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Travel Money – Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate

Convert Pounds to Canadian Dollars

From modern, cosmopolitan cities like Toronto to vast areas of stunning wilderness, Canada really has it all. It’s no wonder more than 700,000 Brits make the trip each year.

Whether you’re going on a winter trip to Whistler or spending the summer in the Rockies, get your travel money sorted before you go.

Why buy Canadian Dollars from us?

  • Better rates for Nectar members*
  • 0% commission on all foreign currencies
  • Order online for collection at an instore bureau
  • FREE home delivery on cash orders of £500 or more**


Today’s exchange rate for Canadian Dollars

Check out our rates to get an idea of how many Canadian Dollars you can get for your Pounds.

If you want to see exactly what you’ll get for your money, use our online currency converter.

Rates may vary depending on whether you buy in store or online.

Where to get Canadian Dollars

Order online

Buying Canadian Dollars online means you can place your order when it suits you, whether you’re at home, at work or on the go

In store

Buy Canadian Dollars at any of our in-store travel money bureaux

Travel Money Card

Why not take a prepaid travel card with Canadian Dollars on it? With a Sainsbury's Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard®, you can take up to 10 currencies on your trip

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

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 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:

  1. Nahanni National Park Reserve: $24.50 per day for adults
  2. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: $17.60 per day for adults
  3. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve: $20 per day for adults, free for children
  4. 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
  5. 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.

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Any questions?

From currency queries to travel money card conundrums, we’ve got the answers to our customers’ most common travel money questions.

See our FAQs.


Terms and conditions

*Nectar members receive better exchange rates on single purchase transactions of all available foreign currencies. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy instore, online or by phone. You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. 

**You can order currency for a secure home delivery by 1pm on the day of your choice by Royal Mail (Mon- Sat). For next day delivery your order needs to be confirmed before 1.30pm (Mon- Fri). Please note that whilst Royal Mail make every effort to delivery on schedule, we cannot guarantee this as it is beyond our control. Highlands and Islands (including Channel Islands) are not guaranteed next day delivery. Delivery is free on all cash orders £500 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £499.99). The minimum order for home delivery is £100. The delivery day quoted is dependent on the order day being a working day; if one of those days is a public holiday then additional day(s) will be added accordingly. All home delivery orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless we advise you otherwise, to your billing address, and a signature will be required upon delivery. A valid telephone number is required for home delivery.

Sainsbury's Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard® is issued by PrePay Technologies Limited pursuant to license by Mastercard International. PrePay Technologies Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (FRN: 900010) for the issuing of electronic money and payment instruments. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.