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Shopping In Canada

Canada is one of the major tourists’ destinations; one can always find a great place to have a perfect holiday in this country. It is huge country and many people all over the world visit this place to experience its natural beauty, wide open spaces, mountains and waterways. Besides this, Canada has cosmopolitan cities and a rich, interesting French heritage. Because of the size of Canada, most tourists will head for the bigger cities to see the sights. While exploring and traveling, visitors can enjoy shopping in Canada.

One can shop in Canada while traveling since most of the stores in Canada open from 9:00 or 10:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week. City stores and suburban shopping centers are also open until 9:00 pm on several weeknights, particularly on Thursday and Friday.  Sunday shopping is allowed in all provinces as well as territories across Canada. Some store owners may choose not to open on Sunday in fact some may open on Sunday as well as 24 hours a day. This makes visitors more convenient for shopping in Canada.

While traveling Canada, you can expose to some of the goods produced by Canada. Canadian craft ware includes art woodcarvings, pottery, cottons as well as native artifacts. Some countries restricts the  import of endangered animal species products, which includes polar bear, seal, walrus etc, so visitors should check entry regulations in their home country before departure. A 5% goods and service tax (GST) is excised on most goods and services in Canada. In addition, most provinces except Alberta, Northwest Territories & Yukon of Canada charges a provincial service tax (PST) ranging from 5-7% in shops, restaurants as well as short-term accommodation.

In the provinces of Canada including Newfoundland, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, a 13% harmonized sales tax (HST) has replaced the GST & PST. Shopping in Canada become more convenient since most of the shops across Canada accepts credit and debit cards. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler’s cheques in Canadian Dollars; these are widely negotiable. As far as banking hours is concerned, from Mon-Fri 0930-1600/1700 with extended hours in some locations. Business accounts can only be set up on presentation of a letter of credit from a home bank.

 

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