Tipping Guide in BC
How much tipping is customary in Vancouver? Whether you are visiting Vancouver or other centres such as Kelowna, Whistler, or Victoria, tipping in BC is the same as in the rest of Canada, and very similar to USA.
Paying a gratuity for services is the norm but note that it is seldom included in the bill with the exception perhaps with large groups at a restaurant. Expect to tip your taxi driver, waiter, bartender, aesthetician and hotel attendants. The standard tip for good services is 15% of the total amount before taxes.
How much should you tip? Following is a guide to tipping in BC (amounts shown are in Canadian Dollars).
Restaurant Server (waiter / waitress): 15% to 20% of the total bill before taxes. Restaurants may include a gratuity of 15% or more in their bill for large groups.
Bartender / Cocktail Waitress: 10% to 20% of the total bill before taxes.
Taxis / Cab Driver: 10% to 15% of the fare.
Tour Guide: 10% to 15% of the total.
Hotel Bellman / Porter: $1 to $2 per bag.
Housekeeping / Chambermaid: $1 to $2 per day (or more at luxury hotels). Usually this is a daily tip as the same maid may not service your room each day.
Hotel Doorman: $1 to $2 with assistance hailing a taxi.
Hair Salon / Spa: 10% to 15% of the total bill.
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