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Tips and General Information

General information about Dalhousie and the surrounding area:

  • There is no longer a ferry between Dalhousie and Miguasha, Quebec. Some maps show a ferry route, and some online map and directions programs say to use the ferry. However, the ferry is no longer in service.

  • Here are nearby Canadian airports. Unfortunately the Charlo airport no longer has scheduled service. However it is used for charter flights during the summer. Other airports have scheduled service.




    Charlo, NBYCL100:20
    Bathurst, NBZBF801:15
    Mont Joli, QuebecYYY1902:15

  • The closest U.S. airports with scheduled passenger service are:




    Presque Isle, MainePQI2402:45
    Bangor, MaineBGR5005:30

  • The use of radar detectors is strictly prohibited in New Brunswick. It is illegal to transport a radar detector in your car whether you are using it or not.

Tips for U.S. visitors:

  • Both English and French are spoken throughout New Brunswick. U.S. visitors who speak English will have no trouble communicating.
    • It is helpful to identify yourself as an English speaker with a hearty "Hello!" as you approach someone.

  • Canada uses the metric system.
    • Temperatures are in Celsius (0°C = 32°F, 20°C = 68°F)
    • Distances are in Kilometers, and speed limits are in Kilometers per Hour (80 km ≈ 50 miles). Speedometers in most modern automobiles have a secondary KPH scale.
    • Gasoline is sold in liters. 4 liters is slightly more than a U.S. gallon.

  • The U.S. dollar and the Canadian dollar are not equivalent.
    $1.00 USD is worth approximately $1.25 CAD, but the exchange rate fluctuates all the time. Here is a Currency Converter.

    • New Brunswick's Visitor Information Centres at Woodstock (across from Houlton, ME) and St. Stephen (across from Calais, ME) offer money exchange to / from Canadian dollars.

    • Canadian merchants are happy to take U.S. dollars. Use caution however because they may give you a poor exchange rate. Feel free to ask a merchant about their exchange practices before using U.S. dollars.

    • From personal experience, Irving gas station / convenience stores give a good exchange rate when making change. Check this for yourself however.

    • Canadian banks give a good rate for changing U.S. to Canadian dollars. However, not all Canadian banks keep U.S. funds on hand to exchange for Canadian dollars; check with the bank in advance.

    • Beware of a poor exchange rate when using a U.S. bank to change Canadian into U.S. dollars.

    • U.S. merchants are usually reluctant to accept Canadian currency.

    • When you charge a purchase, your credit card company automatically calculates the equivalent amount in U.S. dollars and charges your account. Credit card companies generally give a good exchange rate, but check before charging large amounts.

    • Please pass along your money exchange tips by contacting us.

  • Canada has one and two dollar coins that are commonly used. Don't be surprised to get change in coins when you might otherwise expect bills.

  • When you cross the border, in either direction, you have the opportunity to:
    • purchase duty free (i.e., tax free) liquor and tobacco products. The approximate amount is 40 ounces of liquor plus 200 cigarettes.
    • import goods of small dollar value without paying duty.
    Regulations vary by country and there are some time restrictions so do some research beforehand or ask at the border.

  • Look on gocanada.com for some good info on visiting Canada.

The Dalhousie name:

Dalhousie, N.B. is named for Lord Dalhousie of Scotland, who was himself named for Dalhousie Castle, also in Scotland. Around the world there are a variety of Dalhousie named places, organizations, etc. It appears that all of these may be traced back to Lord Dalhousie and Dalhousie Castle.
How Do You Pronounce It?

On New Brunswick's North Shore there is no argument; Dal · how · zee is how you pronounce Dalhousie.

However, many around the world use the alternative pronounciation Dal · hoo · zee. It even became an issue in the Scottish family of Lord Dalhousie, who attempted to put the argument to rest by proclaiming that the hoo pronunciation was right, and the how inflection was wrong.

So it depends on where you go. The Freemasons, after their own extended argument, adopted Lord Dalhousie's preferred pronunciation. But who knows how the Indians or the Australians say it?

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