Exchange Rates

If you are traveling between Alaska and Canada, keep in mind that the Canadian dollar and the American dollar are separate currencies and the rate of exchange fluctuates daily.

Although U.S. currency is accepted as payment in Canada, visitors should exchange their U.S. currency for Canadian funds at a bank in Canada to receive the best rate of exchange. In the Yukon, businesses participating in the "Fair Exchange" program--which promises an exchange rate within a few percentage points of the banks--post a "Fair Exchange" sign in their windows.

You can check out current exchange rates on the Internet at several sites. One such site is Bank of Canada's Exchange Rates

Like the U.S., the money system in Canada is based on dollars and cents, but Canada also has the "loonie" and the "toonie." The "loonie" is the Canadian $1 coin, which pictures a loon on one side. The "toonie" is their $2 coin, which has a picture of the Queen on the front with a bear on the backside and is two-toned. Canada has nickels, dimes, quarters, but no longer uses pennies, so cashiers round-off up or down as needed. Paper currency comes in $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, etc. bills.   


Major American bank and credit cards are accepted in Canada. Credit card purchases are billed at the U.S. dollar equivalent of the Canadian price at the full exchange rate for the day of billing, and often a “Foreign Transaction Fee” is included.
Many cities in Alaska and Canada have automated teller machines (ATMs)—MasterCard/Cirrus ATM Network, Nexxus and others—and they usually accept bank debit cards regardless of country of origin. It is important to carry cash since some merchants may not accept plastic.

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To calculate current U.S. per gallon price from Canadian price per liter, multiply per liter price (Canadian)
by 3.785 and divide by current exchange rate (U.S. to Canadian).