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Old 05-03-2012, 12:27 PM   #11
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Wow! Thanks everyone for all the suggestions/recommendations. We actually think we have a full two day itinerary based on the posts from this thread.

We appreciate knowing where the safe/unsafe areas are also.

No gas worries as we are flying in and plan to use public transportation. I like that Capilano has a free shuttle also.

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:56 PM   #12
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We spent a couple days during September prior to an Alaskan cruise and the weather was perfect for just a light sweater and slacks. Enjoy!!! We, too, enjoyed some wonderful Asian cuisine while there.
Which cruise line did you take? What did you wind up doing in Ketchikan and Skagway?

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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Currency exchange... we know it's more costly at the airport.

-What/where is the best way to exchange US$ to Canadian$?
-We would be trying to exchange after 5pm (our hostel requires cash payment for balance due).
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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Currency exchange... we know it's more costly at the airport.

-What/where is the best way to exchange US$ to Canadian$?
-We would be trying to exchange after 5pm (our hostel requires cash payment for balance due).
Some banks or trust companies have evening & Saturday hours. They will give the best rate. Also, you may find in a large shopping mall, a store called "Travel Currency Exchange". They have same rates as the banks.

Search with this link;
http://www.canada411.ca/

The bank names to look for are;
TD Bank -- this one has the best hours of operation
Scotiabank
CIBC
BMO Bank of Montreal
National Bank
Royal Bank of Canada

Maybe one of these options will be on your route.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #15
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Currency exchange... we know it's more costly at the airport.

-What/where is the best way to exchange US$ to Canadian$?
-We would be trying to exchange after 5pm (our hostel requires cash payment for balance due).
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Look for a TD Canada Trust, they have the best hours and are open until at least 8.00 PM. Don't use the airport kiosks or you will pay through the nose.

I have not been to Vancouver in probably 20 plus years but it is know as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but they do have Macdonalds and of course our favourite Tim Hortons, so go in for a double double plus a donut. You can't go wrong.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #16
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As you know, TD Canada Trust and TD Bank Financial Group are one and the same. Hard to tell which name they want to be known by these days.
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Which cruise line did you take? What did you wind up doing in Ketchikan and Skagway?

Royal Caribbean. Mind you, we did this in Sept 1998! Ketchikan was beautiful & NO rain! We took a inflatable raft type dinghy tour and saw an eagle. No moose though!
Skagway--We did the White Pass Yukon railroad route. Very nice! The weather was very nice so I got to stand outside & take some wonderful pics. We also enjoyed just walking through the town. Seems to have "old west" feel to it. They also have on display in town the train engine they use or used to plow snow off tracks.
Alaska is where we discovered the goodness of salmon & halibut!
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I am sure u can change currency rate at YVR for a decent rate. Post up as you can while you are here and we can keep you on track.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:57 PM   #19
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I have only one question. Is nambarc going with you?
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You darn right me`s going. I`ll stow away if necessssarie.
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