11 days in Canada Itinerary

11 days in Canada Itinerary

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Fly to Calgary, Shuttle to Banff National Park
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Banff National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
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Revelstoke
— 1 night
Drive
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Kelowna
— 1 night
Fly
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Vancouver
— 1 night
Fly
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Nanaimo
— 1 night
Drive
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Victoria
— 1 night
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Drive to Swartz Bay, Ferry to Tsawwassen, Drive to Squamish
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Squamish
— 1 night
Drive
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Kamloops
— 1 night
Fly

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Banff National Park

— 2 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Minnewanka, then explore the striking landscape at Crowfoot Glacier, then explore the activities along Peyto Lake, and finally view the masterpieces at Samson Native Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, trek along Little Beehive Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Banff National Park travel itinerary planner.

Ottawa to Banff National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In September, Banff National Park is slightly colder than Ottawa - with highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Revelstoke.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Revelstoke

— 1 night
At first glance, Revelstoke may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere.
On the 6th (Sun), stroll through Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail, paddle through the water with Natural Escapes Kayaking, then examine the collection at Revelstoke Railway Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jones Distilling.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Revelstoke trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Revelstoke takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Banff National Park to Revelstoke. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in September: high temperatures in Revelstoke hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Kelowna.

Things to do in Revelstoke

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Kelowna

— 1 night

Orchard City

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then experience rural life at Don-O-Ray Farm Adventure, and then do a tasting at Cahoots - Cider & Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kelowna travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Revelstoke to Kelowna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Kelowna

Wineries · Tours

Vancouver

— 1 night

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): walk around Stanley Park and then explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver trip website.

You can fly from Kelowna to Vancouver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature

Nanaimo

— 1 night

Harbor City

Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store, then stroll around Newcastle Island, and then surround yourself with nature on Vancouver Island Whale Watch.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nanaimo itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Nanaimo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Victoria.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Victoria

— 1 night

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Royal BC Museum.

Plan trip to Victoria with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nanaimo to Victoria in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Squamish.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Squamish

— 1 night

Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada

Easily accessible from both Whistler and Vancouver, little Squamish sits in the middle of one of Canada's scenic natural areas, affectionately called the "Sea to Sky Country." A vacation in Squamish provides the perfect opportunity to try a range of outdoor activities, so it's not surprising the town calls itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." Visitors get their dose of adrenaline by rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, golfing, whitewater rafting, or kite surfing in the area.
On the 11th (Fri), get interesting insight from Canadian Coastal, explore the striking landscape of Shannon Falls Provincial Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stawamus Chief Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Squamish trip planner.

Getting from Victoria to Squamish by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Victoria in September: highs in Squamish hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kamloops.

Things to do in Squamish

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Kamloops

— 1 night

Tournament Capital of Canada

Frequent host of major sporting events, Kamloops calls itself the "Tournament Capital of Canada." Visitors come to watch curling and skating competitions, as well as fly fishing championships, bike races, and hockey tournaments.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): trek along Kamloops Rivers Trail and then do a tasting at Sagewood Winery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kamloops trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Squamish to Kamloops takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kamloops

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wineries

Canada travel guide

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Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.