Some questions of trip of Canada

  • ESL_Asian

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    Jun 22, 2013 10:55 AM GMT
    I am a student in Hong Kong and will travel to Canada for a month at July. This is my first time to travel to North America so I need your help to give me some idea.

    As I know North America is a "tip" society, some of wage comes from tip. I have never give tip in Hong Kong because they always charge lot of fees with no sense. So if I am in Canada, which shop should I paid tip? And how many tip I should give? Thank you.
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    Jun 22, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    The standard rule in Canada is to give 10%, 15% or 20% depending on your generosity. You don't tip in grocery stores or banks or public offices or any office for that matter. You always tip in the restaurant.
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    Jun 22, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    If yer just passing thru, no tip is just fine. icon_twisted.gif
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jun 23, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidIf yer just passing thru, no tip is just fine. icon_twisted.gif

    OK thanks LOLicon_lol.gif
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jun 23, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    ricky1987 saidThe standard rule in Canada is to give 10%, 15% or 20% depending on your generosity. You don't tip in grocery stores or banks or public offices or any office for that matter. You always tip in the restaurant.

    Excuse me, how about McDonald and fast food shop(e.g: BeaverTail)?
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    Jun 23, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    Tip at least 15% to servers in restaurants, pubs, etc. except at fast food restaurants. Anything less is usually frowned upon these days.

    Tipping cab drivers and/or hotel employees is not a must-do but is often done anyways.
  • Puppymuncher

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    Jun 23, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    Rule of thumb is 10% for lunch dining. 15% for dinner dining.
    This goes for restaurants, not fast food places. We don't tip for fast foods. If you're feeling generous, you could always leave your change for the nice people at starbucks.

    Minimal for cabs - (for me) basically whatever rounds up to the nearest dollar/ 2 dollar.

    Hotels - minimal tip, like a toonie



    Awesome thing about Canada: our $1 and $2 are in coins (loonie/toonie)
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jun 24, 2013 1:09 PM GMT
    I have another problem, any SIM card of Canada is friendly for traveler? Thanks.
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    Jun 24, 2013 1:10 PM GMT


    Ehmmmm.
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jun 25, 2013 10:19 AM GMT
    Har19 said

    Ehmmmm.

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    Jul 01, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    ESL_Asian saidI have another problem, any SIM card of Canada is friendly for traveler? Thanks.


    Two options:

    1. Buy a prepaid cell phone with a SIM card with a Canadian nationwise carrier (e.g. Bell, Telus, Rogers). These typically are locked to a carrier.

    2. If you have an unlocked phone, then any carrier should be able to sell you a SIM card linked to a prepaid plan.

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    Jul 01, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    You tip in sit-down restaurants and in bars/clubs, but not really anywhere else. You might be prompted for a tip in a taxi if you are using a credit card. A 15% tip is standard. You can make it more or less depending on quality of service.

    Just a warning about cell-phones--we have quite high rates for all of our telecom in Canada. We're a big but sparsely populated country to maintain a network over (making it expensive) plus there is very little competition and as far as I know there is no regulation of prices.

    And have a fun trip! Canada is a beautiful country!
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    Jul 01, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    carnut said
    ESL_Asian saidI have another problem, any SIM card of Canada is friendly for traveler? Thanks.


    Two options:

    1. Buy a prepaid cell phone with a SIM card with a Canadian nationwise carrier (e.g. Bell, Telus, Rogers). These typically are locked to a carrier.

    2. If you have an unlocked phone, then any carrier should be able to sell you a SIM card linked to a prepaid plan.



    There are a lot of convenience stores that will carry these - 7/11 for sure does. That would likely be cheapest for buying pre-paid SIM.

    The convenience stores near or even better, at the airport should also have them. Not sure about the best rates though. Data is another issue though there are many places including McDonald's and Starbucks where you can get wifi for free.
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jul 02, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    Thank you for all of your anwsersicon_biggrin.gif
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jul 02, 2013 11:51 AM GMT
    Unintended said
    ESL_Asian saidI am a student in Hong Kong and will travel to Canada for a month at July. This is my first time to travel to North America so I need your help to give me some idea.

    As I know North America is a "tip" society, some of wage comes from tip. I have never give tip in Hong Kong because they always charge lot of fees with no sense. So if I am in Canada, which shop should I paid tip? And how many tip I should give? Thank you.


    Ask Riddler78...


    He probably will instruct you to throw a hot drink onto the waitress and scream 'SERVES YOU RIGHT WENCH!'
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    FitGwynedd said
    Unintended said
    ESL_Asian saidI am a student in Hong Kong and will travel to Canada for a month at July. This is my first time to travel to North America so I need your help to give me some idea.

