Daily Costs

Budget:

Less than C$100

  • Dorm room in hostel or camping: C$30–C$40
  • Self-catering from supermarkets: C$20
  • Hiking on local trails using public transport: free–C$20

Midrange:

C$100–C$400

  • Double room in a hotel: C$150–C$200
  • Lunch and dinner with drinks in local midrange restaurants: C$50
  • Compact car hire: C$50

Top End:

More than C$400

  • Suite in a luxury hotel or lodge: C$300
  • Three-course meal with wine: C$80–C$100
  • Guided minibus tour: C$100

Money

ATMs in Banff, Jasper and Glacier townsites, scarce elsewhere. Credit and debit cards widely accepted.

Canada

Banks and ATMs are fairly widespread in the main townsites, and you’ll find branches of at least one major bank (CIBC, ATB, Scotiabank or Bank of Montreal) in Jasper, Banff and Canmore as well as in several other gateway towns. Many gas stations, supermarkets and malls also have ATMs, and there are handy ATMs at Samson Mall in Lake Louise Village and Saskatchewan Crossing on the Icefields Pkwy. For exchange services in Waterton, head to Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters. The closest banks are in Cardston and Pincher Creek.

  • Banks generally offer better exchange rates than currency bureaus.
  • If your bank is a member of the Cirrus or Maestro networks, you should be able to withdraw cash from ATMs featuring these logos, but fees for using the facility can be high.
  • Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted practically everywhere.
  • Prices for almost everything in Canada are quoted without GST.

USA

In Glacier, the nearest banks are in Columbia Falls and Browning. The lodges at Lake McDonald, Glacier Park and Many Glacier have ATMs, as does Eddie’s Camp Store in Apgar and the St Mary Lodge and St Mary supermarket. There are also several ATMs in West Glacier.

  • Credit cards are widely accepted.
  • There’s no sales tax in Montana.
  • For Glacier visitors crossing over to Waterton, keep in mind that most businesses accept US currency, but don't bother to calculate the exchange rate, which means you lose out.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1C$0.96US$0.73
CanadaC$1C$1US$0.76
Euro zone€1C$1.50US$1.14
Japan¥100C$1.08US$0.82
New ZealandNZ$1C$0.88US$0.67
UK£1C$2.07US$1.57
USAUS$1C$1.32US$1

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.