8 days in Canada Itinerary

8 days in Canada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada visit planner

Make it your trip
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— 1 night
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
— 1 night



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Gateway to the West

At the confluence of two rivers, Winnipeg started out as a small trading post in an area inhabited by indigenous tribes for thousands of years before the European arrival.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Forks National Historic Site, then look and learn at Manitoba Museum, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Winnipeg trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Winnipeg. In August, daily temperatures in Winnipeg can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Calgary.

Things to do in Winnipeg

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums


— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 9th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Calgary Zoo and then walk around Prince's Island Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Calgary trip planning site.

You can fly from Winnipeg to Calgary in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Winnipeg to Calgary due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Calgary. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Banff National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along Paget Peak, then admire the sheer force of Takakkaw Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Plain of Six Glaciers and then explore the activities along Lake Louise.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Banff National Park itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Calgary to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Calgary in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Banff National Park, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Jasper National Park

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Jasper Riding Stables, trek along Bald Hills, admire the sheer force of Sunwapta Falls, and explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jasper National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in August: highs in Jasper National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails


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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Edmonton Valley Zoo, get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Strathcona.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edmonton day trip planner.

Drive from Jasper National Park to Edmonton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Edmonton when traveling from Jasper National Park in August, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edmonton

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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.