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The Low Down on Canadian Currency

Currency:

Canadian Dollar

Currency code:

CAD

Central Bank:

Bank of Canada

Currency symbol:

$ (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

  • 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?**

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Must-sees in Canada

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Order Canadian dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at 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?

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Canada Travel Guide

Canada Travel Guide

Before you head off, check out our Travel Guide which includes some not-to-miss highlights when you visit Canada!

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Quick and easy

Quick and easy

Michelle Avril Byrnes

Seamless service

Seamless service, no problems at all and a good rate

Rebecca Mackiggan

Great

Great service

Phillip Soppitt

Easy Currency

It was easy to order foreign currency and the ability to have it delivered to home or a post office is great. The only downside was receiving high demonination currency when you are always looking for smaller denominations to use when you first arrive in a new city. Apart from that Travelex have always provided a good service.

Graeme

Easy way to carry money ambroad

Easy way to carry money ambroad, either cash or card. Quick proceeds in the airport, I strongly recommend Travelex.

Luciana

Very easy process and transfer into…

Very easy process and transfer into currency

Steve Williams

Very satisfied customer!

As always, cash was ready when forecast. No commission buying online and always pleasant helpful staff when collecting currency. I appreciate the good spread of useful denominations rather than all high value notes. Thank you..

Janelle

Great easy experience

Great easy experience

Suzanne Maree Newsom

I placed my order quite late & phoned…

I placed my order quite late & phoned to see the collection time - the girl was extremely helpful & processed my order online asap, with a follow up phone call.

Melissa

All went very well with our transaction…

All went very well with our transaction except for an email titled money ready for collection - but when you read the email, the money was NOT ready for several days - a bit of a contradiction.

Michael Allan

Travelex were great would always tell…

Travelex were great would always tell family and friends how easy it was, I did have a problem paying with my credit card though I had no idea it would be deemed as a cash advance on my card and I was charged a further $95 which upset me terribly as I had the funds in my bank account and could have used my Debit card but I was TOTALLY unaware and nothing during the transaction came up to inform me of this

Glenda Geloven

Very efficient way to pre-purchase…

Very efficient way to pre-purchase currency for collection.

AC

I always use Travelex to buy foreign…

I always use Travelex to buy foreign currency online using my own money and then have it delivered to a local store so I can pick it up. This service is hassle free and very convenient.

Mark Davis

Easy to use and see all the prices

Easy to use and see all the prices, pick up was easy and quick.

Roma G Press

Works well

Online request and airport pickup went without a hitch. The only thing I would like to see added is the option to request currency denominations. That is, smaller value notes.

Peter K

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day.

**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.