23 days in Canada Itinerary

23 days in Canada Itinerary

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23 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Whistler
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
3
Central Saanich, Vancouver Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
4
Toronto
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Quebec City, Quebec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Montreal, Quebec
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Ottawa
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
8
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  24 h
End: Townsville

2
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Stanley Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Vancouver Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Vancouver Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Vancouver road trip planning site.

Townsville, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Townsville to Vancouver. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Townsville in February; daily highs in Vancouver reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium

2
nights
Whistler

Whistler ©
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Whistler Blackcomb and then experience the excitement of Whistler Sliding Centre. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the sheer force of Alexander Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Whistler trip planning app.

Getting from Vancouver to Whistler by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vancouver in February: high temperatures in Whistler hover around 3°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Central Saanich.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Sliding Centre ©
Whistler Sliding Centre
Zipline

1
night
Central Saanich, Vancouver Island

Central Saanich ©
Central Saanich is a district municipality in Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and then walk around Mount Douglas Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Central Saanich day trip planning site.

Getting from Whistler to Central Saanich by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Whistler in February, plan for slightly colder days in Central Saanich, with highs around -3°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Central Saanich

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Douglas Park
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Mount Douglas Park ©
Mount Douglas Park

3
nights
Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Explore Toronto's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Niagara Falls Canada, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame, tee off at AGT Golf Driving Range, and browse the exhibits of Casa Loma.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toronto online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Central Saanich to Toronto in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Central Saanich in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Toronto, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, AGT Golf Driving Range
Highlights from your plan
CN Tower
CN Tower
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District

2
nights
Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City ©
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): wander the streets of Terrasse Dufferin and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quebec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, then admire the sheer force of Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, and then get to know the fascinating history of Place Royale.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Quebec City trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to Quebec City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in February, expect Quebec City to be slightly colder, temps between -5°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency ©
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Place Royale ©
Place Royale

3
nights
Montreal, Quebec

Montreal ©
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.
Montreal is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, explore the world behind art at Musee Rene Gagnon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and savor the flavors at Jean-Talon Market.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montreal visit planner.

You can drive from Quebec City to Montreal in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February in Montreal, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Ottawa.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Old Montreal ©
Old Montreal
Biodome de Montreal ©
Biodome de Montreal

3
nights
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Ottawa is known for museums, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, learn about all things military at Canadian War Museum, visit ByWard Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Canadian Museum of Nature.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ottawa journey planner.

You can take a train from Montreal to Ottawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. March in Ottawa sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada
Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, explore the activities along Moraine Lake, and examine the collection at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ottawa to Banff National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ottawa to Banff National Park. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Burgess Shale
Highlights from your plan
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

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