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  1. Exchange Rates
  2. British pound sterling (GBP)
  3. Canadian dollar (CAD)

Convert GBP to CAD at Best Exchange Rates

There are three important types of information that you need to know if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible GBP / CAD rate :

  1. Find the Market GBP to CAD mid-rate - the starting point.
  2. Check your FX provider's transaction costs, these include exchange rate margins plus various types of fees. These margin and fee costs vary for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Review up-to-date Currency News, Research and Forecasts for both currencies.

1. Market GBP/CAD mid-rate

The closer your final exchange rate is to the market GBP/CAD midrate the better deal you are getting.
1 British pound sterling equals
Canadian dollar 1GBP=CAD

Right now the GBP/CAD market rate is and represents how many Canadian dollar you can get for one British pound sterling.

The GBP/CAD mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. The closer your final exchange rate is to the market GBP/CAD midrate the better deal you are getting. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the currencies were exchanged in a transaction (bought or sold) in the international markets.

GBP to CAD Exchange Rate Calculator

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1 GBP equals
CAD 1GBP=CAD

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British pound sterling to Canadian dollar (GBP-CAD) Recent History

WhenExchange RateDate
1 Week ago1.793518 Apr 2018
1 Month ago1.827726 Mar 2018
6 Months ago1.68227 Oct 2017
1 Year ago1.741825 Apr 2017
2 Years ago1.835925 Apr 2016
5 Years ago1.57526 Apr 2013
10 Years ago2.01627 Apr 2008

There are three important types of information that you need to know if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible GBP / CAD rate :

  1. Market GBP to CAD mid-rate - the starting point.
  2. Transaction costs, these include exchange rate margins plus various types of fees. These margin and fee costs vary for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Up-to-date Currency News, Research and Forecasts for British pound sterling and Canadian dollar.

1. Market GBP/CAD mid-rate

Right now the GBP/CAD market rate is and represents how many Canadian dollar you can get for one British pound sterling.

The GBP/CAD mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the GBP / CAD was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

1 British pound sterling equals
Canadian dollar 1=

2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for GBP/CAD Foreign Exchange

The transaction margin from the mid-rate you will be charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees will vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions.

GBP to CAD Foreign Transfer - Costs Compared

You can see a sample of the margins from mid-rate in the table below which shows an example of the costs charged by FX specialist and the average bank rate when sending money transfers from GBP to CAD.

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Sending GBP 5,000 to CAD

 OFX
1GBP=1.7704CAD
$8852.00 CAD (1.35%)
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Price Details
Receive: $8852.00 CAD
Exchange Rate: 1.7704
(Inverse 1CAD=GBP 0.5648)
Fees: GBP 0
Total Cost : 1.35% (from mid-rate: 1.7947)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate GBP/CAD=1.7704 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Apr 25 2018 14:12:35 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1GBP=1.7049CAD
$8498.93 CAD (5.29%)
This is the average GBP to CAD International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

 
Price Details
Receive: $8498.93 CAD
Exchange Rate: 1.7049
(Inverse 1CAD=GBP 0.5865)
Fees: GBP 15
Total Cost : 5.29% (from mid-rate: 1.7947)
Receive CAD $353 less than with   OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate GBP/CAD=1.7049 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 15.

Travel Money GBP to CAD - Costs Compared

The below table shows an example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist versus the average bank, kiosk or post office rate to buy foreign cash.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying CAD Cash with GBP 2,000

 Travelex Online
1GBP=1.7244CAD
$3448.80 CAD (3.92%)
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Price Details
Receive: $3448.80 CAD
Exchange Rate: 1.7244
(Inverse 1CAD=GBP 0.5799)
Fees: GBP 0 *
Total Cost : 3.92% (from mid-rate: 1.7947)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate GBP/CAD=1.7244 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 0 *.
Rate timestamp : Wed Apr 25 2018 15:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
1GBP=1.6813CAD
$3328.97 CAD (7.26%)
This is the average GBP to CAD Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

 
Price Details
Receive: $3328.97 CAD
Exchange Rate: 1.6813
(Inverse 1CAD=GBP 0.5948)
Fees: GBP 20 (1%)
Total Cost : 7.26% (from mid-rate: 1.7947)
Receive CAD $120 less than with   Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate GBP/CAD=1.6813 and inclusive of the fee of GBP 20 (1%).
Rates snapshot: 04/25/2018

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

Why can't I just get the same GBP/CAD market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

When you look up the current British pound sterling to Canadian dollar exchange rate on the web the figure you find quoted on sites like google or mentioned on TV is commonly referred to as the mid-market rate.

GBP to CAD mid-rate on google

GBP to CAD mid-rate on google search

Getting a great GBP to CAD mid-market rate is all about timing, so unless you are able to wait, watch and time the market this is largely beyond your control. This rate will go up and down with varying amounts of volatility depending on the currency pair.

This mid-market rate is really only a reference and is just the starting point for calculating the actual rate you will get for your transaction, luckily we can also use this same rate to determine how good a deal a rate that a provider offers you actually is.

You can use the below GBP to CAD calculator to convert currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates. Then choose your transaction type for specific British pound sterling cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.


3. Currency News, Research and Forecasts for British pound sterling and Canadian dollar

Whenever you are interested in an exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies due to the fact that the value of a currency is always determined quoted in comparison to another currency.

So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the GBP vs CAD, you should pay attention to both British pound sterling and Canadian dollar news and forecasts.

British pound sterling (GBP) - Market news and forecasts

Like most currencies, the pound was strong against the US dollar in early 2018. By late March, in line with the broader market for dollar pairs, GBP/USD had fallen back from January’s 19-month high of 1.434 to 1.4, but remained up 4% on the year and 17% higher than 2017’s low of 1.2.

Mirroring the standoff between UK and EU Brexit negotiators, the pound-euro exchange rate did little in the six-month period between October ’17 and March ’18. The pound continues to buy roughly 1.14 euros.

Like most other G10 currencies, the pound gained significantly in early 2018 against the Australian dollar and lost out against the yen.

According to a Reuters survey of FX analysts in March, the pound will end the year buying 1.41 US dollars (entering 2018, most analysts predicted rates between 1.3 and 1.35) and 1.12-1.14 euros.

Canadian dollar (CAD) - Market news and forecasts

The Canadian dollar was the worst performing G10 currency in the first quarter of 2018.

Against the US dollar, CAD fell to buy 77.5 US cents (USD/CAD 1.29), but this was in line with average rates over the preceding twelve months.

Against the euro, CAD fell to an 8-year low but recovered somewhat before March was out to buy 63 euro cents (EUR/CAD 1.587).

For CAD, little respite is likely in the months ahead according to TD Securities, which described the currency in March as “really expensive.” A senior analyst at the firm explained that CAD was the “most exposed [major currency] from a global macro level and also from the local level of trade risk.”

Trade remains a dominant theme affecting CAD. Washington stepped up its protectionist measures in the first quarter with tariffs on steel and aluminium products (Canada is the number one exporter of such products to the US) and $60 billion worth of Chinese goods. Being a global growth-sensitive currency, CAD will suffer should international trade tensions escalate, not to mention the ramifications for ongoing NAFTA negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico. The market consensus remains for an 8-10% drop in CAD's valuation should NAFTA negotiations fail.

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