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#1 Kenneth

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 11:58 AM

Does anyone know where to get Canadian money after arriving on the train from Seattle?



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:05 PM

Walk across the park in front of the station. There's a strip mall on the other side of the street that has an ATM. Use one of your own credit or debit cards: you'll get the best exchange rate that way. Before you leave on your trip, check to see which of your cards doesn't charge a foreign transaction fee (many of them don't), and don't forget to tell your card issuer that you'll be in Canada.

 

(You might want to change the title of this thread. There's a Vancouver, Washington, but AFAIK there's no Vancouver, California. :) What you want is Vancouver, BC, Canada!)


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:10 PM

Charlie: is the Money Exchange inside Pacific Central Station closed or are the exchange rates bad? ( the last time I was there last Feb. the dollars were @ par so I just used American currency)
 
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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:12 PM

Charlie: is the Money Exchange inside Pacific Central Station closed or are the exchange rates bad? ( the last time I was there last Feb. the dollars were @ par so I just used American currency)

Jim, I don't recall seeing it the last time they were there, so they may be closed. But they did have poor exchange rates in any case. And you won't want to use American currency at the moment, as the Canadian dollar is significantly lower than the American dollar.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:25 PM

OK, Thanks. I wouldn't know how to change the thread title. $60 American gets me 75 Canadian as of now. I was hoping to find a bank. I wanted to get some crisp bills for collecting.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

It's surprising how difficult it is to get hand-selected currency in Canada. Tellers don't seem to have cash drawers any more. If you ask them for cash, they'll tell you that you will get whatever comes out of their machine. (I found this out when trying to get some of the new C$10 bills with The Canadian on the back. I went to four banks before getting what I wanted.)

 

And you can change the thread title by editing your first post, then clicking the "Use Full Editor" button at the bottom.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:41 PM

I changed the title for you.
Take it easy .......

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:31 PM

 I was hoping to find a bank.

You can go to Google maps and enter (the train station):
1150 Station St
Vancouver, BC V6A 4C7
Then in the upper left corner of the map you'll see something like "Search nearby" and when you enter 'banks' you'll get this:

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 05:22 PM

I was looking for this information as well. The bus terminal in Vancouver is also Pacific Central Station. I was planning to exchange money in the station, but not if the exchange rates are bad. Can anybody find the ATM on Google Street View and link it? Thanks.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 05:35 PM

I was looking for this information as well. The bus terminal in Vancouver is also Pacific Central Station. I was planning to exchange money in the station, but not if the exchange rates are bad. Can anybody find the ATM on Google Street View and link it? Thanks.

It's where the dots marked "Citizens Bank of Canada" and "Vancouver City Savings" (Vancity) are in the above image.


Edited by CHamilton, 29 March 2015 - 05:47 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:24 PM

Is it at Vancity Centre? I'm looking here: https://www.google.c...yWAHheXXLg!2e0.
 


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:50 PM

Is it at Vancity Centre? I'm looking here: https://www.google.c...yWAHheXXLg!2e0.
 

Yes. See the Street View here: https://goo.gl/maps/nO3yq It's the door to the right of the entrance marked Vancity Centre. You can see the multi-colored images of the cards that they take above the door.


Edited by CHamilton, 29 March 2015 - 08:56 PM.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:36 PM

Does anyone know where to get Canadian money after arriving on the train from Seattle?

I would recommend you check with your bank in the U.S. before departing. Before our trip last September, I asked Chase for $300 in Canadian currency. It was delivered within a week and they let me specify large or small bills (small, mostly, for taxis and tips and such). With a planned arrival (following Customs) about 11 pm, I wanted local currency in my pocket before I stepped off the train.

Edit To Add: The currency exchange in Pacific Central Station was still operating during our visit, but it was closed for our late-night arrival. It was open the next morning when we took the bus - ferry to Victoria, though.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 04:01 PM

Keep in mind that Canada no longer has $1 and $2 Bills. (and the Pennies,are gone!)The Loonie and Toonie are coins which foriegn banks and ATMs don't carry.

I had no trouble using American Dollars in Canada until I could get to an ATM.Everywhere accepts them and Canadian service workers like the US Dollar because it is strong against the Loonie!😉
 
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