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That sounds great Bob . We are awaiting the passport . I am also trying to map my route up . I think possibly enter thru Buffalo after a visit with relatives in Richmond Va . I need to contact BestWestern too .

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Can I spend our worthless american greenbacks or do i need to upgrade them at the border for your currency ? Is mastercard widely accepted , let the credit card folks worry about exchange rates ect ?

Is there a website which can inform us on what to be sure NOT to cross the border with ? I know not to carry a weapon . But I have no idea if I can bring my adult beverage for the evening chit chats or if has to be purchased after crossing . I dont know yet what I dont know and should learn . before this trip .

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Can I spend our worthless american greenbacks or do i need to upgrade them at the border for your currency ? Is mastercard widely accepted , let the credit card folks worry about exchange rates ect ?

Is there a website which can inform us on what to be sure NOT to cross the border with ? I know not to carry a weapon . But I have no idea if I can bring my adult beverage for the evening chit chats or if has to be purchased after crossing . I dont know yet what I dont know and should learn . before this trip .
We take American currency at a discount (better exchange at the bank, but then you have a bunch of funny money to take home)

Mastercard is widely accepted, although some cash for small store purchases would be adviseable (American would be fine) (just about every country in the world accepts American currency)

Do not bring plants (especially if you intend to smoke them) fresh fruit, fresh meat products or guns. (swords or really long knives should be left home as well)

You can bring a certain amount of alcohol type beverage which I believe is one case of beer, or one quart of hard liquor - not sure of amounts with wine.

You can bring one carton of cigarettes for your own personal use.

The above quantities double if you have two up on the bike.

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What Viking said but large denomination bills ($50 & $100) are sometimes treated with suspicion so more little ones work better. Banks should give better exchange rates than the stores but with things being nearly at par you will probably get a dollar for dollar deal at the stores.
PS Canadian adult beverages are good but taxed heavily. Shop accordingly.

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That sounds great Bob . We are awaiting the passport . I am also trying to map my route up . I think possibly enter thru Buffalo after a visit with relatives in Richmond Va . I need to contact BestWestern too .

I will put you on the list. Is the better half coming also?

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Yes Bob , Mrs will be along . My main concern at the moment is the passports arriving .

thanks for the replies to my questions .

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Currency Exchange

With regards to the US/CDN money exchange rate you can see what is happening with the exchange rate by visiting the Bank of Canada at the following website:

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/

On the right hand side of the opening page there is a Currency Convert. The rate of exchange is updated throughout the day 5 days a week.

Here is a summary of what a USD is worth at 8:55 on the 30th of May. So if you are to exchange your USD at a Canadian Bank this is a sample of what they would base the exchange rate at plus the banks service fee. My experience with the Canadian Banks is that their service fee would be somewhere between 1-3 %. If you exchange your money at one of the retail stores or gas station's you will find that their service fee will a lot more than the bank's.

Summary: On 30 May 2013, 1.00 U.S. dollar(s) = 1.03 Canadian Dollar(s), at an exchange rate of 1.0309 (using nominal rate).

It has been previously posted that having some cash would be a good idea when making purchases in the small retailers. Most gas station's, restaurants and big box stores will accept Visa and MasterCard.

Most likely your Debit Cards will not work at the gas station's, restaurants and big box stores but are acceptable at Banks and ATM's.

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Excellent info Wayne! Very useful and much appreciated!

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The last time I used my credit cards in Canada the banks hit me with an ok exchange rate but there was also a conversion fee added. You might want to check with your credit card company before using it at a lot of places, it might be worth while to get cash at the exchange centers.

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Check with your local banks in USA to see if they will do a free exchange to Canadian money. I have not checked my bank for a few years now, but they at one time did offer a free currency exchange. I don't know if they still do or not.

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