18 days in Canada Itinerary

18 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada visit planner

Make it your trip
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Victoria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sun Peaks
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banff National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Calgary
— 1 night
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Victoria

— 2 nights

Garden City

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.
Family-friendly places like The Butchart Gardens and Royal BC Museum will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Inner Harbour, admire the striking features of Craigdarroch Castle, walk around Beacon Hill Park, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Victoria trip maker tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Victoria is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to Victoria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get colder in Victoria: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Vancouver

— 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Stanley Park and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Vancouver Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain, kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach, and take a stroll through Vancouver Downtown.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vancouver attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria to Vancouver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Victoria in August, expect nights in Vancouver to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sun Peaks.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sun Peaks

— 2 nights
Sun Peaks is a mountain resort municipality in British Columbia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by McSporties - Day Rentals, tee off at Sun Peaks Golf Course, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Sun Peaks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sun Peaks trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Vancouver to Sun Peaks in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in August: highs in Sun Peaks hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Sun Peaks

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

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 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, take in breathtaking views at Sunwapta Falls, then look and learn at The Jasper Planetarium, and finally take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tangle Creek Falls, take a memorable drive along Columbia Ice Field, then take some stellar pictures from Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, and finally explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sun Peaks to Jasper National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sun Peaks to Jasper National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sun Peaks in August, things will get little chillier in Jasper National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Banff National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Minnewanka and Bow Valley Parkway. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, trek along Johnston Canyon, head outdoors with Via Ferrata, and steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Banff National Park trip planner.

Drive from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Jasper National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Banff National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Calgary

— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Prince's Island Park and then get engrossed in the history at Glenbow Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Calgary itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Calgary, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Museums · Parks · Nature

Canada travel guide

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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.