31 days in Canada Itinerary

31 days in Canada Itinerary

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31 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Calgary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Ottawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Montreal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Quebec City
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
Toronto
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
9
Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
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.
Head to Granville Island and Bill Reid Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Jericho Beach. Explore Vancouver's surroundings by going to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (in Delta), Mundy Park (in Coquitlam) and Lighthouse Park (in West Vancouver). There's lots more to do: walk around Stanley Park, explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, wander the streets of Gastown, and enjoy the sand and surf at Third Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Vancouver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Vancouver to be colder, temps between 7°C and 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lighthouse Park, Mundy Park, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Jericho Beach ©
Jericho Beach

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Our Native Land and Experience Gourmet Living. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and Old Fort Point Loop Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Mount Edith Cavell Trail, stroll through Bald Hills, explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, and cruise along Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jasper National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Jasper National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Jasper National Park. In December, Jasper National Park is colder than Vancouver - with highs of -5°C and lows of -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Icefield Skywalk ©
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes ©
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sulphur Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Moraine Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentinel Pass, and then explore the activities along Lake Agnes.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Banff National Park trip site .

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Banff National Park, ranging from highs of -10°C to lows of -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
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Sulphur Mountain ©
Sulphur Mountain
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

3
nights
Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): browse the different shops at CrossIron Mills, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then identify plant and animal life at Bow Habitat Station, and finally wander the streets of Stephen Avenue Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Eau Claire Smokestack, then look for gifts at The Candy Store in Nanton, then grab your bike and head to Calgary Pathway System, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Knox United Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Calgary route maker app .

You can drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, things will get a bit warmer in Calgary: highs are around -2°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Calgary

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

CrossIron Mills, The Candy Store in Nanton
Highlights from your plan
CrossIron Mills ©
CrossIron Mills
Calgary Pathway System ©
Calgary Pathway System
Stephen Avenue Walk ©
Stephen Avenue Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with ByWard Market, hike along Rideau Canal, then have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and finally browse the exhibits of Applecrate Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum (Experimental Farm), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, and then contemplate the long history of Parliament Hill and Buildings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ottawa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Calgary to Ottawa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Ottawa due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ottawa when traveling from Calgary in December, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Montreal.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway ©
Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway
Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature) and Plateau Mont-Royal. Notre-Dame Basilica and Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Quartier des spectacles, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, get a new perspective on nature at Biodome de Montreal, and pause for some serene contemplation at AURA Basilique.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreal online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Ottawa to Montreal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Montreal are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature)
Highlights from your plan
Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature) ©
Quartier des spectacles ©
Quartier des spectacles

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, grab your bike and head to Parcours des Anses, and then look for gifts at Quartier Petit Champlain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, get engrossed in the history at Le Monastere des Augustines, then wander the streets of Terrasse Dufferin, and finally hike along Chemin Royal (Royal Road).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Quebec City trip site .

You can drive from Montreal to Quebec City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Quebec City

Neighborhoods Parks Trails

Side Trips

Parcours des Anses, Chemin Royal (Royal Road)
Highlights from your plan
Quartier Petit Champlain ©
Quartier Petit Champlain
Spas
Terrasse Dufferin ©
Terrasse Dufferin

4
nights
Toronto

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niagara River Recreation Trail and Niagara Glen Nature Areas. Shop till you drop at St. Lawrence Market and Magnotta. Get out of town with these interesting Toronto side-trips: Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (in Cambridge), Caroline Cellars Winery (in Virgil) and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area (in Milton). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Bloor West Village, and get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toronto trip maker site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Quebec City to Toronto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Toronto, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Room Escape Games, Magnotta, Niagara Glen Nature Areas, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Glen Nature Areas ©
Niagara Glen Nature Areas
Niagara River Recreation Trail ©
Niagara River Recreation Trail
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory ©
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature and Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre. Get in touch with nature at Pipers Lagoon Park and Scenic Marine Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Cowichan Valley Museum (in Duncan) and East Sooke Regional Park (in Sooke). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, look for gifts at Russell Books, visit a coastal fixture at Victoria Pier, and take in the waterfront at Inner Harbour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Victoria journey builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Toronto to Victoria takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Victoria is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Victoria hover around 7°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sooke, Pipers Lagoon Park, Cowichan Valley Museum
Highlights from your plan
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Pipers Lagoon Park ©
Pipers Lagoon Park
Scenic Marine Route ©
Scenic Marine Route

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Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at Burnaby Village Museum, then explore and take pictures at Bloedel Conservatory, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Granville Island Gallery. On the next day, kick back and relax at Spanish Banks and then wander the streets of Vancouver Downtown.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Victoria to Vancouver by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Burnaby Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Burnaby Village Museum ©
Burnaby Village Museum
Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

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