23 days in Canada Itinerary

23 days in Canada Itinerary

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23 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  14 h
1
St. John's
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Halifax
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Montreal, Quebec
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Quebec City, Quebec
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Ottawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
6
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Milan

2
nights
St. John's

One of Canada's oldest cities, St.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the landmark architecture of Jellybean Row Houses, then admire the masterpieces at The Rooms, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Johnson Geo Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Signal Hill, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

For photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read St. John's tour site .

Milan, Italy to St. John's is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Milan to St. John's. Traveling from Milan in August, things will get slightly colder in St. John's: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Halifax.

Things to do in St. John's

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Halifax

Halifax ©
The largest city on Canada's eastern coastline, Halifax boast a rich maritime history and occupies a strategically important location with one of the world's greatest natural harbors.
Visit Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and Fairview Lawn Cemetery for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Pre National Historic Site and St. John's Anglican Church. Explore Halifax's surroundings by going to Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove), Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (in Lunenburg) and Twelve Acre Hill Gallery (in Seabright). It doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Halifax trip tool .

Fly from St. John's to Halifax in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Halifax, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Twelve Acre Hill Gallery
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St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©
Grand Pre National Historic Site

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.
Popular historic sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde and Barbie Expo. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, get engrossed in the history at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, learn more about the world around you at Biodome de Montreal, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montreal online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Halifax to Montreal takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Old Port of Montreal ©
Old Port of Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde ©
Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde

4
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.
Visit Old Quebec and Plains of Abraham for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec and Lower Town (Basse-Ville). Change things up with a short trip to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at Morrin Centre, make a trip to Old Port, steep yourself in history at Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la civilisation.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Quebec City visit planning tool .

Getting from Montreal to Quebec City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Lower Town (Basse-Ville) ©
Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Plains of Abraham ©
Plains of Abraham

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omega Park and Notre Dame Basilica. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Upper Canada Village and Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of History, take a stroll through ByWard Market, and examine the collection at National Gallery of Canada.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ottawa tour planner.

Getting from Quebec City to Ottawa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ottawa can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Ottawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Upper Canada Village, Canadian Museum of History, Omega Park, Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October)
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Upper Canada Village ©
Upper Canada Village

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Wild Pacific Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chesterman Beach.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tofino trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Tofino takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Tofino is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Ottawa in August, plan for slightly colder days in Tofino, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Ucluelet
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kitsilano Beach. For shopping fun, head to Granville Island or Museum of Anthropology. Explore Vancouver's surroundings by going to Shannon Falls Provincial Park (in Squamish) and Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (in Whistler). And it doesn't end there: walk around Stanley Park, explore the activities along English Bay, and wander the streets of Gastown.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vancouver tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Tofino to Vancouver by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tofino in August, expect nights in Vancouver to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Fishing Charters & Tours, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

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