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Do most places take US dollar or credit card? Are there any places that do not? Restaurants, park passes, souvenier shops, gas, grocery store.

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Here's a previous thread on that same topic:

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nisswa MN
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We just got back from Banff yesterday. We used US monies.The one thing was that you got change back in canadian monies. If the place did not take US dollars we paid with a credit card. Also used our debit card in places too. It's a wonderful place to visit,ENJOY!

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For more information (did you know we have $1 and $2 coins?), read the TripAdvisor Traveler Article, "Canada Banks and Money":


Jasper, Canada
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Yes, lots of places will take US currency as a convenience to American visitors - however, they get to set the rate of exchange, and obviously, they will take a percentage off the top for their time, trouble and to cover their bank fees. This is never the cheapest way to exchange money - you are paying for convenience. Change will be given back to you in Canadian money because you are in Canada and that is the legal currency. And, by the way, American coins are used interchangeably in Canada with our own, so you will not get exchange on them.

US or any other foreign credit cards are used the same as any Canadian credit card. Your transaction is processed in Canadian dollars (the merchant receives $CDN) and the credit card company will calculate the exchange at their rates and add on any service fees they charge, and it will all show up on your statement in USD. So you won't know the total price for an item until you get your credit card statement and see the rate that was used (it changes, day to day), as well as the service charges. Sometimes credit card companies "bury" their fee in the rate of exchange, but some also add a per transaction fee for foreign transactions. You should check with your bank because sometimes these fees can be pricey.

Often the cheapest and easiest way to exchange money is to use your ATM card at any bank machine. But again, you should check with your bank, because some of them have hefty service fees on foreign transactions.

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Use your ATM card to get cash as you need it. It did so twice earlier this month. Once in Cranbrook and once in Jasper. No fee for using out of network ATM. Also, my bank statement came a couple of days after I got back and the exchange rate was quite acceptable.

We did encounter a couple of places that would not take my husband's Mastercard. I paid for all the hotel rooms with my Visa and had no problems.

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