12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

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12 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h
1
Golden
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Clearwater
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Montreal

3
nights
Golden

Golden ©
Shining from its nook in the Rocky Mountain Trench, the town of Golden lives up to its name, with memorable scenery at every turn.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bow Glacier Falls and Bow Lake. Visiting Lake Agnes and Takakkaw Falls will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Golden: Lake Louise (Lake Louise & Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe Ltd) and Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake & Natural Bridge).

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Golden trip builder tool .

Montreal to Golden is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Golden is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Golden when traveling from Montreal in July, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Golden

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Banff National Park, Yoho National Park
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Emerald Lake ©
Emerald Lake
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Bow Glacier Falls ©
Bow Glacier Falls

2
nights
Clearwater

Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
On the 31st (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helmcken Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Dawson Falls, admire the sheer force of Spahat Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wells Gray Provincial Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Clearwater online trip builder .

Getting from Golden to Clearwater by combination of car and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Golden to Clearwater, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Helmcken Falls ©
Helmcken Falls
Wells Gray Provincial Park ©
Wells Gray Provincial Park

3
nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island

Tofino ©
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Rainforest Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Schooner Cove and Chesterman Beach. Go for a jaunt from Tofino to Ucluelet to see Amphitrite Point Lighthouse about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Long Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tofino Brewing Company, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Mermaid Tales Bookshop.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tofino day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Clearwater to Tofino in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Clearwater in August: highs in Tofino hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Nitobe Memorial Garden, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, contemplate the waterfront views at English Bay, and then take a stroll through Granville Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Vancouver takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Tofino in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vancouver: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Shannon Falls Provincial Park ©
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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