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Old 01-20-2016, 01:55 PM   #11
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I expect the hidden gems of camping north of the 49 will be more packed this year too.

I wonder how many of our southern neighbours will choose to stay in Canada after the rally in May?
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:38 PM   #12
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I have a lot of Canadian friends. To me the biggest downside is that they usually get the short end of the stick. While I don't want to offend anyone's sense of sovereignty, I believe that Canada and the US, due to closely tied economies, should have a common currency as in the Euro Zone. When I go to Canada, I do not feel like I am in a foreign country as we are pretty much similar and I hate to see Canadians get "screwed" by the exchange rate. Mexico, on the other hand, feels like a foreign country to me.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:47 PM   #13
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Instead of spring skiing here in Alaska or at our place at Mt. Baker, my wife's family from Ontario wants to ski at Whistler to save money. Woo Hoo for me! Scott

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Old 01-20-2016, 07:50 PM   #14
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I have a lot of Canadian friends. To me the biggest downside is that they usually get the short end of the stick. While I don't want to offend anyone's sense of sovereignty, I believe that Canada and the US, due to closely tied economies, should have a common currency as in the Euro Zone. When I go to Canada, I do not feel like I am in a foreign country as we are pretty much similar and I hate to see Canadians get "screwed" by the exchange rate. Mexico, on the other hand, feels like a foreign country to me.
Wow I say that all the time . We think a like on this . Pat
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... I believe that Canada and the US, due to closely tied economies, should have a common currency as in the Euro Zone. When I go to Canada, I do not feel like I am in a foreign country as we are pretty much similar and I hate to see Canadians get "screwed" by the exchange rate. Mexico, on the other hand, feels like a foreign country to me.
It would be wonderful if our American neighbors to the south would abandon their US$ in favour of the CDN$.
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It would be wonderful if our American neighbors to the south would abandon their US$ in favour of the CDN$.
When I went to the ETI rally last year, bringing US dollar across the border, many restaurants ETC. told me the exchange rate was at PARE. Yep, I knew that was totally wrong... but was glad to be THERE and had a great time.


And yea I knew that I was being screwed based on what I knew about international currency. But really didn't care because it was ALL about the experience and the memories I made. NOT about the few dollars difference. YMMV
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And yea I knew that I was being screwed based on what I knew about international currency.
Should have got out your charge card and paid with that. That would screw them out of 2 or 3 per cent or what ever the card company charges.
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Should have got out your charge card and paid with that. That would screw them out of 2 or 3 per cent or what ever the card company charges.
Actually, if a charge card issued by a US bank were to be used in Canada, funds are adjusted accordingly based upon the current exchange rate and the merchant gets charged additionally. I don't mind if a privately/family owned restaurant or a waiter/waitress makes out by not considering the exchange rate. Or a farmer in an open market, etc. It's not like strong-armed robbery. I just don't want to enrich large corporate or governmental entities on either side of the border, and would take measures no to get taken advantage of (for example, at a Walmart or a Provincial Park).

I went to a restaurant in Point Roberts and was told by some Vancouver residents at the next table that their Canadian currency is accepted there at face value regardless of the exchange rate. I assume they were not exaggerating. But given the geography, that makes sense. Point Roberts is a bit of an anomaly.
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Should have got out your charge card and paid with that. That would screw them out of 2 or 3 per cent or what ever the card company charges.
At that point I wasn't looking to screw anyone. I was having a great time, making memories and adding to my bucket list. No matter where I travel, I always figure in US dollars because that's where I earn my wages. If I get a refund.... SCORE, if not it fits into my US based budget. YMMV
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