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  • avro_arrow_25206
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    Originally posted by ptbodale
    Damn corporate take-over. Wendy's had too much money at the time. Tim's has been spun off now.
    Oh right, I forgot about the IPO last year, but you got my point

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  • ptbodale
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    Originally posted by avro_arrow_25206
    No it's not.
    Just don't tell Canadians that it is wholly owned by a US company. They will shrug their collective shoulders.
    Damn corporate take-over. Wendy's had too much money at the time. Tim's has been spun off now.

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  • avro_arrow_25206
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    Originally posted by tommyalf
    You don't need to exchange your money as our money is accepted everywhere.
    No it's not.
    Merchants and fast food places near the border or at service stops along the highway usually accept US dollars, either at 1:1 or whatever rate they post up at the cashier. Otherwise you are out of luck with Greenback (unless it's the CAD$20 bill )

    Yes, Tim Horton's does rock. Just don't tell Canadians that it is wholly owned by a US company. They will shrug their collective shoulders.

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  • tommyalf
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    Originally posted by nwaA330
    I'm going to Canada this week, and I've never been up there before. Anything I need to know? Do I have to exchange my cash for Canadian dollars? Anything I need to know about driving up there, different laws?
    You don't need to exchange your money as our money is accepted everywhere. Hope your not going through YYZ as it totally blows. Make sure you go to Tim Hortons! That place rocks, best coffee in the world.

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    Originally posted by ptbodale
    My family is really nice you know Pat. LOL
    LOL I'm sure they are nice It was just boring when I was driving through Saskatchewan and for three days all we saw was corn (or w.e. it is) fields and the people in McDicks were speaking with a typical redncek accent lol.

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  • arifpal
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    1) Depends where you are going, if you are driving to Quebec, then you will definitely feel the difference in driving.

    2) Canadian guyz are great, they won't bug you but make sure you have something solid to say to the US guyz on your way back. Last weekend my friend drove to Windsor for just half hour and on return told the US customs officer that he went to have pizza, and he wasn't too pleased with this answer!

    3) If you have a contact in Canada make them email you an invitation and take it with you.

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  • avro_arrow_25206
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    Originally posted by Van Hoolio

    Oooo, I have a long overnight in Ottawa tonight! I'll get to go to Canada "for real" this time.

    Mike
    May I suggest Casino du Lac-Leamy to enjpy your "long overnight". :P

    (It's in Gatineau, 5-10 mins from downtown Ottawa)

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  • Van Hoolio
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    I'd guess that the exchange rate you'd get while trading cash would still be worse than any fee you'd incur from using an ATM or credit card.

    For example my bill at Boston Pizza on March 16th near YYZ was CAD $17.00. My credit card company gave me an exchange rate of CAD $1 = USD $.85 and it came out to USD $14.46 on my statement, plus a fee of USD $.43 (about 3%). A 3% premium isn't too bad for a few small purchases, and I highly doubt you'd come out any better converting cash or traveler's checks.

    Oooo, I have a long overnight in Ottawa tonight! I'll get to go to Canada "for real" this time.

    Mike

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  • ptbodale
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    Originally posted by pkonowrocki
    Unless you want to meet some rednecks from Saskatchewan
    My family is really nice you know Pat. LOL

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  • ASpilot2be
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    Cash is the way to go. We recommend not using credit cards, as there is a fee attached to every purchase. Other than that, enjoy America Jr

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  • screaming_emu
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    you are aware that you can't stick a credit card in a strippers underwear, right? WEll...I guess you could, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Chris@YYZ
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    Originally posted by Van Hoolio
    "What's the purpose of your visit?"
    "to use your toilet" hahahahaha

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  • Van Hoolio
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    Hey I was in Canada the other day......for about an hour and a half. I never cleared customs though, but almost did to use a terrestrial bathroom. "What's the purpose of your visit?"

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  • avro_arrow_25206
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    Originally posted by Bok269
    As for the credit card, they'll factory in the exchange rate and I believe bill you in USD.
    + standard credit card foreign currency commission, which is usually around 2 to 2.5% depending on what card you are carrying. (You need to consult your credit card agreement to find this)

    And also, I've been told you only need a passport if your flying into Canada, not driving. Although, you need your birth certificate and photo i.d. to get in via a car.
    You can still get in with your photo ID as of now, until the second phase of Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative comes online some time next year.

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  • Bok269
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    Originally posted by nwaA330
    yeah I'm going to Winnipeg... but if I spend all my money by using a credit card, will it automatically factor in the exchange rate? And also, I've been told you only need a passport if your flying into Canada, not driving. Although, you need your birth certificate and photo i.d. to get in via a car.
    As for the credit card, they'll factory in the exchange rate and I believe bill you in USD.

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