31 days in Canada Itinerary

31 days in Canada Itinerary

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Start: Banff National Park
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Ottawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Quebec City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Montreal
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
4
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  4 h
5
Whistler
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Canmore
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
End: Banff National Park

4
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 Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October) and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Omega Park and Gatineau Park. Go for a jaunt from Ottawa to Morrisburg to see Upper Canada Village about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Canadian Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica, and get a new perspective on nature at Canadian Museum of Nature.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ottawa day trip planning tool.

Banff National Park to Ottawa is an approximately 9-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ottawa, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatineau, Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October), Upper Canada Village, River Rafting & Tubing, Omega Park
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada
Upper Canada Village ©
Upper Canada Village

4
nights
Quebec City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Sacre-Coeur. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Promenade des Gouverneurs and Upper Town (Haute-Ville). Go for a jaunt from Quebec City to Sainte Anne de Beaupre to see Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get your bearings at Morrin Centre, contemplate the long history of Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, walk around Plains of Abraham, and get to know the fascinating history of Place Royale.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Quebec City day trip tool.

You can fly from Ottawa to Quebec City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Highlights from your plan
Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) ©
Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)
La Promenade des Gouverneurs ©
La Promenade des Gouverneurs
Morrin Centre ©
Morrin Centre

4
nights
Montreal

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Patrick's Basilica and Place Jacques-Cartier. Explore hidden gems such as Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac and Place d'Armes. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the interesting displays at Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Montreal trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Quebec City to Montreal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Quebec City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Montreal, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac
Highlights from your plan
Old Port of Montreal ©
Old Port of Montreal
Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac ©
Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac
St. Patrick's Basilica ©
St. Patrick's Basilica

4
nights
Victoria, Vancouver Island

Victoria ©
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.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and Victoria Butterfly Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and The Raptors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Victoria: Sooke Potholes Provincial Park (in Sooke), Pipers Lagoon Park (in Nanaimo) and Cowichan Valley Museum (in Duncan). There's lots more to do: stroll through Scenic Marine Route, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, go for a stroll along the water at Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater, and explore the engaging exhibits at Miniature World.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Montreal to Victoria in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Victoria is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Montreal in May, plan for little chillier days in Victoria, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sooke, Duncan, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Pipers Lagoon Park, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Raptors ©
The Raptors

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Audain Art Museum and Britannia Mine Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stawamus Chief Park and Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. When in Whistler, make a side trip to see Shannon Falls Provincial Park in Squamish, approximately Squamish away. There's much more to do: trek along The Whistler Train Wreck Trail, explore and take pictures at Sea to Sky Highway, have fun at Whistler Sliding Centre, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whistler trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Victoria to Whistler in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Victoria in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Whistler, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Squamish, Britannia Mine Museum, Sea to Sky Highway
Highlights from your plan
Lost Lake ©
Lost Lake
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park ©
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
The Whistler Train Wreck Trail ©
The Whistler Train Wreck Trail

4
nights
Tofino, Vancouver Island

Tofino ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hot Springs Cove and Lone Cone Hike. Visit Schooner Cove and Long Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Tofino side-trips: Ucluelet (Amphitrite Point Lighthouse & Wild Pacific Trail). The adventure continues: stroll through Chesterman Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Rainforest Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofino vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Whistler to Tofino takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Whistler in May, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Tofino: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Canmore.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs Cove ©
Hot Springs Cove
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach

5
nights
Canmore

Canmore ©
Bordered by the spectacular peaks of the Alberta Rockies, within a stone's throw of Banff National Park, the town of Canmore serves as an excellent base for outdoor adventures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel Mountain Trail and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Take a break from the city and head to Canmore Cave Tours and Vermilion Lakes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canmore: Lake Louise (The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise), Bow Valley Parkway (in Banff) and Banff National Park ( Sunshine Village & Johnston Canyon). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on nature at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grassi Lakes.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canmore trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Canmore takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tofino to Canmore, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tofino in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canmore, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Canmore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Banff National Park, Emerald Lake
Highlights from your plan
Canmore Cave Tours ©
Canmore Cave Tours
Tunnel Mountain Trail ©
Tunnel Mountain Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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