21 days in Canada Itinerary

21 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada trip planner

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Ottawa
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Vancouver
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Montreal
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Calgary
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Ottawa

— 4 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Municipal Beach. Explore Ottawa's surroundings by going to Jessup's Falls Conservation Area (in Plantagenet) and Omega Park (in Montebello). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, hike along Gatineau Park, and shop like a local with ByWard Market.

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Baghdad, Iraq to Ottawa is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Baghdad in May, expect Ottawa to be colder, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vancouver

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Granville Island and Spanish Banks. Visit Kitsilano Beach and Sunset Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Whistler (Harmony Lake Trail, Lost Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Stanley Park, take in the awesome beauty at Grouse Mountain, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology, and explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vancouver travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Vancouver takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. May in Vancouver sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Montreal.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Montreal

— 3 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Port of Montreal and Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, walk around Mount Royal Park, explore the world behind art at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, and take an in-depth tour of Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreal trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Montreal takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Vancouver to Montreal, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Calgary on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Montreal

Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Calgary

— 6 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Get in touch with nature at Bow Valley Parkway and Johnston Canyon. Explore Calgary's surroundings by going to Banff National Park (Silverton Falls, Bankhead Ghost Town, &more), Canmore (Grassi Lakes, Canmore Cave Tours, &more) and Banff (Canada House Art Gallery, Cave and Basin National Historic Site, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Fort Calgary, wander the streets of Stephen Avenue Walk, and walk around Spruce Meadows.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Calgary trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Montreal to Calgary takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Montreal to Calgary, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, expect Calgary to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.