Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-23-2009, 09:12 AM   #21
4 Rivet Member
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Blaine , Washington
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 291
I live on the US side of the border, about a mile from the crossing. All of the local US banks exchange Canadian $s. As you get closer to the border you will find that the availability of exchange increases.

John
__________________

Relentless is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 11:05 PM   #22
Rivet Master
 
safari57's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Relentless View Post
I live on the US side of the border, about a mile from the crossing. All of the local US banks exchange Canadian $s. As you get closer to the border you will find that the availability of exchange increases.

John
I live 81 blocks and a mile north of you John.

As for exchange rates/banking hours: we find exchange rates are better at the banks than you'll get at most restaurants and stores but it is worth asking. Some places are very generous with their exchange rates they offer to US customers wanting to use US money and in those cases you will find it worthwhile to keep your Canadian bucks for other purchases. Be careful though as many outlets see the exchange rate as a way to bump their profit margins by being chintzy with their rates they offer.

Most banks in Canada are now open Saturdays as are most Credit Unions - in Western Canada at least. Perhaps not in small towns but certainly in the larger centers.

Rest stops - not as frequent or convenient as those south of the border, and I can't remember the last time I saw a Canadian rest stop where there was coffee available. They are well signed though and the ones we've used have been clean and appeared to be problem free. But, that said, do not leave your car or trailer unlocked for any reason if you are not there with them. There are always opportunists looking for a cheap couple of bucks.

Banff - nice place for a quick walk through but heavily visited by European and Asian tourists so parking is difficult, getting around is slow, and Jasper/Kananaskis/Wateron are all very nice and not nearly as crowded.

Enjoy your visit.
Barry
__________________

__________________
Barry & Donna
Life is short - so is the door on a '51 Flying Cloud (ouch)
safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 08:30 AM   #23
Rivet Master
 
2010 27' FB Classic
N/A , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,802
Thanks for all the tips so far. It's good to converse with so many people with similar interests. Adding the extra info like you guys do helps a lot.
Bluto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #24
Rivet Master
 
2010 27' FB Classic
N/A , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,802
One more question: The weather in September. What is it like in Alberta and BC?
AAA books are OK for some things but I find they often miss the mark on weather.
Bluto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 10:34 AM   #25
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 11,877
Having traveled through BC, Alberta, NWT and Yukon in September, the weather is good and we didn't run into any snow. Here's the address for the Canadian weather people and they may have info on averages, plus you can use this to check weather reports while there (or here too).

Weather - Environment Canada

Gene
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 11:46 AM   #26
Rivet Master
 
2010 27' FB Classic
N/A , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,802
Gene, That helps, thanks!
Bluto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 06:49 PM   #27
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,220
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by safari57 View Post
Most banks in Canada are now open Saturdays as are most Credit Unions - in Western Canada at least. Perhaps not in small towns but certainly in the larger centers.
Even if there is no bank open (and you need to have cash), the Canadian ATMs will accept your US debit card and give you Canadian cash, 24/7

Or did I miss when someone said that already...?
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 01:40 AM   #28
4slice
 
4slice's Avatar
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Chase , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 68
Bluto,

You'll find September/October weather to be beautiful in Alberta and BC. Days are mild and generally sunny in early fall, and the nights can get chilly. In the mountains, you could find frost in the morning, but not so much at lower elevations. We in BC usually snicker at Calgarians when they get that first freak snowfall coming out of the Rockies in September (it always melts the same day, so don't let that scare you off....) The mountains are beautiful in the fall, with the leaves changing color and all that! And...the kids are back in school, and all the overseas tourists have gone home by then--very quiet. But you have to keep in mind that some campgrounds will be closed for the season by October.

As for exchanging currency, there is generally no problem even farther north where I am (Prince George). All merchants are quite used to exchanging US funds, as are all banks here. The banks are probably the best place to exchange, as they have set rates, etc, whereas merchants can set whatever rate strikes their fancy. Best to go online periodically to check the official daily rate, then you have something to compare the merchant's rate to. Good luck with planning your trip!
4slice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 09:41 AM   #29
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 11,877
It can snow in Denver in September and does every few years. Denver and Calgary are both just east of the mountains and have similar weather experiences.

Gene
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 04:32 PM   #30
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,058
I'm surprised you did not see any banks in 1000 miles.

The Canadian banking system is different. There are only 5 or 6 big banks in Canada with branches coast to coast.

This has advantages, for example our banks are very conservatively run and they escaped the recent US bank meltdown nearly unscathed, and no bank customer was in danger of losing any money. But it does mean there are not as many bank branches around.

