Canadian dollar ($)
Budget: less than $100
- Dorm bed: $22-32
- Supermarkets, markets, fast-food restaurants: $30
- Bixi bike rental, 24 hours: $5
- Movie tickets: $12
- Double room in a B&B: $130-180
- Two-course dinner with glass of wine: $60
- Theater ticket: $40
Top End: more than $200
- Boutique hotel room: $200-350
- Table d’hôte (fixed-price, multicourse meal) in deluxe restaurant with wine: $80
- Canadiens de Montréal hockey ticket: $200
Haggling in shops, markets or restaurants is not an accepted practice. At hotels and for services like tours and activities, you can ask proprietors if they can cut you a better deal, but generally set prices won’t be altered.
ATMs widespread. Major credit cards widely accepted.
The main shopping streets in Montréal, including Rue Ste-Catherine, Blvd St-Laurent and Rue St-Denis, have plenty of banks. There are also foreign-exchange desks at the main tourist office, the airport and the casino.
Note that many credit-card machines only take chip-enabled cards.
Montréal and Québec City have droves of ATMs linked to the international Cirrus, Plus and Maestro networks, not only in banks but also in pubs, convenience stores and hotels. Many charge a small fee per use, and your own bank may levy an extra fee – it’s best to check before leaving home.
Canadian coins come in 1¢ (penny), 5¢ (nickel), 10¢ (dime), 25¢ (quarter), $1 (loonie) and $2 (toonie) pieces.
Paper currency comes in $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green) and $50 (red) denominations. The $100 (brown) bill and larger bills are less common. Many stores refuse to take larger bills for fear of counterfeiting.