8 days in Canada Itinerary

8 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Calgary, Fly to Vancouver
— 2 nights



— 1 day

Canada's Festival City

Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
On the 8th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Edmonton Valley Zoo, then find something for the whole family at Fort Edmonton Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Royal Alberta Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edmonton route builder tool.

Winnipeg to Edmonton is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Winnipeg to Edmonton, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Winnipeg in August since evenings lows in Edmonton dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Edmonton

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Jasper National Park

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Jasper Riding Stables, contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, then trek along Cavell Meadows Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Athabasca Falls, admire all the interesting features of Highway 93A, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunwapta Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jasper National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Edmonton to Jasper National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edmonton in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Jasper National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Banff National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from Banff National Park with a short trip to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Peyto Lake, trek along Bow Glacier Falls, and stroll through Mount Fairview.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Banff National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in August: highs in Banff National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip


— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll around Stanley Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Gastown, then take a stroll through Granville Island, and then explore the activities along English Bay.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver road trip site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Banff National Park to Vancouver in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park to Vancouver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Banff National Park in August, with highs in Vancouver at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Canada travel guide

Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.