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Washington State Putting Cdn. Dollar at Par in Deals for Travellers

Canadians and Americans may have a somewhat complicated relationship with one another. But it seems that our neighbours in the south really miss us when we’re gone.

As we’re all acutely aware, the loonie has had a rough time of it lately. And though it’s recently shown signs of improvement, there are still plenty of us who may be cancelling our annual trips over the border due to its decline.

Back in February we told you about the Dollar for Dollar Deals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And now Washington State is climbing on the bandwagon, with some tempting deals to try to entice Canadians across the border this spring break.

Primarily appealing to residents of British Columbia (just across the border), hotels in Seattle like the Mayflower Park are offering a special Love Thy Canadian Neighbour deal, whereby anyone who books in to stay before April 30 can enjoy free overnight parking, with a complimentary valet pass, when Canadian ID is presented. This will save you $35 per night. Or about 17 double-doubles.

It’s not the first time they’ve had deals to entice us Canadians, having previously had packages that discounted accommodation to woo their northern neighbours. But this time on their site, they attribute the reason for the reductions to the struggling economy:

“For almost 89 years, we have been welcoming our neighbors to the north with open arms. It has been an honor to have Canadians as our regular guests. That being said, right now the exchange rate is not in favor for our neighbors and coming to the states is more costly than usual.”

(Is it crazy to anyone else that in a two sentence post to Canadians, America would find a way to use three words — one twice — that we spell differently?)

Other hotels, like the Seattle Renaissance Hotel and the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel, also have great deals on stays and coupons at the CAD rate equivalent.

And Seattle isn’t the only one.

Since Canadians love know winter better than anyone, the entire town of Winthrop, Washington — a popular cross-country skiing site — are offering winter recreations on a par with the Canadian dollar. B.C. residents, or any Canadians happy to travel a little further for activities like cross-country skiing, ice skating, lift tickets, and rental of fat-bikes, will be able to able to take advantage of the sports for as much as they’d pay in Canada.

In fact, you can even lodge at Chewuch Inn or Pine Near RV Park and make savings that cover the cost of the Canadian to U.S. conversion rate.

Along with the nostalgia of Winthrop’s American Old West buildings, and zero access to internet or TV, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time — and thankfully, so will your wallet.


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