Exchanging money in Canada

Changing money can be done at many places, especially in cities. Thomas Cook and American Express are the best places to do this. Banks are also available to change money and so are hotels, but these can prove more expensive.

American Express and Thomas Cook are the best travellers cheques to use in Canada. There can be quite high fees for cashing these at banks, so check first.

Remember banks are only usually open Monday to Friday from 10am until about 4.30pm. Some close earlier and others later.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are easy to find in Canada. All banks and trusts have them. They can usually be found in the form of small portable machines in larger stores, tourist attractions, petrol stations and in shopping malls.

ATMs are known in Canada as banking machines and support most foreign bankcards. If your bankcard has a Cirrus and Maestro symbol on the face or rear of the card it should be supported. Visa, MasterCard and American Express Cards can also be used to withdraw cash from ATMs but most banks only support one card.

It is recommended to carry a credit card while in Canada. Sometimes it is essential for accommodation, car rental or bike rental and many other activities or methods of transport.

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