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August 06, 2009

The Tipping Guide: Canada


Edmonton: It has one of the world's largest malls, a hotel called Fantasyland, and a restaurant that serves bacon-wrapped elk. Condé Nast Traveler's Mark Schatzker lives the dream.

Tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario. In Condé Nast Traveler's August issue, Tim Murphy spells out guidelines for the most common tipping situations in more than 25 countries, from Switzerland to Syria to Singapore.

Going to Canada and want to express appreciation for the service you received? Here's how:
At Restaurants: As in the United States, the gratuity isn't included, so tip the standard 15 to 20 percent, depending on the service.
At Hotels: Concierges who go out of their way for you should get $10 to $20 per favor; porters get $1 or $2 per bag; housekeepers $2 a day, or $5 in a luxury hotel. "Leave something for them daily," advises Mary Pyle Peters of Distinctive Journeys in Blaisden, California, which organizes Canada trips. The person who cleaned your room all week may not be the same one who comes in the day you check out.
Guides and Drivers: Tip them collectively 15 percent of the cost of the excursion. Taxi drivers get 10 to 15 percent.
Dollars Accepted? Yes. "As long as you use paper money, not U.S. coins," says Peters.

For more on whom to tip, how much to give, and how to give it, check out the tipping guide in Condé Nast Traveler's August issue.

Comments

Tipping in Canada?? Are you crazy?? They are legendary for stiffing Florida's wait staff. If I ever get up there, I'll be sure to show the same generosity to them that they show in the Tampa Bay area!

I'm in Canada right now and I am tipping 15%, albeit reluctantly. Twenty years ago I, too, was a waiter in the Tampa Bay Area (at the St. Petersburg pier) and I must agree with the other fellow who posted-Canadians reliably tipped 10% or less. It was quite a shock to come here and discover that they supposedly have the same system. We always got screwed by them.

I'm in Canada right now and I am tipping 15%, albeit reluctantly. Twenty years ago I, too, was a waiter in the Tampa Bay Area (at the St. Petersburg pier) and I must agree with the other fellow who posted-Canadians reliably tipped 10% or less. It was quite a shock to come here and discover that they supposedly have the same system. We always got screwed by them.

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