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In most border towns you can, further away not. Sometimes they might also give you small change back in CAD, or charge you a small fee for using USD. If you exchange the money in a bank you will get a much better rate. Try to pay with your Credit card whenever possible.


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Greyhound provides a locator on their website. Just type in the city where you're stopping and it will give you the station(s) there and their addresses, even phone number and hours. That's tricky to answer, it depends on where you're going, whether there's an event there, what time of day, etc., but generally my experience with bus travel is always the ...


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No. I've lived in Montreal and Toronto and the occasional place will take US dollars, but most places will just laugh at you, perhaps in French. If they do take it, they might give you 80 cents on the dollar or so. Just use credit for everything. There's really no reason not to.


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Welcome to North American bus travel! This trip requires you to take three buses each way. 1. a long trip on Greyhound from Toronto to Chicago, crossing the border at Windsor/Detroit. 2. a short hop from Chicago up to Milwaukee on Greyhound and 3. a medium distance trip across Wisconsin operated by Greyhound's partner company Jefferson Lines. As per ...


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Ottawa we can pretty safely drop from the list -- as a planned city populated mostly by government bureaucrats, it's got a few good museums but very little else to interest the casual visitor, and it's quite hard to get around without a car. Montreal vs Toronto is a more interesting showdown. Personally, I'd cast my vote for Montreal: it feels a bit ...


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The Bank of Canada addresses this in their FAQ on the new polymer notes: All notes issued by the Bank of Canada since 1935 have legal tender status and retain their full value. If you don't know how to check notes from past series, exchange them for newer ones at your local bank. You should have no trouble spending them, though if you just want to be ...


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Here are some things not covered in other answers: In larger cities, the Greyhound stop will be an actual station, where you will go inside a terminal, find the correct gate, and get on a bus. Unlike airlines, you do not need to "check in". Generally the departure gates are fixed by destination, so a bus going to a given destination almost always leaves ...


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Usually, yes. But now that the US dollar isn't more valuable (and is fluctuating wildly from week to week) I've noticed more places not taking it or taking it at a steep discount. You won't get the value you used to out of it. It's always a good idea to have some local currency on hand no matter where you're going. A credit card will also work, though there ...


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It depends what you define as Northern Ontario and how much you want to see. Some places (Moosonee and Moose Factory for example) are train only. Many are bus only. You can fly to Sudbury on a regularly scheduled commercial flight. Heck, some people might consider Peterborough or Barrie to be northern, and you can take Go Transit (commuter trains and buses) ...


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Anecdotal answer: I've been in Vancouver a week now, and noticed I keep being given American coins as change. Certainly the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters seem interchangeable; the locals never even blink at accepting them.


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If those are your three choices, I'd suggest Montreal. Montreal and Ottawa are a less than two hours from eachother, so you can easily take a morning train and spend the day there, before returning to Montreal. Ottawa is a beautiful city, and is home to some of the best museums in the world (see Museum of Civilization, Air and Space Museum, and more). Also ...


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No, there really are no cheap flights from Toronto to Resolute Bay. This is a known problem, as small communities are hundreds of km from each other and thousands of km from any road. Long distance flights in often hazardous conditions with small aeroplanes. It means the local Inuit (unlike the extremely well-paid miners) are often unable to visit each ...


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I think your friends are rather misinformed. I am unaware of parks closing at any point during the year apart from the occasional holiday or similar occurrence. For example, the Oka national park is open all year round as can be seen here: Parc national d'Oka is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. Source Basically, visit the information page of ...


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Porter Airlines offers flights from Toronto's City Center Airport to Boston which are not available through big travel agencies like Expedia. Their convenient city center airport can save taxi fare to the airport. Yes, this does involve flying.


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Banff is about 90 minutes from Calgary, and is worth visiting if you're not going to be back in Calgary anytime soon. The normal list of Calgary attractions: Calgary Zoo Canada Olympic Park Spruce Meadows Telus World of Science Fort Calgary More information: http://www.calgaryattractions.com/


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Depending on your budget the service that would be the least hassle, and the most flexible would probably be bus. The train doesn't stop too many places up there unless your'e going into the interior on Ontario Northland (and that's only because you can choose where to stop), and VIA isn't the cheapest option out there.


