Buy Cardano in Canada

A free beginner guide on how to buy Cardano in Canada.

What is Cardano?

Cardano is a blockchain project founded by Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of ethereum, to “provide a more balanced and sustainable ecosystem" for cryptocurrencies. According to its website, ADA is the only coin with a “scientific philosophy and research-driven approach." In practical terms, this means that its open-source blockchain undergoes a rigorous peer-review process by scientists and programmers in academia. It is a decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency project and is fully open source. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. The development team consists of a large global collective of expert engineers and researchers

1. Create accounts on exchanges

In order to buy Cardano in Canada we will first need to create an account on a Canadian exchange to buy Ethereum or Bitcoin. Then you will need to create an account on a global exchange to trade the Ethereum or Bitcoin for Cardano.

  • Create Canadian Exchange Account

    The first step in this process is to gain the ability to buy Bitcoin or Ethereum with CAD dollars. For this you will need a Canadian exchange.

    We recommend QuadrigaCX as your main Canadian exchange. However, if you want to buy Cardano right now, and if you want to buy only a small amount ($250 CAD or less) use Coinbase it will be the fastest method but more expensive.

    For a comparison of the Canadian exchanges and a more comprehensive guide on how to pick one, see the Exchanges Guide.

  • Create Global Exchange Account

    Next, you will need to create an account on a global exchange. This will allow you to trade the Bitcoin or Ethereum for Cardano. Unfortunately, it's not possible yet to do it all on the same exchange. Which is why you need to use multiple exchanges.

    We recommend using Binance

    For a comparison of the Canadian exchanges and a more comprehensive guide on how to pick one, see the Exchanges Guide.

  • Verify and Fund

    In order to fund your Canadian exchange accounts you will need to verify your identity. This often involves sending in copies of your drivers license, a utility bill, and in many cases a selfie of you holding your ID. This is normal for Canadian exchanges.

    As for verification on global exchanges, the verification is usually faster and less intense. For example on Binance you do not need to verify if you are withdrawing 2 BTC or less.

2. Buy your cryptocurrencies

Now that you have both a Canadian exchange account and a global exchange account it's time to make your purchases. You need to buy BTC or ETH, transfer it to the Global exchange, and then place an order to trade it for Cardano.

  • Buy Bitcoin or Ethereum

    The first step is buy one of the main cryptocurrencies that you can trade for alt coins. Right now the two main cryptocurrencies you can use to trade are Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    If you are not using Binance, it is a important to verify that your global exchange will trade the cryptocurrency you are buying in this step, for Cardano.

    Login to your Canadian exchange and buy your desired amount of Cardano in Bitcoin or Ethereum. We currently recommend buying with Ethereum as it provides a faster and cheaper transaction than Bitcoin, as long as your exchange supports it.

  • Transfer BTC or ETH to a Global Exchange

    The next step is to transfer your BTC or ETH from your Canadian exchange account to a global exchange. For example, from your QuadrigaCX account to your Binance account.

    This involves getting the funding wallet address from Binance account and withdrawing to it from your QuadrigaCX account.

    You will need to wait for the transaction to complete. Once you see the funds appear in your global exchange account you are ready to proceed to the next step.

  • Trade for Cardano

    The next step is to actually buy Cardano. On your global exchange place an order to trade Ethereum or Bitcoin for Cardano. Here is a direct link to the Binance Cardano/Ethereum trading page.

    The fastest way is to place a market order which buys Cardano for the current market price on the exchange.

3. Store your Cardano in a wallet

It is best practice to transfer your cryptocurrencies in a wallet that is not hosted with a exchange. If you have more then $1000 in cryptocurrencies you should strongly consider storing the funds in a wallet that is not connected to the internet, a cold wallet (hardware). Each crypto currency has it's own wallet.

  • Software Wallet

    If you are just getting started you will probably want to use a software wallet. They are typically free and are considered more secure than leaving Cardano on the exchanges.

    Based on our research there is only really one software wallet which is Daedalus.

    Feel free to do a google search to research what wallets are available and know what the options are.

    Download and install your software wallet. Then withdraw your Cardano from your exchange account. It is common for a small fee to be associted with the withdrawal.

  • Hardware Wallets

    The safest way to store Cardano, or any cryptocurrency, is with a hardware wallet that is not connected to the internet. This is to prevent it being stolen or hacked from a exchange or a wallet connected to the internet.

    At this time we were unable to find a hardware wallet that supports Cardano.

  • Leaving it on an Exchange

    This is generally not recommended. However, you might want to do this if you are actively trading Cardano. Be aware you are taking an extra risk. Exchanges have been known to get hacked or disappear.

    The advantage of doing this is instant access to your Cardano, and saving the fees associated with transactions and withdrawing.

    If you are going to be doing this, make sure you have 2 factor authentication enabled and that you are using a reputable exchange.


  1. Create an account on a Canadian exchange.
  2. Create an account on a global exchange.
  3. First buy ETH or BTC on the Canadian exchange.
  4. Next trade that ETH or BTC for Cardano on the global exchange.
  5. Send your Cardano to a wallet, to store it.