The Low Down on Canadian Currency


Canadian Dollar

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of Canada

Currency symbol:

$, Can$, C$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)


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

Bank notes:

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


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:

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    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 *

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    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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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

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!

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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.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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.