26 days in Canada Itinerary

26 days in Canada Itinerary

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26 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + Bus:  25 h
1
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Toronto
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Whistler
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 45 min
5
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
7
Ottawa
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
8
Quebec City, Quebec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Montreal, Quebec
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Durban

1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Journey Behind the Falls and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls Canada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory and then admire the sheer force of Horseshoe Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls tour itinerary builder website.

Durban, South Africa to Niagara Falls is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Durban to Niagara Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Durban in March, with highs in Niagara Falls at 4°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Toronto.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Take a break from Toronto with a short trip to Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, contemplate the long history of Ireland Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and get to know the fascinating history of The Distillery District.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Toronto road trip tool.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Toronto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

3
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, admire the natural beauty at VanDusen Botanical Garden, explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, and take in panoramic vistas at Vancouver Lookout.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vancouver road trip planning app.

Fly from Toronto to Vancouver in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect Vancouver to be a bit warmer, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Whistler Blackcomb, catch some excitement at Whistler Sliding Centre, and then explore the world behind art at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Whistler holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Whistler takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, Whistler is slightly colder than Vancouver - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Whistler

Winter Sports Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Sliding Centre ©
Whistler Sliding Centre
Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont ©
Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont

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.
Jasper National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Marmot Basin Ski Area, see the interesting displays at The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum, view the masterpieces at Our Native Land, and trek along Cavell Meadows Trail.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park trip planner.

Getting from Whistler to Jasper National Park by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Whistler to Jasper National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Whistler in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Jasper National Park, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Whistlers Peak ©
Whistlers Peak
Friends of Jasper National Park ©
Friends of Jasper National Park

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.
Take a break from Banff National Park with a short trip to Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through The Lake Louise Ski Resort, learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, fly down the slopes at Sunshine Village, and look for gifts at Banff Indian Trading Post.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Banff National Park road trip site.

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park in March, you will find days in Banff National Park are a bit cooler (1°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yoho National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

2
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: ponder the world of politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, browse the exhibits of Canadian War Museum, see the interesting displays at National Gallery of Canada, and hike along Rideau Canal.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Ottawa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Ottawa

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

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 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Terrasse Dufferin and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quebec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, then walk around Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, and then don't miss a visit to Place Royale.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Quebec City online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Quebec City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ottawa in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Quebec City, with lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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, have some family-friendly fun at Rage: Axe Throwing, walk around Mount Royal Park, and learn more about the world around you at Biodome de Montreal.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreal trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Quebec City to Montreal by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Montreal are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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