What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
This is how I do it. I figure out how much cash I want to take along; some US currency, and some Canadian currency. I walk into the lobby area of my local bank and swipe my debit card through the ATM machine there. I withdrawal the total amount of cash that I want to take with me.
For example, I withdrew $120 for this past weekend's trip to Ontario. I planned on $60 for US currency, and $60 for Canadian currency. With my fist full of fresh money, I walked up to a teller and asked to purchase $60 in Canadian currency. They will have the money either in the teller drawer, or will go back to the safe to get what I need. Usually, it takes 15 to 20 mins.
The other way you can do it is, if you have a major credit card, you can wait until you get over the border, then walk into a bank lobby ATM machine and get a Canadian cash advance that way.
I don't own a credit card. I have a Visa debit card. In the states, it will 99% of the time work as a debit card normally does. In Canada, the transaction is ALWAYS processed as a credit card, but the money still comes out of the same account.
With all of the riding, and refueling that I have done in Canada, I have never had the issue that tmcgee has. I believe it is an isolated case that belongs to that particular gas station.
I have ridden through Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and just came back from Ontario, and have never experienced what tmcgee has gone through. HOWEVER, his advice is VERY sound about carrying two different credit cards if you can!!!!
I can tell you that in the provinces that I mentioned above, if you stop for fuel using an American Visa debit card, you will have to pump the fuel first, then go inside to have the cashier swipe your card at the register. The pumps WILL NOT accept an American Visa debit card; pump first, then pay inside.
I have a TON of experience with that routine!!!
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