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Best places to exchange currency in Winnipeg

Find the best deal on Canadian cash for your next visit.

Whether you’re feeding the ducks at Assiniboine Park, taking in a history lesson at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights or grabbing a late lunch at The Forks, you’ll probably want to have some cash on hand for your next trip to Winnipeg.

Who can exchange my money in Winnipeg?

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1. Currency Mart

Currency Mart has branches in both the Cargill Building on Graham Avenue and in St Vital shopping center on St Mary’s Road. You can preorder currency to pick up for a fee, and both branches are open six days a week.

ICE International exchange service

2. ICE International

This national chain has two locations in Winnipeg at both the airport and on Portage Avenue. You can order currency through their website and they’re open six days a week, excluding Sundays.

Olympia Trust Foreign Exchange service

3. Olympia Trust Foreign Exchange

This local favorite is conveniently located on Portage Avenue. It’s easy to order travel cash online but they’ll only let you collect it from Monday to Friday since they’re closed on weekends.


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

  • Find quotes online. Check rates online before going into a store so that you get a feel for what a good deal looks like.
  • Know the mid-market rate. Use Google or Reuters to look up the mid-market rate, which is the rate the banks trade at, and compare it to what’s available.
  • Avoid paying with plastic. You can avoid hidden charges and fees from your bank if you pay for your currency with cash.
  • Steer clear of ATMs. ATMs are convenient and tempting, especially if you’re in a rush, but they also come with high fees and dismal exchange rates.
  • Try not to use airport vendors. Kiosks at the airport tend to be more expensive, so if you can manage to get into town before you exchange your currency, it could save you a bundle.
  • Ask for a price match. If you’ve found a better deal online or at another kiosk, don’t be afraid to barter. There’s no harm in trying and you might even walk out with a better deal.

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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 and till 31st July 2021. 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

To get the best deal on cash while you’re in Canada, use a currency exchange provider in the city. And to get the best deal on cash you’re sending there, compare money transfer providers.

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