QUOTE(The Dutchman @ Mar 11 2010, 09:55 PM)
You will get your best exchange rates at Canadian banks.
While not an issue in Canada, for those of you ever heading to Europe, do not take over US Currency. Both the former eastern Bloc countries and North Korea especially are doing a huge amount of counterfeiting of US Currency, esp US $50 and $100 bills. These are routinely rejected in Eurpoe. take travellers cheques.
Better still, take you bank card that works with Cirrus or Plus. You will get the best rates at the ATMs. I have not touched a travelers check or taken cash along except for very small amounts for emergency in the last 10 years and I do 3 to 6 international trips every year. My bank card has worked quite well in all of Europe, India, Singapore, Thailand, Israel, Japan, China+Hong Kong, and of course everywhere that I have been to in the Americas including Canada.