If you are looking for a bank in Canada look for Scotia, (Bank of Nova Scotia now also called Scotia bank) CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) TD (Toronto Dominion) and Bank of Montreal signs. They are the biggest banks with branches from coast to coast.
__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 04:38 PM   #31
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,058
Late September and early October is when we in the North experience the spectacular show call Fall colors. People travel hundreds of miles for the scenery and views.
__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 04:40 PM   #32
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,058
Every shopping mall I have been in had at least one bank branch but they seem to hide in obscure corners.

Also Credit Unions are popular especially in small towns and offer all the services of banks. You do not need to be a member to change money.
__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 05:23 PM   #33
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 11,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ganaraska View Post
I'm surprised you did not see any banks in 1000 miles.
On our way to Alaska, we entered Alberta on a Saturday at midday, nothing was open. We were well past Edmonton by Monday and didn't see a bank until we got to Watson Lake, Yukon. Rough guess on the miles. There was probably one in Dawson Creek, BC, but we were so excited to see the beginning of the Alaska Hwy, we forgot to look.

Credit card served us well.

Gene
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2009, 07:35 PM   #34
2 Rivet Member
 
trucker101's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Cold Lake , Alberta
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 44
Images: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ganaraska View Post
I'm surprised you did not see any banks in 1000 miles.

The Canadian banking system is different. There are only 5 or 6 big banks in Canada with branches coast to coast.

This has advantages, for example our banks are very conservatively run and they escaped the recent US bank meltdown nearly unscathed, and no bank customer was in danger of losing any money. But it does mean there are not as many bank branches around.

If you are looking for a bank in Canada look for Scotia, (Bank of Nova Scotia now also called Scotia bank) CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) TD (Toronto Dominion) and Bank of Montreal signs. They are the biggest banks with branches from coast to coast.
I got this from the World Wide Want...

trucker101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 08:38 AM   #35
Rivet Master
 
2010 27' FB Classic
N/A , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,802
Really looking forward to this trip. You Canadians are making it look better and better to me. I like the thought of nice days and cool crisp nights and uncrowded parks. I'll be travelling and camping for a full month this trip. Mountains are my favorite places and the trees starting to turn color will be the icing on the cake.
Bluto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 08:46 AM   #36
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 11,877
Bluto, we have always enjoyed our trips to Canada and I think you will too. Let us know how it's going, and photos, of course.

Remember to multiply speed limits by .62 and if the forecast is for 20˚, that's warm, not cold.

Gene
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 09:01 AM   #37
Rivet Master
 
2010 27' FB Classic
N/A , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,802
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrawfordGene View Post
Bluto, we have always enjoyed our trips to Canada and I think you will too. Let us know how it's going, and photos, of course.

Remember to multiply speed limits by .62 and if the forecast is for 20˚, that's warm, not cold.

Gene

Ha, ha! Will do.
Bluto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 12:51 PM   #38
Ready-to-Travel
 
pmclemore's Avatar

 
2012 30' International
Walkerton , Virginia
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,869
I had to have some tire work done at Watson Lake. There was a sign on the cash register that said their exchange rate was one for one. If you wanted a better rate you could walk to the bank, about a mile down the road.

Pat
pmclemore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 11:19 PM   #39
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,220
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmclemore View Post
I had to have some tire work done at Watson Lake. There was a sign on the cash register that said their exchange rate was one for one. If you wanted a better rate you could walk to the bank, about a mile down the road.

Pat
Well, time is of the essence, as the saying goes; today that's not as bad a deal as it sounds. One dollar Canadian is about 93˘ US just now, and I think it was maybe 8-10 months ago they were at par...

Here's a handy site: http://www.xe.com/
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2009, 09:08 AM   #40
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,058
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrawfordGene View Post
Bluto, we have always enjoyed our trips to Canada and I think you will too. Let us know how it's going, and photos, of course.

Remember to multiply speed limits by .62 and if the forecast is for 20˚, that's warm, not cold.

Gene
Hope the "chill" you got from the weather forecast was matched by the "thrill" you got when you saw the gas was only 89.9 cents.

Until you found out that was per liter (quart). LOL.

Easy conversion of speed limits,

50 KmHr = 30

80 = 50

90 = 55

100 = 60

Or for the mathematically inclined 1 Km = 5 furlongs or 5/8 of a mile.
__________________

__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Insect Control In RV Camping Areas woodedareas Our Community 48 04-01-2019 10:48 PM
Switching bath and bed areas. reece1107 Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 11 02-05-2017 08:58 AM
Stopping at rest areas? frscott On The Road... 17 05-19-2009 07:16 AM
1975 27ft Overlander-Any concerns or problem areas? PICS LAWFISH 1974 - 1977 Overlander 14 02-26-2008 05:17 PM
No Rest For The Wicked Rubyslipper Interior Restoration Forum 9 01-24-2006 06:57 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.