I have searched for but couldn't find the answer to this so please be kind or point me in the right direction.
We will be in Vancouver in the early Summer for a celebration of our Silver wedding anniversary and hubby's 50th birthday.
We will likely not be leaving the UK anymore for future trips so we would like to do a bit of shopping ( just things we can't get at home in the UK).
We have been to the USA ( various places but New York 3 times) and we have been to Toronto 3 times, the last time was November 2001. The C$ was quite good ( for us Brits back then), now it is very poor.
I wondered if anyone can give me an idea of the magnitude of costs so that we can decide if ( as a tourist) it would be worth us going across the border for our shopping) .
In New York we could get discounts of 10% in some big stores ( which cancelled out the 9% sales tax). In all my research I have done thus far, I have not seen any mention of any discounts for tourists anywhere.
We will not have a car and would have to get across the border to a nice Mall(?) in order to shop, so I wonder if it would cost more to do the "travelling", rather than just suck it up and pay the extra in Vancouver?
13% HST is a lot, even compared to NYC's 9% sales tax and the C$ is 1.77 today ( the rate we can buy it at not the actual rate which is C$1.80), when we came in 2001 it was about C$2.30 so a big difference.
I know folks don't go on holiday to shop, but given its the last trip over the Atlantic we may make, I would like to make the most of it.
Any and all advice from shoppers-in-the -know, appreciated.