After sleeping in late this morning I headed back into Parrsboro to finish getting “Canada-ized”. First stop was the bank to exchange my U. S. cash for Canadian money. I also tested the ATM to see if my debit card would work. Having been told by a representative of my credit union that I would not be able to use it in Canada, I was a little apprehensive about how I was going to access funds here without incurring cash advance fees on my Visa card. Gratefully, the ATM worked fine and I breathed a sigh of relief.
Next stop was the post office to pick up some stamps and mail some correspondence. I browsed a few local shops and then headed to the Co-op for some groceries. In this area your shopping choices are limited to small markets like the Co-op, farmers’ markets and the farmer’s market ~ the one where you go to his farm, tell him what you want and then go into the field to pick it yourself. The nearest cities with major supermarkets are 45 minutes away. Browsing the limited selection of goods in the Co-op I found some familiar brands, some different brands and some different items from familiar brands ~ like Lay’s Ketchup flavored potato chips. Prices on groceries were not drastically different from what I have been paying in the states. The price of gas looks much cheaper until you realize that fuel is dispensed in liters. Since there are 3+ liters per gallon, the price here is verging on $10 per gallon. Sure glad I filled the bus and the car on the other side of the border!