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Old 01-12-2016, 08:55 PM   #57
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Doug the "ArticFox", quick question. I always like to do one of the easiest comparisons in the world when doing international travel. We know the exchange rate. But do a comparison oth the price of a McDonalds Big Mac, meal or sandwich. That sometimes will be a good barometer setting the "real" cost of your destination in simple terms.

So the question for you is, what's the price of a Big Mac up your way?

You might find this interesting.
Interactive currency-comparison tool: The Big Mac index | The Economist
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:11 PM   #58
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You have better food options in Canada than anything offered by McDonalds.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:13 PM   #59
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Doug the "ArticFox", quick question. I always like to do one of the easiest comparisons in the world when doing international travel. We know the exchange rate. But do a comparison oth the price of a McDonalds Big Mac, meal or sandwich. That sometimes will be a good barometer setting the "real" cost of your destination in simple terms.

So the question for you is, what's the price of a Big Mac up your way?
Not sure about McDonalds, but I noticed over the past couple of weeks that a large coffee at Tim Hortons is the same price in CDN$ in Ontario at it is in US$ in Michigan, so it's actually 30% cheaper here when you take the exchange rate into consideration.
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:41 AM   #60
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Actually we live an hour and a half from a McDonalds going east or west, about 40 minutes if there is no border delay heading south, and there aren't any heading north-- you'd run out of roads before finding one.

Which is why interior BC is a cool place for RVers who prefer the Great Outdoors to McDonalds.

Besides, we shouldn't we eat healthier food than Big Macs?

I just checked the cost of camping at the Lake Louise CG in Banff NP. For an electrical site, it's CAN $32.30 per night. Parks Canada - Banff National Park - Lake Louise Trailer Campground A comparable electrical site in Zion NP is US $30.00 (not counting the park admission, CG reservation fee or special pass discounts.) At today's exchange rate of 70c on the dollar, Lake Louise would cost US $22.61.

Most US National Parks that we've visited don't have hookups.
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Hi, I have to admit that eating at Mc Donalds while on our cross country trip was convenient and not too bad. Dusty also liked an occasional cheese burger. [plain] In Maine, we had Mc Donalds Lobster Rolls. That was quite unusual, but normal in Maine.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:28 AM   #62
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i also don't know a big Mac cost but if your interested in larger purchases this is the first time in many years that it could be cheaper in Canada. Sevearl year ago when we had a low dollar to the US I heard you could buy a Mercedes for up to $10,000 less than in the states. This happens a s certain products are priced to the country.
I always shopped for electronics in Portland Oregon ( no sales tax) and it use to be a lot cheaper.
Today if you go on BestBuy.com you'll see an iPad air2 is $599 us if you go to bestbuy.ca you'll see it is $649 can
649 is about $455 us ....you'll have to add the tax in your state ...in BC the tax rate is 12% = 5% Feds and 7% provincial but go to Alberta and you only pay federal tax of 5%.
Also I believe if you are from the US you can claim a tax credit on purchases on departing Canada.
Even in BC you'll walk out of best buy with the iPad for about $510us...... Now that beats any big Mac !! And $599 plus tax!
This is not an isolated item .... I shop which ever country has the best deals.. Most everyone Ive talked to at the moment who will be driving north home to Canada at the end of the winter is saying they are "hauling A.. home" and not doing any unnecessary stops as the dollar is killing them in the US. (except gas and booze).
It will be a very Hard year for US tourism businesses.
Hope to see you in one of the provincial parks .
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Papa, that's the index/idea of the Big Mac I was trying to recall. Didn't know that they had made it an interactive site. Pretty cool. Just don't go to Switzerland, instead go to Russia...
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Papa - I'm not sure I know what a Big Mac costs here but if I get a chance I will check it out.



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Hi, I have to admit that eating at Mc Donalds while on our cross country trip was convenient and not too bad. Dusty also liked an occasional cheese burger. [plain] In Maine, we had Mc Donalds Lobster Rolls. That was quite unusual, but normal in Maine.
If Mickey Ds around here served lobster rolls, I'd probably eat at them, too.
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