With the American dollar worth more than $1.40 Canadian, outdoor types can find bargains across the border.
Fishing lures are must-buy items, mostly because they are priced the same or less in Canadian dollars as they are in U.S. money.
Anglers can save more than $1 on a $5 Rapala lure by purchasing it in Canada, considering the lower prices up there and exchange rates.
The big Canadian bargain, however, is outdoor travel. Canadian Mountain Holidays (1-800-661-0252), which operates eight wilderness luxury hotels in British Columbia, will fly you by helicopter to spend seven nights in a lodge between daily helicopter excursions to ski on 150 wilderness downhill runs.
For an April 22-27 excursion, the price of $3,139 per person (about $2,250 U.S.) includes lodging, all meals for five days and the helicopter shuttle.
The firm offers similar heli-hiking trips in summer, with choppers taking the hikers to areas that can’t be reached by land vehicle and would take days to get to on foot. Cost is about $1,120 U.S.
Don’t forget those remote Canada cabins and fishing resorts. The exchange rate makes them tempting choices this summer.