13 days in Canada Itinerary

13 days in Canada Itinerary

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Calgary
— 2 nights
2
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
3
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
4
Tofino
— 1 night
5
Waterton Lakes National Park
— 2 nights

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Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Get outdoors at Calgary Pathway System and Mt. Lorette Ponds. Discover out-of-the-way places like Upper Kananaskis Lake and Kananaskis Valley. Step out of Calgary with an excursion to Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley--about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Calgary vacation maker site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Calgary International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Calgary can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mt. Lorette Ponds, Eau Claire Distillery, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Kananaskis Valley
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Upper Kananaskis Lake ©
Upper Kananaskis Lake
Calgary Pathway System ©
Calgary Pathway System
Mt. Lorette Ponds ©
Mt. Lorette Ponds

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Icefields Parkway and then stroll through Bow Glacier Falls. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Banff National Park tour itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Calgary to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect Banff National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 16°F and 3°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Bow Glacier Falls ©
Bow Glacier Falls
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmot Basin Ski Area, then take an in-depth tour of Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, and then explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Edith Cavell, then take in breathtaking views at Sunwapta Falls, and finally take a memorable tour with Pure Outdoors.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jasper National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from 24°F by day to 4°F at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls

1
night
Tofino

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cox Bay Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tofino road trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Jasper National Park to Tofino takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jasper National Park to Tofino due to the time zone difference. In December, Tofino is much hotter than Jasper National Park - with highs of 45°F and lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park ©
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Crypt Lake Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lundbreck Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Worlds Biggest Piggy Bank. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Cameron Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bertha Lake.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Waterton Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Tofino to Waterton Lakes National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tofino to Waterton Lakes National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Tofino in December, expect Waterton Lakes National Park to be little chillier, temps between 31°F and 13°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Lundbreck Falls, Worlds Biggest Piggy Bank
Highlights from your plan
Crypt Lake Trail ©
Crypt Lake Trail
Cameron Falls ©
Cameron Falls
Lundbreck Falls ©
Lundbreck Falls

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