12 days in Canada Itinerary

12 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada journey builder

Make it your trip
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Vancouver
Fly
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Kamloops
— 1 night
Drive
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Sicamous
— 3 nights
Drive
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Golden
— 1 night
Drive
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Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Radium Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Drive to Kootenay Bay, BC, Ferry to Balfour, BC, Drive to Nelson
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Nelson
— 1 night
Drive
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Osoyoos
— 2 nights
Fly

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Vancouver

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.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Vancouver Lookout.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vancouver day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Vancouver. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kamloops.
Highlights from your trip

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.
For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kamloops road trip site.

You can fly from Vancouver to Kamloops in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Sicamous on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Kamloops

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Sicamous

— 3 nights
Sicamous is a district municipality in British Columbia located adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway at the Highway 97A junction, where Mara Lake empties into Shuswap Lake via a short narrows. Change things up with these side-trips from Sicamous: Enderby (Drift & Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park). There's much more to do: stroll around Yard Creek Provincial Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Crazy Creek Resort, stop by Last Spike, and get answers to all your questions at Sicamous Visitor Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sicamous driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kamloops to Sicamous by car takes about 2 hours. August in Sicamous sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Sicamous

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Golden

— 1 night
Shining from its nook in the Rocky Mountain Trench, the town of Golden lives up to its name, with memorable scenery at every turn.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Golden & District Museum and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Golden online trip builder.

Drive from Sicamous to Golden in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sicamous to Golden due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sicamous in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Golden: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Jasper National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, then take in the exciting artwork at Jasper Art Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Athabasca Glacier, then cruise along Columbia Ice Field, and then take in breathtaking views at Sunwapta Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Golden to Jasper National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Golden in August, Jasper National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. You will leave for Radium Hot Springs on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Radium Hot Springs

— 1 night
Radium Hot Springs, informally and commonly called Radium, is a village of approximately 800 people situated in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Arrowhead Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Radium Hot Springs journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Jasper National Park to Radium Hot Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Radium Hot Springs

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Nelson

— 1 night
Nelson is a city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the extreme West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History and then stroll around Lakeside Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelson trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Radium Hot Springs to Nelson takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Radium Hot Springs to Nelson. September in Nelson sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osoyoos.

Things to do in Nelson

Spas · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Osoyoos

— 2 nights
Thanks to favorable year-round weather and plenty of fresh water, the area surrounding Osoyoos remains a top producer of fruit and wine.
On the 5th (Sun), do a tasting at Silver Sage Winery, learn about winemaking at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, then learn about winemaking at Jackson -Triggs Okanagan Estate, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre and then see the interesting displays at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osoyoos road trip site.

Drive from Nelson to Osoyoos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osoyoos

Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Canada travel guide

4.6
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.