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Advise on ways to pay in Canada

Hi we are going to tour Ontario end of August into September I am looking for some advise on what form of money to carry ie what works best we are using Hotels that are already booked and paid for so it's mainly fuel and meals .
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Hi

My wife went to visit her dad in Ontario a couple of years ago and just used Canadian Dollars and occasional mastercard. She got the dollars here in UK from the post office before leaving but plenty of places over there to exchange if more needed.

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Plastic or cash

Most places in Canada will accept Visa or Mastercard with lesser numbers accepting American Express. We have a wide interact/plus network so obtaining cash from a machine is not usually a problem. Avoid travelers cheques as the system is out dated here and they tend to be a bit more of a hassle.

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Hi,

Credit cards would normally give you the best exchange rate. Most ATM are member of Plus and Interact Flash, Cirrus, The Exchange, or Accel... I would recommend a Visa, a MasterCard and your Bank Card. You can withdraw money or pay with these cards. You might want to tell your banks that you are travelling so they don't freeze your accounts. By the way you have made a reserve payment on hotel, normally they are paid in advance and you can cancel them 12 hours, or 24 hours before your reserved date. Furthermore Hotels will ask you for a credit card number when you will sign in and they will withdraw the amount of your stay from this card.

Have a great trip. If you are in the Ottawa area, and want to have a with some locals let me know.
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A big thanks for all the advise very good info . O and we will be in Ottawa but not sure when yet thanks again
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ATM and Credit cards such as VISA/Mastercard are used in most retail stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc.

Canadian cash is good, of course. It might be a bit hard to exchange US currency away from tourist areas, and other currencies you'll really only be able to exchange at banks and exchanges.
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