16 days in Canada Itinerary

16 days in Canada Itinerary

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16 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island

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.
Get outdoors at Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Victoria, make a side trip to see The Raptors in Duncan, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Miniature World, explore and take pictures at The Butchart Gardens, and step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria road trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Victoria is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Victoria, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Victoria, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Fishing Charters & Tours, The Raptors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Miniature World ©
Miniature World

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Columbia Icefield Skywalk and Sunwapta Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Athabasca Glacier and Tangle Creek Falls. Take a break from Jasper National Park with a short trip to The Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, cruise along Highway 93A, explore the activities along Maligne Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Edith Cavell.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jasper National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Victoria to Jasper National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Victoria in July: highs in Jasper National Park hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Beaver Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Samson Native Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Step out of Banff National Park to go to Golden and see Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, admire the sheer force of Takakkaw Falls, and explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park online travel route builder .

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in July: highs in Banff National Park hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden, Yoho National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort ©
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

3
nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Long Beach and Chesterman Beach. Get outdoors at Pacific Rim National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Tofino's surroundings by going to Ucluelet (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Wild Pacific Trail). There's still lots to do: hike along Rainforest Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tofino trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Tofino takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Banff National Park to Tofino. When traveling from Banff National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Tofino: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park

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