    As I know North America is a "tip" society, some of wage comes from tip. I have never give tip in Hong Kong because they always charge lot of fees with no sense. So if I am in Canada, which shop should I paid tip? And how many tip I should give? Thank you.


    Ask Riddler78...


    He probably will instruct you to throw a hot drink onto the waitress and scream 'SERVES YOU RIGHT WENCH!'


    Heh - you do seem to enjoy projecting. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • t_boy

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    Jul 02, 2013 1:17 PM GMT
    15% is standard, more if the service was exceptional. If you only give 10% you're being cheap
  • Apparition

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    Jul 02, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    it's canada...just ask anyone else on the street to use their phone because your battery is dead. we all know each other and trust each other.

    we have payphones most places too still.

    in a city lots of places have wifi, usually the chance of a place having wifi increases with the price of coffee.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jul 02, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    FitGwynedd said
    Unintended said
    ESL_Asian saidI am a student in Hong Kong and will travel to Canada for a month at July. This is my first time to travel to North America so I need your help to give me some idea.

    As I know North America is a "tip" society, some of wage comes from tip. I have never give tip in Hong Kong because they always charge lot of fees with no sense. So if I am in Canada, which shop should I paid tip? And how many tip I should give? Thank you.


    Ask Riddler78...


    He probably will instruct you to throw a hot drink onto the waitress and scream 'SERVES YOU RIGHT WENCH!'


    Heh - you do seem to enjoy projecting. icon_rolleyes.gif


    I think you mean projectile vomiting. Sorry its an involuntary reaction each time I see your face on here.
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jul 05, 2013 9:39 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidYou have to check that you have an appropriate phone. Some of the new ones work with all of our carriers, but Rogers and affiliates use GSM while Bell and Telus use CDMA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_mobile_phone_companies#Mobile_networks

    It looks difficult......
    I just want to buy a pre-paid card. I am using a Sony smart phone (Xperia S), which is unlock. How can I know the Technology and Frequency of this phone?
  • ESL_Asian

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    Jul 05, 2013 9:53 AM GMT
    Apparition saidit's canada...just ask anyone else on the street to use their phone because your battery is dead. we all know each other and trust each other.

    we have payphones most places too still.

    in a city lots of places have wifi, usually the chance of a place having wifi increases with the price of coffee.

    It was the same in my city. But start from last ten years, some cheaters were appeared to ask anyone else on the street to use their phone, and stole it by any methods. For example, they would tell you that they need your phone to find someone next to the restaurant, and they would not come back.
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    Jul 05, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    riddler78 said
    FitGwynedd said
    Unintended said
    ESL_Asian saidI am a student in Hong Kong and will travel to Canada for a month at July. This is my first time to travel to North America so I need your help to give me some idea.

    As I know North America is a "tip" society, some of wage comes from tip. I have never give tip in Hong Kong because they always charge lot of fees with no sense. So if I am in Canada, which shop should I paid tip? And how many tip I should give? Thank you.


    Ask Riddler78...


    He probably will instruct you to throw a hot drink onto the waitress and scream 'SERVES YOU RIGHT WENCH!'


    Heh - you do seem to enjoy projecting. icon_rolleyes.gif


    I think you mean projectile vomiting. Sorry its an involuntary reaction each time I see your face on here.


    Heh - good - I'll just keep right on posting then... but are you sure you haven't mistaken me for a mirror? That being said, I do enjoy reading your posts for their level of wit, and intellect that I can only imagine are reflective of who you really are in real life. icon_wink.gif.
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    Jul 05, 2013 11:29 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidYou have to check that you have an appropriate phone. Some of the new ones work with all of our carriers, but Rogers and affiliates use GSM while Bell and Telus use CDMA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_mobile_phone_companies#Mobile_networks


    Not quite... they've switched. Bell and Telus partnered to develop their new network and you can just get SIM cards...

    I still think that the best bet is probably a convenience store for well, the convenience.
  • helloandgoodb...

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    Jul 06, 2013 12:42 PM GMT
    Summary:

    15-20% is standard at restaurants with table service. Any less say you are cheap or their service sucked. At a bar, $1-$2 per drink is usually fine in normal situations. Tips for cab drivers, hotel staff that clean your room, carry you bags, valet your car, are fine and usually expected, not required. A few dollars each is fine unless you are going high-end. If you hire a driver/limo/guide you should tip.

    Can not think of anyone else that would be tip-worthy. Am I missing anything?