When a dollar’s worth more

With the Australian dollar having dropped in value from is recent heady heights, the argument for holidaying at home becomes stronger. But what if you could travel somewhere that the Aus dollar enjoyed parity? Say Canada for instance?

When travelling converting currency can be an annoyance so going somewhere that the Aus dollar enjoys parity makes your trip a little easier. It also means that a dollar spent, is well, a dollar spent. However, the real value in having dollar parity is when that dollar buys more overseas than at home.

Canada has often been an affordable travel destination for Australian travellers – the high costs of eating, drinking and transportation that we experience in many of our cities just doesn’t seem to happen to our Canadian counterparts.

So, just what can your dollar buy you in Canada? Our own version of the ‘Big Mac Index’ simplifies how far your travel budget can stretch.


Canada location/price

Australia location/price 

Deluxe king room at the Marriott

Toronto, Ontario


Brisbane, Queensland


Public transport (single fare, zone 1)

Vancouver, BC

Adult $2.75

Concession $1.75

Melbourne , Victoria

Adult $3.90

Concession $1.95

Movie ticket

Calgary, Alberta

Adult $13.25

Senior $9.50

Sydney, NSW

Adult $21.00

Senior $15.00

FIJI Natural Spring Bottled Water 1L 

Ottawa, Ontario


Perth, WA


Espresso martini cocktail

Victoria, BC 


Adelaide, SA


Jack Daniel’s Burger at TGI Friday’s

Niagara Falls, Ontario  


Sydney, NSW




If you’ve ever needed an added incentive that visiting Canada is not only fun but affordable, surely this is it?


Stampede, Rocky Rail & Alaska Cruise

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High Trails of the Canadian Rockies

The stunning peaks, glaciers and high passes of the Canadian Rockies are best appreciated on foot. This adventure packs in the highlights of the area’s best parks, including an exhilarating heli-hike at the base of Mt Assiniboine.

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Written by YourLifeChoices Writers

YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.

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