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Tipping in Canada

Who to tip, how much to tip and more about tipping in Canada


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Tipping in Canada is much the same as it is in the U.S. In most cases, a tip in the range of 15% - 20% is perfectly acceptable. Here are some more specific circumstances and guides on how to tip. Amounts are in Canadian Dollars and current as of 2013.

Transportation Tipping

Cabs/Taxis: Anywhere between 10% - 20% of the fare. Personally, I would probably tip $2 on an $8 fare (easy to round up to a 10 dollar bill) and maybe $5 or $6 on a $40 fare. Airport/Hotel Shuttle: Probably fewer people tip these drivers than not, but I tip $2 if driver was friendly or helpful.

Tipping at a Hotel / Resort in Canada

Doorman: $2 if he hails a cab.
Bellman: $2 to $5 per bag (5-star hotels - with which I am sadly less familiar may have a higher standard for tipping)
Chambermaid: $2 to $5 per day or lump sum at end of stay. Read more from the About.com Guide to Hotels about tipping the chambermaid.
Room Service: Be sure to check whether a tip is included in the cost of room service. It is not necessary to tip on top of this. Otherwise, 15% is common or $2 to $5 if staff is delivering a no-cost item, like extra pillows.
Parking Valet: Typically, a $5 - $10 tip when picking up your car; some people, myself included, also tip when leaving it.
Concierge: Tipping the concierge is not usual, but if you are particularly pleased with your service, a tip at the end of your stay is no doubt welcome.

Restaurant Tipping

Waiter: 15% - 20% of the before tax total is typical. Above that is generous and not uncommon.
Bartender/Cocktail Waitress: The dollar per drink that applies in many U.S. cities isn't as strict here. Ten to twenty per cent is standard or often a "keep the change" rule applies.
Sommelier: I personally do not tip the sommelier (wine steward who helps pair wine with your meal) separately. I tip the appropriate amount on the check (including wine, excluding tax) and expect the sommelier to receive his cut at the end of the night. Other people slip the sommelier his or her own tip.
Coat Check: $1 - $2

Salon / Massage Tipping

A tip of 15% - 20% for hair stylists, beauticians, and masseurs is typical on top of the before-tax total. I also tip the person who blows dry my hair and also the one who washes it: $5 - $10 each.

Tipping on the Golf Course

The About.com Guide to Golf offers this advice on tipping on the golf course.

Tipping at the Casino

The About.com Guide to Casino Gambling offers this advice on tipping casino dealers.

Tipping on Cruise Ships

The About.com Guide to Cruises offers this advice on tipping on a cruise ship.

Tipping on Trains

The About.com Guide to Student Travel offers this advice on tipping on trains.

Tipping at the Barber or Hair Salon

The About.com Guide to Men's Hair offers this advice on tipping your hair stylist.

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