36 days in Canada Itinerary

36 days in Canada Itinerary

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36 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+3
Fly + Subway + Foot + Bus:  21​h 15​min
1
Whistler
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Clearwater
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Jasper National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Banff National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Waterton Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
6
Quebec City, Quebec
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  10​h 15​min
7
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Halifax
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
9
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Visiting Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and Whistler Blackcomb will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Princess Louisa Inlet and Garibaldi Provincial Park. There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakeside Park and contemplate the waterfront views at Lost Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whistler road trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Whistler is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Whistler. In September in Whistler, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Clearwater.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Garibaldi Provincial Park, Princess Louisa Inlet
Highlights from your plan
Garibaldi Provincial Park ©
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park ©
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

1
night
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Wells Gray Provincial Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Battle Mountain Equine Enterprises Inc. and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helmcken Falls.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Clearwater online road trip planner .

Getting from Whistler to Clearwater by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Clearwater

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wells Gray Provincial Park ©
Wells Gray Provincial Park
Helmcken Falls ©
Helmcken Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Visiting Mount Edith Cavell and Maligne Canyon will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Columbia Ice Field, take a tour by water with Pure Outdoors, explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, and hike along Mount Edith Cavell Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jasper National Park trip planner .

Getting from Clearwater to Jasper National Park by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Clearwater to Jasper National Park is 1 hour. September in Jasper National Park sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake. Head to Willock & Sax Gallery and Fireweed Glass Studiofor some retail therapy. Take a break from Banff National Park with a short trip to Grassi Lakes in Canmore, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, take in breathtaking views at Johnston Canyon, cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, and explore and take pictures at Icefields Parkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Banff National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park in September, you will find days in Banff National Park are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Canmore
Highlights from your plan
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway

3
nights
Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park ©
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cameron Lake and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site. Visiting Red Rock Canyon and Carthew - Alderson Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton Lake National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along International Peace Park Hike and contemplate the waterfront views at Bertha Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Waterton Lakes National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Waterton Lakes National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Banff National Park in October, with highs in Waterton Lakes National Park at 14°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon
Waterton Lake National Park ©
Waterton Lake National Park

3
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.
Old Quebec and Upper Town (Haute-Ville) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Quebec City with a short trip to Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Royale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, and admire all the interesting features of Plains of Abraham.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quebec City trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Waterton Lakes National Park to Quebec City takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Waterton Lakes National Park in October since evenings lows in Quebec City dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Highlights from your plan
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency ©
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Upper Town (Haute-Ville) ©
Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

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nights
Ingonish, Cape Breton Island

Ingonish ©
Nestled on a cozy harbor surrounded by green forests, the coastal town of Ingonish serves as the perfect coastal retreat for those after a quiet getaway.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Glass Artisans Gallery and Colouratura Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Skyline Trail and Middle Head Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ingonish: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (in Baddeck), North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Ingonish journey builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Quebec City to Ingonish in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Quebec City to Ingonish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Ingonish sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Colouratura Art Gallery, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, North Highlands Community Museum, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

4
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.
Head to Amos Pewter and Sweet Spot Chocolate Shopfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Hope For Wildlife and Hirtle's Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lunenburg (Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic & Lexicon Books), Gaff Point Trail (in Riverport) and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (in Peggy's Cove). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, explore the galleries of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take an in-depth tour of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Halifax day trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Ingonish to Halifax takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. October in Halifax sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop, Hirtle's Beach, Hope For Wildlife, Gaff Point Trail
Highlights from your plan
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic ©
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schooner Cove and Long Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Rainforest Trail and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Tofino: Ucluelet (Amphitrite Point Lighthouse & Wild Pacific Trail). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tofino trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Halifax to Tofino in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Halifax to Tofino. In October, daily temperatures in Tofino can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Highlights from your plan
Rainforest Trail ©
Rainforest Trail
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park

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