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Do most places accept us dollars or will I need to exchange to Canadian? Do they accept credit cards for National Park passes?


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you can charge your park pass ok. I go there all the time and everyone will take US $$ but you will absolutely get horrible exchange rates. A few weeks back most places were giving $1.10 when the exchange should have been $1.16. As the Canadian $$ has gotten way stronger the $ is almost at par. Go to oanda.com and print out their travelers cheatsheat. Then you will know the real deal. I'd suggest going to to Canadian ATM and get a few hundred $$. Even though you will pay a fee you will get the actual exchange rate. When you convert at currency places or cash travelers checks, not only do you pay a fee, but they screw you on the rate. Best to either come with Cdn or use ATM

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Kacky ~> Good suggestions from David. Due to the stronger dollar at this point it would be better not to expect a good exchange from vendors.


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Yes, credit cards are accepted at the main entrance into Banff National Park. We have used Visa and AMEX.

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You will be able to pay for most things with credit cards, including park passes, however, if you spend US dollars in a shop or restaurant, you won't get as good a rate as you would at the bank. It's also a little more respectful to change a bit of money to the currency of the country you are travelling to, instead of assuming that every place will take your currency. Many places in Canada do take US $ with no problem, but this is a courtesy - and one, I might add, that is not generally returned when Canadians travel on your side of the border.

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