43 days in Canada Itinerary

43 days in Canada Itinerary

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43 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
1
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Toronto
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Ottawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Quebec City, Quebec
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Halifax
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Gros Morne National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
St. John's
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
9
Banff National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
10
Jasper National Park
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kitsilano Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Granville Island and Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vancouver: Lighthouse Park (in West Vancouver) and Shannon Falls Provincial Park (in Squamish). There's much more to do: walk around Stanley Park, admire all the interesting features of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, wander the streets of Gastown, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

Before you visit Vancouver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Vancouver. In September in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Lighthouse Park, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Chesterman Beach and Long Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Wild Pacific Trail and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Tofino, make a side trip to see Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Pacific Rim National Park, kick back and relax at Schooner Cove, and trek along Rainforest Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tofino online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Vancouver to Tofino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ucluelet
Highlights from your plan
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Chesterman Beach ©
Chesterman Beach
Schooner Cove ©
Schooner Cove

3
nights
Toronto

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peller Estates Winery and Casa Loma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Konzelmann Estate Winery and Caroline Cellars Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Cobourg Beach in Cobourg (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Distillery District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, and take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toronto trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Toronto takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tofino to Toronto. Traveling from Tofino in September, you will find days in Toronto are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Cobourg Beach
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Peller Estates Winery ©
Peller Estates Winery
Cobourg  Beach ©
Cobourg Beach
Konzelmann Estate Winery ©
Konzelmann Estate Winery

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Upper Canada Village and Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omega Park and National Gallery of Canada. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, get a taste of the local shopping with ByWard Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Peace Tower.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ottawa vacation planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to Ottawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ottawa, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Ottawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October), Upper Canada Village, Omega Park
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Upper Canada Village ©
Upper Canada Village

6
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 Plains of Abraham will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec and Place Royale. 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. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lower Town (Basse-Ville), take a stroll through Terrasse Dufferin, and examine the collection at Musee de la civilisation.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Quebec City trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Ottawa to Quebec City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Quebec City, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Highlights from your plan
Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Lower Town (Basse-Ville) ©
Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Plains of Abraham ©
Plains of Abraham

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and Grand Pre National Historic Site. Step off the beaten path and head to Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Ironworks Distillery. Go for a jaunt from Halifax to Lunenburg to see St. John's Anglican Church about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Halifax attractions planner.

Getting from Quebec City to Halifax by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Quebec City to Halifax, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Halifax, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Gros Morne National Park.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Lunenburg, Grand Pre National Historic Site, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
St. John's Anglican Church ©
St. John's Anglican Church
Grand Pre National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park ©
A World Heritage Site and a major vacation destination, Gros Morne National Park offers a chance to discover a dramatic mountain landscape created by the process of continental drift.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and The Discovery Center. Explore hidden gems such as Gros Morne National Park and Green Point Geological Site. The adventure continues: hike along Gros Morne, learn more about the world around you at Gros Morne Wildlife Museum, and kick back and relax at Shallow Bay Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gros Morne National Park trip maker .

You can fly from Halifax to Gros Morne National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Halifax in October, things will get a bit cooler in Gros Morne National Park: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to St. John's.

Things to do in Gros Morne National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gros Morne National Park ©
Gros Morne National Park
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse ©
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
The Discovery Center ©
The Discovery Center

2
nights
St. John's

St. John's ©
One of Canada's oldest cities, St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, enjoy the sea views from Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. John's online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Gros Morne National Park to St. John's takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in St. John's can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in St. John's

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Highlights from your plan

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Avenue. Discover out-of-the-way places like Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway. Step out of Banff National Park with an excursion to Kicking Horse River in Field--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, explore the activities along Moraine Lake, take in breathtaking views at Johnston Canyon, and take in the dramatic scenery at Takakkaw Falls.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Banff National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from St. John's to Banff National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. John's to Banff National Park is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from St. John's in October; daily highs in Banff National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Field
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Yoho National Park ©
Yoho National Park

6
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-Yellowhead Museum & Archives and Mountain Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maligne Lake and Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Step out of Jasper National Park to go to Hinton and see The Beaver Boardwalk, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Athabasca Glacier, explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Edith Cavell, and step off the mainland to explore Spirit Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Jasper National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Banff National Park in October, expect nights in Jasper National Park to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Beaver Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes ©
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes
Maligne Lake ©
Maligne Lake
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

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