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Old December 6th, 2005, 07:10 PM
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This may sound like a dumb question, but here goes anyway. We will be arriving a day prior to our cruise, in Vancouver BC. Is it customary to tip at restaurants, hotels, etc in Canada? We have never been to Canada to know their standards of tipping, or if there is tipping to start with there? And if so, what would be an appropriate percentage, or dollar amount?
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You could just leave some raw meat and whale blubber outside our igloos - we're used to that

We here in the Great White North have evolved to where tipping is the custom - much the same as it is in the USA - the standard 15% would apply. We also have indoor plumbing and ride horses only for pleasure.

Please tell me your question was not serious!

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You could just leave some raw meat and whale blubber outside our igloos - we're used to that

We here in the Great White North have evolved to where tipping is the custom - much the same as it is in the USA - the standard 15% would apply. We also have indoor plumbing and ride horses only for pleasure.

Please tell me your question was not serious!

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Actually, I think her question was serious. Obviously that poster is not from Canada and not familiar with our tipping customs. I certainly don't know the tipping customs of everywhere I travel, so I ask questions before I travel (much like Ms_Kalamity).
As a fellow Canadian, I am offended by how you answered the question. If you thought that the post was a joke, you could have just ignored it.
I thought it was a legitmate question.

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Yes this was a legitimate question Jennifer! And I was asking so that "I Would Not Offend Anyone!" I have allways been taught that no question was dumb, if you don't know the answer. From what I understand, tipping is not the normal thing to do in some countries, hence the question was indeed a valid question.

And I thank the person who posted next in responce to your statement.
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The one thing to remember, in Canada we do pay the waiter's and waitress up here. They do make a mimum wage of around $6-8 {I can't remember what it is in BC} .
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Sorry you took offence at my offence

But I really thought you were being funny.

I responded to your hotel post re:Vancouver - hopefully it is good advice.

Sorry we got off on the wrong foot - take care.

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Ms Kalamity

we have a tax called GST it is 7% so a good rule of thumb is double the gst amount for the tip for the waiter and waitress.

I have never tip the hotel staff that cleans my room if I only stay one night.

Tip what you feel the waiter or waitress serving you deserves. They do make a wage here but it is a lot less then a person in a store would make, they do live off their tips.

enjoy your time in Canada.

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Thanks. I appreciate the info.

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Jennifer,

I'm so glad you clarified your post! I knew it didn't sound like you.

jane,

Jennifer was making a joke! If you check out her other posts you'll see that she's very helpful and funny , too!
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Having lived in Canada all of my life, travelled in more than half of the states, I can assure you there's not much difference in the custom of tipping. Tip as you would in the states and you'll be just fine.

There's a old joke: "What's the difference between a Canadian and a canoe?'' and the answer is: "A canoe will tip."

That is only a pun. We have cheap people in Canada and the US have their share also. Enjoy your stay in our country.


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Actuallly there is a slight difference in the tipping here and in the States. The Americans tip more generously, apparently they don't pay their serving staff much in some States it is as LITTLE AS 2 or 3 dollars an hour!!!!!!! So tipping 20 to 25% is more common in America. Here tipping that much is considered VERY generous, as most servers are pleased with 15%.

In British Columbia the minumum wage is 8 dollars an hour, which is what the young girls( boys) working in retail stores also earn, so a" tip "job is actually better money.

I think you will find the service standard is pretty good too, Vancouver ( like Victoria) relies on tourists for a big chunk of change, so tourists are generally treated very well. Also since we believe in being polite to just to be nice, and not just for tips you should be quite happy. Hotel staff love to get a little something, but rarely expect it( chamber maids etc)
Doormen or bellboys expect a couple of dollars if they help you with a bag , but they won't curse you if you don't.
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Thanks ......... this is the kind of thing I was wondering about. I really appreciate all the help from everyone. We can't wait for June to arrive!

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