12 days in British Columbia, Banff National Park & Jasper National Park Itinerary

12 days in British Columbia, Banff National Park & Jasper National Park Itinerary

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12 days in British Columbia, Banff National Park & Jasper National Park Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Vancouver
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island

Victoria ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scenic Marine Route and Whiffin Spit. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Holland Creek Hiking Trails. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, enjoy the sea views from Victoria Pier, see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, and explore the activities along Clover Point Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Victoria online trip itinerary builder .

Ottawa to Victoria is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Victoria is minus 3 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in February: high temperatures in Victoria hover around 9°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Whiffin Spit, Holland Creek Hiking Trails, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
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1
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Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): wander the streets of Gastown and then see the interesting displays at Burnaby Village Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vancouver road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Victoria to Vancouver takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Burnaby Village Museum
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Burnaby Village Museum ©
Burnaby Village Museum
Gastown ©
Gastown

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Banff National Park

Banff National Park ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunshine Village and SkiBig3 Adventure Hub. When in Banff National Park, make a side trip to see Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park in Canmore, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Mountain Trail and explore the striking landscape at Big Beehive.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Banff National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Banff National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in February, things will get colder in Banff National Park: highs are around -5°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Tunnel Mountain Trail ©
Tunnel Mountain Trail
Big Beehive ©
Big Beehive

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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Wilcox Pass and then hike along Angel Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Lac Beauvert, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak, and then cruise along Highway 93A.

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Getting from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Jasper National Park are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Wilcox Pass ©
Wilcox Pass
Angel Glacier ©
Angel Glacier
Lac Beauvert ©
Lac Beauvert

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