38 days in Canada Itinerary

38 days in Canada Itinerary

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38 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  29 h
1
Edmonton
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Campbell River
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Tofino
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Port Alberni
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Victoria
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h
6
Whistler
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Vancouver
— 10 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Edmonton

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator (in Leduc) and Reynolds-Alberta Museum (in Wetaskiwin). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park, take in the waterfront at John E Poole Interpretive Boardwalk, browse the different shops at West Edmonton Mall, and get a sense of history and politics at Edmonton Federal Building Visitor Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Edmonton trip itinerary planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Edmonton is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Edmonton. In July, Edmonton is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Campbell River.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

St. Albert, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator
Highlights from your plan
Elk Island National Park ©
Elk Island National Park
Fort Edmonton Park ©
Fort Edmonton Park
West Edmonton Mall ©
West Edmonton Mall

4
nights
Campbell River

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington), Courtenay (Air Park, Blue Moon Winery, &more) and Comox (Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park & Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park). The adventure continues: stroll through China Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Holly Hill Farm, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Seaview Game Farm.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Campbell River route planner.

Traveling by flight from Edmonton to Campbell River takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Edmonton to Campbell River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Campbell River can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Campbell River

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Courtenay, Comox, China Beach, Seaview Game Farm, Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
China Beach ©
China Beach
The Museum at Campbell River ©
The Museum at Campbell River

4
nights
Tofino

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 find plenty of places to visit near Tofino: Ucluelet (Pacific Rim Distilling & Wild Pacific Trail). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park, stroll through Long Beach, explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tofino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Campbell River to Tofino takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Campbell River in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Tofino, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ucluelet, Wickaninnish Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Wild Pacific Trail ©
Wild Pacific Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Port Alberni

Port Alberni ©
Port Alberni is a city located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada.Port Alberni has a total population of 17,743, and a census agglomeration area of 25,396.Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island's longest inlet. Explore Port Alberni's surroundings by going to Errington (North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre & Englishman River Falls Provincial Park), Qualicum Beach (Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park & Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park) and Parksville (Parksville Community Park, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Grove, stroll around MacMillan Provincial Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Alberni online trip builder.

You can drive from Tofino to Port Alberni in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tofino in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Alberni: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Parksville, Errington, Qualicum Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Grove ©
Cathedral Grove
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park ©
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park ©
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

5
nights
Victoria

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Everything Old Canada (in Saanichton) and Sooke (East Sooke Regional Park & Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery). There's much more to do: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at British Columbia Parliament Buildings, and see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Victoria tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Alberni to Victoria in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Port Alberni in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Victoria, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sooke, Central Saanich, West Coast Trail, Everything Old Canada
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Whistler: Stawamus Chief Park (in Squamish) and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park (in Pemberton). There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Whistler Blackcomb, see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexander Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lost Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Whistler tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Victoria to Whistler takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Victoria, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Whistler, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Stawamus Chief Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Lost Lake ©
Lost Lake

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vancouver: Leghorn Ranch (in Pitt Meadows), Lighthouse Park (in West Vancouver) and Farm Ventures (in Roberts Creek). The adventure continues: walk around Stanley Park, stop by Gastown, take a stroll through Granville Island, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vancouver Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver online route planner.

You can drive from Whistler to Vancouver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whistler in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Vancouver. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Leghorn Ranch, Lighthouse Park, Farm Ventures
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

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