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Your best bet for public transport access to the Ontario North is Ontario Northland. They run scheduled buses from Toronto to the north, including Temagami (but not Hiawatha, wherever that is). It is quite a trip, stopping at various small towns you won't get to otherwise. If you want to get to the real remote areas your best bet is the Polar Bear Express ...


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Why not buy a Amsterdam to Toronto, returning from Vancouver ticket? (Often called an Open-Jaw ticket) The price would be similar to an Amsterdam to Vancouver return, but you'd fly into Toronto and back from Vancouver, booking your own train tickets for the Toronto to Vancouver leg. For the train from Toronto to Vancouver, it's "The Canadian", and you ...


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Contrary to the popular opinion I would strongly recommend against the trains. Reason being the trains run slower then buses, for example the Maple Leaf which runs NYP-Toronto runs 12h 30min and makes a bunch of stops. Adirondak which runs NYP-Montreal is kind of in the same boat and runs 10h 30min. Granted that a big chunk of both runs along the Hudson ...


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I havent' done it myself, but a friend of mine that I know used to do long haul in that stretch of the country, so I'll relay his findings Chicago has to be a stop on your journey, especially if youre' a sports fan. Being the only four sports town on your route outside of Detroit, there's guarenteed to be a game playing whenever you decide to drive through. ...


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Toronto is the most "typical" Canadian city. It's big (with over 15% of Canada's people), and broadly representative of the country. As an English-speaking American, I found Montreal to be interesting, because of the interaction between English and French. Of the three, it is most reminiscent of Switzerland, which judging from the question, is not the best ...


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So here's what actually happened. The 2004 notes were accepted without hesitation at a variety of restaurants, shops, etc. The 1979 notes were refused by the first place I tried to spend one, a Starbucks. However, a branch of BMO (Bank of Montreal) was happy to exchange them for new notes, even though I didn't have an account there.


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Amtrak runs daily trains for $114 that takes 13 1/2 hours, both of which are just above your thresholds. Greyhound offers overnight buses that fit your requirements (10 1/2 hrs, $40 if buying now), or daily buses that take longer (presumably traffic related) - 12 to 12 1/2 hours. Overall I'd recommend the bus, unless someone can find a plane flight for ...


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While there are many dedicated and local sites that you can find for concert listings, I find that Last.fm's Events section usually has everything. Especially for large cities like New York, Toronto, and Montreal it will definitely cover everything, no matter how esoteric your music tastes are. And if you 'scrobble' your listening to Last.fm, it can even ...


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The Train looks to be quite a good bet to me. It looks like Kingston is on the main Montreal-Toronto line, for which seat61 has lots of details. I just asked Via Rail for details for a random weekday in about a fortnight's time. There are 10 trains per day, a web special advanced purchase tickets start at $56 (but are mostly sold out for 2 weeks time, so ...


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Two things that Europeans often don't get about Canada: It's big. Really big. Toronto to Vancouver is 2000 miles by air, 2500 miles driving (you can't go straight, there are Great Lakes and mountain ranges and such in the way) Our trains, by European standards, are few and far between. Little villages in Europe have three trains a day between them, but ...


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90W? Ug - that's multiple days of straight-line, boring driving. Interstates were built with getting from here to there in the shortest possible time, so they're built in the most boring parts of the country. My advice - I'd recommend going from TO up to the Bruce Peninsula, take the Chi-CheeMaun ferry go north around Lake Superior get down to Fargo MN,...


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As @KateGregory mentioned you could fly to Buffalo for around 400 USD (roundtrip price, 7 nights). The cheapest prices you will find in the first day of October at the moment: To get from Buffalo to Toronto you can use Megabus. I did the same journey 3 weeks ago and it is quite convenient and it costs at the moment only 12.50 CAD (one-way price). It will ...


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As has been extensively reported elsewhere, Canadian taxes and fees are considerably higher for air travel than American taxes and fees. On the one hand, the U.S. subsidizes its airports (for example, supplying TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers) allowing them to charge lower rents and passenger facility charges than their Canadian counterparts; ...


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The airport web site suggests you may be some other sort of priority traveler: A priority lane will be available for Nexus cardholders and airline guests with priority designations. NEXUS cardholders and airline guests with priority access may enter the U.S. Customs hall directly at any time by showing their boarding pass and/or valid Nexus card and ...



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