Travel Tips

The information on these pages is provided as an aid for U.S. citizens driving to Canada to see baseball games.
Please do NOT email me with questions not related to simple border crossings outside of the Northern League.
I am neither a government official nor extensive resource for this subject.

This information is based on personal experiences and should not be considered "legal advice." For the latest official information consult the links on the main page.

The Canadian Goods & Services Tax (GST)

Graffiti in Toronto restroom "GST = General Sh*t Tax"

If Americans (in general) and Minnesotans (in particular) think they pay too much in taxes, Canada will make them think again. The Goods & Services Tax (GST) is a 5% (formerly 7%) universal tax (on top of the 7-8% Provincial Sales Tax or PST) on nearly everything you buy (food, services and goods). You'll be happy if the exchange rate is really good, because it might end up costing you more than in the U.S.

Other tax acronyms to know are HST (Harmonized Sales Taxes; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland) and TVQ (Quebec).Until October 1, 2000 you could get TVQ reimbursed --but no more.

Visitor GST Rebate Program Cancelled - April 1, 2007

As of April 1, 2007 the Canadian government cancelled the visitors (GST) rebate program. See their information page for more details. This followed the reduction of the GST from 7%.

What is a shame is that there was a time when you could get all of your sales taxes back both provincial and national. Then they phased out the provincial rebates. Then the whole thing. While it lasted it was one way to reduce some of the expenses on a Canadian trip.

The process was a litle tedious requiring collecting receipts and only applied to large purchase and accomodation but it was great to get the tax money back when you did. It was possible when returning from Winnipeg to get the whole thing processed before you crossed the border including converting the Canadian currency into US dollars.