16 days in Canada Itinerary

16 days in Canada Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
1
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
3
Whistler
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
6
Toronto
— 1 night
Ferry + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Ottawa

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel Mountain Trail and Sulphur Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, explore the galleries of Samson Native Gallery, explore the activities along Moraine Lake, and hike along Sentinel Pass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Banff National Park trip planner.

Ottawa to Banff National Park is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ottawa to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ottawa in December: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Plain of Six Glaciers
Lake Agnes ©
Lake Agnes

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marmot Basin Ski Area and Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Step out of Jasper National Park with an excursion to Rearguard Falls Provincial Park in Tete Jaune Cache--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Maligne Lake, take a memorable drive along Highway 93A, walk around Moose Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park tour itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rearguard Falls Provincial Park
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Maligne Lake ©
Maligne Lake
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes ©
Pyramid and Patricia Lakes

2
nights
Whistler

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Plaza. Go for a jaunt from Whistler to Brackendale to see Garibaldi Provincial Park about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ski along the peaceful trails at Whistler Blackcomb, hit the slopes at Peak to Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whistler Valley Trail, and head outdoors with Whistler Village Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Whistler day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jasper National Park to Whistler takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Whistler is somewhat warmer than Jasper National Park - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Garibaldi Provincial Park
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Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park ©
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
The Whistler Train Wreck Trail ©
The Whistler Train Wreck Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at False Creek, kick back and relax at Jericho Beach, and then partake in some friendly competition at Vancouver Mysteries. On your second day here, walk around Stanley Park and then stroll through Third Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip tool.

Drive from Whistler to Vancouver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Whistler in December, with highs in Vancouver at 7°C and lows at 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tofino.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Jericho Beach ©
Jericho Beach
False Creek ©
False Creek

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Rubio, take in the exciting artwork at Roy Henry Vickers Gallery, then stroll through Long Beach, then kick back and relax at Florencia Bay, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Wickaninnish Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Cox Bay Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pacific Rim National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tofino attractions planning app.

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. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -2°C in Tofino. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wickaninnish Beach, Florencia Bay
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Cox Bay Beach ©
Cox Bay Beach
Pacific Rim National Park ©
Pacific Rim National Park
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

1
night
Toronto

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, then meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, then get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, and finally get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League. On your second day here, get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, then get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, and then have some family-friendly fun at BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Toronto itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Tofino to Toronto in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tofino to Toronto is 3 hours. Traveling from Tofino in December, you will find days in Toronto are a bit cooler (2°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Bad Axe Throwing, Bad Axe Throwing
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CN Tower
CN Tower
BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League ©
BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing

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