60 days in British Columbia & Canadian Rockies Itinerary

60 days in British Columbia & Canadian Rockies Itinerary

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Fly to Vancouver, Fly to Victoria
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 6 nights
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Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park
— 13 nights
Drive
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Yoho National Park
— 3 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
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Chilliwack
— 4 nights
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Whistler
— 6 nights
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Vancouver
— 8 nights
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Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 6 nights

Garden City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), BC Aviation Museum (in Sidney) and East Sooke Regional Park (in Sooke). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at The Butchart Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Inner Harbour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the historical opulence of Craigdarroch Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Victoria online trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Victoria is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for little chillier days in Victoria, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nanaimo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

— 5 nights

Harbor City

Widely regarded as one of Canada's most livable cities, Nanaimo remains both an industrial center and a tourist hub on Vancouver Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nanaimo: Cowichan Valley trail (in Lake Cowichan), Courtenay (Seal Bay Nature Park, Paradise Plants Garden Centre, &more) and Parksville (Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Spas, &more). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at Vancouver Island Expeditions, stroll around Maffeo Sutton Park, stop by Artzi Stuff, and step off the mainland to explore Protection Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nanaimo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Victoria to Nanaimo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Nanaimo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Nanaimo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 5 nights
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). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, and explore the activities along Clayoquot Sound.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tofino trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Nanaimo to Tofino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nanaimo in May since evenings lows in Tofino dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Banff National Park

— 13 nights
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.
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To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Banff National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Banff National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tofino to Banff National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Tofino in May, Banff National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Yoho National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yoho National Park

— 3 nights
Named after the Cree word used to express awe, Yoho National Park encompasses awe-inspiring natural wonders, including tall waterfalls, soaking peaks, and vertical rock walls attracting adrenaline junkies from around the globe.
Yoho National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake O' Hara, steep yourself in history at Burgess Shale, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Hamilton Falls.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yoho National Park road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park with the Route module. In May in Yoho National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Yoho National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Jasper National Park

— 8 nights
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 National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Marmot Basin Ski Area, view the masterpieces at Mountain Galleries, explore the galleries of Our Native Land, and see the interesting displays at The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jasper National Park driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Yoho National Park to Jasper National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yoho National Park in June, you will find days in Jasper National Park are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Chilliwack.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Chilliwack

— 4 nights
Mid-sized Chilliwack serves as a convenient day-trip idea from Vancouver, located just 100 km (60 mi) to the west.
Venture out of the city with trips to Clayburn Village Museum (in Abbotsford), Othello Tunnels (in Hope) and Harrison Lake & Hot Springs (in Harrison Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, go for a walk through Miami Bridges Trail, identify plant and animal life at Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, and take in the awesome beauty at Elk Mountain Trailhead.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chilliwack travel route planner.

You can drive from Jasper National Park to Chilliwack in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jasper National Park to Chilliwack due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jasper National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Chilliwack. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whistler.

Things to do in Chilliwack

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Whistler

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of Whistler with an excursion to Stawamus Chief Park in Squamish--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Whistler Blackcomb, admire the masterpieces at Audain Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Whistler Museum, and view the masterpieces at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whistler route builder site.

Getting from Chilliwack to Whistler by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Chilliwack in June, Whistler is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Vancouver

— 8 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Stanley Park, take a stroll through Vancouver Downtown, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology, and explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vancouver travel route builder.

Getting from Whistler to Vancouver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Whistler in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Vancouver. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.

Canadian Rockies travel guide

4.4
Bodies of Water · Waterfalls · Scenic Drive
Few experiences captivate the imagination of true nature lovers like holidays in Canadian Rockies, where a string of national and provincial parks protect a landscape of towering peaks, sparkling lakes, virgin forests, and mighty waterfalls. Wildlife galore adds to the area's charm, drawing visitors from every corner of the world. You may be tempted to spend your Canadian Rockies vacation exploring the picturesque roads and railroad routes, but for a well-rounded tour, remember that you can also hike, bike, skate, ski, paddle, and sled your way though this pristine natural scenery. A string of friendly alpine towns scattered across the Rockies serve as ideal resting places after those long days in the great Canadian outdoors.