Buy Canadian dollars online

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Why buy Canadian dollars from M&S Bank?

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of going to Canada - from admiring breath-taking mountain landscapes to exploring the bustling cities of Vancouver and Toronto; there's so much to see and do there. But with the holiday buzz comes holiday prep, and getting your travel money sorted is a big one to cross off the to-do list.

We offer a number of benefits when you buy Canadian dollars with M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Canadian dollars online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Canadian dollars

CAD Canadian dollars exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Canadian dollar exchange rate here. Or use our Canadian dollar converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Canadian dollars

Do you have left over Canadian dollars from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you.

How to order Canadian dollars

Our online and in-store services make ordering your Canadian dollars simple:

  • Order your Canadian dollars online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change. Or order before 4pm and collect in store the same day, using our SameDay Click & Collect service*.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Canadian dollars*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Canadian dollars at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Canadian dollars

Canada is the only place you'll be able to spend Canadian dollars. While the USA also uses the dollar, it's not the same currency, so if you're planning on crossing the border into the states during your trip, you will need to visit a currency exchange or order your travel money in advance.

Why visit Canada?

Canada's natural landscape is world famous, and for good reason. It's a vast country. From the snow-capped mountains and forested wilderness of British Columbia, through the prairies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to the stormy eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, Canada has something for everyone.

Canada is a friendly and welcoming place to visit, with safe cities and a high quality of life. Outdoors enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Canada. The mountains in the west have some of the best skiing in the world at resorts like Whistler, Golden and Jasper, where it's not unusual to see over a metre of snow fall overnight.

You can check the latest Canadian exchange rate using our currency converter if you're planning to visit Canada any time soon.

Canadian dollars facts and history

The Canadian currency is the Canadian dollar. Because of the country's historic ties to the UK, Queen Elizabeth II features on the coins and banknotes, which makes the currency look quite familiar when converting the pound to Canadian dollars.

The currency code for the Canadian dollar is CAD. There are 100 cents in a dollar, and you'll see prices written using the dollar sign $.

Canadian coins feature images of wildlife, with a $1 coin showing a picture of the native bird the Loon. $2 coins have a polar bear picture. Luckily, real polar bears are confined to the very far north, although if you're lucky you might spot black, brown or grizzly bears in the wild in some of the more western provinces.

Canadian currency comes in both coins and banknotes. Coins include:

  • 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents
  • CAD1
  • CAD2

Banknotes include:

  • CAD5
  • CAD10
  • CAD20
  • CAD50
  • CAD100

You can buy Canadian dollars online, visit our travel money hub to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my bank card in Canada?

Yes. Canada is a country with a good infrastructure and ATMs are widely available. You'll be able to use your credit or debit cards to draw out cash or make payments in most places.

Be aware though that this might not be the cheapest way to spend Canadian dollars, as your bank or card provider might charge international transaction fees, or currency exchange fees.

How expensive is Canada?

One thing that can catch you out in Canada is that you'll need to add sales tax to the prices you see written on a menu or price tag. The sales tax varies by province, but is typically around 15%. So a meal costing $17CAD would in fact cost $19.55CAD after adding the 15% sales tax. On top of this, you then need to add a tip (where appropriate).

Prices in Canada for food and drink tend to be a little higher than in the UK. Before tax, you can expect to pay around:

  • $2.11 CAD for a bottle of water
  • $4.79 CAD for a coffee
  • $90 CAD for a mid-range meal for two people

Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Canadian dollars.

Can you use other currencies in Canada?

The short answer is no, in Canada you'll need to make sure you have Canadian dollars with you for most transactions in cash. In places very close to the border with the US like Niagara Falls, some larger hotels and businesses might also accept US dollars, but don't rely on this being the case.

Do you need a visa to visit Canada?

It's relatively easy to visit Canada as a tourist from the UK on a British passport. You'll need either a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

For short stays of under 6 months, you won't normally need a visa, but just an eTA, although you should check exact visa requirements well before you book your travel.

You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.

Should you tip in Canada?

Tipping is very common in Canada. In fact, failing to tip is considered rude in most restaurants and bars. You'll be expected to tip between 15-20% for table service, and also when buying drinks at a bar too, so make sure you have some change to hand before you travel.

What languages are spoken in Canada?

There are two main languages in Canada, English and French. French is the primary language in the province of Quebec, but elsewhere most Canadians will speak English as a first language.

You can expect to find many more languages spoken in communities across culturally diverse cities like Vancouver and Toronto. There's also a multitude of indigenous languages still spoken in Canada.

What is the latest government travel advice for Canada?

Canada is generally a safe place to visit, although has seen an increase in the risk of wildfires in some areas in recent years.

It's always worth checking online for the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for any updates before you travel just to be sure.

When is the best time of year to visit Canada?

The best time of year to visit Canada depends a lot on how hot or cold you'd like your trip to be. Temperatures in winter can stay below freezing for much of the season, with snow on the ground for many months in places.

If winter sports like skiing are not your thing, there's plenty to do in the mountains in summer too, where mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding and cycling come into their own.

Summer sees the most visitors, with events like the Calgary Stampede and Montreal Jazz Festival attracting the crowds. Autumn is quieter and cooler, but with stunning colour across the trees of the national parks this can also be a great time to visit.

Ready to visit Canada? Check the latest Canadian exchange rate and order your travel money today.

Important documents

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or a trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

US dollar
New Zealand dollars

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