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Old 08-14-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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First, the airfares into Canada are pretty high AND very inconvenient. For example, Chicago to Halifax requires two stops for a $500 fare and non-stops are closer to $700. I am NOT going to say that fare sales do NOT exist, but they are somewhere between seldom and none.
yeah, this.

plus, what exactly is there in Nova Scotia that you simply can't see in the entire New England area from Massachusetts to Maine, without the exorbitant airfare?
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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yeah, this.

plus, what exactly is there in Nova Scotia that you simply can't see in the entire New England area from Massachusetts to Maine, without the exorbitant airfare?
The Cabot Trail for starters.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Attitudes like YOURS are one of the reasons why many Americans stay home.
If you are going to expect people in every single small business you walk into to accept US dollars, then your global travel range is going to be severely limited.

When you change countries, you change currency. Unless they have a common one like the euro.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Passport is a requirement now. Most Americans visit Quebec and Ontario though. Tons of American tourists in Toronto.
Are they still called tourists if they stay?

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Well, change the look of your currency every ten years or so. It is easy to counterfeit American $100 dollar bills when they have been in circulation since the 1920s. Even the recent redesigns aren't very different from what they were. You need a total redisign--substitute Ben Franklin on the $100 for FDR, for example. Also, use totally different colours for your bills: green for the $1, blue for the $5, purple for the $10, orange for the $100, etc. Make your currency difficult to counterfeit, and foreign countries will eagerly accept it.

Or you could buy Canadian currency before you visit Canada. It does trade on world markets, same as US currency. In fact, it's considered a hard currency on world markets. And you'll avoid Canadian retailers who hate handling US currency and who will give you a less-than-favourable rate.

If you come to Canada thinking your hosts will be happy to accept US currency, give your head a shake. We have our own currency, and we expect you to use it in our home. You're doing us no favours by giving us US currency; in fact, you're creating more problems for us. And if we shaft you on the exchange; well, consider it a service charge for having to deal with foreign currency.

Bring Canadian dollars, and you'll find a warm welcome. Bring US dollars, and expect to be shafted. Your choice.
Don't know why you got flack for this. It is simply true. It's a hassle for business to accept foreign money. If they do, they have every right to charge people an exchange rate that makes it's worth their while.

Less and less business in Vancouver accepts USD anymore. Perhaps one day when the USD is worth significantly more, some business may take it, but it's not a very savvy traveller who uses USD instead of local currency. Even in Mexico, where USD is accepted widely, the US tourists didn't seem to understand they were paying more if they had only exchanged USD for Peso's.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Well, I was gonna suggest a couple of other reasons why, but I guess rudeness as ilistrated above may be one.
I'm biased, I suppose; I worked retail for a number of years and had to put up with many Americans handing me US cash and saying things like,

"Here's some real money."
"This stuff is better than yours."
"No, I don't want change in your Monopoly money."

Rudeness works both ways, and I found lot of Americans were very rude when it came to money.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I'm biased, I suppose; I worked retail for a number of years and had to put up with many Americans handing me US cash and saying things like,

"Here's some real money."
"This stuff is better than yours."
"No, I don't want change in your Monopoly money."

Rudeness works both ways, and I found lot of Americans were very rude when it came to money.
LOL. I worked in various jobs that dealt with cash and tourists. Most Americans were fine, but you're right there was a certain portion that were quite rude.

I got the same request insisting on change in USD instead of Canadian, with comment like " what the hell am I suppose to do with this?"

With the monopoly money statement, which I got a lot, I would just smile and say " well you do know that the US is the ONLY country whose denominations are all the same colour" They didn't care though.

Some were more innocent and naive. One woman ( I was a server in a bar car on the trains ) couldn't understand our system of money. When I explained the denominations were the same ( pre-loonie days ).
However what she meant was the exchange rate. She thought in Canada everyone paid in USD and go change in CDN....

I think the issue is that for a lot of tourist from the US, Canada is their first foreign country and they have yet to really work that out. One guy said to me that he thought it weird that there we so many Canadian flags and hardly and 'merican ones. We were in Vancouver...LOL
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Regarding the money issue, I wonder if things aren't so (superficially) identical in much of Canada that many Americans get lulled into thinking that they're not really in a foreign country.

I wonder if it happens in Mexico?
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Regarding the money issue, I wonder if things aren't so (superficially) identical in much of Canada that many Americans get lulled into thinking that they're not really in a foreign country.

I wonder if it happens in Mexico?
My experience is that they fall into three camps. The first and largest are Americans who know exactly where they are, use local currency and are wonderful tourists.

The second camp are those who know they aren't in the US and it's their first foreign country. They tend to ask the silly questions like " do you celebrate Christmas? "

The third camp are the ones that expect everything to be EXACTLY like the US. They ask questions like " who is your president? "
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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There was a time when we were able to write a personal check that was accepted up near Baniff where we over nighted. Since then our government has destroyed our currency and it is not likely to get better. I don't blame the Canadians one little bit.

As to the question, I would suggest the reason for less American tourism is that our economy just plain stinks. This is wholly political and totally unnecessary. Until and unless this changes in Washington, D.C. it's not going to get better. And it is just not isolated to visiting Canada. Look at all he empty seats at the automobile races. There was a time when it was almost impossible to get a seat. I was looking at the Brickyard 400 at Indy the other day and was shocked at the empty seats. When we went there in 2000, it was packed.

As James Carville put it, "it is the economy ....."
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