Canadians add to holiday shopping crowds

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The pre-holiday bustle of Vermont’s main shopping districts is taking on a bit of a Canadian accent this year as shoppers from north of the border travel south to take advantage of an unusually strong Canadian dollar.

For the first time in decades, the Canadian loonie is at par or slightly above the U.S. dollar in value, and that is luring shoppers south for bargains.

One Canadian-born Waterbury resident says his parents were excited when they traveled south for a visit and found their $20 was actually worth $20.

Vermont retailers are seeing strong sales partly as a result of the influx of Canadians.

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