How to buy Canadian Dollars

The bright lights of Toronto, the scenic mountain views of Vancouver and the breathtaking sights of Niagara Falls have inspired Brits to travel across the pond to Canada for many years. Whether you’re off on holiday to the Great White North or visiting family and friends, you can buy Canadian dollars from us before you go.


Competitive rates

We monitor the currency exchange market daily to make sure we offer you a great rate to buy Canadian dollars.

Delivered to you

 Order Canadian dollars online with next working day home delivery or click and collect from your local Waitrose or John Lewis.

No commission fees

You won’t have to pay a commission fee when you buy Canadian dollars online or at our Bureaux de Change.

Get ready for your Canadian adventure

The picturesque Rocky Mountains and crystal clear lakes have crowned Canada as a nature lover’s paradise. Hikers and campers are spoiled for choice, as the country is home to some of the most stunning trails and wooded areas in North America. Adventure-seekers and snow bunnies will also feel at home at the Canadian slopes and wintery villages of Whistler and Banff. 


Although, if you plan to explore the great Canadian outdoors, be careful of any wild moose you come across. They may not be aggressive animals, but if provoked, they can lift up to 700kg and chase unwanted strangers at 56mph. Don’t worry, this doesn’t apply to the human residents, as most Canadians do live up to their warm, welcoming and friendly stereotype.


When you order Canadian dollars online, we’ll deliver your travel money straight to your door by the next working day. Your online orders can also be collected from a Waitrose or John Lewis store at your branch’s earliest pick up date. Canadian dollars are also available to buy at one of our Bureaux de Change, so you can buy them while shopping at John Lewis for your new winter coat or hiking boots


Sell your leftover Canadian dollars

You can sell your Canadian Dollar notes if you have any leftover after your holiday. We buy back currency in-store, so just pop into your local John Lewis Bureau de Change branch with a valid form of ID and your Canadian dollars.   

If your holiday is cancelled, you can return your Canadian dollars for a full refund within 35 days of the purchase date. Make sure you have your original order receipt or order confirmation when you make the return. Please note returns and buy backs can only be made in-store.


Frequently asked questions

The Canadian Dollar is the official currency of Canada, and it is the only country that uses it as its official tender. 

Although the United States is one of Canada’s few close neighbours, you won’t be able to use US dollars in the country. 

The Canadian dollar is the official and only currency used throughout Canada. If you plan to travel to the USA and Canada on your holiday, you can buy US dollars online or in any of our Bureaux de Change.

Exchange rates online may vary from those offered in-store. 

We sell Canadian dollars online and in-store. You can check today’s online rates on our main currency page. Today’s in-store buy and sell rates can be found on the Bureau de Change store locator.

For online orders, you can buy between £250 to £2,500 worth of Canadian dollars. If you’re travelling with more than $10,000 CAN into Canada, you will need to declare the amount at customs when you arrive at border control. This applies to entries by air travel and car. 

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John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners Bureau de Change are both trading names of John Lewis plc. Registered office: 171 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NN. Registered in England (Registered Company Number 233462). John Lewis plc introduce the panel of carefully chosen providers in Bureau de Change products and services, whom each hold the appropriate licences with the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC.

Foreign Currency online from both John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners is provided by First Rate Exchange Services Limited registration number 04287490 (Money Service Business licence number MLR-64068), whose registered office is at Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, West London, TW8 9DF England.

For UK clients: International Payments at John Lewis Finance is provided by HiFX Europe Limited. HiFX is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2017, registration 462444, for the provision of payment services. HiFX is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 3517451. Registered office: Maxis 1, Western Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1RT.

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