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Where to exchange currency in Ottawa

Get the best deal on Canadian cash in the country's capital.

Use a money transfer provider to order Canadian dollars now, or pick out the currency exchange you’ll use in Ottawa to save time later. Either way, sorting out your currency plans can free up more time to visit the Rideau Canal, explore Parliament Hill or to sample some delicacies in Byward Market.

Where can I exchange my money in Ottawa?

Ultimate Currency Exchange logo

1. Ultimate Currency Exchange

There are a few branches in Ottawa, including on Carling Avenue and Sparks St. You can use their online currency calculator to figure out the rates, and most locations are open for business six days a week.

International Currency Exchange logo

2. International Currency Exchange

You’ll be able to find this exchange store in Place d’Orléans, St. Laurent Centre and the international airport. You can order your currencies online and pick them up seven days a week.

Currency exchange

3. Ottawa Foreign Currency Exchange

You can find Ottawa Foreign Currency Exchanges on Bank Street in Alta Vista and in Billings Bridge Plaza. It’s open for business on weekdays and Saturdays, and you can pay with cash or debit card in store.


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

  • Shop online for the best deals. It pays to compare services before you head to your nearest exchange agent. Most places have online currency calculators that you can use to price match, or even order your currency ahead of time.
  • Know the mid-market rate. If you check the mid-market rate on Google or Reuters before you start shopping, then you’ll know how big a margin each company is charging.
  • Avoid paying with your debit or credit card. Always use cash or a bank transfer to pay for foreign currencies to save money on hidden fees and charges.
  • Don’t use ATMs. These are largely overpriced and can end up costing you a bundle in hidden fees and poor exchange rates.
  • Stay away from airport vendors. You’ll often get better prices on foreign currencies if you buy currency ahead of time at home or head into the city center before you make your exchange.

Compare money transfer services

Our table lets you compare the services you can use to send money abroad. Compare services on transfer speeds and fees, then click Go to site when you're ready to send.
Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer) Learn More
OFX
24 hours
$0

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OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
Dunbridge Financial
Dunbridge Financial
24 hours
$0

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Dunbridge Financial offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on transfers to more than 120 countries.
CurrencyTransfer
24 hours
$0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally £5,000)

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Exclusive: Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally $5,000).
CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace.
XE
Within minutes
$3

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
WorldRemit
Within an hour
From $1.99

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WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
Wise (TransferWise)
Within an hour
From $2.26

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Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
Instarem
Within an hour
$1

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Exclusive: Use code GET60 and save $30 on each transaction over $200. Valid for the first two transactions. T&Cs apply.
Instarem offers zero transfer fees on all transfers.
Remitly
Within minutes
From $0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers

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Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
Western Union
Within an hour
From $0

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Western Union sends money online to friends and family in 200+ countries around the world.
MoneyGram
Within an hour
From $0

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MoneyGram has fast cash pick-up transfers to more than 350,000 agent locations worldwide.
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Bottom line

If you need to exchange money in Ottawa, head to an exchange company in the city for the best rates. And if you need to send money to someone in Ottawa but you’d rather not make the trip, use an international money transfer provider to get the best deal.

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