- Athabasca Glacier: The most popular way to get on the glacier is via the Columbia Icefield Adventure tour, which is $114 for adults and $57 for children
- Butchart Gardens: from $33.80 for adults, $16.90 for children
If you’re travelling with children, admission to all national parks operated by Parks Canada is free of charge for anyone aged 17 and under.
Parks Canada national parks include Nahanni National Park Reserve, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.
If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, it may be worth getting a Parks Canada Discovery Pass. Priced at $69.19 for an adult and $139.40 for a family, the pass gives you unlimited admission to over 80 Parks Canada sites.
Not sure what these prices mean for your bank balance? Check out our currency converter to see how many Canadian Dollars you can get for your Pound.
Need a different currency?
Planning an epic road trip from Canada to the US? If you’re travelling to more than one country, we have over 50 currencies available, including the US dollar.
Travel tools and guides
Whether you’re heading on a relaxing city break or non-stop adventure, our handy guides are here to help.