Post # 1
I’m going on a little vacation with FI for his birthday to Niagara Falls. My question is, how does tipping work in Canada for everything? Restaurants, valet, etc.
Also if anyone has any recommendations on stuff to do while we are there at the end of November, that would be awesome as well!
Post # 2
FutureMrsHodgy: Tipping is the same as the US. Sorry, I can’t help with ideas as I am in Vancouver.
Have a great time!
Post # 3
FutureMrsHodgy: Niagara Falls as in City (or is town) of Niagara Falls. Giant tourist trap, lots of things to do, Casinos, Restaruants, Ripleys has a few places, there’s some haunted houses etc. I’m not sure how much of the actual Falls stuff is open in the winter season (it gets pretty chilly).
Tipping is pretty much expected. The rate varies – check your bill, some places include an auto-gratuity (but usualy only for large parties – always good to check). In theory it’s based on service, but anything less than 15% is considered cheap. 20% seems to be expected now (which can be pushing it in my opinion – and I’ve worked in the service industry and I have no problem saying that).
Post # 4
I’m in the US, so tipping practices are generally the same? 20% for standard service?
Im asking because last year we went to Canada and everyone told me when we got back that tipping was different in Canada because servers there get paid a living wage. While we were there we tipped according to US customs.
Post # 5
I love Niagara on the lake. It’s about 20 minutes from NF and very pretty. There’s lovely shops along the main street. There’s also some great wine tours in the area.
Tipping is the same as the US.
The Falls are awesome. I haven’t had a chance to do the maid of the mist. But I did the tour behind the falls as a kid and loved it.
There is a super touristy section of Niagara Falls. If you treat it for what it is it can be fun for a day. The Keg overlooks the falls and it’s beautiful at night. The issue is you’re never garaugaraunteed a window table.
Post # 6
I would say that tipping is the same as in the U.S. from what I can tell. Servers are paid less than minimum wage here because it’s expected they will earn tips (similar system to the states I believe).
I second Niagra on the Lake. If you enjoy wine there are lots of vinyards in that area as well, though not ideal this time of year they’re still beautiful. This will also keep you out of the tourist traps.
If you’re into gambling, or just want to check it out, there’s a fairly large casino right beside the falls.
Enjoy your trip!
Post # 7
In Canada, Servers are usually paid minimum wage (it’s illegal to pay less where I live), we tip between 10% and 20% based on the level of service, and how long we we’re there. If we are there for 2 hours, I’ll tip extra because they probably could have had 2 tables & 2 tips during the time I was there. I’d just stick to what you usually do, maybe a little less if you want since the servers do make slightly more than the ones in the US (as far as I know, could be wrong).
Post # 8
Charliejeorge: In Ontario, server minimum wage is at 9.55 an hour… so it is less than minimum wage. Sure, higher than many US states but cost of living is much higher.
I’d say tipping is standard 15% (I’m also in the industry and rarely expect 20%)
As for valet and all that, I dont use those services… but I would think tossing them $5 is more than acceptable.
Niagara is so beautiful in the winter! The wineries will be closed but the falls are pretty! I’d say go to the spa, dinner at the Keg and a fun house/museum are some good things to do!
Post # 9
FutureMrsHodgy: 20% is a lot….I go standard 15% less for not really good service…if im really really generous and want to bless the wait staff because she/he is struggling to pay for their kids future I may tip 20% lol
Post # 10
I second Niagara on the Lake, wineries tours, and dining at the historical hotrls (try high tea). I think the touristy parts of the Falls is fun…Clifton hill is for tourist..but as a former local I went every once in awhile
Post # 11
Just a note, right down by the falls, a lot of the restaurants, hotels, etc have an extra tax, a tourist destination fee which is about 3%, so the taxes you’ll see on the Canadian side will be taxed 16% in total.
But yeah I’d stick with what you usually would tip in the states, but maybe a bit extra if you’re feeling generous.
Post # 12
We tip between 15-22% depending on the service. 15% for average service, 22% for excellent service
Trip Advisor has a great resource for tipping in Canada http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g153339-s606/Canada:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html
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You guys are awesome! Thanks so much!
Post # 15
I’ve lived all over Ontario and tipping is consistantly approximately 15% for everything: restaurants, taxis, tour operators, valets, etc. I’ll leave less if the service was awful, but it would have to be exceptional service for me to leave 20%.
Niagara on the Lake is gorgeous and there are tons of wineries with cheap tours and tastings. If you’re here for several days and run out of things to do, I’d recommend driving or taking a bus/train to Toronto. It’s less than 90 minutes down the road, usually, and there’s tons to see in Toronto.