I was wondering if most places in Vancouver take American dollars. We will be there less than 24 hours so I was hoping to not have to convert money if possible. For example, do cabs, airporter, cafes, etc. except American moolah? I guess if I have to convert money I can use the "excess" Canadian dollars as cruise tips.
I was told they will accept American dollars, but won't give you a good exchange rate. So, you might be better of converting some. I wouldn't convert alot though. They tell me there is a place in Canada Place that will convert your Canadian back to American before you sail - again, not a real good rate.
Just finished Alaska on Celebrity, staying over in Vancouver for two days. I found most of the places in Vancouver WILL NOT take U.S. Dollars. I tried with the cab drivers, waiters, etc and it was a no-go. I used a credit card the entire stay and never converted to Canadian currency.
We asked the driver before we used the cab and he refused the credit card. We ended up just walking around Vancouver before we rented a car for a trip to the Buchart Gardens in Victoria. We were in Vancouver on May 10-11 and after the cruise on May 18-19. There was a transit strike, mainly the buses, subway, etc. and taxis were almost non-existent. Good Luck.....
We have been to Vancouver 4 times in the last 3 years and never had a problem with the taxis accepting US dollars. Rough figure is 1.5 CAD to USD. So $30.00 CAD is $20.00 USD. Use your credit card for any other purchase. Fast food places would like CAD. Your bank will do the conversion when using your credit card.
Definitely agree with Joe T. Spent a week in Whistler & ended in Vancouver last month. ATMs were the easiest. There are plenty of them. Get $ from the ATM at the airport. The exchange rate was very competitive.
Allow me to answer your question with a question - Do they take Canadian Dollars in Seattle? The answer is no - trust me I've tried. Your best bet is to hit the ATM machine at the Vancouver Airport upon arrival.
Hope you have a great day in Vancouver and welcome to Canada!!